addedSOULS
Lifestyle • Politics • Spirituality/Belief • Education
An active Christian group, regarding this life we believers must experience.
Interested? Want to learn more about the community?

Passing thoughts,

Within the confines of a year, Diotrephes had me fully convinced I was clinically insane, a toxic and abusive person, a criminal, a liar, a dishonest and corrupted soul, a thief, a monster without any redemptive quality, damned to hell, the reason the church was not growing and would never succeed. Of course, my wife tried to convince me not to fall prey to those cunning lies. Still, my loyalty to a supposed friendship was yet too firm, and who was I to ever question a scholarly brute utilizing mind science as an expert? I was ignorant to know.

Throughout the months, I began to sit in the back, isolated, uncertain of everything; all the while, Diotrephes took preeminence, premeditated, no doubt. Diotrephes would tell the congregation I was sick when they sought an inquiry. And behind the curtains in secrecy, Diotrephes devoured low-hanging fruit against me, idle souls, delinquent behaviors. Once Diotrephes had cultivated his discord and sown his oppression, I was removed from the pulpit by the hands of pride, and shortly after, I knew unchangeable damage had occurred.

But God had mercy on my soul and withdrew us to learn and heal. I began to identify my King's discipline; I broke down and wept in deep sorrow, begging Him for forgiveness, having been blind to recognize the spiritual threat. Throughout the years, countless other victims of Diotrephes reached out, divided houses and churches, understanding the trauma and loss that came at the hands of a professional and cunning narcissistic sociopath, a fraud of the highest order capable of mentally swindling men of notable reputation, a very challenging truth to have brethren discern.

But one day, justice will come, reality will be publicly known before all men, and eternal peace will be given to all who have had to persevere through the hands of evil workers, as God is our witness. Though it came at a significant loss (i.e., work, family, friendship, security), what was gained far outweighed the slander remaining behind.

Today, we have nothing but love in our hearts within His healthy assembly, focused on the mission, moved by good works, motivated by compassionate supporters, and blessed by the encouraging growth of souls being added (Acts 2:47).

Perhaps this account sounds familiar to you; you may have lived through similar attacks. If so, please know you are not alone, for the Scriptures are filled with believers who have had to learn this wisdom.

"Count it all joy brethren....' - James.

"do not imitate what is evil" - John.

Your servant,
SM

PS: for your studies,

3rd John 1:9-10

Diotrephes had his devoured loyalists; some remained with him, and he only pushed out his opposition.

1. Diotrephes loves to be first among the congregation and does not accept what faithful brethren have to say.

2. Diotrephes practices evil deeds, such as unjustly accusing the faithful with malicious (wicked) words.

3. Diotrephes does not receive faithful brethren who oppose him, and he intimidates them by forbidding them to have any voice, ultimately pushing them out of the local assembly.

4. Diotrephes is fully convinced in his mind that he is righteous and will know how to interpret the Scriptures for his selfish ambition.

Practical Application against Diotrephes

1. If possible, have elders (strong spiritual men) who are well-versed, faithful, and capable of discerning the threat.

2. Fellowship a healthy congregation and learn to keep the flock secure and socially connected in friendship, study, and worship.

3. Know the charity of Christ and live genuinely according to His instruction, law, and love combined. PRAY often.

4. WITHDRAW from hardened hearts who live in behavioral toxicity (i.e., corrupt, duplicitous, nefarious, sinister, divisive, hypocritical, prideful, argumentative, ego-driven, greedy, etc.). - Rom. 16:17-18.

post photo preview
Interested? Want to learn more about the community?
What else you may like…
Videos
Podcasts
Posts
Articles
Outdoor Thoughts ✝️❤️

We must thank God for all good things and seek His help through all the bad things 🙏

00:07:10
Quick Outside Walk

Nice Sunday afternoon, opportune time to let ROLO run about in the yard 😀😎

00:06:17
2 Years Today 😇

The EastCoast church of Christ was planted on May 8th, 2022 🙂

00:04:34
"Cleansing the Temple"

Sermon Sunday: John 2:13-25
EastCoast church of Christ
Moncton, NB, Canada.
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2022.

"Cleansing the Temple"
"Water Baptism, Saves?"

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?"

"Water Baptism, Saves?"
Latest Entry
By: Chris Martz

"Here's my story.

I have been studying climate change for over six-years, and became so interested in it that I decided to pursue a meteorology degree which I complete next year.

When I first embarked on this journey, I started out as a casual believer in the mainstream narrative. I wouldn't have called myself a “climate doomer” per se, but if not that, I was certainly an alarmist. I thought that climate change was a very serious problem. I was worried about the weather, thinking that it was more extreme than it has ever been in history. I thought that wickedly warm December in 2015 was unprecedented, living in blissful ignorance of the fact similarly mild Decembers occurred in 1889, 1932, 1964, 1965 and 1982. I thought Hurricane Harvey was also unprecedented, not knowing that we have had far more intense hurricane strikes in the past such as Camille (1969) and Labor Day (1935). I was a total dork blindly accepting whatever was spoon-fed to me.

Then one day, I came across my friend Tony ...

post photo preview
June 03, 2024
post photo preview
Rescued - Transferred - Redeemed
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

 

 

Read full Article
See More
Available on mobile and TV devices
google store google store app store app store
google store google store app tv store app tv store amazon store amazon store roku store roku store
Powered by Locals