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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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Tri-State Preachers Fellowship (2 of 2) preached by Pastor Billy Goolesby, Rome Baptist Temple in Rome, GA - March meeting of the Tri-State Independent Baptist Preachers Fellowship ...
Tri-State Preachers Fellowship (1 of 2) preached by Pastor Tim McCulley, Philadelphia Baptist Church in Calhoun, GA - March meeting of the Tri-State Independent Baptist Preachers Fellowship ...
TSIBPF  20160119  09  Mattoon Rod  Arrows In Gods Quiver The 2016 Iron Sharpeneth Iron Revival - January Meeting of the Tri-State Independent Baptist Preachers Fellowship Dr. Rod Mattoon, pastor of Lincoln Land ...
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To honor the life of Billy Graham, here is a personal testimony from Peter Sprigg, FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies. This article originally appeared in The Washington Times on June 15, 2016.Prayer—my own, and that of others—has played a crucial role in my spiritual development.My parents were missionaries before I was born. My father served as a pastor and a denominational executive while I was growing up. I am sure that my parents prayed for me, including for my spiritual life. Ironically, those prayers did not bear their fullest fruit until I was in my mid-20’s—my mother had died, my father was again serving overseas, and I was living alone.My passion growing up was not for my faith, but for politics. After getting my degree in political science and economics, I got a job with my Congressman. When that job ended because he did not seek re-election, I decided to take the plunge and run for office myself. At 24, I ran for the School Committee in my home town in Massachusetts.My dreams were dashed, however, by a decisive defeat. That loss started me on a period of soul-searching—first in terms of my career goals, but eventually in a more literal, spiritual sense. Over a period of several months, a number of key events led me to a turning point in my life.One of those events took place at my church, where I remained a regular attender. One Sunday, two men did a dramatic reading about the Lord’s Prayer—the one taught by Jesus to his disciples. One repeated the memorized words—while the other, off-stage with a microphone, played the voice of God, actually answering. The man would say, “Our father, who art in heaven . . .”—and the voice answered, “Yes, what can I do for you?” Startled, the man continues, “Hallowed be thy name.” The voice asks, “What do you mean by that?”Continuing in the same vein, this short, humorous reading made me realize how easy it is to go through the motions of religion without thinking about it. I went home from church that day and began to pray and read my Bible daily—disciplines I had never before adopted.Another event came when my pastor invited me to a special gathering. The Billy Graham Crusade was coming to Boston, and his team was working to mobilize pastors and churches to support it. The pastor knew of my interest in politics, and invited me to an event where the guest speaker was someone with political experience—Charles Colson, the former aide to President Richard Nixon who had spent time in prison, had come to Christ, wrote his story in the book Born Again, and then founded the ministry Prison Fellowship after his release. At the time, I found his politics distasteful, but his testimony compelling.At the same event, we were urged to pray, and were given something to help us. It was a small round sticker to place on your watch. The challenge was to “pray on the spot when you see the dot”—in other words, every time you look at your watch.Thus, my relatively new habit of daily prayer became one of nearly constant prayer throughout the day. Sometimes I would pray for Billy Graham, sometimes for loved ones, and sometimes just, “Lord, be with me.” And He was—as I became increasingly aware.All of this climaxed for me when I attended the Billy Graham Crusade with others from my church in June of 1982. Although I was hesitant about going forward—having already attended church all my life!—those doubts were eliminated by Rev. Graham’s invitation, which directly addressed people like me. I went forward, giving my life to Jesus Christ in a decision that has shaped the remainder of my life.A year or two later, I got to visit an aunt and uncle who lived far across the country from me, and shared with them my testimony. It turned out that my aunt was a long-time supporter of Billy Graham’s ministry and subscriber to his Decision magazine. When she saw that a Crusade was scheduled for Boston, knowing my location (but not my spiritual state), she began praying for me.I will always be grateful that her prayers—and mine—were answered.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-21-2018Hebrews 10:22-27Introduction: A. In the Lord's physical absence, He gave the believers the local church. 1. I cannot over emphasize the importance of Temple Baptist Church along with other local churches. The Lord chose the local assemblies of God's people to do the work of evangelism, missions, teaching, and fellowship.2. The reason for this message is the de-emphasizing of the importance of what we are doing this morning, faithfully assembling in a local, autonomous, indigenous, Bible believing, New Testament local church!B. Instead of following the clear command of “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,” There has been a serious decline in church attendance in the past few decades and this decline is simply a fulfillment of Scripture. It has been prophesied that in the last days, there would be a falling away and we are certainly in the middle of it. C. The “form of godliness” has permeated the ranks of the professing believers with little or no conviction or desire for holiness of life. The local churches, for the most part, have left the godliness of the Old Paths for the worldliness of the New Paths.D. Most churches have decent crowds on Sunday morning, but the Sunday night and Wednesday night crowds have dwindled to the point of calling off services. 1. “As the manner of some is” has become the rule instead of the exception with more and more of the once faithful now either slack in their faithfulness or completely out of church. 2. My Bible still says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. “ (Matthew 18:20)E. The Importance of God's House. The phrase “The house of the Lord” is used 213 X in the Bible. The phrase “house of God” is used 87X in the Bible. That is a total of 300 references. This does not include other references such as “temple” and “tabernacle.” God's house is a place of great importance. Our Lord called it “My house!”Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.1. The Emphasis of God's House - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Why the emphasis? a) It is a place of rallying when you are down. b) It is a place of relying when you are devastated. c) It is a place of renewing when you are defiled. d) It is a place of revival when you are defeated.2. The Excitement of God's House - Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.3. The Encouragement of God's House - Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.4. The Enrichment of God's House - Matthew 13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?F. Here are just a few thoughts on why we need to be supporters of our local church.1. The local church assembly is a divine requirement which must not be forsaken: Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (The exact opposite of this verse has become the norm, “as the manner of some is,” in these last days.)2. The local church is the divine institution of truth: 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (The “ground of the truth” is the foundation upon which all is built while the “pillar of the truth” is the strength that holds the building up.)3. The local church is the primary place to fellowship with God's people: Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Fellowship and breaking of bread are anchored in “the apostles doctrine.”)4. The local church is the place where believers are to meet corporately with the Lord and worship Him in the ordinances: 1 Corinthians 11:20, 26 When ye come together therefore into one place…For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.” (“Together … into one place.” The local church is the “house of prayer” and place of worship in the beauty of HOLINESS!)5. The local church is the only institution that God gave the gifts of Evangelists and Pastor-Teachers: Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. (In His absence, God gave men of God to oversee the work of the local church.)6. The local church is the place where saints can receive divinely authorized feeding and spiritual care: Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (The local church is a place of doctrinal instruction in rightly dividing the Word of Truth.)7. The local church is the only means by which one can biblically exercise financial stewardship: Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Tithes and offerings belong to the local church as the means to maintain the church property, care for the man of God, and carry forth the Great Commission of missions.1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-17-20182 Peter 1:1-4Introduction: A. We have spent a lot of time in the first 4 verses of this vital little book of the Bible, so I want to do a little summation tonight before we move on to the next verses.B. If the world only knew! When we try to win them to Christ, they act as if we are trying to give them a dose of castor oil. If the world only knew the blessings and joy of being saved! In our world, the lost have equated salvation with religion and religion is enough to turn anyone away from Christ. If they would only be saved, then they would know the truth about salvation.1. In Christ they will have the forgiveness of sins.2. In Christ they will have the gift of the Holy Ghost.3. In Christ they will have the peace of God that passeth all understanding.4. In Christ they will have a life that satisfies.5. In Christ they will have a conscience that Is pure.6. In Christ they will have joy unspeakable and full of glory.C. You can tell them that Jesus loves and died for them; you can tell them that hell is a fearful reality; you can beg and plead and they continue to walk the same road. It is the “broad road” and the “wide gate” where the many of Matthew 7:13-14 walk. It is heart breaking to see so many people that we know reject our wonderful Saviour.D. Sometimes, we that are saved forget what we have in Christ and take for granted His great salvation. In Hebrews, Paul said, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” It is truly a “great salvation” and should be cherished by those redeemed from:1. A Life Of Despair2. A Life Of Defilement2. A Life Of Destruction3. A Life Of DamnationE. We have so much in Christ but, in our verses for this morning, Peter set forth some wonderful truths concerning our COMMON salvation.1. We Have A Like Precious Faith – vs. 1aa. Faith Brings A Relationship With Christ That Is Precious – “precious faith”1 Peter 2:4-7 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God,and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.b. Faith Brings A Fellowship With Saints That Is Common – “like precious faith”Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.2. We Have An Unquestionable Standing – vs. 1ba. You May Question My Personal Righteousness - Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.b. You Cannot Question His - 1 Timothy 6:14-16 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.3. We Have The Grace To Endure – vs. 2aa. Grace That Is Abundant – 1 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.b. Grace That Is Available - 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.c. Grace That Is Multiplied - 2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,d. Grace That Is Sufficient - 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.4. We Have The Peace To Trust – vs. 2ba. Peace In The Midst Of The Storm - Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.b. Peace In The Midst Of Sorrow - John 11:21-23 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.c. Peace In The Midst Of Confusion - Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.5. We Have The Power To Overcome – vs. 3a. Power To Overcome The World - 1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith.b. Power To Overcome Evil - Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.c. Power To Overcome Satan - 1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.6. We Have The Reality Of A Changed Life – vs. 4aa. A New Life Of Faith - Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.b A New Life Of Holiness - 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.7. We Have The Hope Of Eternal Life – vs. 4ba. Hell Is Gone – Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.b. Heaven Is A Reality - John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-7-2018Romans 5:9-11Introduction:A. “Being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” What a promise! Just as if we had never sinned! I know that some do not like to use this definition but it is a biblical one.Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (The word is faultless, not forgiven.)B. The Acknowledgment of Justification – “being now justified”1. Justification is a Present Possession. We are justified, not going to be justified. “When He sees me, He sees the blood of the Lamb; He sees me as worthy and not as I am.”2. Justification is a Powerful Force. The blood of Christ cleanses all sin! There is no sinner that God cannot save because there is no sin that Christ did not die for.C. The Agent of Justification – “by his blood”1. It Cleanses us White. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”2. It Cleanses us Wholly. “Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.”D. The Availability of Justification – “we”1. An Abundant Opportunity. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” You come, He gives rest!2. An All-inclusive Offer. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”E. The Accomplishment of Justification – “shall be saved”1. Justification Produces a Living Hope. