Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dateline: May 21, 2017, Church Conference

We had a semi-annual conference of our church for the members in Rome.  It was held at a hotel near Borghese Gardens because none of the Church’s three buildings in Rome are large enough to hold the collective members.  Forty five years ago when I was here as a young missionary, there were but few members and just a rented location in which meetings were held each Sunday.

One of the speakers told of taking a walk the evening before, getting lost and soaked in a sudden downpour.  He equated this to our spiritual lives.  We all get lost from time to time and sometimes we get wet.  Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, He can find us, He can lift us, He can heal us, we can be cleansed from sin. The scriptures tell us: 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).

A full standing portrait of Christ in white robes, seen from the side, gesturing to the left in front of a wash of orange and yellow colors.

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