Fellowship

I John 1:1-4

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

John start his introduction as one that bore witness to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. He was an eye witness of Jesus’s ministry on this earth. He was the disciple that Jesus loved and wrote the fourth Gospel call John. He ends this Gospel with these words: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” Truly his fellowship was with Jesus and his Father and this was the same fellowship we can also enjoy.

As I look back on my life, I too can declare my fellowship with Jesus and the Father. It has been a wonderful journey with many ups and downs in my life however, I can witness that my joy has been full. As I read the last words of John’s Gospel, I realized how deep the words are that states: “the world could not contain the books that should be written. One of those books could be the story of how Jesus has changed my life and the affects these changes had on the ones around me. Then I realized that books could be written about the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit on all the believers world-wide. Truly all believers’ fellowship is with the father and his son Jesus. All the shelves in the world could not hold these books.  So in the following weeks as I start this study on I John, I will focus on the key question of how much am I a witness of Christ in my daily activities.

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My 4th Career

Plans do come together.  I love the ocean and everything around it.  I also love landscaping and the beauty you can create to enjoy as you sit out with your morning coffee or enjoying your evening meal.   My 4th career will be enjoying all that the Lord has given me.  Life lived by walking in the ways of the Lord has been very enriching.  As I have looked back on the last fifty-one years in the short span of forty days I am amazed how wonderful God has been to me.  This reflection has also made me recall all the wonderful relationships I have had in the past.  Time on this earth is short but heaven is forever.  Just the thought of eternal relationships we can have in heaven is beyond my imagination.

Nine Aspects of Life

  1. The adventure of life is to learn.
  2. The purpose of life is to grow.
  3. The nature of life is to change.
  4. The challenge of life is to overcome.
  5. The essence of life is to care.
  6. The opportunity of life is to serve.
  7. The secret of life is to dare.
  8. The spice of life is to befriend.
  9. The beauty of life is to give.

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As we age and realize that our journey through this world is now much nearer to the end we begin to look back and reevaluate our understanding of the true meaning of life. For those who know God and the work that Christ paid for us on the cross this reevaluation will usually lead to a more rewarding life for us in our later years.

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