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JUDGES 12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

Who are you? That is a question that demands an answer. We have a first and last name to identify ourselves to someone. This says who we are. This is the way we will be remembered. Our last name. When I left home, my father said to me, “our last name is Candler. It is a good name and carries honor with it. Do not dishonor the name, Candler. The men of Gilead had a battle with Ephraim and the Ephraimites lost. They tried to get back home by crossing the Jordan river. There were the men of Gilead at the Jordan asking the question, “are you from Ephraim.’ The answer was no. Say Shibboleth. When they could not say the word they were killed.

Many call themselves Christians. We meet them on the street corner, the mall, and in stores. When we engage them in conversations we find that the claim to be a Christian is not supported by their talk and list of activities. They go places Christians do not go and do things Christians do not do. They fail to go to God’s house to worship His gracious name. They struggle with scripture because they spend little time reading the Word much less studying the Word.

Some are simply lost and carrying a false testimony. Others may be saved and simply have quit living the life we are called to live. Both give a mouth testimony of being something they are not. The lost do not have the relationship with Jesus to be a Christian. They must confess they are sinners and repent and ask Jesus to save them. Those that are saved and not living as a “new creature in Christ,” have not lost their salvation but have stepped away from the closeness we need to be called a Christian.

These people live a lie that reveals they are not Christian. They are found out.

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The Christ of God


“A Baby’s hands in Bethlehem were small and softly curled.


But held within their dimpled grasp, the hope of all the world.”


(L.S. Clark, Hymns For Children And Grownups To Use Together; Farrar, Strauss & Young, New York, NY, 1953)




Who are you? Your identity tells others who you are, where you came from and what you are uniquely capable of accomplishing. For some people, discovering their unique individuality might take a while, even lifetimes. We were all born into this world in the same chaotic, yet humble manner, and as we have grown, hopefully our unique talents and aptitudes have risen to the top, giving us purpose and functionality. Many of our difficulties lie in the fact that, as we are still discovering who we are and what we are here to do, we must get along with other human beings who are also trying to uncover their identities.


Jesus knew who He was. The problem He faced was trying to convince His followers of His true identity. When His disciples finally understood who He was, Peter proclaimed the answer—“The Christ of God.” Historically, Christ followers, including the original disciples, wrestled with what it meant for Jesus to be the anointed Son of God, but today, we know one thing is for certain. Jesus is the Savior of the world, and we begin to discover our unique purpose and identity when we immerse ourselves in who Christ is, becoming more like Him.






Will you follow Jesus today?


Mark Clements



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