Choate Baptist Church: ‘He Must Suffer For My Name’s Sake’
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The morning after Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into jail and then endured an earthquake, the magistrates ordered their release. One would think Paul and Silas would have been glad to go, but Paul told the officers, “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” (Acts 16:37)

Upon hearing that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, the magistrates were alarmed, and they went to apologize. The apostles then left the city, but not until they had met with their Christian brothers to comfort and encourage them. Through this and other life experience, Paul taught the young church about forgiveness and compassion, just as the Lord had shown compassion to him.

The Philippians’ battle was not with their external circumstances of Roman rule or the heathens around them, but with their own internal attitudes which destroyed the unity between their soul and the Lord. 1 Peter 2:11& 12 reads, “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in this world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.”

Today, our desires for the things of the world still wage war against the life of Christ in us. Let us remember: “For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:16&17)

Choate Baptist Church is located at 6355 State Hwy 239, just 8 miles southeast of Kenedy. We welcome you to join us on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Evening Worship at 7 p.m., and on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can also be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.

There will be a Church Garage Sale on December 1st, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Choate Baptist Fellowship Hall. Profits will be used to help a family in the Choate community. Hope to see you there!
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