“These things I have spoken to you in parables, but the hour is coming when I will no more speak to you in proverbs, but will announce to you plainly concerning the Father.” - John 16:25
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“There are three essentials of the Church: an acknowledgment of the Divinity of the Lord, an acknowledgment of the holiness of the Word, and the life that is called charity.” - Divine Providence ¶259:3
The Kempton New Church is a congregation of people who believe that there is one God in one Person, our Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; that the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Heavenly Doctrine of the New Jerusalem are the Lord’s Word; that the life of religion consists especially in keeping the Ten Commandments, and in doing our daily work justly and faithfully; and that there is a life after death, a heaven and a hell, where we continue to live as complete human beings.
We try to help each other understand the Lord’s Word and encourage each other in applying it to life. We welcome you.
Letter to the Community:
SEEING THE FACE OF JEHOVAH
Would you like to see the face of God? Do you think it would be scary, or comforting? The Lord wants us to see Him and know Him. He was born into this world so that we could see His face and know who He is:
And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory… full of grace and truth. No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has brought Him forth to view (John 1:14, 18).
Jesus said to Philip, He who has seen Me has seen the Father (John 14:9).
Jesus’ disciples did not see Him clearly until He rose on Easter. Until then, they thought of Him as a special but ordinary man. But when they saw Him risen, even with the print of the nails still in His hands, then Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Now they realized who Jesus really is!
Today we cannot see the Lord God in physical form, but from His Word we know how to picture Him and think of Him as the Divine Man. We know what He is like. We can love Him and follow Him. The Divine truths of His Word are like mirrors in which we can see His face in our mind’s eye.
When we want to know how a loved one is doing or what he or she is thinking, we look into their face—not the outward appearance, but the inner feelings that shine through their whole expression. From the face of the Lord shines love, mercy, peace, and every kind of goodness, such as true love in marriage, love of little children, and honesty and integrity in work.
With the Easter stories in our minds once again, we can think of how they show us the Lord’s face, full of love, mercy, and innocence; we can learn how we can be shaped into His image and likeness.
You are welcome to worship the Lord at the Kempton New Church any Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Lawson M. Smith
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