Feb 03

Bible Land Passages

Come visit with us on Wednesday nights as we watch together and discuss the WVBS video “Bible Land Passages.”  This past Wednesday, we viewed Passage 1 – Jerusalem:  The Unforgettable City.

Today’s city, along with its archeology, provides us with a window into the past and a glimpse of its former greatness.  But the royal city, along with its magnificent temple, pale in comparison to the church of our Lord which it foreshadowed.

For all who have not had the opportunity to see this documentary, we have embedded it below for your edification.

 

May 18

A “Fearful Thing”

judgment day terror.

Under the Law of Moses, punishment for violation of its statutes was ordained to be swift and just.  The children of Israel were expected to be devoted to God and His laws.  After all, Jehovah had plainly demonstrated His existence through His miraculous provision.  He had delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage and from the threat of Pharaoh and his army.  He had miraculously provided for them in the wilderness and guided them to the promised land.  How could an Israelite respond to God’s grace with disobedience?

Now, fast forward to our century.  God’s blessings are manifold.  He provides food, shelter, safety, good health, and our very breath.  Most significantly, He has provided forgiveness and the hope of everlasting life through the suffering of His Son and His atoning blood.  In Heb 10:26-31, the biblical writer compares the two covenants (the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ), and the severity of punishment under each.  We can certainly understand how a severe punishment was justified under the Law of Moses.  But, when we consider how much greater the benefits are under the Law of Christ, and the price our Deliverer paid for our salvation, we can understand why punishment under the Law of Christ is far greater.

Evidence for the gospel is overwhelming. There is no excuse for atheism, agnosticism, cultism, paganism, or disobedience of any kind.  The most important thing we can do in this life is to give our lives in complete devotion to our Creator’s service.  We must live pure lives free from sin.  We must worship and study with the church every opportunity that we have.  We must do everything we can to convince others to do the same.  We might not realize, at this very moment, that this is the most important thing we can do… but one day we will.  One day we will all stand before God and give an account of our lives.

When that day comes, will we have wasted our entire lives sleeping in, playing video games, watching TV, shopping at the mall or Walmart, or going to the beach or park with our friends?  Or, will we have been good stewards of the time and things God has blessed us with.  Surely, the Hebrew writer speaks the truth when He writes, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  Heb 10:31

Feb 19

Announcing: New Property Purchase

We are pleased to announce the purchase of a new property:  formerly the “Episcopal Church” in Chattahoochee, FL.  The property is located at 212 Marion Street near the police station, fire department, and city hall.  The Chattahoochee church of Christ will begin meeting at this new location as soon as the utilities have been connected and adequate cleaning/ repairs are completed.

photo of the new property, chattahoochee church of Christ, chattahoochee florida

The property will need lots of work and we plan to worship in the “fellowship” room while renovating the auditorium. We anticipate that the renovation phase will take up to 2 years or even longer.  Although we are still meeting at the City Hall Council chambers, we hope to begin worshipping at the new Marion Street location sometime within the next couple of weeks.  If you visit with us and don’t find us at City Hall, just look southeast to the next block over and you will find us.  If you have any questions, call David at 850-693-1850.

Mar 22

The Truth About The Christian and Self-Defense

Watch this Video from World Video Bible School

Apr 20

Meeting Temporarily at City Hall

chattahoochee-city-hallBecause of our leaky roof, the Chattahoochee church of Christ will begin meeting temporarily at the Chattahoochee City Hall in the Council Chambers.  The times of our services are:  Sunday Bible Study – 10 AM; Sunday Worship: 11 AM; Weds Bible Study: 7 PM.  There is plenty of comfortable seating in the council chambers and the facility is more than suitable for worship and Bible Study.  If you have any questions, call David Bateman at 850-693-1850.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Chattahoochee for their hospitality.

Mar 08

Attitudes Needed in Congregational Work

The Great Commission Matthew 28:16-20The great commission is recorded in Matt 28:18-20 and Mk 16:15-16.  The church of our Lord has been commissioned by Jesus to take the gospel to the whole world.  We evidently have a lot of work to do.  Thankfully, God has provided us with the tools we need to accomplish this great work.  One of these tools is the varied talent of the congregation’s membership.

