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July 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

God gives us strength...

"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service." - 1 Timothy 1:12

This is a beautiful confession by Paul as he speaks to Timothy.  In fact, Paul goes on to talk about how he once was a blasphemer and a persecutor; reminding everyone that it is Christ that gives him the strength to be who he now is.  As I said, a beautiful confession.  

Understanding, the true context of this Scripture, I want to do something that some will think is heretical for just a moment, but hang on just a moment.  Take the "me" out and put "you" in its place.  As I was reading this Scripture I saw that it is not only a confessional of how I am thankful for how God gives me strength and how he considers me faithful and appointing me to his service, but it also is a wonderful way for me to say thank you to so many that serve His kingdom faithfully.  "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given YOU strength, that he considered YOU faithful, appointing YOU to his service" as well."  Ministry is not something that is done alone!

This became even more evident this past week as church members came together to make VBS successful.  The children had a great time and it was with God's strength that each worker (adult and youth) remained faithful through the entire week, ending with a wonderful 4th of July celebration.  Thank you to each person that made that happen.  The kids and this community are worth EVERY effort that you put into.  May God bless you as you have blessed others!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant 


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