“If you tie two cats’ tails together, and drop them over opposite sides of the clothesline, you may have unison, but you surely won’t have unity!” Although I’ve never seen or done this, visualizing the chaos and caterwauling that would result provides insight to “unison” and “unity.” Unfortunately, “unison” is often what we have instead of “unity” in our churches. Despite having a “tie” that binds us together, true “unity” often does not really exist. So, we act and treat one another about the same as we imagine our illustrative cats would, and the fur flies- and unbelievers have a more difficult time understanding why they should become Christians, cf. John 17:21.
When you "count your blessings," which ones do you count? The physical ones? The spiritual ones? Both? This Word file outline considers a few "blessings" we probably ought to include in our counting, but probably don't typically make the list.
Is the requirement for us commemorate the Lord's death "until He come" just a weekly reminder of the physical pain and agony Jesus endured on the cross for us? Or is it something more- something much more spiritual? This PowerPoint lesson seeks to answer this very question.
There is a huge difference between being patient and being dead, obviously. This is true physically and spiritually- which is equally apparent. In our last article, the importance of “patient faith,” and trusting God and His ways, was emphasized through the story of Abraham and Sarah. Eventually, as we learned, they stopped trying “help” God (through adoption and surrogacy) fulfill His promise to give them a son. Instead, Abraham and Sarah finally learned to patiently trust and obey God. He then, in turn, blessed them with Isaac, the son He had promised. But…