Together in the Word

July 2018

Together in the Word - July 29, 2018

Many Christian churches stress social action. Feeding the hungry is important for Christians; God commands acts of mercy. Sadly, however, many churches offer little more than physical bread, bread that does not last. Bread is necessary for this life, but Jesus wants his Church to focus on offering the Bread of Life (Jesus himself, the Word of God). This Bread nourishes our souls, not just now, but for all eternity. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal...

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Together in the Word - July 22, 2018

Christian congregations easily get distracted. Sometimes false teaching or overly-strong opinions, and the resentment that can follow, destroy a church’s unity. Congregations may get caught up in too many projects or programs that divert them from their divine purpose. Only Jesus can overcome such disasters. He gives us his Word, the Bread of Life, to unify us in faith, love and purpose. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional...

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Together in the Word - July 15, 2018

Last week we saw how Jesus gives the Bread of Life through faithful public ministers. This week we focus on their message. In order to be a faithful public minister, you must proclaim God’s faithful Word. When people don’t proclaim the whole truth of God, they destroy faith and ultimately turn people away from Jesus. It is only through his faithful Word that Jesus creates and strengthens faith (Ro 10:17). Nothing else will do! Here is this week's "Together in the...

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Together in the Word - July 8, 2018

Faithfully proclaiming God’s Word is hard. Public ministers serve as God’s representative to a sinful world, and the world does not want to accept God’s truth. The Old Testament prophet Amos found that out; Paul and Timothy found that out; Jesus’ newly-called apostles would find that out. Yet God has chosen faithful public preachers as a way for the good news of Jesus come to his chosen ones in all nations. Thank God for faithful public preachers and teachers of the...

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Together in the Word - July 1, 2018

Preaching the message of God is not a popularity contest. Our yardstick is not the size of the crowd and the volume of the cheering, but being faithful in speaking God’s Word to the specific people and situation. That may ruffle feathers. The unwillingness of people to listen humbles God's spokesmen. May we always pay close attention to God’s message, no matter how lowly the messenger who brings it. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal...

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