08 Aug 2010

Persistent faith

The last Sunday service was different from the pervious one because, firstly, worship service was performed by the youth group, and secondly, on this day one more family was born in our church — the Proleevs. Pastor Dmitry Vladykin blessed the young couple and the church prayed for them.

Alexey Obukhov told us about persistent faith in spite of anything. In the letter to Hebrews in chapter 11 the Bible tells us about the faith heroes who changed the history. Noah had built the ark for 120 years, despite hardship, mocking of surrounding people and their faithlessness that undoubtedly kept him from his work. But he overcame these difficulties and won. Abraham was called a friend of God. Moses refused to become a Prince of Egypt. He chose to be a shepherd instead of seeing his brothers’ martyrdom, and God blessed him to be a leader of all Israel. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego put their trust in God and finally God’s glory came through them and they did not burn out in the Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace. If we fulfill God’s conditions we receive his blessings, if not, God opposes us. Namely this happened to Saul (1 Sam. 28).

Dmitry Vladykin reminded us the parable about talents (Mat. 25:11-30). In the letter to Ephesians the Bible says that “each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Eph. 4:7). If you do not have a talent, then you ought to look for it. Having it found, you ought to yield fruit. The least what man can do is to bury his talent.


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