Regardless, though, of how talented members are, we would be wise to recognize this one fact:  ALL OF THE TALENT IN THE WORLD CANNOT MAKE UP FOR WRONG ATTITUDES!  But, with the right attitudes our efforts to serve the Lord are optimized and our talents will go a long way to accomplishing our given mission.

Our attitudes are critical.  Our attitude toward God, toward ourselves as individuals, toward one another as brethren, and toward the very work we do together as a church will make the difference between success and failure.

It all starts with our attitude with God.  Do we truly love God?  Is He first in our lives?  Do we have faith in Him and trust in His direction?  We must trust in His word to guide us as we pursue the work of the church, or, when we seek to solve the problems the local church faces.  Heb 11:6

Our attitude toward ourselves is also important.  Do we have an humble estimation of ourselves (Rom 12:3)?  Do we respect the viewpoints, perspectives, and abilities of others?  Are we willing to serve and even do “menial” tasks?  We must be teachable.  We must recognize that we, ourselves, are not beyond mistakes… and willing to make self corrections when necessary.

Closely associated with how we view ourselves is our attitude toward one another as brethren.  Our love for one another (and for God) should compel us to greater cooperation.  Our humility should cause us to appreciate others – their experiences, education, backgrounds – and the perspective they bring to the “table”.  Our commitment to “peace” (Rom 14:19) should undermine Satan’s attempts to impede the work through strife.

Finally, the attitude toward our work is necessary to our success.  Do we consider it an honor to serve in our Lord’s kingdom?  Then, let us pursue the work with enthusiasm, industry, and diligence.  There is no room in the Kingdom for quitters.  We have begun the work.  Now, let us be “men” and see it through!

If we – the local congregation – want to be what God has intended for us to be, we must realize that it all begins with us as individuals.  If we want the work of the congregation to go smoothly and to succeed.. let us hone our attitudes (Eccl 10:10).  Only then will we be useful to the Master (2 Tim 2:21).

Oct 12

Christ’s Teaching on Murder and Anger Matt 5:21-26

love one anotherLast week we discussed Matt 5:17-20, where Jesus taught the necessity of exceeding the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.  The scribes and Pharisees had supplanted God’s word through their oral tradition and commentary.  Jesus said that, unless we exceed their righteousness, we can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  We accomplish that by reverencing His word in its entirety.

Today, let us consider our Lord’s teaching on the 6th commandment (Ex 20:13) recorded in Matt 5:21-26.   What was the traditional interpretation and application of this commandment, and how did Jesus say that compared to the righteousness of the Kingdom?

Jesus said that the traditional interpretation of the scribes and Pharisees was that, whoever committed murder was subject to the judgment of the local court (Matt 5:21).  True, the Law of Moses authorized a local, civil court to mete out punishment for infractions of the Law (Deut 16:18).  Special cases were often appealed to the Sanhedrin.  The Law of Moses declared that the murderer should be put to death (Lev 24:21; Num 35:16).  The traditional interpretation was correct, but it did not go far enough.

Not only murder was wrong, but the emotions which led to it were wrong as well.  Notice Prov 6:16-19.  Sure, “hands that shed innocent blood” are an abomination to the Lord.  But, notice:  “a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations” are an abomination to the Lord, too.  Now we are talking about something inside a person’s mind – not just external actions.

Jesus is expressing this contrast in Matt 5:22.  He first says, “Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment”.  The first thing we should notice is the qualification, “without a cause”.  Justified anger is a legitimate feeling (Eph 4:26).  Both God (Psa 7:11) and Jesus (Mk 3:5) have expressed anger.  Justified anger is a feeling that can prompt us to defend ourselves when we are in danger.  It is also a proper expression of our disapproval of sinful conduct.

But, Jesus is referring here to anger “without a cause”.  He is referring to anger that is not justifiable.  Anger, when it is uncontrolled, can lead to extreme expression:  assault, malicious conduct, and even murder.  This is why the apostle John connects it to murder in 1 Jn 3:15.  The local, civil counsel punished murder, but did very little to discourage the attitudes which lead to this crime.  In the Kingdom of God, leaders of the church (elders), evangelists, and teachers should seek to diminish these unlawful feelings before they lead to something far worse.

