Predestination

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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Knowing who'd carryrepparttar name "Christian", God had also seen their hearts and could choose whom He'd call for special areas of service intorepparttar 126884 future.

Being made inrepparttar 126885 image of God, we can relate to God's heart in that we were created first and foremost forrepparttar 126886 purpose of someone to love Him.

Without love being a choice, there would have been no purpose in our creation, no purpose inrepparttar 126887 cross of Calvary, as He already had a company of angels.

Once you've grown spiritually, had fellowship with God, and stood in His almighty presence, you'll never again doubt but what it was your choice. God knew what He was doing all along and there never was any confusion.

by Joyce C. Lock http://my.homewithgod.com/blessingsandlessons/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

In addition to being a published author and poet, Joyce C. Lock created the religion column, "Christianity Made Simple" for Peru Daily Tribune, continues to write inspirational articles for area newspapers, and shares further in online and e-mail ministries.


The Plight of Pew Warmers

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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A third group of pew warmers arerepparttar new converts, new atrepparttar 126883 business of servingrepparttar 126884 Lord. They have so many new terms to learn, programs to follow, acceptable etiquette to catch, attire to transform, and things to grasp that they may not know if they're coming or going.

They need us to come along side and help, not preach at them.

A fourth group of pew warmers may not need to be noticed. They may minister throughoutrepparttar 126885 week, while others take a holiday. They could be among our greatest prayer warriors. Yet, we thank them by judging.

A fifth group of pew warmers, those waiting to measure up, are still waiting. They believed man when he said they needed to pass a spiritual test first, butrepparttar 126886 rules keep changing. No point of acceptance with God opens that door. He isn'trepparttar 126887 one who closed it.

A sixth group of pew warmers possible aren't Christian at all. They may either be new or have efficiently warmed a pew for a lifetime. No one bothered to check their salvation.

A seventh group of pew warmers may be patiently waiting to serve while others think themselves so great they don't need help.

When we attempt to name another's sin, things are rarely what they seem. Pointing our finger at another leaves most ofrepparttar 126888 fingers pointing atrepparttar 126889 real problem (Ps. 119:165).

God may not answer our prayers for more laborers until we userepparttar 126890 one He gave us.

by Joyce C. Lock http://my.homewithgod.com/blessingsandlessons/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

In addition to being a published author and poet, Joyce C. Lock created the religion column, "Christianity Made Simple" for Peru Daily Tribune, continues to write inspirational articles for area newspapers, and shares further in online and e-mail ministries.


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