Category Archives: fellowship of the saints

Quarantined, for His Purposes

  Quarantines are a real possibility, even in this day. A quarantine is imposed when disease is contagious enough that it would harm a society: Measles, Smallpox, and the recent Ebola Virus  are just a few physical diseases where strict … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Each Other

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 As believers we should be confident of the mysterious substitution that has happened … Continue reading

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Ministry & the Mentally Ill

“Religious people love to hide behind religion. They love the rules of religion more than they love Jesus. With practice, the Condemners let rules become more important than the spiritual life. “ — Michael Yaconelli Mentally ill people are rarely seen in … Continue reading

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Go Lower Yet

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14 Some Christians reading this part of scripture, have concluded that foot washing should be part of the Churches customary routine.  … Continue reading

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Learning to Walk, Again

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4, NLT Life is chock full of mysteries, so much is unknown.  … Continue reading

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Love Means You’re Really Real

  “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3:18  Often people will look at someone, and try to figure them out– they listen to their words or vocabulary.  They … Continue reading

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Interruptions: A Litmus Test for Disciples

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12 “Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love … Continue reading

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