First The Kingdom of God
By Ronald G. Currell
St. Stephens Episcopal Church,
Jesus said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you."
Jesus had left Capernaum with His Disciples and was on His way back up into the resplendent hill country that He knew so well, when He found Himself being followed by a multitude of men and women and children. They wanted to hear more of what He had been preaching to them, which was, in a word, the Kingdom of God in their midst. Jesus turned and faced them.
So, Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
Then He said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you." He asked the people to seek this Kingdom of God in the present, for the Father knew their needs and provided for them, even as He does for us today. Let us, therefore, seek this Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, which is all around us and in us and binds us all together, even as He is within our midst and in our hearts if we but believe and open the door to Him.
|Just as the people of Sweetwater need different Christian experiences, the various Christian Churches offer different expressions of the same faith. St. Stephens Episcopal Church offers a quiet, respectful hour dedicated to God every Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM, preceded by a thought-provoking Bible Class at 9:45, where we discuss intriguing passages from the Scriptures. Drop by some time. See us on the Internet and experience our online chapel at www.ststephens.net.|
Please make plans to attend your Church-of-choice this coming Sunday.