He carries that weight with him all the time

Tears filled my eyes as I looked into the eyes of a dear friend from long ago. “Where is the lady youbrought to the church?” I asked. She told me and then said, “But it is my husband I’m concerned about.” I asked for more information and she shared how he had become a Christian a few years back. She said he reads his Bible for hours at a time, and worries about all the years he didn’t attend church, wasn’t a Christian, when they were raising their two children. “He carries that weight with him all the time,” she said.

I asked about their grown children and she said the girl attends services but their son doesn’t come at all. The strain in her voice as she talked about their precious children told me she also carries the weight as she recalls the years she begged her husband to come to church with her. We were there. We knew what was going on but he was too busy with his work and fun times to consider living for the Lord. She came. She was faithful, but the children needed their daddy to come also. They needed his example. “The best example for a child is the same sex parent,” Dr. Phil McGraw always says. Their daughter is faithful and their son is not. 

Guilt. Webster states guilt is a sense of having committed a wrong. No doubt God has forgiven this father for his sins but he is having trouble forgiving himself. “For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

When a baby is born into a family that child deserves to be pointed toward heaven by the teaching of the parents. They are to be loved and molded into a person devoted to God. Parents are to “train up a child in the way it should go,” as the Bible states. Too often young people have not been taught the direction themselves and have nothing to offer in teaching their own offspring. Thanks be to God that this Christian woman set the example before her husband and was faithful, and by her example he became a Christian. 

Tears filled my eyes as I remembered those years and thought of her faithfulness and the good she has done. I held her and said, “Pray. There is power in prayer.” I hope they are both praying for the return of their wayward son and somehow God will remove the guilt that his daddy is carrying all the time.

#christian-living, #guilt

What does the Bible say about the Christian’s calling

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you werecalled” (Ephesians 4:1).

“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling” (Hebrews 3:1).

“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21).

“Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

People are called by the gospel to become Christians (2 Thessalonians 2:14), and as Christians we have a “heavenly calling” that involves our walking “worthy of the calling with which you were called.”

What does it mean to call on the Lord to be saved? Obviously it does not mean to pray for salvation by calling the Lord’s name because Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). We see then that to call on the Lord means to obey what He has told us to do.

To be forgiven of sin and prepare to go to heaven, we must:

  1. Believe in Jesus as God’s Son (John 8:24);
  2. Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3); 
  3. Confess our faith in Jesus as God’s Son (Matthew 10:32-33);
  4. Be baptized into Christ (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27).
  5. Live as faithful children of God

Jesus said, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).  

 

#bible-study

God can use us all

I am reading the letters that the apostle Paul wrote now and enjoying them very much. It made me think about Paul and him being, what he called, the chief of sinners when he was persecuting Christians.While on the road to Damascus. He was one we probably would have given up on for much less than what he did to persecute Christians. But God can take the meanest, the dirtiest, the ugliest among us and make us clean. That’s what He did with Paul, and just look at what a change Paul made. 

Look where Paul came from: He was born in Tarsus, educated in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. He was a tentmaker by trade. He approved of Stephen’s death and persecuted Christians to their death.

Look where Paul was going: Paul was on his way to Damascus with a couple of friends taking letters written to fellow Jews in Damascus, to arrest Christians and take them back to Jerusalem to be punished. 

Look how Paul was stopped: As he was traveling and coming near Damascus, about midday a bright light from the sky flashed suddenly around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?” 

Look how Paul changed: He asked the Lord, “What shall I do, Lord?” and the Lord told him to get up and go into Damascus, and there he would be told everything that God had determined for him to do. He was blind and his companions took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.

Ananias, a devout man according to the Law and was highly respected by the Jews living there. He came to Paul and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight,” Ananias told him that the God of our ancestors had chosen him to know his will, to see his righteous Servant, and to hear him speaking with his own voice. He said he would be a witness for him to tell everyone what he had seen and heard. Then he told him to arise and be baptized and wash away his sins calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:1-16).

Look at the wonderful servant of God Paul became: God used Paul mightily from that day forward. He was a missionary in love with the Lord. He wrote letters to the churches which take up much of our New Testament.

