Foundations of the Faith: Day 19
THE CHURCHIts Ordinances
Now that we know who the church is, it is important to understand its ordinances. An ordinance is a rule made by an authority. The ordinances of the church are water baptism and communion, which we also call the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus Himself instituted these two ordinances. His final command to all his disciples was, “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Water baptism has a special significance: “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ through your faith in the active power of God, who raised him from death” (Colossians 2:12).
As a believer you will want to be water baptized as a testimony of your new life in Christ. You will also want to take part in communion.
Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Last Supper, was the last meeting Jesus had with the 12 disciples before he was arrested by the Roman soldiers. We take communion to commemorate Jesus’ death. “This means that every time you eat and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (I Corinthians 11:26).
For I received from the Lord the teaching that I had passed on to you: that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup and said, “This is God’s new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).MEMORY VERSE
For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ through your faith in the active power of God, who raised him from death.
– Colossians 2:12
Dear Mrs. Forsyth,
Life is hurtling by so quickly.
Events come and go; laws change; natural disasters happen one after another; the costs of our most basic necessities are escalating.
And if we don’t have a solid point of reference, a firm ground on which to plant our feet, it can feel as though things are rapidly spinning out of control.
And where it might seem that the best thing to do is brace yourself for the next wave of bad news….I am writing to you today to offer a different approach.
In the book of Matthew (28:20), Our Lord comforted His disciples with these words:
“I am with you all the days,
even to the consummation of the world.”
And then what did He do?
He left them. He ascended on a cloud and …. left them standing there.
Of course, that is not the end of the story, but I use it to illustrate a point—that even when things appear to the contrary—in all that we see, hear and experience—Jesus has never left us.
No, not for a minute!
On this first Sunday in the month of November, as nature turns in on herself, leaving us with shorter days, darker landscapes and colder weather, I invite you to spend some time with the Sun that never sets; the Light that never ceases to shine—Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
Our Lord waits, calling to you from the confines of His golden tabernacle.
He has so many gifts to offer you! But you must be the one to step out of your daily routine and kneel before Him.
That part, my friend, is all on you!
He speaks to your heart: “Is there in your soul a vague fear, which seems unreasonable, and yet torments you? Cast yourself in the arms of My loving providence. I am with you here—at your side.”
And again He speaks: “Ask for much, very much; do not hesitate to ask; I like generous hearts that forget themselves in order to alleviate the needs of others.”
Who would NOT want to go to One who loves so much and, in turn, has so much to offer?
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So, you are ready to spend time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, but perhaps don’t know where to find an Adoration Chapel.
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And once you get there, would you please pray for me and all the efforts of America Needs Fatima? Thank you so much and have a Blessed day!
“Jesus said, ‘No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.’”
Luke 9:62 (The Message)
In Mark 10, a huge crowd was following Jesus as he left Jericho. A man named Bartimaeus was blind and begging by the roadside. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47 NIV)
When Bartimaeus had gotten up that morning, he had no idea that Jesus Christ was going to be passing by him that day. He thought it was just another ordinary day: same place, same cry for help, same situation.
But suddenly Jesus was there. Bartimaeus had no time to prepare or think through his response. It was just an opportunity that dropped in his lap. And he chose to seize the moment. He decided not to delay or procrastinate. He was going to do it—now.
That’s the first key to a fresh start in your life too: Whatever you’re going to do, do it now. Don’t say, “Next year I’m going to make a fresh start” or “Next month I’m going to make some changes” or “Tomorrow I’m going to make that a priority.” It’s now or never. Seize the moment!
Every day, we have opportunities for a fresh start, but we don’t take advantage of them. Why? We procrastinate.
Procrastination is a strange phenomenon. You think it will make your life easier when it actually does just the opposite. It’s a stress generator!
When you know the right thing to do, today is the time to do it. Don’t assume you can wait for tomorrow.
The Bible warns over and over about presuming upon tomorrow. I’m not guaranteed a tomorrow, and neither are you. Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day” (Luke 9:62 The Message).
You have no guarantee that you will live tomorrow. Whatever you’re going to do, you better do it now.
Talk It Over
- In what area of or situation in your life do you need to stop procrastinating and seize the moment?
- If you knew tomorrow wouldn’t come, what would you want to accomplish today?
- Where is Jesus inviting you to make a fresh start today?
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Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing . . . Tell Him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.”
(Philippians 4:6-7, TPT)
Some improvements need to be made in the prison system in America. The recidivism rate is dreadful, meaning that once you go to prison it is very likely that you will go back to prison upon your original release. The prisoners are not given much opportunity to gain any useful skills, and are basically used for slave labor. It can be a depressing and lonely place, sapping the will to live from many that have entered.
Luckily for us, Paul the Apostle, along with the other Apostles, had made a pact with Christ. He vowed to spread the good news of the gospel to every creature on earth (Mark 16:15). Unluckily for Paul, his doing so landed him in a jail cell. Due to his pact with Christ, the iron bars that kept him caged inside did not stop him from doing all that he could to spread the teachings of Christ. In verse 20, he speaks of being in bondage, able to speak boldly. I am always fascinated by how the authors of books of the Bible conclude their writings. In the book of Ephesians, Paul wishes peace to his brethren, love with faith, and grace to all that love Christ. He does this from a prison cell! He stays faithful and happy, working to spread the love of Christ around the world.
But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
I can remember some of the most powerful and touching moments in my life being from music. There is something magical about music and song. Nothing has inspired more music and song than the Lord our God, our strength and our redeemer. In joyous times he is our strength, and in hard times he is our defense. Sing loudly in his name!
When my brother was younger, he refused to listen to the word of God. He did not want to hear anything about God, Christianity, or church. For some reason, he had a block in his mind and was unable to even consider any of the good things that the Lord had done for him. Even if he wanted to believe that God was not real, he certainly had to see the positive impact that being Christian had had on our family. We were blessed to have wonderful parents that were devout and loving in ways that few families are. It was only until he met his future wife that he was pulled back to the church and then his heart was eventually made ready to accept the Lord again.
God is always searching for those of us who are ready to listen to his message. In the hustle and bustle of our lives it can be difficult to focus on the things that are not important for our immediate survival. If we “believe” in God but do nothing to show it, are we any different from my stubborn brother? Is it better to believe but never rejoice in the name of our Lord or to not believe at all? This psalm speaks powerfully about the people that refuse to let God enter their hearts. They are corrupted, broken, and let wanting. They hunger for knowledge, but no matter how much they eat, they will not be satisfied. God will provide for you, but you must let Him in. He is patient, but we should do all that we can to prepare our hearts, minds, and souls to accept Him.
Of the seven deadly sins, which would you say is the “worst”? Lust, gluttony, greed, pride, wrath, sloth, or envy? Any person has felt these at some point, but learning to let go of these temptations improves your life and more importantly improve the world. Much of the prohibitions laid out in the Bible are not there to restrict us, they are there to help us. Let us examine this proverb a bit closer.
A proud heart and the plowing of the wicked is the sin. Elevating one’s own importance over others is vain and displeases God. We must remember, what are we but lowly servants to an all-powerful God? Nothing, no nation, person, group, or god, is better than the others. There is only one, the alpha and omega, creator of heaven and earth. Be patient, as the proverb says, for wanting too much too quickly will only leave you wanting more.
Brothers and Sisters, we are to help one another without hurting each other personally. Our hurts are to be left at feet of Jesus.
He said come lay our burdens down and He would give us rest.
Trust the Word. The Word reads you as you are reading Him. The Word is ALIVE!