When a professional athlete finds himself injured by an opponent’s foul play, he is removed for a time of healing before going back out on the field. And pending on the severity of the injury, one can be out of the game for many months. Of course the heart of passion within the player wants to go back out immediately and keep fighting for his team, but such could further injure his faculties, resulting in permanent removal. So the sportsman learns humble patience, allowing the body to slowly heal back into full strength, at times even stronger. His loving medical and familial attention necessary certainly helps expedite the process. And once he can go back out on the field he’s ready with the wisdom his scars produced, both mentally and physically, to win the championship for his Country.
Sometimes we faithful Christians out there in the field get injured by our opponents, both within and without the fold. Some injuries are grievous, taking many months to heal, being the unjust recipients of betrayal, treachery, false witness, abuse, selfish-ambition, manipulation, wicked words, division, deception, lies, baseless accusations, and so on. Even the “law” at times will be wrongly handled to incarcerate an innocent man. Yet we can rest assured that Jesus and His words are there to comfort us back into full health, this indeed if we allow ourselves to learn from His guidance and trust in His will. As much as we’d love to return immediately, we first need to heal the household from the sorrow inside. We’ve witnessed those among us not ready, go back to the fight, and be devoured. But once made well again, we go back out in the trenches and remain victorious for Christ, winning souls for His kingdom. And therein we’ll understand the wisdom of Paul when he said, “my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel.” (Phil. 1:12).
The faithful will know your trials, they will discern the truth and encourage you in such times of pain, “knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world.” (1 Pt. 5:9).
Have heart fellow saints, we live in a corrupt generation fallen out of season, and its worldly ways crept into the church leadership. Seek the truth, don’t blindly follow the masquerade (2 Cor. 11:14). The faithful will persevere and await His mighty return (Phil. 3:20), being fruitful till His great Day of appearing (Mt. 24:46).
Paul knew some of his brethren in Colossae were being deluded and taken captive by all sorts of persuasive deceptions, and so he instructed them what to do in order to protect themselves from such spiritual threats. Join us in this study of Colossians 2:4-8.
The kingdom of His beloved Son, the body, the church; was proclaimed in all creation. Join us in our studies this session as we journey Paul's pen within the minds of his brethren in Colossae.
Sermon Sunday: John 2:13-25
EastCoast church of Christ
Moncton, NB, Canada.
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2022.
In 1 Peter 3:21, we see the explicit inspired words of Peter the Apostle of Jesus the Christ. Was he teaching the Christians of the 1st Century that they were saved by "water?" What exactly did Peter mean within the context? This and more we explore in this exclusive LOCALS podcast session.
POLL question: "was Peter the Apostle married?"
Gooood morning, brothers & sisters! Happy October! May your day be blessed with love, peace & happiness. much love to all 🥰🤟🏾
"Every morning when I look outside the walls of my house and peer into the world, I see the power of God. He holds the world together and yet longs to hold my heart." -Rachel Wojo
Thank You, Lord. \O/♥
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