The thing I am thinking about is that God can take the scoundrel, the vilest of sinners, the dirtiest, the ugliest among us and make us clean. He can forgive and forget. That person can become a great servant of God. Let us look at each person we meet through the eyes of our Lord and see in him a soul that is worthy of being saved, and let us go about teaching him the precious gospel of Christ.

#bible-study, #practical-lessons

What does the Bible say about the church of Christ

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

“The churches of Christ greet you” (Romans 16:16).

Jesus said, “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18).

“…the church of God which He purchased with His own

blood” (Acts 20:28).

“There is one body” (Ephesians 4:4). God “gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23).

“And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).

Often, as in the above verses, Christ’s spiritual body is referred to as “the church” because there were no denominational churches as we have in the world today. The church is also designated as the “house of God,” “bride of Christ,” “church of the firstborn’. These references do not refer to different churches, but to God’s one spiritual kingdom. Each of these Bible designations glorifies God and His Son Jesus Christ.

The Old Testament foretold that the church would be set up during the days of the Roman kings in the city of Jerusalem. Acts chapter 2 shows these events taking place, and for the first time we read of the church being in existence on the earth as people were added to it by the Lord.

We never read in the Bible of anyone ever “joining” the church of Christ, but when people obeyed the gospel the Lord added them to His church.

As the Bible tells of these predictions that were made hundreds of years in advance, we read of them being “at hand” or soon to happen. At Mark 9:1, Jesus said he was speaking to some who would not die until the kingdom came with power. Jesus told the apostles to wait int he city of Jerusalem until they received “power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Acts 1:8 tell they would receive this power when the Holy Spirit came. The Holy Spirit came as recorded in Acts 2, so that is the time when God set up His church.  

 

#bible-study, #church-of-christ

Luke, my favorite doctor

I have approached my Bible reading differently lately in that I decided to read what Dr. Luke, the Physician, wrote. First I read the book of Luke and then continued with the book of Acts. Luke was an eyewitness from the beginning and minister of the word (Luke 1:2).

Luke said it seemed good to him also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first to write it unto Theophilus (beloved of God). Why would he do this? He continued, “That you might know the certainty of those things, wherein you have been instructed.”

I don’t recall much being said about Luke throughout the Bible. But we know from his writings, his knowledge, that he was there, he was listening, he was learning, and he shared what he knew. Other writers, namely Paul, mentioned Luke being with them on occasions, but he must have been a very quiet person. We know he was well learned. What can we learn from Dr. Luke? I suggest:

  1. He was there. He was in the presence of Jesus. He was where the action was going on. We might compare that to our being in regular attendance at all the services of the church. The Bible says “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
  2. He was listening. Smart people listen more than they talk. Someone has said, “I never learned a thing when I was the one doing the talking.”
  3. He was learning. Dr. Luke was smart but he continued to learn. We don’t ever outgrow our need to study the Word of God. There is always something we can learn. God knew if we could read the Bible one time and learn all we needed to know, that we would put it down and never pick it up again. We can always learn something new every time we read from the Bible.
  4. He shared what he knew, and aren’t we thankful he did? To read the book of Luke and continue with reading the book of Acts is wonderful in that one will get the full picture of the life of Jesus and the acts of the apostles in teaching His commands. We can share what we learn from the word of God, in fact that is our marching orders as brother Ira North used to say. We are to go and teach others the gospel of Christ. Luke wrote it because he wanted Theophilus (and all of us) to know the certainty of those things we are taught or read in the Word of God.

Not only are we thankful that Dr. Luke, our brother, was present, but he was listening, learning and was willing to share what he had both seen and heard with all of those who dare to take time to sit down and read his writings. I am most grateful for God’s word.

 

#bible-reading, #bible-study

What does the Bible say about guilt

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12; 10:17; Isaiah 43:25).

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

Guilt is defined as, “The fact or condition of having committed a legal or moral offense. A feeling of remorse arising from a real or imagine commission of an offense. Guilty conduct.”

Bible examples of those who felt guilt after they had sinned and before they were forgiven:

  1. Adam and Eve – Genesis 3:7-8
  2. The bad treatment of Joseph by his brothers – Genesis 42:21.
  3. David because of his sins – Psalm 51.
  4. Peter after denying Jesus – Matthew 26:75.
  5. Judas after betraying Jesus – Matthew 27:3-5.
  6. Those who accused the woman of adultery – John 8:9.

