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Summary: Our labor for the Lord is always vital.

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August 31, 2003

HOLY SPIRIT BLESS US

1 Cor 15: 58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Your labor in not in vain.

This is the day that the Lord our God intend for us to listen to His message and also an opportunity to be with the Skaggs for a baby shower.

We welcome you once again in our fellowship. Let’s enjoy being together worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth.

“Doing nothing is about the most tiresome work in the world because you cannot stop and rest.” – Epigram

Labor day is considered as an important holiday for many Americans simply because it’s considered as a long weekend vacation, starting Friday night until Monday evening.

But how many of those people who anticipated this long weekend vacation really found the true joy that they are looking for. It’s but normal in this rich country that people spent hundreds of dollars just to find happiness- going out in the amusement centers, parks & recreation centers, party, beaches & since it’s the last day of summer it’s quite important to enjoy the day.

We all need and deserve rest in our daily routine and labor. Congratulations to all people who strives the best for their company such as Bro. Steven. His commitment to his work gained favor on his part, together with sis. Renee that at their young age, they already owned a beautiful and brand new house with a new Ford car. What a blessing from the Lord!

They accumulated that because he is working and I believe working hard for his family, their future especially that they are growing in number soonest Alex will be born.

I presume all of us here know the secret of working with commitment and dedication because that is exactly what God wants us to do.

The Lord God worked when He created everything including human beings.

I do not buy the idea and it’s not biblical that man came from the apes or animals. It’s an insult to the God who created human beings. And I myself although I am not handsome as you are but still I believed I was created in the image of God and I did not originate from the animals.

Genesis 1: 26, 27 …so God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

We are so special! We are the masterpiece of God’s creation and He loves you and me.

He works and fulfilled something especial when He created us, but something along the way occurred that because of Mans disobedience, working with pain is now essential in fulfilling our dreams.

The disobedience of Adam & Eve caused pain and resulted in heavy labor.

Genesis 3:17 b “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil (work or labor) you shall eat of it all the days of your life.”

The root cause of complex work is disobedience just like what happened to Adam and Eve.

Any job or work as long as it is decent is alright with me. Even though you are serving as janitor or Vice President it doesn’t matter as long as we are living with right conviction and motivation.

But sometimes we heard from our old folks saying to their children that if only they have listened to their parent’s advise they would never experience hardship in earning a living.

Like in the Philippines our parents favorite remarks, “ayaw mong mag-aral sige kalis boy ang hahantungan mo.”

Kalis boys are responsible for filling the trucks with sugar cane using manual labor. From the field where it was harvested they will carry bundles of sugar cane on their shoulders and walk to the truck using a wooden ladder.

For me, I believed God has a purpose why sometimes there are people who are just working in a so called blue color job.

If all gentlemen are working as engineers or the ladies as teachers or we all work in offices, who will be responsible for collecting our garbage? or who will maintain the cleanliness in our surroundings? Who will assist us in Wal-mart? Who will serve our food in Smokey Bones?

Who will take care of those little things for us?

In human perspective, people judge others by what kind of work she or he work with.

Sometimes if we are in a certain gatherings one of the usual topic is about work and position.

How can a garbage collector integrate himself in the discussion of business minded people? It’s hard because they have different interest & educational attainment I believe so because a CPA would not opt to be collecting garbage, what do you think?

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