King and Kingdom, Both and not either or

Christ the KingFirst I was going to start re-writes on the (still unnamed) novel in July after a brief rest. Then I was going to wait until August. But now, after a conversation with a friend this past Sunday evening, I’ve been so inspired and exhilarated I could hardly wait for Monday morning to get back to work on it. I got out every piece of Bible study material I have, including every Bible study I have on MP3, beginning with Tim Gray’s study on the Gospel according to Matthew, entitled The King and His Kingdom.

Now most of us know that Christ is King. But most of us here in the U.S. don’t really realize what kingship means, much less do we really understand the notion of kingdom. We tend to think of ourselves as the center of our own universes, captains of our own ships. Listen to Tim Gray and Matthew the Evangelist to find out more about Christ as King, why we can’t have the King without His Kingdom, or Jesus without His Church. Talk about an eye opener. And, please, share these talks (13 in all) with your friends and family. Especially the ones who think they don’t need the Church ’cause “It’s just Jesus and me!” If you acknowledge that you have a King, then you acknowledge that you are part of His Kingdom and under His Authority and Kingship. Jesus Christ is your Lord and you are in His Church. Or He isn’t and you aren’t. It’s both/and, not either/or.

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