11-04-2018 Sermon - Known By the Company We Keep

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You have perhaps heard the parental admonition, "Be careful of the company you keep."? I even heard it put this way, "When you walk with trash you end up smelling like trash." Well, have you ever considered the company we were placed in when we were baptized? It is called becoming children of God, members of the household of faith. We also call it "the communion of saints" which we confess belief in as we recite the Apostles' Creed. This is good company to be a part of! And we could have never earned our way into this company. But there is the ever present danger that we can drift from this good company, and in its place prefer the company of the world in this age, the very company that neglects God's Word, places too much value on transitory things, and which ever dreams up new forms of evil. So it is all the more important that we recognize that indeed we will be known by the company that we value...