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the gospel ministry

It is in the holy flow 10:44 AM Tuesday morning. Carol and I went grocery shopping. Now I have cut down on the habit of eating our food bill is down. I am on a diet. Well really I have dreamed for years of losing weight and trying to lose my old man pot belly. It is a blessing to have no pot belly. It is not like an impossible dream to become thin like a rail. It is possible if I only eat apples and go for long walks. Carol is talking about getting a tread mill for us to use.

Since getting home from grocery shopping I have been reading the book, "The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement" by Michael J. Gorman.

There is something I want to clarify about Christian worship. I do believe it is necessary for professing Christians to be under the preaching of the Bible. New professing Christians especially need to be taught the Christian Faith. I do believe in a Gospel Ministry. I myself sought for many years to be a Gospel Preacher, that is why I attended Bible College and Seminary. I wanted to spend all my days on earth preaching and teaching the biblical Gospel. Even though I would like to go to a church that practices contemplative silence during the worship services, I still believe there is a place for the preaching and teaching of the Bible in the local church. I do believe the Lord has given teaching and ruling Elders to the Church. "Be diligent to present yourself approved of God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Tim. 2:15. "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock" Acts 20:27-29.

I do not go to church/sit under the ministry of the Word and sacraments, but I do read and study the Bible all the time. I know most professing Christians do not read the kind of Christian books I read because they are too busy making a living or do not have the intellectual or spiritual hunger to dig into God's Word the Bible. There are all kinds of Christians in the world. I realized sometime ago most Christians in the world do not have money to buy the Christian books I have and also they do not know/aware such books exist. And I am a Christian bookworm. I love to study and read the Bible. I remember this verse when it comes to why I love the Bible, "Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures came to Ephesus" Acts 18:24.

I have often mentioned here that I believe in the absolute authority of Scripture which to me means that I interpret Reality from a biblical perspective. I do not seek to rule my life by the reason alone or the fashions of society. I am not out to receive the applause of men. I remember these words of the apostle Paul, "But even if we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ" Galatians 1:8-10.

Well I will go back to reading my books and drifting through the day. There is no way of escape. "If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness" 1 Timothy 4:6,7.

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