COMFORT ONE ANOTHER!

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4:13-18‬ ‭

Bound Together in Christ and His Word

Where Living Begins

He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles … and when they perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship(Galatians 2:8, 9).

Several years ago I pastored a congregation that met only a block from another Bible-grounded congregation. As we began our Sunday morning worship, I announced that I was cancelling the service and asked everyone to walk down the street with me to worship with the people of the Sellwood Baptist Church.

Pastor Mike Wilson and I were in agreement on 99.9% of our Christian beliefs. Mike and I were bound together in Christ and His Word, and our congregations were likewise bound.

Unbeknownst to the folks at Sellwood Baptist, we arrived to support and encourage them, but it was in more than in words…

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Closed Communion!

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I have a question please.   I have been attending my current church for over 3 years but I am not a member.

I have just been informed that The Lord’s Supper will be closed from now on.  Only church members will be allowed to participate.

Can anyone tell me if this is Biblical?  Why closed Communion? .

I would appreciate your input since I am not familiar with  “closed communion” practice.

Blessings.

 

 

WHEN WE SEE CHRIST

 

and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:11‬

 

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:20-21‬ ‭

 

 

Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We’re tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God’s eternal day.

Refrain
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light,
We’re tossed and driven on , no human help in sight;
But there is one in heav’n who knows our deepest care,
Let Jesus solve your problem – just go to Him in pray’r.

Refrain
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Life’s day will soon be o’er, all storms forever past,
We’ll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
We’ll share the joys of heav’n – a harp, a home, a crown,
The tempter will be banished, we’ll lay our burden down.

Refrain 
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

 

Words and music by Esther Kerr Rusthoi

 

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