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Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
The Apostle Paul is drawing attention of his readers to live a life of spiritual alertness and moral purity. Why? Because the time left for us in this life is coming to an end. The fact of the nearness of our salvation demands us to be alert and attentive to our service to God through Jesus our Savior. Our salvation is nearer than ever. Jesus is coming very soon to take the saved to heaven.
- Be Awake to the Weakness of Our Own-self
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
- Be Awake to All Pride in Our Own Life
1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
- Be Awake to Satan's Attacks
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
- Be Awake in Your Prayer Life to the Lord
Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
- Be Awake to the Power of Your Words
Psalms 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
Ephesians 4:5 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
- Be Awake to the Burdens of Others
Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
- Be Awake to Your Opportunities to Serve the Lord
Matthew 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
- Be Awake to the Soon Return of Jesus
Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
- Be Awake to the Many Among Us Who are Lost and Need to be Saved
John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
– Pastor, John J. Bagby, Sr.
From Our Pastor
Life need not be easy to be joyful. Joy is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ.– William Vander Hoven
Worship is one thing and entertainment is another, and it is dangerous business to play lightly with holy things, to tickle the senses in place of calling men to bow their hearts in faith and repentance.– John C. Neville
The brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks.– Author Unknown