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May 19, 2017, 8:04 AM

No longer ineffective or unfruitful

Church Family,

Do you cherish getting to know God? Is your goal today to make it to tonight or tomorrow's activities or is it to know God?

2 Peter 1:3-9 are such an encouragement to me. I want encourage you to read them today. It's hard to pick 1 verse that sticks out, but today I want to focus on 2 Peter 1:8

2 Peter 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

1st God grants to us all that we need for life and godliness

2nd How we live by Faith matters. The qualities are explain in the previous verses.

3rd When God's divine power leads to us becoming like Jesus(His divine nature), they keep us from being ineffective or unfruitful. I love the focus of the end of this passage. It's on the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Maybe God said it best through Paul in

Philippians 3:8-11 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Are you striving to know more of Jesus today? Do you value the worth of KNOWING Christ? Think about this: God is basically saying that the day in, day out life with Him leads to us knowing more about Jesus. The temptation is to think you need mountain top experiences or to run a sprint, but the truth is that the marathon is where you learn more about God.

I believe that our Church's purpose is to glorify God by knowing Him(salvation) and making Him known(making disciples). Learn to love the daily walk with Jesus.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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