It seems that throughout the history of mankind, people have developed words to distinguish groups of people. The Greeks referred to all those who were not Greek as barbarians. In Rome you were either a citizen or a non-citizen. The Jews called all those who were not Jews by the term “Gentiles.” It would seem the purpose of creating such distinctions was to elevate your own group and put down those who you considered less than your group. Even today we can find this type of terminology in places. Continue reading “No more “us” and “them””
The names “Paul” and “Barnabas” seemed to go hand in hand during the early years of Christianity. It was Barnabas who took time to find out about Saul, the former persecutor of Christians, when he was trying to join the Christians in Jerusalem (Acts 9:26-27). Later, when he saw such a great opportunity in Antioch, he went to Tarsus to find Saul.
For the next year they worked together and “taught a significant number of people” (Acts 11:26 NET). They became part of the group of “prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch” (Acts 13:1). The Holy Spirit told this group to “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2). Barnabas and Saul sailed to Cyprus and later went into the Roman province of Asia proclaiming the good news of Jesus, before returning to Antioch. Continue reading “When Christians disagree”
Come join your family this Sunday. Continue reading Till we meet again
Urgency is the coin of the kingdom. Continue reading Urgency
We owe it to our brother to go to them Continue reading Just between the two of you (2)
Fellowship is crucial in a sinful world. Continue reading Common bonds
God delights in the prayers of the faithful. Continue reading First of all, pray
Five wonderful things that the church possesses (and one it doesn’t). Continue reading 5 things the church of Christ possesses
We can obscure God with our vanity. Continue reading How to destroy a congregation
When we help one another, good things come. Continue reading Do you please your neighbor?