Archive for April 2016

Ceasing to Follow the Routine

April 14, 2016

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For some of us who have been so habituated to institutional, highly structured, professionally led, building-centered Christianity, it feels like we are abandoning the Lord to so simplify our Christian walk. It has been reinforced in our psyche that “good Christians” go to church every week so we won’t be guilty of forsaking the assembling of ourselves together and so we are properly fed spiritually. Ceasing to follow that routine feels very strange at first and the churchgoers in your family will begin to express concerns about your “backsliding” when they note you aren’t going to church regularly as you once did. Those who have the church-as-a-building-with-religious-programs-you-go-to mindset cannot conceive that relaxed, simple conversation going beyond surface banter that results in everyone involved loving God and each other more deeply can be “church.”

Steven L. Rogers
Quit “‘Going’ to Church” – and Other Musings of a Former Institutional Man, pages 104-105
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Recognizing God’s Truth

April 12, 2016

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How does one recognize God’s truth? Is it the Baptists’ truth? (If so, which Baptists?) The Methodists’ truth? The truths of Roman Catholicism? Which “version” of God’s truth are you to follow?

The answer is that you are only obligated to keep the truth that God gives to you, to live according to the light that God has placed before you … We will never have the peace of God until we quit trying to get other people to live up to our ideas of truth or trying to live up to the “truths” that God has given to another.

Peter LordPeter M. Lord
Soul Care (1990), page 241
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Portion of a Letter Concerning Authors

April 4, 2016

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You see I take, and have done so for years, a differing attitude toward authors. I look for the positive and greedily eat on what feeds me. I do not attempt to assess them on what might be regarded, by me or others, as negative aspects of them. Indeed that is how I seek to see and align myself with all brethren in Christ.

I cannot bear to see you digging out all you can find to prove what is error to you, with hardly a word on the glory. To me all of us have areas about us which can look like clay feet, but God has taught me to jump clear into the solid gold about them.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Notes from Norman
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The State of the Body of Christ

April 2, 2016

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The Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23), instead of being one (Ephesians 4:4), is divided and split up into above 1,000 sects and parties. Of course the fact that all believers form one body cannot be destroyed, but the outward expression of this unity is gone entirely.

Alfred Taylor (A.T.) Schofield, M.D. (1846-1929)
(UK physician and editor of The Bible Student)
A Dictionary of Some of the More Common Biblical Words and Phrases (1882)
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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