Jesus went on to say in Matt 5:22 that, whoever said to his brother “Raca!” is in danger of the counsel (the Sanhedrin).  The word “raca” means empty, vain, or worthless.  The Sanhedrin should step in to intervene in cases of anger which had escalated, and which the local civil counsel could not correct.  The Sanhedrin had relegated itself to civil matters almost exclusively while neglecting the spiritual problems confronting the nation.  In God’s Kingdom today, there are times when churches must take more extreme disciplinary measures.

Jesus goes on to say that, whoever said to his brother “Thou Fool” would be in danger of Hell fire.  Fool is from the Greek “moros” which means, “dull, stupid, heedless, blockhead, shallow brains, senseless”.  This is an expression of great contempt.  Thayer said this word represented “a wicked rebel against the Lord”.  Unlawful anger unchecked has now progressed to the most vicious of verbal expressions.  One guilty of this expression was in serious danger of Hell fire (from the Greek “gehenna”), referring to the place of eternal torment (Mk 9:43-48).

So, what does all of this mean to us today?  Traditional interpretation of the Law of Moses had fallen fall short.  The oral teachings and commentary of the scribes and Pharisees had diminished the importance of controlling one’s feelings and thoughts.  Our inner thoughts are important.  We can’t please God if we do not love our brethren (1 Jn 4:20-21).  The righteousness of the Kingdom is in harmony with the original intent of the Law (Gal 5:19-21).

Our thoughts affect our relationship with God and one another.  This is why Jesus goes on to say that we must fix our broken relationships with one another before worshipping God (Matt 5:23-26)  If we have hatred in our hearts for our brethren, our worship becomes compromised.  Unless we are quick to make amends, uncontrolled anger can land us in court… and possibly prison (Matt 25:25-26).  People go to prison every day who have allowed their anger to get out of control.  Citizens of the Kingdom have higher ideals (Rom 12:18-21).

What usually keeps brethren from working out their differences?  Pride.  Selfishness.  However, if we love (agape) our brethren, we will put his or her welfare above our own.  If anyone had good reason to be angry, it was Jesus.  He was unfairly tried, the victim of false testimony, humiliated and ridiculed, and physically abused.  The very one’s he came to save shouted, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!”.  Though he suffered at the hands of their cruelty, His crucifixion was actually an act of reconciliation with His enemies.  The Just for the unjust.

His sacrifice was an example to us of the self-less attitude that leads to reconciliation, and the first step in being reconciled to our brethren is the determination and resolution to submit to God’s will.  We hope you will accept our invitation to worship God with us – the Chattahoochee church of Christ meets at 10 am each Lord’s Day at 125 West Washington Street in Chattahoochee, FL.

Oct 05

Jesus and the Law – Matthew 5:17-20

moses_receiving_lawIn previous posts, we have been looking at the teachings of Jesus regarding the character and blessedness of the citizens of His kingdom (Matt 5:3-12).  In the following verses (Matt 5:13-16), Jesus spoke of the influence Christians should have on the world; We are the salt of the earth (we must have both a seasoning and preserving effect) and the light of the world (reflecting the light of the Son as the moon reflects the Sun).  Today, we want to consider Jesus and the Law (Matt 5:17-20).

Obviously, some misunderstood His teachings and developed a false impression regarding His relationship to the Law and the prophets.  (We need to remember that the Law Jesus was referring to here was the Law of Moses and not the Law of Christ, which had not been ratified yet by His shed blood.)  Was it His intent to destroy the Law and the prophets?  Were His teachings contradictory to theirs?  Jesus clarifies His intent in today’s text.

In Matt 5:17, Jesus said emphatically, “I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”  Within the pages of the Old Testament, there are over 330 prophecies concerning the Christ, not counting all of the many types and shadows.  The law and the prophets foretold not only of the coming Messiah (Deut 18:15-19), but also the establishment of the Kingdom (Dan 2:44) and of the New Covenant (Jer 31:31-34).

One of the most amazing of these prophecies can be found in Isaiah 53:1-12.  Isaiah depicts Jesus as the Suffering Servant Who would give His life in atonement for sinful humanity.  Jesus died so that prophecy might be fulfilled (Lk 24:46-48).  Truly, Jesus did not come to “destroy the law”.  He came to “fulfill” it.

