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Look back on 2020 before you look ahead to 2021

The new year is fast upon us and with the change of the calendar you may be dedicating yourself to something fresh. You have goals for 2021: things you’d like to start and things you’d like to stop, places you want to go, improvements you want to make in yourself or your situation. Or maybeContinue reading “Look back on 2020 before you look ahead to 2021”

What the election won’t change

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace … from Jesus Christ …the ruler of kings on earth… who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.  Revelation 1:4-6 Believer in Jesus, are you worried about who will have authority over you and what theyContinue reading “What the election won’t change”

Church Unity: Love believes all things

This is the last of a mini-series on church unity, though in truth all the posts on this blog are about maintaining the unity of the Spirit and attaining the unity of the faith (Ephesians 4:3,13).  Today we revisit a text briefly mentioned in a previous post, 1 Corinthians 13:7. Love …believes all things. WhatContinue reading “Church Unity: Love believes all things”

Church Unity: Faultfinding

These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage (Jude 1:16, NIV). Jude said this about certain people [who] have crept in unnoticed (into the church) …who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit (Jude 1:4,19). These are non-believers in the church whoContinue reading “Church Unity: Faultfinding”

Church Unity: Sinful judging

When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing [Paul] in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought GreeksContinue reading “Church Unity: Sinful judging”

Church Unity: Speaking before you hear

Experience tells me that conflict between people is not due primarily to doctrinal, cultural or methodological differences. It is HOW we talk about them that creates the discord. And that is because words have great power either to unite or to divide. Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life are in the power of theContinue reading “Church Unity: Speaking before you hear”

Church Unity: Your smartphone is a poor companion

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20)    Like most of you I have a smartphone, that magical portal to a universe of information, helpful apps and once in a while contact with another human being, usually by text. It has become a practical necessity toContinue reading “Church Unity: Your smartphone is a poor companion”

Church unity: Do we just agree to disagree?

“We should disobey because the COVID-19 restrictions are nothing more than an election year plot to unseat Donald Trump and attack the church.” “No! We should obey because the COVID-19 restrictions are science-based actions to prevent the spread of a disease that kills.” Both positions are held by genuine believers in Jesus Christ, the belovedContinue reading “Church unity: Do we just agree to disagree?”

Church Unity: Seeing What God Sees

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. Acts 20:28 We are talking about unity among believers in the local church, and perhaps the best place to start is with theContinue reading “Church Unity: Seeing What God Sees”