We should have guilt because of sin, but when we obey the Lord and are forgiven we should no longer feel guilt. There is an unnecessary problem after we are forgiven; we fail to forgive ourselves and continue to have unnecessary guilt.

Jesus died for our sins in order that we not die. He took our guilt and death, and gave us righteousness and life.

Jesus paid for our sin with His blood, and offers us salvation as a gift. Will you accept His gift, or must you pay for sins with your soul even though Jesus has already paid for them?

Do you have guilt, or have you accepted God’s forgiveness?

 

#bible-study, #guilt

Money talks

Money talks. Oh, I don’t mean literally, but just look at James 2:1-4

“My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” (NIV)

People show more respect for those who seemingly have money. Money talks.

Young people look up to the young fellow who has a beautiful new car. Money talks.

Store employees are more apt to drift toward the customer who is finely dressed as opposed to the poorly dressed customer. Money talks.

Church members sometimes are more receptive to those with money than the man of low estate. Money talks.

But the saddest time that money did its most damning talk was when the Bible says that Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. He went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus, our Lord. The Bible says they were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present (Luke 22:4-6). Money talks.

Satan is behind money talking even today through our thoughts, our actions, our deeds. May we ever keep our hearts right in the sight of God and man.

#bible-study, #money

What does the Bible say about hell

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

At Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells of two men that died. The beggar being obedient to God went to a place of comfort, but the rich man because of disobedience went to a place of punishment and torment. The Bible says, “And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:23).

Hell is a very serious subject, but recently Rob Bell wrote the book “Love Wins,” in which he questions what the Bible teaches about hell. The Dothan Eagle, March 28, 2011, carried this account from The Associated Press, Raleigh, NC, which stated, “What does hell mean to you? Is it an endless nightmare for sinners and unsaved souls, as mainstream Christianity has taught for centuries? Or is hell here on Earth, in the distractions, addictions, and emptiness of daily life?”

The article referred to some who agreed with the book, and others who disagreed, but the important thing is what God said about it as recorded in the our Bibles.

Usually the same people who don’t believe what the Bible says about hell do believe in heaven. If we believe the Bible as God’s inspired word we must believe both. You cannot believe in heaven if you don’t believe in hell. Jesus taught much about hell and His teachings are clear. Hell is a real place “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mathew 25:41). Hell is an eternal place of darkness, fire, and pain. In hell there is no rest, relief, or hope.

Indeed God is a God of love, but also a just God who must punish the disobedient and will reward the obedient. If we love God we will obey and live for Him in this life, and live with Him eternally in heaven and escape hell.                                                                        

 

#bible-study

The things that we love

The elderly man had recently been moved from his home to a far away state. No doubt those moving him took as much as possible from his home but the house was left to sell fully furnished. We were invited by relatives who purchased the house to tour it and take anything we wanted. I picked up a few things but what I saw made a lasting impression.

 High on the top shelf in the kitchen cabinet were two tall and long stemmed glasses with the bottom part black in color. As I stood gazing up at those glasses I asked for them to be brought down for a closer look. The glasses held lasting memories to the elderly man and woman. No doubt they had made this house their home for many years. Probably they had celebrated a historic anniversary and the glasses were used in the celebration. The glasses held such memories they chose not to part with them, so they placed them high on the cabinet shelf where they could see them and remember that occasion.

It was sad to walk through the house and see things they had loved and held dear to their hearts. They were no longer there, but their things remained. It’s almost like dying. We leave it all when we depart this life. Dottie Rambo wrote in her famous and true song, “All the things we have loved and held close to our hearts, they’re just borrowed, they’re not ours at all.”

The house was left as when the man departed. Some things had been removed already but much was still there. When we depart this life whatever we were engaged in last will be left where we placed it. We won’t need it anymore. It will no longer be important to us. We’ll leave it all behind.

The memories we shared and held dear to our hearts will no longer be important. The glasses on the shelf, the book we were reading, the framed loved ones pictures, all will be left in their places and will hold little interest for those who walk through the place we loved and called home.

