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!