Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
My understanding (maybe wrong) in some situations, is that the mask mandate(s) are waived for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, meaning they can still be in mask mandated locations if they declare they are unable to wear a mask. I don’t know what requirements must be fulfilled for this; a doctor’s note or a statement alone? In Arkansas, we’ve recently been subjected to a mask mandate, but the governor has excluded worship services from this mandate.
We have had no controversies in our local congregation related to masks and that is a blessing for sure. If we really want to obey God, unrelated to whatever man imposes that we must obey, let us make sure we stay home if we know we have a fever. That’s basic Biblical quarantine rules.
In the U.S. we have the right to complain, but as Christians we must obey human authority as long as it does not cause disobedience to God. For instance, we are disobeying God if we obey human authority that does not allow us to assemble on the Sabbath. As Peter and John civilly disobeyed the Pharisees to obey Christ’s directive to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and Christ crucified, being willing to be beaten and imprisoned, the faithful today must be willing to disobey to participate in Sabbath assembly, a Holy Convocation, the Fourth Commandment.
Since the writing of this article, another great study aid on this subject has been published, entitle, “Is God a Trinity?”
This is a very special quote from Paul you provided, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.
From it we see the clearly positive rejoicing by Paul that the body of Christ in Philippi also spreads the “Good News”. He sees them all as his partners. This effort can be made by any and all members of the Church of God, not just in financial support and prayers, but by words and actions according to ability, both personal and congregational.
Have a blessed Sabbath and upcoming Thanksgiving!
Yes, and it can’t be emphasized enough that you must make sure your link begins with “smile” and not “www”. For instance, if responding to an ad, after you click it, look at the address field in your browser and change the “www” to “smile”. Hit “Enter” or “Return”, and almost certainly you will see the exact same page layout with the same price, but now it will be credited for a contribution from Amazon to UCG if you make the purchase.
Your weekly updates are much appreciated! And to God be all the glory!
So much to think about and pray about. God help us adapt while holding fast to truth, both the backbone of the commandments, the bones attached, and the flesh that covers it. All of it makes us the body of Christ. Our Father is our Keeper. He watches over us and protects us. Christ is our Lord and Master. He’s our Elder Brother and our Crew Boss. The fields we work are the fields He manages. God please help us to jump on board with fervent commitment.
This line needs to be re-written… “As Christians, it is important that we not shy away from standing up for and speaking out against things which are contrary to God’s laws,”
“As Christians, it is important that we not shy away from standing up for [God’s laws] and speaking out against things which are contrary to God’s laws them,”
We are affected, Dr. Ward, and possibly by the most subtle of inventions, politics. The politics of this world are just that, so when we start to enter that conversation, no matter which side we choose, we compromise the word of God.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
Let us not only count the cost before Passover but every day, so we can then focus on the incredible mercy God showed us through the death of Jesus the Christ.
This letter is so much appreciated. Thank you, and blessed season of deliverance to you and all of us.
Thank you, Mr. Kubik.
Thank you for the update. I look forward to them every week. I was saddened to read your announcement about Harold Lester. He baptized me and gave me the laying on of hands back in 1985. I pray Mrs. Lester is well.