Just a few reminders

Christmas and New Years can bring a load of gifts and gift certificates - Red Lobster, Perkins, Panera, McDonalds, etc. But every perfect gift comes from God above (James 1:17). We love many people and many people love us. God, however, loves and is the very essence of love (John 4:16). We should love God more than ourselves and love our neighbor equal to ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).

There is a story about a railroad conductor who treated everyone with kindness. When he was asked why he was so kind, he gave a great answer. HE answered that he once read about a man who was kind and caring for everyone. One day a man died and left one million dollars to this kind man. As a result he started being kind to everyone hoping that it might happen to him. But before long he was having so much fun that he forgot all about the money. The Lord knew all about the joy that loving and serving others would bring. After all, He spent His entire life loving and serving. His greatest act of loving was dying on the cross.

Eternal life is in His Son. He who has the Son has eternal life. He who does not have the Son does not have eternal life. (I John 5:11,12). The Son stands at the door of our life knocking. If we open the door He comes in and fellowships with us. (Revelation 3:20 ). All who receive the Son become the children of God (John 1:12). God does not want anyone to only hope he going to heaven, He wants us to know (I John 5:13). Our Lord invites all of us to repent and forsake our sins. He invites all of us to let Him come in and live in and through us. He gave His life for all of us (Luke 19:10). He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Finally, God wants us to pray for everyone. We are told to pray, intercede and give thanks for everybody. It does not say that we should pray for those in authority who agree with our political views only. It says that we should pray for all who are in authority. In I Timothy 2:1-4 it tells us why we should pray. It is that we may live quiet and peaceable lives, this is good and acceptable to God and He wants everyone to be saved. We could add pages of reminders, but this is a good start for 2010.

For the '10 Club, Jan. 17 takes us to Genesis 41 and Matthew 13.

Hopefully we are off to a good start in 2010.

Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.

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