If Possible, Live at Peace with All People

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. (Romans 12:18) Some people like to fight. No matter what we do, they won’t live at peace with us. They hate our convictions. They are alienated by our love for God. They hate our gospel and our devotion to Jesus [...]

The Patience of the Lord Reconciles Us

Let us be constantly thankful to the Lord for His marvelous patience toward us. If He was quick-tempered, or unwilling to bear with our folly and sin until the day of our salvation, then we would have been separated and lost from Him forever. Whatever delay the Lord exhibits in His return may be explained [...]

Keep Growing!

“All the body … grows.” (Colossians 2:19) Make sure you keep growing for the sake of the whole body. “Oh!” you say, “I do not know that I want to grow. I have believed in Christ, and I am saved, and that is enough for me.” But, my dear friend, you must grow because the […]

The Father’s Children Should Fellowship

Our Father in Heaven – Matthew 6:9 – Suppose two people were to meet here tonight who did not know each other. As they begin to talk to one another, one says, “My father’s name is So-and-so,” and the other looks at him and says, “Where does he live?” “He lives in this house in [...]

The Gospel of Peace

“Peace be with you.” (John 20:19 NKJV) The Lord Jesus Christ offers peace to His disciples three times in a single passage (John 20:19-26). Before His death and resurrection, Jesus promised them peace, not the fleeting peace offered by the world—a shallow peace from easy circumstances—but a solid peace that only comes through Him. It […]

The Heart of Disunity

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. – James 4:1-2, NKJV – The reason we fight and quarrel is not very mysterious. Neither is the reason for disunity in our relationships and the [...]

A Letter From Pastor Jeremy Ellis

At the age of forty-two, all I have known is the church and ministry. My family grew up in church, and I have been a pastor for the past two decades. The one thing that has been alarmingly consistent and ubiquitous is that the Church operates more in disunity than unity. This has become the […]

A New Commandment

As I have loved you … love one another. (John 13:34) Not long after washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus said to them: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). Though God had always commanded His people to love one another, Jesus set a [...]

The Profit of All

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. – 1 Corinthians 12:4–7 – [...]

The Greatest Reconciliation

Though sin fractured and brought enmity into every good relationship in the universe, it pleased the Father to reconcile everything through the sacrificial death and resurrection of His Son. Though hostility existed in our relationship to God, Christ has “made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20 NASB). All who turn from their […]