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Ambassadors For Christ

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NASB)
An ambassador is a delegate from another government. True believers are in this world representing the kingdom of Heaven. An ambassador does not create policy; he or she only announces it and conforms to it. We announce the good news of our King and act according to His directives.
People may draw conclusions about a government based upon the character and demeanor of its ambassador. People may draw conclusions about the kingdom of Heaven based upon our representation of it.

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 155

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny Himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
Luke 9:23-26 (NASB)

Whoever Believes In Him Shall Not Perish

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, no wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NASB)
What is it to perish? It is to lose all hope in Christ, all trust in God, all light in life, all peace in death, all joy, all bliss, all union with God. This shall never happen to you if you believe in Christ. If you believe, you shall be chastened when you do wrong, for every child of God comes under discipline. What son is there whom the Father chastens not? If you believe, you may doubt and fear as to your state, as a man on board a ship may be tossed about, but you have gotten on board a ship that never can be wrecked. He that has union with Christ has union with perfection, omnipotence, and glory. He that believes is a member of Christ. Will Christ lose His members? How would Christ be perfect if He lost even His little finger? Are Christ’s members to rot off, or to be cut off? Impossible! If you have faith in Christ, you are a partaker of Christ’s life, and you cannot perish. If men were trying to drown me, they could not drown my foot as long as I had my head above water. As long as our Head is above water up yonder in the eternal sunshine, the least limb of His body can never be destroyed. He that believes in Jesus is united to Him, and he must live because Jesus lives. Oh, what a word is this, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29 (NASB)
Charles Spurgeon

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 154

“My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
Luke 8:21 (NASB)

Malicious Words

Redbird's Roost

“A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit.” Prov. 15:4 (NASB)
“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others, than by what others say about him.” Lee Aiken

I grew up on a farm. Cousins and friends were always coming out to visit and we loved to venture into the woods to explore. There was a lot of polkweed that grew along the creek, and being boys, the first thing we would do would be look for those polk plants.
Polkweed has berries. We would pick the berries, build little forts and have polkberry fights. We would throw the berries at each other as we were sheltered in our forts, and if someone was hit it would leave a purple stain.
When we returned home, everybody knew what we had been doing. Needless to say, we were in…

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Good Character

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not marble.
Charles Spurgeon

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 153

“No one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a basket or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in may see the light. For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and come to light. Therefore, take care how you listen. For whoever has, more will be given to him; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.”
Luke 8:16-18 (HCSB)

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