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for you.” (I Peter 5:7 NKJV)
NEWSLETTER #348 August 7, 2018

Is Christian Our Name? by Cecil Hook

Although written primarily to members of the “non”-denominational Church of Christ, of which Cecil Hook was a minister, this article is of interest to all generic Christians regardless of the labels they wear. It is used by permission from the book Free To Speak by Cecil Hook.

A person may be known by character or by name, or by both. Jesus wants us to be recognized by character with love being the identifying trait. Since he did not give us a name as a mark of identity, we should not invent this easy route to recognition.

It is much more convenient to tell people that we are Christians, to wear a button, or to display a bumper sticker proclaiming our discipleship than to be known by our fruits. The disciples are given no proper name to wear, either individually or collectively.
My reaching the conclusion that Jesus gave us no name to wear has ruined some of my once-favored lessons concerning our new name “which the mouth of Jehovah shall name” (See Isaiah 62:1-5; 56:5). I interpreted those passages to be prophecies of the name Christian. 

To support such a contention, they must be taken out of their context. In fact, in the first reference, the very text tells that the new name would be Hephzibah! The latter reference promises that their name, or heritage, would not be cut off.    
The very fact that Christian is used only three times in the Scriptures should be enough to arouse some skepticism about it being a new, God-given, proper name for God’s people. 

Also, it was about ten years after the beginning of the church before anyone was ever called a Christian.

Furthermore, there is no record of any disciple calling another believer a Christian or of applying that designation to himself.
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God  Cares for Yo

  by Peter Wade

Many times over many decades, I’ve been lifted in a challenging time by just one verse of scripture. And I’m not alone, as an internet search will quickly reveal. Here’s the verse I’m talking about, and its not even a complete sentence: “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7 NKJV). You could read it in any other essentially literal translation, like ESV, NASB, CSB, ASV, NET, and of course the KJV.

The key is to simply read what is written and then think about it. Take it on its face value, and most times you will have God’s truth and be blessed and encouraged. Initially don’t try to dissect it or check several translations. Just read it several times and be encouraged. “David was greatly distressed… but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (I Samuel 30:6 KJV).

God (verse 6) “cares for you” — that is truth, and truth is reality. So if you fulfill any stated condition, then it is reality in your life right now.


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You Can Be a Victor, Not a Victim

This book re-examines God’s plan for His family and looks first at the Genesis record and demonstrates that God placed in Adam seeds of greatness that are our inheritance. Then God’s command to Joshua is used as a foundation for eight secrets of success. An example of the mental principles you need to apply covers the record of the 12 spies unnecessary journey into the Promised Land.

You will learn that you are IN-dependent when you have Christ within, not co-dependent on others. You really can be a victor, not a victim. When you grasp these truths, then you can excel in everything.

This paperback book contains 22 chapters in 5 major sections:
*  God’s Seeds of Greatness
*  The Grasshopper Philosophy
*  God’s Secrets of Success
*  Victors Not Victims
*  See That You Excel

This is Peter Wade at his best… expounding with great simplicity yet profoundly God’s plan for your abundant life in Christ. You will be amazed at how much truth is packed into the 196 pages, which include an Index of Scriptures.   

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