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Lord’s Day: July 18, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

I am concerned about the unrighteousness and ungodliness among Christians in the present age. “Χριστιανός, christianos (Christian), a word formed after the Roman style, signifying an adherent of Jesus, was first applied to such by the Gentiles and is found in Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16.” (Vines) Christians are followers of Christ. A Christian believes that Jesus of Nazareth in Galilee, the Son of Mary, is in fact the Christ, the Son of God. 

The apostle Paul wrote to Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Paul is not preaching universal salvation but salvation available to all men. Those who name the name of Christ are to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age. Jesus redeemed us from our sin to purify us for himself. He is our great God and Savior, He gave himself to redeem us from sin; therefore, we should be zealous to live righteously and godly in the present age, doing good deeds. 

It is common today for people to live immoral lives and call themselves a Christian. Adultery, fornication and homosexuality were all forbidden in the Law; these are also spoken against by the apostles of Jesus Christ in their letters to the churches. The Christian is not to live an immoral life. Divorce, homosexuality and living with ones boy friend or girl friend is so very common among those who name the name of Christ. Are you a Christian or are you an American? 

As the apostle Paul urged Titus to speak the things fitting for sound doctrine, (Titus 2:1) I am writing these things on this Lord’s Day; whether you be an older man, an older woman, a young woman, or young man; believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Michael Peek
Your Servant for Jesus’ Sake

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