Archive for August 2015

Persecuted by Religion

August 20, 2015

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Religious people cannot tolerate the breaking of their regulations. Any violation of their religious regulations will stir up persecution. When Jesus broke the Sabbath, the Jewish religionists persecuted Him and even sought to kill Him. Eventually, religion succeeded in sentencing Jesus to death. In the book of Acts we see that the situation was the same regarding the persecution of the apostles.

In like manner, a great many martyrs have suffered persecution at the hand of religion. Now it is our turn to undergo this persecution, this suffering for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Witness LeeWitness Lee (1905-1997)
Life-Study of Colossians

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Heavenly Fellowship

August 18, 2015

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I am convinced that true fellowship is impossible without the practice of love. Love must be applied upon the principles set forth in Romans 14. Each believer must be allowed to have his faith between himself and God and allow equal liberty to his brother.

Our basis of fellowship is not doctrinal, denominational or intellectual, but rather Jesus Christ. No one has compromised personal convictions, but rather all honor each other’s faith and convictions. We dare not impose our own way.

This makes for heavenly fellowship!

Bert BaumanBert Bauman (1925-2008)
Baptism (1979), page 3

God Is Making Us Qualified

August 13, 2015

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Today, as we face the hardships and trials of life that seem as though they may destroy us, we can encourage ourselves in the Lord by remembering that “all is of God” (I Corinthians 11:12; II Corinthians 5:18; Romans 11:36), and thus we can glorify Him as He is making us qualified for the heavenlies by doing “all things without murmurings” (Philippians 2:14), being “patient in tribulation” (Romans 12:12) and being “exceeding joyful in all our tribulation” (II Corinthians 7:4).

These simple truths sustain us as we humbly, unreservedly bow to His unmatched wisdom and unfailing love for us, while He makes us qualified for the heavenlies.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.


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