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”2. Justification Produces a Longing for Home. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”F. The Author of Justification – “through him”1. His Blood Purchased It! “the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”2. His Bible Proclaims It! “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”3. His Blessings Prove It! “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”Now, Let Us Look At The Impact Of The Blood:1. The Blood Of Christ Brought Redemption. Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;Redeemed – To be bought back. The freedom of a former slave purchased off the slave block. The believer has been bought off the slave block of Satan. Purchased and “made free” by the blood of Christ. Loosed and set at liberty: free praise the Lord, free at last!2. The Blood Of Christ Brought Righteousness. Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;The believer is judiciously declared righteous solely upon the merit of the blood of Christ. He is justified—just as if I had never sinned! Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne! (Jude 24) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Made Him what He was not that we might be made what we are not!3. The Blood Of Christ Brought Remission. Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.The complete, eternal purging of all sin! Once for ever is our purchase in Christ Jesus. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:3) Our slate has been wiped clear, never to be remembered again.4. The Blood Of Christ Brought Reconciliation. 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:Man's relationship with God was severed by sin in the Garden of Eden. The Lord made an immediate effort to reconcile Adam and Eve. The Lord went to them when they would not come to Him. They chose to hide while He chose to reconcile. “ And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:20) By faith, regeneration , and adoption—man is back in fellowship with God.5. The Blood Of Christ Brought Reception. Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.The believer is not only forgiven, he or she belongs! Welcomed into the greatest family on the face of the earth. The Body of Christ. “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” ( Romans 5:2)6. The Blood Of Christ Brought Rejoicing. Romans 5:10-11 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.Oh what joy the cross of Christ brings to the believer! Though nothing, we have been made nigh by the blood of Christ. Our life is saved, our soul is saved, eternity is secured, and joy floods our souls!7. The Blood Of Christ Brought Responsibility. Matthew 27:25 - Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. (It is both foolish and fatal to reject the precious blood of Christ. That blood that brings about eternal life also brings about eternal damnation.)
Temple Baptist Church - 12-10-2017Romans 5:5Introduction:A. So many things happen when the believer comes to Christ by faith. Their life is never the same as they become new creatures in Christ Jesus. One of the greatest is the love of God, shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost.B. There are two meanings found in the phrase “the love of God.”1. The love of God is the love that we have FOR God! 1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (God's children love HIM!”)2. The love of God is what is loved BY God! C. Let us look at two words found in our text that show the love that God gives.1. “Shed.” To pour out or to gush out. This love is not a small love; it is a great love. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (God's love is a great love and a giving love.)2. “Abroad.” “Across the board.” It is a love instilled in EVERY child of God because the Holy Ghost lives within us. 1 John 3:16-19 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (17) But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (It is a consistent love found in all of God's childen.)D. God's love:1. Is a gift to His children. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.2. Is a gift given to God's children in the person of the Holy Ghost in salvation. Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.3. Is the greatest of the three remaining gifts of 1 Corinthians 12-13. 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way…And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”E. Though the world can have love, the love of God is what separates the believer from the world. John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.1. We love of God. A love that is reciprocal with God. 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.2. We love of the brethren. A true birth into the family of God carries with it the love of the brethren. 1 John 4:20-21 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (21) And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.3. We love of the church. Consistently throughout the New Testament, we find conversion and assembly with the church are inseparable truths. Acts 2:41-42 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (42) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.4. We love of the Word of God. God's Word is the rejoicing of our hearts. Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.5. It is the love of the sinner. God loves sinners and so should we. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?F. The love of God is a gift the Lord gives to His children and is the “glue” that holds the local church together. Few “church splits” are for doctrinal reasons. They are love problems.1. True Christian love glorifies God instead of self - John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.2. True Christian love edifies the church - 1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.3. True Christian love evidences spiritual maturity - Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.4. True Christian love covers a multitude of sins - 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.5. True Christian love prefers one another. Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.6. True Christian love is compassionate toward the unfortunate. 1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?7. True Christian love brings about the forgiveness of others - Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.8. True Christian love will help to bear the burdens of others - Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.9. True Christian love maintains the unity of purpose - Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.10. True Christian love will keep your feelings from being hurt - Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.WHAT IS BROTHERLY LOVE?It's SILENCE when your words would hurt,It's PATIENCE when you brother is curt,It's DEAFNESS when some gossip flows,It's COMPASSION for a brother's woes,It's COURAGE when misfortune falls,It's FIRMNESS when one's duty calls,It's WILLINGNESS to help another,It's TRUSTING and especially a brother,It's RESTITUTION made when due,It's FORGIVING when asked of you.~Author unknown
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