From Elder Peter Richardson:

I pray that you were challenged by my sermon from Sunday entitled, “Caution: Christian in Training.” It was a good to reminder for all of us that we shouldn’t just “float along” (think Wisconsin River!) when it comes to our faith. It takes a strong commitment to be trained in Godliness, but it’s effect is life changing. Praise God for Rock Valley Chapel and its commitment to studying the Bible.

About a week ago, my daughter told me that she wanted to buy an old hymnal. She asked me what hymnal I would recommend that would have all of the good old hymns she grew up singing. It brought joy to my heart to hear her request! She told me that she wanted to be able to sing “parts” with me and also wanted to teach her baby some hymns as she grew up. I was overjoyed to hear that she wanted to make singing hymns a part of her life!

On Sunday, we talked a lot about godliness and it reminded me of a great hymn entitled, “Take Time to be Holy.” So much of our time is spent on relatively meaningless tasks. I love the thought that we need to spend time being holy, too. Daily Bible reading, prayer, study of the scripture and even singing should be part of our training as vibrant Christians.

Please take some time to meditate on (and maybe sing!) the words to the 2nd and 4th verses of “Take Time to be Holy.”

“Take time to be holy, The world rushes on:
Much time spend in secret, With Jesus alone;
By looking to Jesus, Like Him thou shalt be:
Thy friends in thy conduct, His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy, Be calm in thy soul;
Each thought and each motive, Beneath his control:
Thus led by His Spirit, To fountains of love;
Thou soon shalt be fitted, For service above.”

Effective Christians need to take time to be holy because “godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Tim 4:8)

Spend some time with Jesus today!
Elder Peter Richardson


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