He further taught that the Law (of Moses) must be observed strictly (Matt 5:18-19) and would continue until the Jesus had fulfilled it and established the New Law.  The New Covenant was ratified, established, and characterized by better promises and a new priesthood with Jesus as High Priest (Heb 8:6-13; Heb 7:11-14; Heb 10:1-4).

In our final verse (Matt 5:20), Jesus said that our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.  The scribes and Pharisees had begun supplanting the written Word of God with their oral teachings and traditions.  They were making void the parts of the Law they did not like through their personal interpretations and commentary.  Jesus said their righteousness must EXCEED their righteousness – they must strictly observe the Law without exception.

The same principle applies to Christians today.  Although we live under the New Law (of Christ) today, we must reverence that law and observe it strictly as well.  Today’s religious world is no different from the one that existed in Matthew 5.  Religious leaders still “spin” scriptures they don’t like with their own private interpretations.  For instance, a particular passage in the Bible does not match up with their political or moral viewpoint so they tell us “that is not what it really means”.

Baptism is the perfect example.  Those who do not want to believe that baptism is essential to salvation will tell us that Mark 16:16 is not in some of the original manuscripts or, that Acts 2:38 really means we are baptized because our sins have been remitted, and not for the remission of sins (as the passage plainly states).  Mk 16:16 and Acts 2:38 don’t fit into their “grace only” and “faith only” theologies (expressions that aren’t found in the Bible) , so they dismiss these passages.

When false teachers do this they are imitating the practice of the scribes and Pharisees.  Our righteousness exceeds their righteousness when we submit to God’s Word – No ifs, ands, or buts.

People often think that God is okay with the minimum.  They believe that He only requires technical, minimal compliance.  Our spiritual objective needs to be more than to just “get by” (Matt 16:24).  Jesus is telling us that our whole hearts have to be in it. This was required under the Law of Moses (Deut 6:4-7; Isa 29:13-14).  God has required a complete and total effort in every covenant He has made with man (Matt 22:37-38).  Our love for God is demonstrated by our obedience (Jn 14:15; Jn 14:21; ,Jn 14:23).

Please accept our invitation to worship and serve God with us.

Sep 21

The Beatitudes – Part 3

Sermon on Mount - BeatitudesIn the last two posts, we have been studying the “beatitudes” and have considered 7 of the eight presented by Jesus.  We believe the beatitudes were spoken by our Lord very early in His earthly ministry and were part of His sermon on the mount, recorded for us in Matthew chapters 5-7.  In our study, we have been stressing the importance of knowing the teachings of Christ because, if we are to wear His name (“Christian”), we must adorn His doctrine; we must believe, obey, and advocate His teachings.  Otherwise, we have no right to consider ourselves as Christians.

Thus far, Jesus has promised great blessings to all who would conduct themselves in a specified way.  He has said:

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit… (Matt 5:3)
  • Blessed are they that mourn… (Matt 5:4)
  • Blessed are the meek… (Matt 5:5)
  • Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… (Matt 5:6)
  • Blessed are the merciful… (Matt 5:7)
  • Blessed are the pure in heart… (Matt5:8)
  • Blessed are the peacemakers… (Matt 5:9)

These, Jesus said, will reap a great reward.  Today, let us consider the last of these beatitudes:

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:10)

I have read that the original Greek “tense and voice fo the verb” suggests that those being persecuted have allowed themselves to be persecuted; that they have “endured” persecution.  I immediately think of Jesus Who, though He had the power to deflect any and all persecution, chose to suffer willingly.  Jesus is promising a blessing to all who will willingly submit to it.

The word “persecuted” is from a Greek word meaning “to pursue, to press toward, to follow after” (as one does a fleeing enemy); “to vex, to oppress” someone because of their religion or their beliefs.  Those being persecuted are enduring such “for the sake of righteousness”; because they are living upright, promoting godly ideals, and standing up for what is right.

Being persecuted for wrong-doing doesn’t count (1 Pe 3:17).  Suffering because you have done wrong is simply a just retribution for your sins and does not glorify God (although punishing evil-doers lawfully does glorify Him because you are magnifying God’s righteousness).

The reward?  “For theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  If you suffer persecution because of your faith, you will be blessed.  The apostle Peter confirmed this in 1 Pe 3:14.

