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Monday, October 5, 2015
The Old Square Inn Bed & Breakfast in Mount Joy, PA
"I Am A Christian"
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"And he (Barnabas) left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he
brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church
and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called
Christians in Antioch" (Acts 11:25-26).
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of
God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and
also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16).
What a horrific shooting event last week at the Umpqua Community
College in Oregon. How many of you have ever heard of this
college prior to this? These mass casualty events seem to be
increasing. In fact one commentator spoke of how many "time bombs" are
out there unbeknownst to those around them.
Of course depending on ideology many "solutions" are suggested or even
Today we want to consider an aspect of the
that it seems many commentators don't know what to make of or in some
cases even ignore, probably because it doesn't fit a politically
correct narrative. Reports indicate the demon-possessed gunman was
Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded in the shootings, details
exactly how the gunman targeted Christians: "[He started] asking people
one by one what their religion was. 'Are you a Christian?' he would ask
them, and if you’re a Christian, stand up. And they would stand up and
he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in
just about one second.' And then he shot and killed them."
When I heard this I immediately thought of the Kenyan Garissa University
slayings on April 2 of this year and then just read a report of 12
Syrian Christians who were brutally executed recently by ISIS for
refusing to renounce the name of Christ (see links below). Of course
this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the many atrocities
against Christians taking place all over the world.
I don't know much about Twitter or hashtags but there is a new hashtag
that's gone viral that simply states "I Am A
Christian". We sure
want to join the campaign so today we once again unashamedly proclaim, "I am a Christian! Many of you will recall an old children's song.
I am a C (pronouncing capital letters)
I am a C-H
I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N
And I have C-H-R-I-S-T
In my H-E-A-R-T
and I will L-I-V-E E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y!
(Of course you speed it up each time you sing a round!)
I am a Christian. Today
attempts have been made to develop another label for those who follow
Christ, in part due to how "Christian" can have such a broad meaning.
Also there are those who have given the "Christian label" a bad name.
The most popular
replacement is "Christ follower" but of course that is not necessarily
going to solve the tendency of any word or phrase to broaden or for
someone to give it a bad name. I think there's good reason for
sticking with "Christian" going back to the Bible.
The Bible identifies the time "Christian" was first used to identify Christ's disciples in our daily text, "The disciples were first called
Christians in Antioch". The word Christian is a transliteration of the original Greek word Χριστιανούς (Christianous) (the "ous" at the end designates plural). Strongs concordance
asserts that the word was first used by the Gentiles in describing
Christ's followers but I don't see how the text necessarily has to be
taken this way. It seems to me it could also have been a word in which they
Whatever, the name stuck and is used elsewhere in the Bible. It was
clearly a word used by non- believers as seen in King Agrippa's response
to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian” (Acts 26:28). But later Peter used the word to describe his fellow disciples,"but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name" (1 Peter 4:16). But from the second century onward "Christian" was accepted as a title of honor.
"I Am A Christian". I am a part of the company of the
redeemed first called Christians in Antioch nearly 2,000 years
ago. Today this great movement has grown and has
representatives all around the world. Scores of other believers
have lived out their appointed time on this earth and are now in
heaven. One of the remarkable aspects of this daily encouragement
ministry is its broad geographical distribution. The only
information required to be on this list is a valid email address but I
have had personal responses from every continent and many countries all
around the world.
In populous African cities there are those who believe in Christ and
this day will bear a witness for the Lord. In remote jungle
villages in Papua, New Guinea dedicated missionaries are sharing the message of Christ with primitive, previously
unreached, tribes. In London England a missionary engages in a
witness to Muslims.
Indeed in virtually every part of the world, from huge cities to rural
villages, there is a group of people called Christians. I
especially want to remember today my brothers and sisters in Christ
who, as the Apostle Peter wrote, "suffer as a Christian" (1 Peter
4:16). It's so easy for us who live in lands where we have not
personally experienced persecution to forget, yet the Bible clearly calls us to
remember. Now it seems it is increasingly coming to our own land (recall the Charleston, South Carolina martyrs).
What a place heaven will be! Several times in the book of
Revelation we see the indication of the broad scope of Christ's
redemption. I really enjoy being in multi-cultural
settings. For one thing it always gives me a sense of what heaven
will be like. Here's a glimpse from the book of revelation, "And
they sang a new song: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open
its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased
men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation'"
(Revelation 5:9). Note especially this phrase: "every tribe and
language and people and nation". Today reflect on what a joy it
is to be among the redeemed and begin now to worship Him who sits on
the throne. Let us boldly, with a humble heart, declare to our
world, "I am a Christian"!
I’ll tell the world, that I’m a Christian,
I’m not ashamed, His name to bear;
I’ll tell the world, that I’m a Christian,
I’ll take Him with me everywhere.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is
salvation to all of us who believe upon Jesus as the Son of God. It's
natural and inviting to join in with a crowd of believers and declare
with exuberance our privilege and joy to be a Christian. But when we
stand alone against a defiant crowd or are confronted by those who
declare evil against the Christian believer it becomes not only a
privilege but a grave responsibility and conviction to honor Christ by
proclaiming our allegiance in a hostile setting. We pray for those
confronted with that choice this very day. We also pray for
families and friends who grieve the loss of their loved ones who took a
Christian stand by staying true to their Christian faith though it cost
them their earthly lives. May these families, all over the world, be consoled by the
Scripture in Revelation 2:11 declaring that those faithful unto
death will be given "the crown of life". That is our prayer today
that we be found faithful in life and faithful unto death, however that
comes to us. In the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior we pray. Amen.
Some friends along the way!
Amy, Tim, and Madelyn Sandell joined us
Saturday afternoon for a nice early dinner. We enjoyed their fellowship
in the living room afterwards. Spirit, the goldendoodle, who photo
bombed this photo, was visiting over the weekend as Ester was
dogsitting. Thankfully the Sandells have a dog and
enjoy being around dogs.
and Justin Eberly stopped in to visit and pick up their dog, Spirit,
last evening. Justin turned 29 years old today, so we wish him a happy
birthday. We met Ashley in the church we served for several years in
Mastersonville. She is web designer for Hershey entertainment and
developed the current Giant Center website.
This morning Stephen drove Ester to her new job at Darrenkamps,
a local grocery store. She is so excited, name tag and all. It's a
local store here in Mount Joy with Christian values and conveniently
located for us to transport her.
I walked with Ester into the store although she wouldn't identify with
me! I then saw Doc and Anna Mary Paglia and visited for awhile. They
are in their late eighties but still active in ministry, In fact Doc
will be preaching at our church in December. They are very
people-oriented and, as we checked out, Ester showed up. Doc said, "Is
that your daughter?" and then walked over to encourage her!
(Note: The above photo was actually taken last fall but they haven't changed much.)
Music and Supplemental Resources
"I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N" Video Kids singing!
"I'll Tell The World That I'm A Christian" Video Jaclyn Pruehs
Kenyan Garissa University slayings
12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Refused to Renounce Name of Christ
Franklin Graham Says Persecution of Believers Is 'Right Here in America' Amid Reports Oregon Shooter Targeted Christians
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