Feb. 10, 2020
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Affection for material possessions, comfort, ease, relationships, following Jesus requires the readiness to forsake all these. In the culture's mindset that is foolishness, but from the viewpoint of eternity, it is the most logical decision to make.
January 22 at 6:17 PM · 1 John 4:21
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
The word brother is used more times in the Bible than I want to count, why is it used so much? Without going into a lot of detail of explaining, it speaks of family. The local church is to be a family. Brothers, (and yes sisters), are to look out for each other, this is how we demonstrate that we are of God and that we love Him. We love those who are of Him, our brothers, (and sisters). I pastor a small congregation, and even though we do have the desire to grow and are praying for God to move in our midst and grow us, there is a special bond that my wife and I have with our small group. I have been developing a close bond with my two deacons, I truly think of them as brothers. I thank God for answering the prayers that my wife and I had been praying for a long time for a church family. When I had met with the two deacons about becoming their pastor, I asked them what they were looking for in a pastor, of all the things they could have said, the only thing that they really desired in a pastor, ( apart from the obvious, sincere in preaching, studying, striving for holiness), the one thing that mattered the most to them was that they needed a pastor who looked at the church as a family, that was the very thing my wife had been praying for. Needless to say we know that we are where God wants us to be, we are excited when get to go be with our church family. I am thankful for the two brothers in Christ that God has given me.