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”  (Matt 5:11)

To revile means to defame, rail at, chide, taunt; to cast in teeth, reproach, upbraid.  To “revile” is to call someone by evil and contemptuous names; to ridicule them because they are Christians.  Jesus was reviled on a number of occasions (Jn 8:48; Jn 10:20; Matt 27:39-44).  Our Lord’s response was recorded as an example for our conduct (1 Pe 2:23; 1 Pe 4:12).  Our duty is more than just belief in Him.  Our duty is to suffer for Him (Php 1:29).

When men shall “…say all manner of evil against you falsely…” Let us underscore the word FALSELY.  Blessings here are not promised to Christians who endure the evil words of others when they deserve it.  It is when Christians don’t deserve it, they will be blessed for taking it patiently (1 Pe 3:13-18).

Paul was accused by the Jews of defiling the temple, being a traitor to God, a traitor to the Roman Empire, and being a leader of sedition as he made his defense in Caesarea (Acts 24:5-6).  It was obvious he was guilty of none of those things.  Although he suffered patiently, and with dignity, he still exercised his rights of Roman citizenship in His defense.

Herod the king went as far as killing James with the sword (Acts 12:1-2).  He sought to do the same to Peter, but God delivered him.  Jesus warned his disciples they would suffer these things (Matt 10:16-23; Jn 15:18-19; Jn 16:1-2; Mk 13:9).

Christians can expect persecution.  Why?  Because darkness doesn’t mix with light.  Jesus was the True Light of the world (Jn 1:4-9).  When He entered the world, He entered a very dark place (spiritually speaking).  His teachings were met with resistance for that very reason (Jn 3:19-21).  They were in sharp contrast to the moral standards of the world.  And, that is why Christians are often persecuted.  Unbelievers often hate Christians with a passion.  If we adorn (garnish our appearance with) the teachings of Jesus Christ in our lives, we will certainly meet resistance and persecution.  The Bible tells us so (Acts 14:21-22; Php 1:29-30; 2 Tim 3:12).

The Bible tells us, “Don’t be afraid” (1 Pe 3:14).  Remember, suffering for Christ is only temporary; suffering for evil doing is ETERNAL!  (Rom 8:18)  When we suffer for our faith, God is with us (1 Pe 4:14; Rom 8:31; Rom 8:35-39).

How can we faithfully endure persecution?  By sanctifying the Lord in our hearts (1 Pe 3:14-15).  To “sanctify” means to “set apart”.  We can endure persecution by setting Jesus apart to a special place in our hearts; by letting Him rule on His “throne” in a central place in our hearts.  We do this by letting His will come first,  before our own, and before the will of others.  If we fail to do this, we will be afraid of what people can do to us.  If we remember that Jesus is watching over us, and will help us, we will not fear man (Heb 13:5-6).

“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matt 5:12)

Rejoice – be of full cheer.  We must regard persecution, not as something to mourn over, but rather a great privilege.  When the Christian suffers persecution they should realize they are in GOOD COMPANY.  The faithful prophets of old were persecuted; the early disciples and apostles were persecuted.  Isaiah is said to have been sawn asunder; Jeremiah was thrown into a dungeon and threatened with death; Elijah was hunted by Ahab and Jezebel.

When facing persecution, our first inclination is to retaliate.  But, Jesus does not want us to mar our Christian reputation, nor dishonor God by taking revenge.  He wants us to endure it patiently.  If we do, He will reward us abundantly.  “…Great is your reward in heaven…” (1 Cor 2:9-10).

We hope you will continue to join us in our study of the teachings of Jesus, and we invite you to visit with us at the church of Christ in Chattahoochee, FL.

Sep 15

The Beatitudes – Part 2

Sermon on Mount - BeatitudesWe have been examining the teachings of Jesus more closely so we might “adorn” His doctrine.  If we are going to wear the name of Christ (“Christian”), we ought to believe His teachings, obey them, and advocate them.  Otherwise, we are just shallow hypocrites playing religious games.

We began looking at the Beatitudes of Matthew 5 last week.  We noted that the Beatitudes are part of a larger discourse, the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew chapters 5-7.  We believe that Jesus spoke these words early on in His ministry.

