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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

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Christian-Christian Relationships

A great post on encouraging one another by Noah Aadjei

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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:23–24.

Introduction:

The religion of Christ superior to all others:

1. It is different and superior primarily in its attitude toward, and treatment of, one another

2. It may be of interest to you in your study to know that “one another” and “each other” are found 213 times in the New Testament.

3. It always considers the other person first. This is a mark of Christian maturity.

a. “That you may grow up in him in all things” (Ephesians 4:15).

b. We do not always exhibit true Christianity in our relationships with one another.

Our relationship to God must be right. So, also, must our relationship with each other. This defines the whole course of the religion of Christ in our lives.

Discussion:

Some things we ought not to do toward one another:

1. We should not wrong or injure one another (Acts 7:26). “Let us not quarrel, for we be brethren.” This can be done by words and deeds. It may even be done by neglect and ignoring our brethren. Someone has said, ”I never knew how cruel just common talk can be. I thought that words were singing things with color like the sea. But since I felt their caustic lash and know how they can sting, I hold my breath when words go by for fear they will not sing.”

2. We must not judge and accuse one another (Romans 2:1, 14; 14:13).

3. Christians ought not to be puffed up and arrogant with one another (I Corinthians 4:6). Please consult several translations for help in the understanding of these words.

4. Christians should not have “matters against one another” (I Corinthians 6:1). This is a dispute. If they do, it should be settled with the help of one another (brethren in the family of God). Otherwise, it is a shame.

5. Brethren must not bite and devour one another (Galatians 5:15). Literally, “eat one another down.”

Read the rest of the post here: Christian-Christian Relationships

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Forming Relationships with New Christians

Tonight, we continue on with our sharing of Elihu’s great study, BuildingGenNext. We do fail new Christians in our churches in many ways, and here is some great counsel on developing relationships with them. Blessings and enjoy!

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(This article is part of the series “Building GenNext.” You can read the previous post by clicking here.)

The young man sat statue-like in the pew, observing the various chattering knots of people. There were hugs exchanged, hands waving, and smiling faces. Three weeks had elapsed since he was baptized. He was supposed to be “part” of this group now, and yet he still felt like an outsider.

The first week, there had been an outpouring of congratulations, exuberance and introductions. He definitely didn’t know more than a handful of names yet. As the weeks had trickled by, he was just… well… he was just there. The sermons were still excellent, but the preacher assumed that everyone in the audience knew all this stuff. He shook his head with a small chuckle. He still couldn’t find books like—what was it—Habakkuk? Well, it was something like that. The Bible classes were hard to keep up with too. A lot of the discussion was over his head. Maybe his friends at college were right. Maybe this was a joke. It was as if his conversion was the end-goal and now these Christians didn’t care if he was here or gone.

He shifted uneasily in his seat, debating whether he should slip out before services started or if he should stay and worship. His roommates had been planning a day at the beach. They would certainly still be there. He was certain that God wanted Him to worship, but his resolve weakened with the mounting sense of ignorance and isolation……read the rest of the post here: Forming Relationships with New Christians

Elihu’s #Encourage Marathon-Days 21-26

Today we finish out this great series Called the Encourage Marathon by Elihu. Blessings and enjoy!

 

Never go into a fight without these 5 things… (Day 21 of the #encourage marathon)

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Be diligent (day 22 of the #encourage marathon)

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Keep on fighting (day 23 of the #encourage marathon)

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Don’t look back! (Day 24 of the #encourage marathon)

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Help! I need somebody, not just anybody… (Day 25 of the #encourage marathon)

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Finish strong (Day 26 of the #encourage marathon)

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Elihu’s #Encourage Marathon-Days 16-20

What are we holding on to? (Day 16 of the #encourage Marathon)

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What would you do without your Bible? (day 17 of the #encourage marathon)

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Hope is rising (Day 18 of the #encourage marathon)

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Be Strong (Day 19 of the #encourage marathon)

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Prepare yourself (Day 20 of the #encourage marathon)

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Elihu’s #Encourage Marathon-Days 11-15

Well, here we are, back to catching up on this great series on encouragement by Elihu

Do not shrink back (Day 11 of the #encourage marathon)

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Be strong. Fear not. (Day 12 of the #Encourage Marathon)

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Keep on keepin’ on. (Day #13 of the #encourage marathon)

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Why we should find joy in suffering (Day 14 of the #encourage marathon)

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3 Qualities We Gain Through Challenges (Day 15 of the #encourage marathon)

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Just a Thought

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Sometimes you’re the windshield

Sometimes you’re the bug

Keep on serving

Elihu’s #Encourage Marathon-Days 6-10

Here are days 6-10 of my friend Elihu’s Encourage Marathon. Blessings and enjoy!

Coming glory (Day 6 of the #encourage marathon)

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Run with Endurance (day 7 of #encourage marathon)

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Lift those drooping hands! (Day 8 of the #encourage marathon)

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Run with discipline (day 9 of #encourage marathon)

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Do not grow weary. (Day 10 of the #encourage marathon)

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Elihu’s #Encourage Marathon-Days 1-5

I had said last Tuesday, that I wanted to follow my friend Elihu’s #Encourage Marathon, and I still do. The thing is, it is into it’s 21st day, and running them once a week for the duration would take almost 6 months of Tuesdays! (Or more, as he is not done yet)enjoy

So, I am going to link to multiple posts each morning, and I encourage readers to take a look, and be blessed by this great series. Blessings and enjoy!

Click the links to read

Not destroyed. (Day 1 of the #encourage marathon)

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Do not lose heart (Day 2 of #encourage marathon)

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More than Conquerors (Day 3 of #encourage marathon)

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Joy will come (Day 4 of the #encourage marathon)

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Renewed Strength (Day 5 of #encourage marathon)

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Not destroyed. (Day 1 of the #encourage marathon)

In my constant search for really good series to post here on my blog, today I will be starting a multi week sharing of a great series on encouragement by my friend Elihu. Blessings and enjoy!

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It’s Day 1 of our 26-day #Encourage Marathon!

Someone out there is running low on strength, confidence, hope and maybe even faith. (It might even be you!)

This is today’s passage:

We are

afflicted in every way, but not crushed;

perplexed, but not driven to despair;

persecuted, but not forsaken;

struck down, but not destroyed;

always carrying in the body the death of Jesus,

so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

~ 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:8-10 ‭ESV‬‬, emphasis mine

The apostle Paul gave everything for Christ and experienced affliction, confusion, persecution, rejection,  and heartache. In spite of all, he endured to the end. His body may have been struck down, but his soul was not destroyed…….Read the rest of the post here: Not destroyed. (Day 1 of the #encourage marathon)

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