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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"The church in thy house."


"The church in thy house." 
- Philemon 2

Is there a Church in this house? 
Are parents, children, friends, servants, all members of it? 
or are some still unconverted?
 Let us pause here and let the question go round-Am I a member of the Church in this house? 
How would father's heart leap for joy, 
and mother's eyes fill with holy tears if from the eldest to the youngest all were saved!
 Let us pray for this great mercy until the Lord shall grant it to us.

 Probably it had been the dearest object of Philemon's desires to have all his household saved; 
but it was not at first granted him in its fulness. 

He had a wicked servant, Onesimus, who, 
having wronged him, ran away from his service. 
His master's prayers followed him, and at last, 
as God would have it, 
Onesimus was led to hear Paul preach; 
his heart was touched, and he returned to Philemon, 
not only to be a faithful servant, but a brother beloved, 
adding another member to the Church in Philemon's house. 

Is there an unconverted servant or child absent this morning? Make special supplication that such may, 
on their return to their home, 
gladden all hearts with good news of what grace has done!
 Is there one present? Let him partake in the same earnest entreaty. 

If there be such a Church in our house, 
let us order it well, and let all act as in the sight of God. 
Let us move in the common affairs of life with studied holiness, diligence, kindness, and integrity. 

More is expected of a Church than of an ordinary household; family worship must, in such a case, 
be more devout and hearty; 
internal love must be more warm and unbroken, 
and external conduct must be more sanctified and Christlike. 

We need not fear that the smallness of our number will put us out of the list of Churches, 
for the Holy Spirit has here enrolled a family-church in the inspired book of remembrance. 
As a Church let us now draw nigh to the great head of the one Church universal, 
and let us beseech him to give us grace to shine before men to the glory of his name. 

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REACHING THE NATIONS 
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD !
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 If you are NOT a believer in Jesus Christ,
 you can be accepted into his kingdom.
 I invite you to let him to make of you,
what He always wanted.

 "PRAYER" 
 Marvelous God Almighty,
 I come to you in the precious name of Jesus,
 who died for me to make me free of sin,
 I want Jesus to enter into my heart and make me free,
 I confess that He is the son of God.
 I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand 
your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value,
 not only to live on this earth,
 but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
 In the precious name of Jesus I ask.
Amen..
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 “The true minister of Christ knows
that the true value of a sermon must lie,
 not in its fashion and manner,
 but in the truth which it contains.
~ C. H. Spurgeon ~ 
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 Father, I ask You to bless my friends, 
relatives and those that I care deeply for, 
who are reading this right now.
 Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.
 Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.
Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy..
 Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.
Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs.
 Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.
 Amen.

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