Today’s Verse

14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:14-16

Thursday, June 16

When our children were much younger and we were living in South Carolina, Shelli was out of town, so the children and I made two planters for Shelli for Mother’s Day. We also planted little flowers down by the mailbox. The warmer weather and wind cooked them until the flowers down by the mailbox wilted and looked terrible.

They had a desperate need for tender loving care which included water! In the same sense, if new believers are not cared for, they will wilt.

Note that when “on the basis of” His authority we do go out to evangelize, identify and disciple people, we can know that He will always be with us empowering us. Jesus even said, “I am with you always.”

If we are to be refreshed, we must embrace the challenge and the commission of the cross. We should also make a personal commitment to the cross as we read in today’s verses.

There is always commitment demanded when we identify with Christ and His cross. Do you identify with Christ? Tomorrow we will examine three ways we commit to Christ and His cross. It is not trivial; it is life changing.

Weekly Memory Verse

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:19

"That the sinless Son of God must die upon the Cross to redeem us shouldn't make us feel good about ourselves but ashamed, for it was our sins that nailed Him there."
- Dave Hunt

Pastor Armstrong

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