Celebrate

James 4: 4-10:  Ever wonder why your old friends don’t want anything to do with you after you are saved and baptized? Unless of course, your old friends are Christians. Then this does not apply to you.  Because if your old friends are Christians, when you accept Christ, they are partying with you.  My church is interesting.  Our Pastor will baptize, or allow to be baptized every Day of the week.  He has told us that on numerous occasions and I have seen the evidence.  He will baptize on a Saturday night, Monday morning, Tuesday evening, I have seen it happen. I have been to churches that if you asked to be baptized, they say well we need enough people to make it worth getting the baptismal out. How sad.  That is saying your decision to accept the Lord is not important to me.  I have to wait until enough people have accepted.  I like my current pastor’s way better.  Every person’s salvation is worth celebrating. I mean when someone confesses that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is the savior of the world and accepts Jesus as their personal savior (the reason we are baptized Acts 2:38), the angels rejoice. Luke 15: 7 and 10.  Jesus repeats it twice; he says the angels rejoice over one person that is saved.  This is why I really appreciate my current pastoral team’s position.  React and Rejoice over each one.

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

 

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