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From the Pastor's Desk

Scripture says, "The time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out - those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned" (Jn. 5:28-29). Judgement with respect to eternal judgment is determined by faith in Christ. But there is judgment for believers on the basis of deeds and the life we have lived.

"We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad" (2 Cor. 5:10). God will examine and openly reveal our secret acts (Mk. 4:22; Rom. 2:16), our character (Rom. 2:5-11), our words (Mt. 12:36-37), our good deeds (Eph. 6:8), our attitudes (Mt. 5:22), our motives (1 Cor. 4:5), our lack of love (Col. 3:18-4:1), our work and ministry (1 Cor. 3:13). The believer's judgment will be manifested in the gain or loss of joy (1 Jn. 2:28), divine approval (Mt. 25:21), tasks and authority (Mt. 25:14-30), position (Mt. 5:19; 19:30), rewards (1 Cor. 3:12-14; Phil. 3:14; 2 Tim. 4:8), and honor (Rom. 2:10; 1 Pet. 1:7).

"Because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed. God will give to each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence and doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil, first for the Jew, then for the gentile, but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good" (Rom. 2:5-10).

Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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