What happens here today the world ignores,
At best, or upon our precious faith it pours
Its scorn and hate — the bread and wine we share,
The blessed Name we call upon in prayer.

This people of love whose holy kiss is true,
Were immersed and washed, in Christ were born anew,
’Tis not by sight they walk that righteous Way,
But hearing God’s faithful promise they obey.

Given a living hope, God’s children charge
Ahead, his power in humble hearts grown large,
The bracing news of Christ their only creed —
Against them, nothing in this world can succeed.

When we decide to do the will of God, as painful or distasteful as it may be, we may be sure of the presence of God’s power.

As you meet together, and I meet with you in my spirit, by the power of our Lord Jesus present with us, you are to hand this man over to Satan for his body to be destroyed, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 5.4-5 GNB Continue reading

As students of the Way, we have parsed every sentence in which the terms “Scripture,” “Word,” and “commandment” occur. The referent of the terms is easy to point to, a Bible in our hands. I suspect we have not paid as much attention to the terms about power.

But I will come to you soon, if the Lord is willing, and I will find out not only the talk of these arrogant people, but also their power. For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power.
1 Corinthians 4.19-20 NET Continue reading