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Ch.ch i CHURCH F Page ward. Stress challenges our every movement unless 'we keep our focus centered on God. He relieves our stress by bringing peace into our life through His Holy Spirit who overcomes the situations which try to draw us from our center. Fear comes at us from all sides, but holding our focus steady on God we Will persevere while leaving the worry behind. Martial Arts aren‘t about how the opponent is destroyed, but about how your reactions to life are Conquered by centering them on God. It’s more about keeping life focused on allowing God to use the talents He’s given to conquer your situations tit rialme and peacefully. Holding on to the love of Jesus Christ in all situations and clinging to the peace which comes through the teachings of the Holy Spirit in your life. THE JOURNAL, Thursday, July 4, 2019 35 Stay centered on God throughout everything you encounter and persevere to the end. Located at the corner of Diamond Valley Rd and HwySl. five miles east of Stillwater. Sunday School 10:00 a.m., Sunday Morning Service 9 a.m. Quincy Morris. Pastor: Wednesday Bible Study 7 pm. Friends Chapel Church By Bobby Garringer, pastor IN SEARCH OF A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW PART 10. A friend contacted me to say that, this past Sunday, her pastor told the congregation that the word, sanctified. in 1 Corinthians l:2 indicates that Christians are sanctified one time in the past, and that the act of being sanctified is permanent. We willial's’o be open fer these special events: 'S'at‘u rd ay, 5 ' (Old Settlers Day) 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Thursday, December 12 (Old Fashioned Country Christmas) 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM if you would like to help show off this magnificent piece of history to many interested visitors, please contact: Therefore, “Once saved, always saved.” This verse is a part of Paul’s greeting to the Corin— thian church and is translated, in the World English Bible, “to the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours.” The word, translated “sanctified” in this verse, depicts what scholars call a “perfect” action in the original Koine Greek. Such verbal expressions indi- cate an act completed in the past with results that continue into the present from the perspective of a speaker or writer. It has become a common mis- take to conclude, as the lady’s pastor has, that this means the results of the action will continue into the unending future. But the verb tense says nothing about the future. , Leading Greek scholars, including those who believe “once saved always saved”, are on a mission to tell pastors, Sunday School teachers, and popu— "lar evangelists to stop saying that the perfect tense implies that a particular action (such as being born again. or being saved, or being sanctified) necessar- ily has no end to it. Some of these scholars believe that salvation is unending, permanent, and guaran—r teed once a person trusts in Christ — some of them do not — but all of them know that the perfect tense, in itself, does not carry this meaning or imply it. It is very easy to demonstrate the limited time references of perfect actions in Koine grammar. Three obvious examples follow: (1) The centurion’s request that Jesus heal his servant includes the statement, "‘Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented” (Matthew 8:6). The word, lies, in this verse speaks of a perfected action. The servant laid down and, from the centurion’s perspective, is — still - laying down. However, this Was not a permanent, unend— ing condition because Jesus healed him, and the servant got up. , (2) in Matthew 12:47, Jesus is told, “Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, seeking to speak to you.” In this case, stand is a perfected actionyJesus’ brothers and mother came and stood outside, and they are still standing there- at the time Jesus is informed of their presence. However, they did not permanently remain outside the house where Jesus was speaking. Eventually, they went home. (3) Another example of “standing” in a perfected state is recorded in Revelation 3:20. The verse begins, “Behold, I stand (perfected action) at the door and knock (present, ongoing action).” Then, the verse continues, “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then‘I will come in to him, and will' dine with him, and he with me.” Obviously, Jesus — who had stood for some time — didnot intend to keep standingr'at' the door forever. ‘ So the fact that the Corinthians to whom Paul wrote had been sanctified tells us nothing about whether or not they will cbntinue to be sanctified. In fact, Paul warns those who. had been “washed, sanctified, and justified” (i Corinthians 6211), “Or don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male‘prostitutes, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,‘ nor slanderers, nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 "Corinthians 629—10). St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church By Fr. Brian O’Brien Is Jesus mean? Is Jesus unkind? It seems that way in how He treats the men in the Gospel. Jesus invites the men to follow Him. The man says “Let me first go and bury my father.” and another says, “Let me saysgoodbye to my family.” Jesus basically says “NO!” Follow me, now! ‘ ‘ This seems unkind. It seems almost cruel. Or was Jesus making a larger point? I think He was. Jesus shOuld be the center of our lives! lill say it ~ again, Jesusshould be the center of our lives. But often He isn’t. Where do find Jesus? We find Him in the Mass and yet many times Sunday Mass is not a priority for us. We have opportunities everyday to pray, to speak to the Lord and tell Him what’s going on in our lives and to pray for people in need. We have the time and yet we do other things. We, have opportunities to serve 'other's. To find Jesus in the poor and sometimes we ignore those in need. These are opportunities to put Jesus at theicenter of Our lives. He wants us to follow Him and He wants it now! He doesn’t want us” to wait or to do anything else. Our relationship with Him is our #1 priority, even more important than burying a father or saying goodbye to your family. There’s another point too. We don’t need to wait to follow Jesus. Some of us think that we need to have everything in order to follow Him. No! Jesus wantsus to follow Him now! Even though our lives are messy, even though we are sinners, even though we often get distracted, He wants us to follow Him with all of that going on. “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” A high standard for sure but also a great challenge nto make Jesus Christ the center of your life and to do it now! There is freedom in Jesus Christ. When we follow Him, we put our lives in His hands and we are then free to love, free to serve, free to follow Him, not later but. right now! , St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church is,lobated-at ‘ ~71‘1"N.'Country Club Rd., Stillwater. Mass Times: Saturday 5 ‘p".m.; Sunday 8:30 a.m., 11:15‘ am. (Nursery available during ll:15 a.fn. Mass); 1 pm. Spanish’ Mass. More info online at sfxstillwatercrg ‘