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Scriptures from the Holy Bible, King James (Authorised) Version of 1611
Book of Romans, chapter 12, verses 5 to 15

5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Holy Bible -- King James Version

Selah (Pause, and consider these things)
By Leonard L Hamilton Jr, Encouraging Words Ministries

This month's Scripture and message was delayed; it seems there was a message that wanted to be delivered that hadn't been foreseen.

Two very beloved people, Teresa and Diana, have gone on ahead of us. I wonder: when, since earliest Biblical times, have any two such people been known and talked about on a first-name basis, informally, yet with such great respect, admiration, love and awe world-wide----if ever???

The passage from Romans says that we all have gifts which have been bestowed upon us, which we should rightfully use for the benefit of others- even as did Teresa and Diana. Every thing we do brings glory or dishonor to the service we perform, and ultimately to Him Alone Whom we serve. Were these women special? Or more capable than any others, or singular in their ability to comfort and encourage those around them? Yes, they were. And no, they weren't. They responded to the need they saw. We can- should- do the same. Oh, what a wonderful world if it were full of spirits like theirs.

You can do much. God will help. Ask His guidance today that you may be a vessel of His Love, His service, His devotion.

Thank You, God our Father, for these two you sent us in our time of seeking You.

Your Invitation

Many have done countless good deeds and acts, yet been lost to eternal damnation because of one un-attended matter: they never accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour because of time or circumstance. There is nothing in this world that is of any more importance to anyone than receiving Christ. "What good is it that a man may gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?" No amount of "good deeds", no prayerful attitude, no long petitions to saints and martyrs can do for each of us what we must do for ourselves: admit our sin to God and accept His Son as our Saviour and Lord.

Different Christian religious groups hold to different values, forms of worship, prayer styles, et cetera: yet they all recognise the One Lord of Salvation. No one will come before God without Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Have you not decided to accept Him? When is the best time to decide? Right this very moment, for today is the acceptable hour of your salvation in Jesus! We have no assurance of a "tomorrow"; the only assurance we have is the Promise that all who call upon His Holy Name will be redeemed. No one can pray you into Heaven, plead with God for your soul, or intercede in any way if you perish without Him. God deals with you directly; you must do the same with Him. Jesus is the only "go-between".

Please, pray to God and confess that you are a sinner, accept His Son as your Saviour, and determine to live a life that pleases and serves Him. No, its not always easy in this world to do that which is right. He will send His Holy Spirit to guide and instruct you, and place other Christians around you for support and encouragement by His Word. There are Bible-believing churches to be found virtually everywhere where you may worship the Lord, and come to know Him. Please, do it- today!

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