The Church in Moses Lake is a meeting place for Christians and Believers who live in the Moses Lake, Washington area. We meet in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We gather together to read and share the Word of God and encourage one another in our Life in Christ. You are most welcome to join us in Praise and Worship, but If you are not able to attend, the recorded messages are available to minister to you. You will find our meeting times and location on the Contact Us tab.
Transliteration: The mind, intellect, understanding, intelligent faculty, thought, conception, frame of mind.
1Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.2Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.3“For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?”
4And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.5One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.
Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.6 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 7Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.8Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
The Supplied Life has been republished
The Supplied Life is a daily devotional by Bill Freeman.
The very nature of the Christian life requires that we live a life of being supplied. The Christian Life is a supplied life. Indeed, The Supplied Life is Christ Himself. He has been prepared by God for us and is now being supplied and furnished to us. The way God does this is by organically joining us as branches to Christ, the true Vine (John 15:1, 4-5).
May these daily selections be an added stimulus to feed upon the Lord Himself, in order that His eternal purpose would be fulfilled through a daily supply of His Life.
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Cohesion in Christ
A further way that we can understand the sense in which the church is Christ is by our cohesion in Christ. Colossians 1:17 says, “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Or, you could say, all things are held together in Him. This is a very deep verse because it tells us that the Lord Himself is the cohesive factor that causes us to be held together. Whenever we are experiencing Christ with one another, there is such a sense of being glued together. Cohesiveness means that there’s something sticky. We stick together. There’s a fellow- ship, there’s a knitting, there’s a bonding. And the bonding is not just because we agree mentally on certain things. It’s because the Christ within us automatically coheres and bonds us together. We feel that fellowship, that joy, that oneness. We are not just detached units by ourselves. We are not divided or separated. But there’s a sense of togetherness. There’s a sense of flow. What is this? It’s Christ! It’s not just a good feeling. It is Christ who is the cohesive factor. He holds everything together.
Hence, we need to experience Him and know Him. As we do, He Himself becomes the holding factor. Notice how Paul continues from verse 17 into verse 18. After saying that in Him all things consist, he then says that Christ “is the Head of the Body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have [the first place].” This verse shows us the practical way that we can enjoy the experience of this cohesiveness. It is by all of us allowing Christ to have the first place in all things, to be everything to us, and to be the center of our being, so that our relationship with one another is Him. He is before everything. He has the priority. I don’t handle my flesh. I don’t handle my reactions. I don’t handle my resentment. I don’t handle my hurt. I don’t handle my problems. I don’t handle myself. I’m not qualified. I simply handle Christ. I handle Him first. I give Him first place. I’m not qualified to be my savior. He’s my Savior. He’s my life. He’s my relationship with myself. He’s my relationship with the Father. He’s my relationship with sin. He’s my relation- ship with the flesh. He’s my relationship with the world. He’s my relationship with the devil. He’s my relationship with the law. He’s my relationship with all the saints.
So, what is the church? The church is Christ. How is the church Christ? The church is Christ when the members, in their daily living, in their relationships with one another, allow Him to have first place. You’re not qualified to talk back to your husband. You’re not qualified to say those words to your wife. You walk in spirit. You experience Christ with your husband and your wife. You are not even qualified to deal with your failures. You are not qualified to deal with your sinking feelings of condemnation. Instead, you sink yourself into Christ. You call, “Jesus.” Paul said, “O wretched man that I am!” (Rom. 7:24). When he said this, he was at the bottom. He was in the pit. He had failed over and over again. What he wanted to do he didn’t do, and what he hated he did. He was a wretched man. Finally, he asked, “Who will deliver me?” He then replied, “I thank God — through Jesus Christ.” Paul just thanked God through Jesus Christ. It was through Jesus Christ. He was the means by which Paul handled his own wretchedness. This shows us that the church is not just a group of perfect people. Rather, it is a group of failures who handle Christ. I’m not condoning sin or condoning failure. But we can handle our failures and condition through Christ. When we experience Christ in this way, the church is full of the cohesion of Christ, full of the glue that holds us together.
We can also see our cohesion in Christ by the cohesion of the branches. The Lord told us that He is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:4-5). We are all attached together in Him in an organic way. And then we can see our cohesion in Christ by the fact that we are God’s building (Eph. 2:19-22). Christ Jesus Himself is the cornerstone of God’s building. In other words, He is the cornerstone that holds the building together. We are all stones in God’s building, but He is the cohesive factor between all of the stones. He’s the holding factor. Nothing else can hold us. The church is not an organization where we all agree on a certain method. That is not our cohesion. But it is Christ and our experience of Him.
We have recently purchased a Perfect Bind machine that perfect binds our books. The first time I used the Perfect Bind machine, I inserted all the collated pages into the clamp. The machine milled the pages, glue was applied to the spine, the book cover was attached, and out came the book. But when I began to examine the book, the cover fell off and the pages fell apart.
Immediately I called the technical support people. They told me that I had not used enough glue. I simply needed to apply more glue. So I adjusted the knob that controls the amount of glue, put through another book, and the cover and pages stuck together. It was perfect bound. Why? Because there was enough glue! Brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ is the glue of the church. We simply need more glue, more of Christ! When all of the members experience Christ, there is lots of glue and we become “perfect bound.” Isn’t that marvelous? He is the holding factor that binds us together.