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This article was originally published in the Avenue N church of Christ’s bulletin, August 20, 2017. Read the original source »
The apostle Peter admonished the early disciples, “Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind” (1 Pet. 4:1). Apparently, he believed there was a spiritual war going on!read more
Effort is a key ingredient in accomplishing any worthwhile task. Merriam-Webster.com defines effort as: “1 : conscious exertion of power . . . 2 : a serious attempt . . . 3 : something produced by exertion or trying . . . 4 : effective force as distinguished from the possible resistance called into action by such a force 5 : the total work done to achieve a particular end .read more
The responsibilities of the local eldership are much more than making the occasional decisions for the congregation. While it is true the current eldership has made several physical improvements to the meeting place, as well as making the decision to support additional gospel preachers, there are more important tasks to which the elders also give their time and mental energies.read more
We are told nothing about the beginning of the church in Smyrna; the book of Revelation contains the only mention of this church. Since Smyrna was about 35 miles north of Ephesus, it may have been established while Paul was in Ephesus (see Acts 19:10). Jesus brings no criticism against the church at Smyrna; He, instead, comforts them by assuring them that He was acquainted with their situation.read more
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