Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Russian/American Election Party

I went to an election party with a grip of Elena's extended family last night. It as a blast! First off, it is interesting to note this group (as a whole) of Russians was way more engaged in the issues then any group of American peers I know. Second, it was such an encouragement to be with a group that has such a heart for God and was so eager to discuss things of God.

At the end of the night we read Titus 3:1-11 and spent some time in prayer for our new president, the nation, and our role as the Body of Christ on earth.

"Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient,
to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and
considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and
enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy,
being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our
Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but
because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by
the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our
Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs
having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to
stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to
devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and
profitable for everyone.

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and
quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a
divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing
to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is
self-condemned."

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