An elder speaks regarding brotherhood agreements—a concept common in Anabaptist groups. While abuse of practical agreements are devastating, Dale explores the potential for brotherhoods to come together in genuine unity of life.
In today's world, filled with rude and rushed people, the grace of Christian courtesy is more necessary and noticed than ever. An exhortation to express courtesy to civil and spiritual authorities, to the elderly, to women—leading by example in speech as well as in action.
This message begins with the premise that it is right to be part of a church, then an analysis of two distinct types of churches follows. But what does God consider “right”? And if my church is not “right”, how I can help it to become so?
I asked because...well, you seem reluctant to talk about Jesus at work. If I ask you a question about your religion, you act embarrassed. Sometimes you get mad. You seem to enjoy off-color jokes. So, I am wondering: are you saved?
Chastisement is to bring change—change that is needed. Do you know when chastisement happens? Does it come with varying intensity/levels? Does the Bible offer any hope that we might outgrow our need for chastisement? Listen, and be encouraged to accept the loving chastening of the Lord.
Heart-keeping is a personal discipline that must last a lifetime. How do we keep our hearts, from which all life springs? With diligence, focus, perseverance, and by pondering the path of our feet.
God invites us to enter into the kingdom of heaven, in spite of how broken, sinful and ruined our lives may be. That kingdom is a treasure that everything must be given up to win, but it's a treasure that changes our entire life.