While reading in the book of Luke Friday morning I was reminded that the treasures we lay up in heaven are the important treasures. They will last throughout eternity. The things that we love and hold close to our hearts are just borrowed. They’re not ours at all.

Let us not forget. 

#glendas-glimpse

What does the Bible say about heaven

by: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace. I want to see my Savior’s face, Heaven is a wonderful place. I want to go there.” These are the words to a beautiful song.

The Bible describes heaven as:

  • A wonderful, beautiful, real place where God dwells, a place of God’s presence (Psalm80:14; Matthew 5:16, 45, 48).
  • A place where Christ was before He came to earth (John 3:13, 6:38).
  • A place to which Christ returned at His ascension (Acts 1:11).
  • The dwelling place of angels (Matthew 28:2; Luke 22:43).
  • The eternal dwelling place of the soul of God’s faithful children.
  • A place of rest where God’s servants shall serve Him (Revelation 21, 22).

It is from heaven that Jesus will come when He returns at His second coming in the clouds (Acts 1:11;                   1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16; Revelation 1:7).

Just as the Bible teaches that heaven is the eternal dwelling place of the soul of God’s faithful children, the Bible describes the only alternative as the awful place of hell, the place of eternal punishment for the wicked (Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1).

As Christians we can take great comfort and hope in Jesus promise of preparing a place for us (John 14:1-3). A beloved song stages, “Heaven holds all to me.”

Although the Bible tries to describe how wonderful and beautiful heaven is, we surely cannot fully and completely understand how great it will be.

In Revelation 21 and 22, we are told that God will be there with no tears, death, pain, sorrow, etc., for the things of this world will have passed away.

Are you prepared to go to heaven? Is your name written in heaven because you have obeyed Jesus in the forgiveness of sins, and you are living for Him (Luke 10:20; Hebrews 12:23)? If not, please make that preparation before it is too late. If I can help you in any way, I will be happy to do so.

#bible-study, #heaven

What does the Bible say about being ready when Jesus comes

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr. 

“He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).

Jesus is preparing mansion in heaven for His faithful people and is coming back to take us there (John 14:1-3). But when He returns He will come as our judge, and not as our Savior as He was when He came the first time (Matthew 25:31-46).

When Jesus comes again it will be unexpected as a thief in the night, and the earth will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10-11). The resurrection will take place (John 5:28-29), and the Christians, with those still living, will be changed and receive an incorruptible body (1 Corinthians 15:51-54). Then all Christians shall be caught up together “in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

We must realize the necessity of preparing for eternity in this life because there will not be a second chance when Jesus comes again. As the Bible teaches, we must be obedient now because we are told, “now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

To be forgiven of sins we must obey Jesus by faith, repentance, confession, and baptism, and then live the life of a Christian as a follower of Jesus. The only way we can be blessed eternally is to “die in the Lord” (Revelation 14:13). The only way to be in the Lord is to be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 3:26-27).

When Jesus comes again suddenly we shall be judged and rewarded according to the life we have lived (Hebrews 9:27). We dare not delay obedience to the gospel of Christ.

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no one has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own; live, love, toil with a will. Place no trust in the morrow, for the clock may then be still.”

The tragedy of waiting for tomorrow to obey Jesus is seen when we realize that Christ may come today!

#jesus-christ, #jesus-2nd-coming

I love you more

For some time we have been trying to help a homeless young man get his life on the right track. Recently he was about to leave our home and as he gathered up his things from the front porch, I was standing at the door watching him and said, “I love you.” Immediately he said in return, “I love you more.” I’ve never had that said to me before and it took me by surprise because I truly believe he does love me. He just doesn’t know how to show it, probably never had anyone to tell him they love him…maybe ever, but he said he loves me more than I love him. 

I couldn’t help but think that no matter how much we love a person, Jesus is the one who can truly say, “I love you more.” He said he loved us more by…

…leaving the beauties of heaven to come to this earth to live as a mortal man,

…coming to this earth and facing the hardships of man

…having no place to lay His head

…being spit upon

…being whipped or scourged by sinful man

…being commanded to carry his own cross up the hill of Golgatha

…being nailed to the old cross

…suffering the pain associated with the nails, the ridicule, the hate, the disgust of those who wanted nothing more than to watch Him die.

