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10-17-2017 Sexual Immorality

“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people” (1 Corinthians 5:9 NKJV). The expression, “sexually immoral,” refers to any sexual deviation from God’s plan for us to grow up as sexual virgins until heterosexual marriage, then lifetime faithfulness to that commitment. To be “sexually immoral” includes practices such as, rape, incest, adultery, homosexuality, sodomy, pornography, and such like. When “sexually immoral” people are in charge of a business or industry, such as a magazine or entertainment or religion, those who know of it should “not keep company” with him or her! All who have no good morals will accept, endorse, and hide the “sexually immoral,” but good moral people will keep away from them. “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray” (Proverbs 12:26 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#fellowship, #sexually-immoral

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10-20-2017 Live In Not Of The World

Paul wrote to Corinthian Christians: “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world” (1 Corinthians 5:9-10 NKJV). To “keep company” is participating with, or sharing in, “sexual immorality.” A Christian must stay spiritually safe, but at the same time continue living among worldly people. Jesus prayed about His disciples, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15 NKJV). On earth, Jesus showed how we must “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time” (Colossians 4:5 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#fellowship, #keep-company, #world

God draws the line

“… ‘You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone will build it for the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, commanded us’” Ezra 4:3.

In this era of inclusion and bending of the rules to accommodate everyone, the drawing of a line of fellowship by the returning exiles sounds really harsh to us. But, it is God who draws it.

It was precisely because His people had erased His line and drawn it where they pleased that they had ceased to be His people and had compromised with the beliefs and practices of every nation around them.

As Ezra had to tell those of the surrounding peoples who opposed them, “You have no part with us,” Nehemiah needed to a few years later when he sought to rebuild the walls.

But why not extend fellowship? Doesn’t God love all people? Yes, but with God a person is either in or out. It’s tempting to want to call seemingly good and loving folks who are doing great deeds “Christians,” but God draws the line still by whether they are in or out of Christ.

It is up to us to have the courage to hold the line and build the wall in the face of opposition or give in to the pressure to re-draw God’s line.

Are you courageous to stand for God?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#devotional #fellowship #love

June 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 1)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • A Harmonious Congregation (Kevin W. Rhodes)
  • I Thank My God Upon Every Remembrance… (Cody Westbrook)
  • Let Love Abound (Mike Vestal)
  • Christ Is Preached, So I Rejoice! (Stephen Wiggins)
  • To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain (Randy Robinson)
  • Paul’s Plea (Dave Rogers)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#apostle-paul, #christian-living, #christian-worker, #fellowship, #love, #philippians, #preaching-christ, #spiritual-examples

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The Fellowship Room is a website for Christians. It receives several posts a day from a wide variety of people. Here are a few of the contributions made to the site:

Other Fellows, such as John Henson and Richard Mansel, post as they are able.

One of the best features of The Fellowship Room is the comments and questions from readers. They appear in real time, making it also a social-media site to rival the best commercial offerings on the web. (Except it doesn’t track your movements or restrict what you see, like those big guys do.)

Make TFR one of your regular sites to visit and interact with.

You’ll be edified and strengthened spiritually, and you’ll have opportunity to encourage other readers and commenters.

Also, please pass this suggestion on to faithful saints whom you think might also be interested in The Fellowship Room.

 

#christian-sites, #edification, #fellowship, #motivation

Sincere and earnest love in God’s family

I’m not a fan of Rick Warren, but this quote that appeared today in my Hubzilla feed is quite good and represents fairly well the type of relationship that the Lord provides us in the church of God.

If you are a member of a small group or class, I urge you to make a group covenant that includes the nine characteristics of biblical fellowship: We will share our true feelings (authenticity), forgive each other (mercy), speak the truth in love (honesty), admit our weaknesses (humility), respect our differences (courtesy), not gossip (confidentiality), and make group a priority (frequency).

The “group covenant” he speaks of might better be described as every saint’s commitment to obey the Lord and to love sincerely and intensely one’s family in Christ, 1 Pet 1.22-23:

You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

Other terms and phrases could also stand a tweak, but the above quote captures much of the interaction necessary to be a true people of God. Of course, Warren misses most of the biblical pattern for the nature of the church and the way of salvation, truths about which we must be receptive and honest before we can truly love the Lord and his people.

#church #brotherly-love #fellowship

What does ‘fellowship’ mean?

By Nelson Smith, commenting on Phil 2.1-2

What do we know of the “communion of the Holy Spirit?” Or the “fellowship of the Spirit?” What meaning does it have for us?

I preached for a church where they had a “fellowship committee.” Its primary work was to organize “fellowships” where the main topic (and activity) was food. Sometimes a little more than that but that does seem to be a common “vice” (?) of many whose taste-buds are out of control.

What does fellowship mean? Continue reading

#fellowship, #holy-spirit, #philippians