Change Begins With Me

Is this a Biblical principle? Does changing of others begin with self? Much of what Jesus said was pointed at the individual’s need to change. When a group of individuals make an effort to change at the same time, great things happen. Consider the Church at Thessalonica.

1. They imitated Paul and the Lord. 1 Thess. 1:6
2. They received the word during persecution. 1 Thess. 1:6
3. They became an example to all believers in Greece 1 Thess. 1:7
4. The word of the Lord sounded out from them in Greece and beyond. 1 Thess. 1:8
5. They turned from idols to serve the living God. 1 Thess. 1:9

The word of the Lord sounded out to others because they turned. When the Thessalonians changed their attitudes and action in obedience to the gospel, they influenced change in all the surrounding areas.

So, we can influence others to change by beginning with self. Let us determine to work on self so that we can become more effective for the Lord.

Sincerely,

Rick Laing


They Did Not Find His Body

Two disciples were on their way to Emmaus when Jesus began traveling with them. It was the first day of the week, (Lk. 24:1,21) and they told Jesus whom they did not recognize that some of the woman had visited the tomb early that morning but did not find His body. (Lk. 24:13-23). The women were also told by angels that He was alive!! And nobody else could find His body!! The Romans and leading Jews would have loved to find His body, but they could not.

Jesus was resurrected from the dead!! The apostles gave testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33).

We rejoice because God has blessed us – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3. Praise God!!

Sincerely,

Rick Laing

Elder & Preacher at Highland Village



Radical Concepts

One of the greatest evidences that Jesus is the Son of God is in the content of His teaching. It is radical; and it works! Consider some principles He taught:

REJOICE when you are persecuted. Matt. 5:10-12. Most people got angry, resentful and depressed, but Jesus counsels us to rejoice.

RECONCILE with your brother. Matt. 5:22-26. Most humans would rather give a cold shoulder.

REMOVE your right eye. Matt. 5:27-30. Jesus counsels radical reactions to rip sin out of lives.

RESIST not evil. Matt. 5:38-41. This is reverse psychology, which we don’t often use, but it can bring shame and guilt on the oppressor.

RIGHTEOUS attitude. Matt. 5:43-48. We are counseled to be consistent as God our Father is. He blesses the righteous and the wicked with sunshine and rain.

Jesus taught some radical concepts that work.
He knows the heart of man and what is most effective. May God bless you as you stretch your faith to meet these challenges.

Sincerely,

Rick Laing

Elder & Preacher at Highland Village



Remember

Paul urged the Ephesian Church; “Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ….” Eph. 2:12. We also need to be reminded of many things.

Love is the essence of God and we must love others. 1 John 4:19
Forgiveness is essential in all relationships. Matt. 6:14-15
Humility places us in a servant role like Jesus, and is for more attractive.
Mercy is what saved our lives so we must be merciful to others. Rom. 2:8.
Grace is the gift of God and we have no reason to boast. Eph. 2:8-10
Life is so precious, and Jesus gave His life for us. Matt. 20:28
Prayer is powerful and we need to pray. Lk. 18:1
God loves us and is on our side, and our smallest and greatest concerns are His too. 1 Jn. 3:1

We all need to be reminded of these great Bible principles and more. Let us listen and receive them with joy and gratitude.

Sincerely,

Rick Laing

Elder & Preacher at Highland Village