…enduring the humiliation of the cross.

…enduring the six agonizing hours hanging suspended between heaven and earth.

…seeing his accusers wagging their tongues at him and yet being able to say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

We stand in awe of our Savior. We love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself for us. Yes, he truly “loved us more.” May we never forget it was He who loved us first before we were ever formed in our mother’s womb. It is He who blesses us with unlimited blessings days without end and it is He who stands at the door ready to welcome us home and back into His fold when we are ready. May we always stand ready to show the world that we indeed “love Him more.”

#jesus-christ, #love-of-christ

What does the Bible say about Christ coming again?

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men ofGalilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:9-11).

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7).

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32).

Jesus will come unexpectedly as a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10).

When Jesus came the first time, He came as our Savior, but when He comes again He will be our judge (John 5:22; Acts 17:31). When Jesus comes again all will be raised in the resurrection (John 5:28-29). There will not be a long span of time between the resurrection of righteous and wicked. At Matthew 25:31-36, Jesus describes His coming again; His separating the righteous and wicked; and the Judgement Day.

2 Peter chapter 3 tells us, “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

Nothing is more reasonable than the coming of the end of time, and nothing is more clearly taught in the scriptures. Yet there are people who live as though Jesus never came to provide salvation from sin for us, and that things discussed in this article will never take place. But it is a subject that we need to think about seriously, and make preparation for heaven as we obey and live for Jesus.

2 Peter 3 also tells us of scoffers who will not believe that Jesus is coming again. They say things have continued the same, but Peter reminds them that this is not true because of the flood during Noah’s day. Are you ready for the Judgement Day? We can help you if you are not. God bless you all.

#bible-study, #jesus-christ

Remembering Daddy on Father’s Day

Let me tell you about my daddy. Today is Father’s Day and naturally, I am thinking of him.

A year before Douglas and I married, Daddy was restored to the church asking for forgiveness. He stated he had lived in sin for 30 years. I was 21 or so at the time, so this decision really made our house a home. (Thanks, Raymond Elliott for your part in this decision.)

Daddy stopped drinking, smoking and cursing at that time. He laid it all down. I know it can be done because my Daddy did it. He later became a Deacon in the Elba Church of Christ.

Mother worked at the Kinston Sewing Factory and on her meager salary of about $75 every two weeks, she purchased suits, ties, and white shirts for her man. Mama bought Daddy those pre-tied ties. She was a smart shopper.

Daddy loved to dress up and go to church. They were always early. Mama all but begged Daddy to change his clothes on Sundays when they got home from worship so he wouldn’t “mess his best clothes up,” but Daddy wouldn’t do it. He wanted to stay dressed up. That way he would be ready to go back for the evening service.

During the week Daddy wore a cap with overalls. You see, he was a carpenter by trade, but on Sunday it was a different story. Daddy liked to “dress up” and go to worship. Daddy was faithful as long as he lived after making that important decision in his life. Oh what a joyful peace that gives me. I love to think of Daddy and look forward to seeing him again one day. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

#christian-living, #obedience

What does the Bible say about the church as the spiritual body of Christ

by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23).

“There is one body” (Ephesians 4:4).

“For as we have many members in one body…so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14).

These verses tell us that the church is the body of Christ and that there is one body. So the Bible tells us there is one church.

A logical question should be which church is the Bible speaking of since there are many different churches in the world today. These churches are different because of the different people who started them at different times and places; they wear different names; worship in different ways; teach different doctrines; teach different ways to be saved. We must go to the Bible to learn of the one church which is the body of Christ.

Jesus promised to build one church (Matthew 16:18). He died for His church and purchased it with His own blood (Ephesians 5:25; Acts 20:28). The church belongs to Christ; He is the foundation of the church (1 Corinthians 3:11); “Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). To be saved we must be a member of His body because salvation is not in the many denominational churches in our world today.

With these thoughts in mind we should have a greater appreciation for what the Bible says:

“The churches of Christ greet you” (Romans 16:16), and “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Jesus prayed for unity “that all may be one” (John 17:21), and the Scripture teaches us how to be united.

#bible-study, #church-of-christ