Nov 10., 2002

Volume 12 - Number 44     

A Different Light

Soul if you are living in sin,
You need to stop and think again,
Stop stumbling in darkness of night,
Look at things in a different light.

Soul if you have no peace of mind,
The gift of peace you cannot find,
Then turn from the left to the right,
Look at things in a different light.

Soul if true love seems to have flown,
All the precious love you have known,
Please just change your level of sight,
Look at things in a different light.

Soul if you feel weak and weary,
Sin has made your days so dreary,
Don't ever give up the fight,
Look at things in a different light.

David Macy

Christ Formed in You

"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you" (Gal. 4:19). Paul was determined to labor until Christ was formed in the Galatians. What did Paul mean by the expression, "until Christ be formed in you"?
One of the central themes of the apostolic writings is that of allowing Christ to live within us to guide us in our everyday lives. Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Gal. 2:20). Paul crucified the lusts of his flesh so that Christ might live in him (Gal. 5:24).

Can we say that we have allowed Christ to reign within us? Are we Christ-controlled? Our whole purpose as Christians is to form Christ within us to the extent that he is Lord and Master of our lives! This is no doubt why Paul used the expression, "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). This is our focus: to develop and form Christ within us.
The general epistles give equal emphasis to this concept. John wrote, "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6). "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps" (1 Ptr. 2:21). It is simply impossible to be a faithful Christian without seeking to act as Christ would act. Nothing would revolutionize the church more than for its members to determine to form Christ within their hearts. To walk in the footsteps of Jesus is a challenging and yet rewarding walk.

What will happen if we allow Christ to be formed within us? Our hearts will be pure (Phil. 4:8). As a result, our lives will also be pure. Our language will be free from corrupt and foolish blemishes (Eph. 4:29; Col. 4:6). Our eyes will avoid lust (Matt. 5:27,28). Our relationships with others will improve (Matt. 5:23,24; 18:15-17; Gal. 5:15ff). Our capacity to demonstrate compassion and forgiveness will increase (Eph. 4:32-5:2). Our passion for souls will burn more fervently (Luke 19:10; Matt. 9:36f). Our thirst for opportunities to worship and serve will be enhanced (Luke 4:16; Acts 10:38). We will become better husbands and wives, sons and daughters and employers and employees (Col. 3:18-24). The list of improvements is endless.

Let us allow Christ to be formed within our hearts so that the beauty of Jesus may be reflected by each one of our lives to the world (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:15,16). May we ever strive to have Christ formed within us!

B.J. Clarke

Holiday Party

December 7th, 2002
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: the Wheelers

The food theme for this occasion is finger foods and appetizers.

At our party we are having a Gift Exchange, If you wish to participate please bring a wrapped present with a maximum cost of $5.00.

R.S.V.P. by November 30th.
Sign-up Sheet in the foyer.

If directions are needed please let us know. Hope to see you there.



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