Edifier: Close but not in

In Mark 12:28-34 Jesus taught a great lesson about the possibility of being close to the kingdom but not in the kingdom. A nameless scribe came to Jesus and asked, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him in verses 29-31 and the scribe said to Jesus, Well said, Teacher.  He then proceeded to complete his answer through verse 33 and when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

While it is good to be close to the kingdom, the rewards which are offered to those who serve the Lord are reserved for those who are IN THE KINGDOM!  There are millions of good people who produce good fruit from the human view, and yet they are not Christians. They are good citizens, neighbors, friends, fathers, mothers, children, and yet they are not Christians because they are only CLOSE to the kingdom. There are some whom I have studied with who are fully aware of the necessity of obedience to the Lord in order to be in the kingdom, but they remain OUTSIDE the kingdom because of a lack of obedience.

If you are reading this and you are simply CLOSE to God’s kingdom and not IN God’s kingdom, won’t you consider seriously the fact that CLOSENESS is not enough? Won’t you consider the lesson that Jesus taught in MATT. 7:21-23 where He clearly teaches that only THOSE WHO DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER IN HEAVEN are going to enter the kingdom of heaven?  If we can help you please let us know. We have people there near you in Romania who would be happy to study with you and help you to move from OUTSIDE  the kingdom to INSIDE  the kingdom.

May God bless you this week. We love and miss you very much.

With Much Love,

Ted & Barbara

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THE EDIFIER

I Corinthians 14:26

“Let all things be done unto edifying”

An E-Letter from Ted and Barbara Knight to EDIFY our Brothers and Sisters in Romania

June 22, 2011

#kingdom-of-god, #romania

I am not in charge

THE EDIFIER

I Corinthians 14:26

“Let all things be done unto edifying”

An E-Letter from Ted and Barbara Knight to EDIFY our Brothers and Sisters in Romania

Feb. 9, 2011

Dear Brothers, Sisters, & Friends,

I wonder when I will ever learn that I AM NOT IN CHARGE of things in this life. Right now I am sitting in front of my computer writing this message and I am supposed to be driving to the airport in Little Rock, Arkansas to make my flight to Cluj, Romania today. I had all my preparations made. I had my plane tickets, passport, hotel reservations, a good flight schedule, bags were almost completely packed, and suddenly on Monday, Feb. 7th I began to feel some pains in my stomach and chest. After a time I decided to go to the hospital, then went to my family doctor, and back to the hospital. After a lot of tests and appointments for more tests were made, I finally relented and decided that I could not fulfill the plans that I had made. In addition to those problems, as I sit here right now the snow is coming down until one can hardly see and if I had made it to the airport I am sure that the plane could not have left. So, here I sit realizing again that I am simply not in charge, God is.

In the last Edifier, I wrote to you about ‘Submitting’ to God. Jesus prayed, “Not My will, but Thine be done.” That is a simple prayer to pray, but there is a problem when HIS WILL and MY WILL seem to conflict. I learn then that what I really want at the moment is for MY WILL to be done regardless and that isn’t a good thing. So, I try to learn again the importance of submitting to His will and letting go of my own. As I look out my window right now I am so thankful to be here instead of on the highway, waiting in an airport, or being in Romania very sick and not knowing what the problem is and trying to deal with the complications of trying to get back home to my doctors.

“Thank You, Father for taking care of me even when I do not deserve Your care, and help me to learn that it is YOUR WILL that matters above all others. Father, help all of us to trust YOU and accept Your direction through Your word for our life. I pray in Jesus name, Amen!”

God and I are working on plans for another trip there as soon as possible and I ask you to join me in praying for His will to be done and that I can see many of you soon. May God bless and keep you is our prayer. We love and miss you very much.

With Much Love,

Ted & Barbara

#missions, #romania, #submission, #will-of-god

Marty Knight sent this email yesterday: …

Marty Knight sent this email yesterday:

We’re happy to announce that the 2010 Romania-Albania Missions Conference is just around the corner. The dates for the event are January 8-10, 2010 and the conference will be held at the Prestoncrest congregation in Dallas, Texas. The Ovilla church of Christ will co-host the event with Prestoncrest.

Please note that the website address has changed slightly from a “.com” address to a “.net” address. We apologize for any confusion that this may create, but we found it necessary to change hosting providers.

The conference website is now at: http://www.romaniaalbaniaconference.net

#albania, #missions, #romania