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The fragrance of pure fellowship draws nigh the seeker. Being part of a local body that truly practices unity and care is most beautiful; seeing thoughtful souls engaged in benevolence, evangelism, and weekly devotion is lovely; no greater comfort, healing, and joy than among the faithful in a church built upon the charity and forgiveness of Christ. The affectionate mind is childlike in innocence. If only the hardened heart would soften and receive such spiritual beauty, turning an enemy into a friend. The cooperation of like-minded souls has most strengthened us, has it not? The compassion and selflessness of humble brethren facilitate our perseverance through some of the most tragic traumas, what power our Master wields our way through His gospel. Some of the most fruitful congregations were planted due to the Devil's schismatic execution; like Christ on the cross conquering death, the Christian movement overcame the world. God has blessed us with wisdom.

However, dear saints, be mindful when considering a congregation you may have been invited to visit, promote, encourage, and support. Pay attention; just because it says "church of Christ" outside doesn't mean it belongs to Christ inside. Being found in a garage with a wrench doesn't make one a mechanic, nor does sitting in the pews with a Bible make one faithful. Some of the most unhealthy souls can be found lurking around at the gym for reasons other than getting in shape. Some Churches have never belonged to Christ, yet say they do. Some Churches once belonged to Christ but have since been infiltrated and taken over by divisive and manipulative wolves, corrupt and malignant narcissists running off the faithful.

We must learn to discern and practice our faith for the sake of love, our Lord's good pleasure. Get informed before making a wrong decision and have your integrity tarnished by your association with people who have created much devastating sorrow towards the pure. Seek the church that has the right heart and proclaims the correct doctrine. Humble hearts are a gem in a faithful and loving church led by the Good Shepherd; these are the ones we should visit, promote, encourage, and support. These are the ones we should be "added" to by the hand of God and therein find the love of Christ.

Your servant,
SM

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The Kingdom of His beloved Son

You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

You've become idle in your sinful behavior and practices. You wake to panic as you become aware of your eternal punishment. A neighbor cares for you enough to share Jesus with you. Will you obey the gospel?

The reception of forgivness was the desired result of all who willfully gave their lives to Christ, submissive to His spiritual operation (Col. 2:11-12). Paul, the apostle, speaking to his brethren in Colossae, was accurate in reminding them of their reconciliation. And how the Word of God they had chosen to hear produced fruit for the Kingdom. The Kingdom was God's preplanned location where all found within would have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A domain needs a King, Christ Jesus. A Kingdom has boundaries, borders, law and order, and justice. This Kingdom is of a peculiar kind, and we should all seek first legal citizenry (Mt. 6:33). His Kingdom is the body, the church (Col. 2:1,18,24). The body for it has organic members all united for the purposed function--the church fo its assembly, it's family. The way in? Being a repentant believer confessing Christ, immersed into water calling on His name, in order to receive the forgiveness of your sins, being added to His Kingdom, local assembly (i.e. "rescued, transferred, redeemed"). 

This good news of Jesus Christ "was proclaimed in all creation" to give humankind a way out of the flames and sinful consequences. And we are wise to hear its call.

Is your house on fire?

Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

Your servant,

SM

 

 

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