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Nothing we can touch or feel
Or see or climb or plumb is real;
The ground gives way, the mountains quake —
God, give me what can’t fall or shake.

  1. “Receive your personal prophecy,” said the headline that appeared in my online search. I wonder how much the prophet charges?

  2. To die now means great gain for the Christian, but the Lord often wants his people to stay and serve. See Phil 1.21.

  3. While we are here on earth we work and do what we can. God will call us to himself when he is ready.

  4. Joel preached last Sunday in the Belém congregation, after arriving the previous day to work there for a week. Proud of him.

  5. Tuesday is a state holiday. The Colinas roundabout will be closed from two directions Monday and Tuesday. Find another way.

  6. An original verse: Find yourself another way around, / Or, better: stay at home and calm down.

  7. A Bible verse: “‘Thus I will strengthen them by my power, and they will walk about in my name,’ says the Lord” Zech 10.12.

Whatever good system the founding fathers of America established is hardly, if at all, recognizable today. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are no longer American values, except for a twisted version of the last one. Today is not a day of celebration. It ought to be of mourning. Christians are thankful to have true life in Christ, freedom from sin and its eternal consequences because of the Cross, and the possession of irrepressible joy in the Holy Spirit. These are the real reasons for celebration.

Excellent article by H. Fulford, as usual, two quotes especially caught my eye:

That a church needs a place to meet is logically inferred (Hebrews 10:24-25), but where a church meets is a matter of judgment and expediency. There was a time when church buildings were simple, modest, and functional. In time, they tended to become large and ostentatious, appealing to the fleshly pride of the members.

Brother Hugh doesn’t mention the possibility of meeting in homes, which was what the early church did as a rule. Buildings tend to get bigger and fancier. Homes tend to multiply, when a place is outgrown.

If churches would put as much money into the teaching and preaching of the gospel in their local communities (including the training of their members to do such work) and ministering to the poor and needy (Galatians 2:10) as some of them put into physical facilities to cater to their fleshly appetites, we might just again see the church growing by leaps and bounds as it did in the first century and as it did in the early decades of the movement to restore original, apostolic Christianity.

What he said.

Here’s my introduction to an alternative social media account:

#Introduction

I live for . I adhere to one standard: Holy #Scripture. I refuse to speak of anything but, to go beyond. Religion belongs to man; the new covenant of Christ is given by and must be received as given. This is my work.

#Jesus #Christianity #NewTestament #newbirth

I’ve had this account for a while, but the owner of the instance requested we provide introductions, since apparently quite a few new people have joined it. You can, too. See link above.

  1. Social’s not what it’s cracked up to be when spiritual is out of whack.

  2. “We are never told to pursue happiness, but the author of Hebrews does tell us to pursue peace and warns us against the danger of coming short of God’s grace.” —J.H. Keathley III

  3. Went to gym early morning today and yesterday. Used to swim at 6 am. Not a bad hour for exercise.

  4. Our congregation helps a sister in Christ who is a teacher with her travel expenses, when she goes to speak at women’s events. Such support is blessing the church.

  5. Jews greeted another with “Shalom!” Peace. In his letters Paul prefaced it with “grace,” which produces peace. Uniquely Christian.

  6. An original verse: They used to say that fences make good neighbors, / Until a Party wanted more rabble-rousers.

  7. A Bible verse: “The one who deals wisely in a matter will find success, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” Prov 16.20.

  1. Give an inch, take a mile. That’s what one person is doing with the good will of another.

  2. And what will we do with such sayings as the one above if America goes metric? Would be easier not to have to do conversions, however.

  3. Posting by email is one of WP’s best ideas. It’s how this site gets updated, every time.

  4. Busy good week that passed. Had a bit of everything in good measure. Including two baptisms.

  5. Besides English and Spanish, what language does each U.S. state speak most? Surprise!

  6. Had my FMag article well on the way, just needed some additional touches. Even deals with the month’s them.

  7. A Bible verse, and a serious question: “Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord?” 1 Sam 15.19a.

Two days without opening up my laptop. Must be an all-time record. I did check email on the iPad, watch notices flow by (without response) on the smartphone, but no serious engagement with anyone. Motive: a bug in the old organic system called the body. Not completely conquered as of today, but at least said system is up and about, anxious to live and move and breathe.

Breakfast with Douglas at 7.30 am was great. May have a study with Sidney at 2.30 pm. Baptism of Eliseu and Fabiana at 3.30, but they’ll probably be here around 3. Vicki has a study with Malu at 6.30. All good.

Tomorrow is a holiday, so we’re going to get together at 9 am, learn some new songs (Douglas’s part), have something for couples (my part; our Valentine’s Day was the 16th), and have a brunch (everybody’s part). Will be another good one.

Why not shut down all social media accounts and go only with online presence via websites? The thought pummels the mind, dares the will to decide. The act would achieve simplicity in this area. There are people who have done this and survived. Would it hurt outreach, or focus it? Maybe consider starting a webring. There’s an open-source option. Would have to find someone who knows how to use the command line in order to do it. Some days you just want to get away from it all.

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