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5-14-2015 Who Is A “Christian?” #3

Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:25-26 NKJV).

Saul became the Apostle Paul who wrote, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3-4 NKJV). Since baptism entered the death of Christ Jesus, Paul did not believe he had been saved by prayer before he was baptized or that baptism began his “newness of life.” He believed as he was told, that in baptism, his sins were washed away (Acts 22:16). Paul was a “Christian,” are you?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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New

Mike Benson publishes KneEmail, an ezine that picks up articles from all over. Today’s offering, “New,” was from an elder at Kensington Woods in Hattiesburg MS. Here’s part of it:

THERE IS A certain convict that I have been corresponding with for several years down in Texas that recently got a “new” typewriter…

He had completely worn out the old one.

It was not very easy to correct his errors on the old machine and the letters he would type were full of typos most of the time. I was taken back by the cost of the new one…$110…quite a price to pay for anything in prison, and it was very elevating to my own soul to hear how joyful he was at being able to buy it.

I wrote him a letter and told him that every once in a while all of us need a little new in our lives.

Makes me wonder…

Why don’t we sweep out the old grudges from our lives, rip the pages of regret out of our life book, focus on how much good God has done for us, plant a seed of hopefulness in our neighbors, write a special memory on the wall paper of someone’s heart? Replace the fears of tomorrow with the good we can do today. Make a difference where we stand. Do the little things that matter. Hope more, love more, find new ways to serve, get out of ourselves and into the lives of others.

To read the entire article and get info about KneEmail, go HERE.

#life-in-christ, #newness-of-life