The May 16th edition of the UnOfficial Christian Newsletter
I. A Letter From The Editor
II. Bible Study (from http://www.biblestudy.com )
III. Interesting Websites
IV. Authors to Check Out
V. Christian Joke
A Letter From The Editor
Well there's a few new things to discuss. First of all, a newsletter is a huge job for just one person (one of the reasons why it's been so inconsistent) so I'd like to ask for volunteers to help with the creation of UCN. That way there's one editor for every week. You can either send an e-mail to Stallion . Well, I believe that's it so on to the good stuff...
Bible Study (taken from http://www.biblestudy.com )
The word "peace" in the Bible, from the Greek word (eireinei), refers to a mental attitude of tranquility based on a relationship with God in the Christian Way of Life. It is a word which describes the result of a person's correct response to God's Grace.
The Bible uses "peace" in two ways. There is personal peace with God which comes when a person accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour. Then, there is the peace of God which is available on a daily basis as the believer participates in the Christian way of life according to the Plan of God.
So, where you find peace mentioned in the Bible it refers either to the reconciliation of a Christian in salvation, as in Eph. 2:14,17, or to the mental attitude found in the believers.
2 Tim. 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
PEACE WITH GOD - Peace in Salvation
Peace with God is never available apart from Grace. The Cross of Christ is the focal point of Grace and is the source of Peace. Jesus Christ is our eternal Peace.
Romans 5:1 "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
God in Grace removed the Barrier and made peace between man and God. So, when the unbeliever responds to Grace by faith, the result is Peace.
Ephesians 2:14-18 provides a good illustration of how God made it possible for anyone to have peace with God, with special emphasis on the fact that such different types as Jews and Gentiles have been provided for. Verse 14 deals with peace as a product of reconciliation. Verse 15 explains that the "enmity" between God and man, that which we call the Barrier, as "abolished" once and for all. Verses 16 to 18 explain that the enmity has been slain for both Jews and Gentiles so that now those who were near to God, the Jews, and those who were far off, non-Jews, have been brought into union with Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Peace in the Christian Way of Life
In our lifetime we can experience Peace on a daily basis. When the believer responds by faith to Grace, God provides many blessings which can result in great inner happiness.
Isaiah 26:3,4 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength."
In the Christian Way of life, peace comes through fellowship with God and daily growth, advancement in spiritual things which brings stability, a relaxed mental attitude, orientation to the plan of God, occupation with Christ, and the ability to employ faith-rest principles in all areas of life.
Philippians 4:6-9 "Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep (garrison) your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."
Peace, or tranquility, precedes the enjoyment of prosperity. It is part of the preparation for prosperity. One must have Peace to have the capacity for prosperity. God may hold prosperity back until there is the capacity to enjoy it.
Acts 9:31 "Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied."
READ Jeremiah 29:1-7
Any loss of peace is followed by adjustment to the plan of God (confession and restoration to fellowship), faith-rest, and relaxed mental attitude, and Peace in the new situation.
The man or woman who receive grace and peace from the Lord is in perfect position for spiritual production, and reproduction.
READ James 3:13-18.
http://www.geocities.com/kujo777.geo/ ~This website is very interesting. It was created by a 21 year old woman with a lot of faith. There are "Fun Things" you can check out as well as the "Testimony" page.
http://www.geocities.com/striver2000t/enterprise.html ~This website is good. There's a lot of things going on throughout the page. But once you get past the distractions it has a lot to offer. Some being monthly sermons as well as monthly prayers.
Authors To Check Out
This week's Authors To Check Out is a bit different. I thought I'd recommend a published author instead of one found on Writing.Com. The author is Frank Peretti. His written numerous books (The Oath, Visitation, Piercing the Darkness to name a few) and every book of his I've read has been extremely engrossing. They are all page turners that you don't want to put down. I had to know what was going to happen next.
The Joke~These jokes were found at http://www.biblenet.net/niteclub/jokes.html?jokeID=3
1) What a good thing Adam had going. When he said something he knew nobody had said it before.
2) A minister was opening his mail one morning. Drawing a single sheet of paper from an envelope, he found written on it only one word: "FOOL." The next Sunday he announced, "I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their names. But this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name and had forgotten to write a letter."
Bored? Check this out:
Dedicate yourselves fully to the Lord
and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to me...~Jeremiah 4:4
Peace. Love. Happiness. All of these are achieved through Christ Jesus Our Lord.