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Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Bruingtons Missionary Report: January 2008


A Religious People...


As one moves about in this place one will find and see... these "Kaondi" are a religious people... Acts 17:22.


In fact... in every place... in all nations... you can find a church... many different churches... many good people... worshipping God.


Various options exist in the form of worship: atmosphere; activities; doctrine; organization; entertainment ... choices, choices, choices...


We are asked, "Why so many?... Why so many options?... How does one choose?... Will God be pleased with any choice?"


I state the fact... one could spend a lifetime searching....exploring all forms of religion... and at the end of the day... still be confused... lost... with no hope.


God says, "Return to me"... Malachi 3:7... Looking to Jesus... Hebrews 12:2... Let us open our Bibles and learn from this Jesus.


He is the way, the truth, and the life... John 14:6... Of whom God said, I am well pleased... Listen to Him!... Matthew 17:5,6.


In John Chapter 2 when Jesus began... His teaching... His ministry... The first thing He did was to cleanse the temple!


Jesus spoke of vain worship... Matthew 3:17... In cleansing the temple... the stage was ready for those who would repent... Matthew 3:17... For the kingdom of heaven was at hand! This preparation still applies today... in this place... in every nation... where people come together to offer worship to God.


Jesus said, "Worship in truth and in spirit"... John 4:24.


In order to understand and receive the truth that Jesus commanded one must first clean the temple... Our body... I Corinthians 6:19,20 and Acts 20:28... The church... Colossians 1:18... This repentance is the cleansing of our temple... the cleansing of our mind... the cleansing of our heart... releasing the vain worship of the past... moving from the kingdom of darkness... Ephesians 4:18-24... to the kingdom of His beloved Son... Colossians 1:13,21, & 22 ... Holy and Clean.


When we have repented... swept from our minds all thoughts of religion and worship... when we have been washed ... I Corinthians 6:11... Hebrews 10:22... Revelations 7:14 and 22:14... we are made ready... by the blood of Jesus Christ to receive the truth... the kingdom.


In Acts 2:37... when the people cried... "What must we do?"... God wasted no time with this most important answer... Repent and be Baptized!


Those who received His word... Were baptized... And added by God that day... To the kingdom... The family of God... The church ... Acts 2:41-47!


This is the truth and these received the promised Holy Spirit... and then Jesus said, " Teach them to observe all that I have commanded"... Matthew 28:20.


I am amazed at the many who come asking to be taught, to learn about this new religion, about this new form of worship, this church.


I tell them... this is not new.


Jesus built this church... His church... two thousand years ago...


One man who is seventy-two years old... who repented... who was baptized... Into Christ... asked, "Why was I not taught this truth many years ago"... ????


I told him... this is why... One day with the Lord is a thousand years and a thousand years is a day...


God is not slow in His promises, He is patient... wanting all to repent and not perish... II Peter 3:8,9... Acts 17:30.


I told Dickson Sawanda... God was waiting for you!


Let us all... along with the Kaondi... consider this truth... repent... be baptized... and worship in truth and spirit.


Bart


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