On this day in 1888 Princess Isabel freed all slaves in Brazil. The process occurred in relative peace—at least, there was no war over it. In 1961 Catholics began commemoration of it as the Day of Brazilian Fraternity (or Brotherhood).
Whenever the world speaks of #brotherhood, we cannot but remember that the only true state of equality and fraternal treatment is in Christ. In the family of God there is #love and acceptance and #forgiveness.
Brotherly affection and unselfish love are a part of the Christian’s faith, 2 Pet 1.5-8.
Let us make our congregations into true families of faith, where God rules as Father, where Christ provides the proper example as older brother, and where every saint is a precious spiritual sibling whose soul is valued and whose presence brings joy in our midst.
First, request for prayers for a sister in Christ, Ana Lucia, from Rio who was involved in a bus accident here in the city, on the interstate highway, between 4 and 5 am. Her femur is broken in four places. She just came out of surgery.
Second, it’s encouraging to see how the family of faith, from another city and state, are willing to help their brothers and sisters in Christ. I see it rather often here. Perhaps because the Brazilian brotherhood is smaller, or maybe it’s a cultural thing, but people respond to needs with generosity, often at great personal cost.
What books do you know of written by our people on the subject of love, especially, the love of God? (I’m not looking for books on marriage and family.)
I have one in Portuguese, that examines 1 Cor 13. I can’t recall any others, offhand.
Article suggestions are fine, I suppose, but they ought to be longish and more in-depth, rather than devotional. Still, a book would be gold.
On QBT today, this tidbit:
The NT tells saints to give preference to God’s people, then to others. “Always pursue what is good for one another and for all.” 1Th 5.15
One can see this preference also in Gl 6.10: “So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.”
Are there other verses you can think of that show this church-first attention when it comes to the saints’ good works and love?
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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968), from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
The church in Millington, north of Memphis, has made an appeal for help, both for their people and for the community. Read and help here.
And don’t forget John Henson’s sister-in-law and her family in Antioch, who also lost it all in the flood.
I don’t have much to add to what has already been said. Weylan’s Deaver’s words resonate with me.
What is the state of the brotherhood? Fractured. The faithful are gaining ground for God. The faithless are giving up God’s ground. The factious are fighting over ground God doesn’t even want.
Our congregation is growing and I see congregations opening up after being closed. Being on Facebook with hundreds of brethren has created a new dynamic. You find out what is going on in other places of the brotherhood and I see a lot of conversions. Brethren are busy and striving to follow God.
There are plenty of people in the church who are flirting with danger. Their curiosity and jealousy of the denominations leads them into the land of apostasy. Their untucked attitudes and demeanors are striving to become more worldly in hopes that they can lead people…where, exactly? Not to Christ!
Unsanctified doctrine and behavior does not lead people to sanctification. I see profanity on the rise among preachers and God’s people in general. That troubles me. Preachers are enamored and reverential toward denominational false teachers and that is having repercussions all over the brotherhood.
I pray that the brotherhood can remain strong and stave off a split that is being instigated by brethren on the extreme right and left wings of the Church.
If you ask me, the main things that the brotherhood needs are more brethren who are allowed to be full-time writers, better publications and an enhanced level of sanctification among the brethren. May God be praised in everything that we do!
What is the State of the Brotherhood? It’s in a state better than our country is in – but not much better. Just as in government, we have “liberals” in the church that continue to present various teachings, not in accord with the New Testament.
There are churches of Christ who so want to be like the denominations round about them, that they’ll sacrifice Bible truth in order to engage in their unauthorized practices (1 Samuel 8:19-20; Colossians 3:17). However, this should be no surprise to us today, because Paul and Peter predicted this would occur (Acts 20:29-31; cf. 2 Peter 2:1-3).
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of Congress, the Cabinet, the honorable Justices of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen.
The state of our brotherhood in Christ is exactly how Jesus described it in Matthew 13:24ff. There are the members who are like the good crop sown into the field, and there are the tares. There is positive news, however. There will be a harvest.
“Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father,” (Matthew 13:43a). May God hasten that day.
I’ve been reading some comments, from right and left, about President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. None of them positive. Seems he pleased no one on either side of the aisle.
But my point for mentioning it is that a couple of years ago, I asked some folk to provide a perspective on the state of the brotherhood.
I’m wondering if the Fellows might like to update that from 2006. Where are we now? Where are we headed? What are the challenges, the opportunities, the dangers, the safe zones, the high and low points?
Maybe this should have been the Daily Nudge?
UPDATE: Let it be so. The Daily Nudge now reads: “What is the State of the Brotherhood?”
Up until Sunday, it was the Three Stooges. I loved their slapstick routine. Even though it was always the same, it was still funny to me.
But on Sunday, after our second afternoon class in prayer, I heard three brethren who had never led a public prayer in their lives lead their first. One of them actually led the closing prayer. It was something simple he had written, but it was beautiful. After he closed and the crowd began talking, I was standing in the back of the auditorium ready to “shake out” the congregation. First, a smile came upon my face as I thought how far this brother had come. Then, I began to chuckle. And, then, I began to laugh.
This invitation is almost a year old, but it’s still as fresh as the day I wrote it and the need as great.
To further that awareness and to cultivate that solidarity, BNc was born. And as a part of that mission, we invite you to partner with BNc. Dub yourself a BNc patron. You need no one’s permission to work on behalf of this effort to strengthen our sense of brotherhood. Here are some ideas what you can do.
Our good sister Barbara A. Oliver is now Managing Editor, and she’ll second the invitation.