What joy to meet with God’s own saints,
In greetings face to face;
We mutually lift our heavy weights,
In love and warm embrace.
In common our pains and gains we share,
Whatever may be our load;
Together we engage in prayer,
Companions on this road.
Our sins and errors we confess,
´Tis grace our common bond,
To live and love and give and bless
In fellowship Beyond.
Fathers must not be put to death for what their children do, nor children for what their fathers do; each must be put to death for his own sin. Deuteronomy 24.16.
Moses said it by inspiration to the people of Israel, before they entered the land of Canaan. Centuries later, the prophet Ezekiel developed it further, speaking again to the Israelites. (See chapters 18 and 33.) Go to the New Testament and see that condemnation and salvation are determined on an individual basis.
The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16.16.
Some Bible versions published in recent years throw statements into the plural in order to avoid the singular masculine pronoun. All fine and good, but it sometimes misses a point, like individual responsibility.
Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. For each one will carry his own load. Galatians 6.4-5.
Am I to blame for what happened a hundred years ago or more? God is more interested in what I am doing right now. Continue reading
For children born in a world of hate, have hope —
They’ll learn to love in a godly home where hearts
Are tender, eyes aren’t haughty, ears are quick
To hear the word of God — Have highest hopes!
For churches holding forth the truth, have hope —
In spite of walls and damning doctrines, light
Can penetrate the darkness, the glory of God
Can bring a sinner to turn — Have highest hopes!
For saints who serve in hard travails, have hope —
To suffer with Christ is honor, his hand upon you,
His power within will reap a harvest of souls —
We see not how he works — Have highest hopes!
Glory to God for allowing men and women of all stripes into his kingdom, for accepting the worst and the best on equal footing because of the Cross, for calling the whole world into covenant relationship with him! Praise God for inclusiveness! Exalt him for welcoming the world! Give him thanks that he washes, purifies, justifies, and saves each one, based upon faith and repentance from sin! Holy! Holy! Holy! is the Lord!
DST removed an hour from our sleep last night, so be aware that you in American Central Time are now four hours behind us. (Oops, that is, after you go off DST there.) If it’s 9 am here, it’s 5 am there. Please don’t call me at 10 pm your time. Continue reading
¶ The cookout Saturday night was great, good meat, loved that grilled cheese, good to eat rice and beans again, but the body sure needs some light, vitamin-filled nourishment. Almondshakes in the morning are helping, but heavy meals slow a feller down. Continue reading
The photo captures a meeting of the Stonewall AR church in its first building on the banks of the Cache River, next to the old post office. The quality of the original is poor. Continue reading
The same happens in the church as well as in American politics.
Such disregard for truth and facts is no accident, but the fruit of postmodernism. So-called “after modern” thought was a trendy late-20th-century way to reduce facts to stories.
“Progressives believed that because traditional protocols, language and standards were usually created by stuffy old establishment types, the rules no longer necessarily should apply. Instead, particular narratives and euphemisms that promoted perceived social justice became truthful. Bothersome facts were discarded.
If you identify your congregation by a person (pastor or leader) other than Christ, either you’re not in the right church or you’re not the right kind of Christian.
Christ does not brook the exaltation of man. The church belongs to him. No person has the right to be known for the work of Christ. Continue reading