We also noted that each beatitude (from a Latin word meaning “how supremely blessed”) consisted of two phrases:  a condition and a result.  Of these eight beatitudes, Jesus promised blessings to all who would conduct themselves in a specified manner.  Last week we considered the first three (“Blessed are the poor in spirit”, “Blessed are they that mourn”, and “Blessed are the meek”.) found in Matthew 5:3-5 (see last week’s post “Beatitudes – Part 1”).  Today, let us look at the next four (Matt 5:6-9).

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matt 5:6)

The word hunger used in this verse means to “crave food or famish to the point of the stomach pinching.  But, Jesus wasn’t talking about ordinary food.  He was speaking of spiritual food (Matt 4:4).  They who hunger and thirst for justification, holiness, and goodness will be “filled”.

The words “hunger” and “thirst implies more than a half-hearted quest for righteousness.  Rather, it implies the kind of diligent quest exemplified by David (Psa 42:1-2; Pa 19:12-14).  Do we hunger and thirst for righteousness?  That is a personal question, and I think we all know the answer to it.  The answer is revealed by our own personal prayer and bible study life.  The answer is revealed by our efforts to actually put into practice our Lord’s teachings.

They shall be “filled”.  The word “filled” comes from a word meaning to “feed or fatten cattle; to gorge, to supply in abundance”.  If we truly crave justification and holiness, and dedicate ourselves in our quest for righteousness, God will bless us abundantly.  We will be filled.

“Blessed are the Merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matt 5:7)

The merciful are those who feel compassion toward those who suffer.  The merciful do not bask in the suffering of others, no matter how deserving.  The merciful posseses a forgiving spirit toward them who sin against them.  Steven demonstrated a forgiving spirit toward those who were stoning him (Acts 7:60).  Jesus demonstrated a forgiving spirit as He was being crucified (Lk 23:23).

Jesus taught the importance of mercy throughout His ministry.  He taught its importance as He taught His disciples how to pray (Matt 6:14-15).  He taught its importance again in His parable of the “Unforgiving Servant” (Matt 18:21-35).  Jesus ultimately demonstrated this great principle of mercy when He yielded to the cross for the welfare of all humanity.

There is a great blessing promised to the merciful:  MERCY!  God will bless the merciful with mercy.  On the other hand, we must show mercy if we desire to be forgiven (Matt 18:35).  We must forgive if we expect to be forgiven.  Being merciful and forgiving others is part of adorning the doctrine of Christ.

 “Blessed are the pure in heart:  for they shall see God.” (Matt 5:8)

The “pure in heart” are those who are sincere, honest, and without hypocrisy.  They are those who serve God without hidden motives are selfish interests.  They are not interested in their appearance only, but in the condition of their spiritual hearts.  This attitude is the opposite of the attitude the Pharisees of Christ’s day often displayed… whose hearts were full of corruption and defilement.

And, what is the promised blessing for the “pure in heart”?  They shall see God.  This was a common Hebraism (see examples of it in Psa 16:10; Jn 3:3; Jn 3:36) that simply means they would “possess” God (in a sense) and enjoy His benefits.  David, writing by inspiration, identified those who would stand in God’s presence as they who possed pure hearts (Psa 24:3-4).

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  (Matt 5:9)

The peacemakers are not just peaceable individuals (although Christians are to be peaceable people – Rom 12:18-21), but those who seek to bring about peace when peace does not exist (Rom 5:1; Eph 6:15).  If we are to wear the name of Christ and adorn His teachings, we must devote our lives to making peace BY FOLLOWING THE PRINCE OF PEACE.  Jesus gave His life to reconcile God and man, and to reconcile man with man.

The peacemakers will be blessed with being known as the “children of God”.  In the same way children resemble their parents, peacemakers will resemble their Heavenly Father by manifesting a spirit like His.  Since God is the Author of peace (1 Cor 14:33), all who endeavor to promote peace like Him will be worthy to be called His children.

Final Thoughts

When we adorn the doctrine of Christ, we manifest the qualities and characteristics of our Creator.  We become worthy to be called His children, and the benefits of being members of the Royal Family are abundant.  Our Heavenly Father has promised to provide His children eternal provision, protection, and eternal love (Jn 14:1-3).

We can become a child of God by being born again (Jn 3:5; 1 Peter 1:22-23; Gal 3:26-27).  And, we will remain in His house if we “hold fast” until the end (Heb 3:4-6).  We invite you to visit and worship God with us your next opportunity.

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