Cultivating Unity

Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace – Ephesians 4:3 – Let us cultivate everything that would tend toward unity. Are any sick? Let us care for them. Are any suffering? Let us weep with them. Do we know people who are less loved than others? Then let us [...]

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The Priority of Reconciliation

If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. – Matthew 5:23–24 – Religious people tend to believe that religious rituals are what [...]

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What Does it Mean to Be United in Christ?

What Does it Mean to Be United in Christ? Every born-again believer who is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is incorporated into the body of Christ, the church. So, all Christians are united in Christ by definition because they are all united with Christ through salvation. We are called to live out [...]

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One Heart for God

I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 11:19 – The sinful heart we received at our birth was a heart of stone, hardened to God, unwilling to obey His [...]

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Staying Focused on the Gospel, not Arguments

As Christians, we're called to relate to each other with love. In this video Robert Pavlich, CEO of Adult & Teen Challenge Ohio Valley, opens up Colossians chapter 3 to point out why this is and how it should affect our actions.

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Brother’s United: The Church is One Body

This week, we're taking a look at Paul's analogy of the church as a body, and what this means for the church. Today's videos are part of our ongoing Brothers United series, and you can check out the entire playlist on our YouTube channel. The Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12–14) Brothers United 5: What [...]

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Think and Speak for Peace

“Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,” says the Lord. – Zechariah 8:16–17 – When all we [...]

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Don’t Judge Another’s Motives

“Who are you to judge another’s servant?” – Romans 14:4–5 – To obey God, we must not only follow our own consciences but also love and respect those whose convictions differ from our own. In the gray areas of the Christian life, we should focus on obeying what Christ commands us to do, not on [...]

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Who Is a Christian?

God’s will is for Christians to be united. But who are the Christians we should unite with?  Who is a Christian? A Christian is someone who is “in Christ,” someone who by grace through faith is related to Jesus in a saving way, so that His atonement delivers them from their sins. It is in [...]

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Who is Be United in Christ Trying to Unite?

At Be United in Christ, our mission is to teach and promote Bible-based unity among Christians. Today, we're trying to address exactly who it is that we're trying to unite and how this can work among Christians who are parts of different denominations: Who are you trying to unite? The Be United in Christ Outreach [...]

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Before the Foundation of the World

I and My Father are one. – John 10:30 – From eternity past there has been unity. It existed in God before the creation of the world. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have always been one. They exist in harmony. When Jesus says, “I and My Father are one,” [...]

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Brother’s United: Our Responsibility for Unity

In part one of our Brother's United series, we looked what it is that unites Christians. This week, we're looking at the individual responsibility that believers have to maintain unity with the Christians in their lives. First, Markus and Bobby will be looking at Proverbs 6:16-19 to see just how seriously God takes the sin [...]

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Discover Resources That Will Help You to Love Other Believers

A deep love and reverence for what the Bible teaches about Christian unity is the heartbeat of the Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry. We have created a library of 37 unique resources on the powerful topic of Christian unity. Our resources literally include thousands of Bible passages and wisdom from some of the greatest [...]

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A New Commandment

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to 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 [...]

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Unity Through Joy

Finally, brothers, rejoice. – 2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV – In closing his second epistle to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul offers a few final words of exhortation. He begins these words with an affectionate address, “brothers,” and then a call to joy. Though his words in the letter were heavy and challenging, he wants them to know [...]

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Keeping the Unity of the Spirit

"Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” – Ephesians 4:3 – The unity of the Spirit should be kept, dear friends, because Satan is so busy to spoil it. He knows that the greatest glory of Christ will spring from the unity of His church. “That they all may [...]

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Less Rigid, More Pliable

“I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself” – Romans 14:14 – Some Christians pride themselves on being strict and stern. Their idea of righteousness is having rigid requirements that must be precisely followed. They pride themselves on their uncompromising standards, not caring that their harsh legalism [...]

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Discover 25 Free Resources That Will Help You Learn More about Christian Unity

The first step in pursuing and honoring Christ’s passion for unity is to learn what the Bible really says about Christian unity. That's why we've created 25 free, Basic Resources that are a mixture of exegetical guides on important Bible passages on unity and book summaries from some of the greatest leaders of the Christian faith. [...]

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The Encouragement of Faith

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. – Romans 1:11-12, NKJV –   The apostle longed to see the Christians in Rome for a [...]

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Christian Unity Does Not Come Naturally

Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil. – Jeremiah 13:23, NKJV – As fallen human beings, Christian unity only comes to us through the grace of God in Christ and diligent effort on our part. True Christian unity is [...]

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What Does It Mean for Me to Be United in Christ?

The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry exists to teach and promote Christian unity. There are many ways to learn more about us, but one that often gets overlooked is our FAQ section. We've answered over 90 questions on a variety of topics. Here are just a couple: What does it mean for me to be united [...]

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Discover the Importance of Christian Unity

In the videos below, discover the Biblical basis for Christian unity and the resources that we've put together to equip the church to walk in it. Visit BeUnitedinChrist.com to learn more! Jesus died for our sins to unite us to God and one another Dr. John Henderson, Pastor and Professor, explains the impact of John [...]

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All Things in Common

The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. – Acts 4:32 – In the early church there was a pattern of voluntary generosity among the disciples of Jesus Christ [...]

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A Prayer for Unity

That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You. – John 17:21 – The night that He was betrayed, Jesus prayed for His disciples. He also prayed for all those who would become His disciples through their preaching. Of all the things Jesus could have petitioned the Father [...]

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The Unity of True Worship

They sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” – Revelation 5:9 – When we appear before God in glory, we will sing [...]

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Armed with the Same Mind

Since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. – 1 Peter [...]

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Pointing People to Christ Through Drug Rehabilitation

The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry provides funding to a 250,000 sq.ft. Teen Challenge facility in Ohio. While attending this program, clients begin to break addictive habits and learn who God is and why they should entrust their lives to His leading. By the time the program ends, clients are ready to reintegrate within [...]

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What is the Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry?

What is the Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry? The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry is a non-denominational, non-profit organization committed to teaching and promoting Christian unity in accordance with God’s Word in order to bring about real change in the body of Christ. Through carefully researching, writing, publishing, and promoting a library of [...]

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Forgiven Much, love Much

To whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. – Luke 7:47 – Jesus was dining at a Pharisee’s house when a sinful woman came and washed His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and then anointed them with fragrant oil. The Pharisee was upset. If Jesus were truly a prophet, then [...]

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One Flock under One Shepherd

Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. – John 10:16 – Christians are united to one another because of their common unity with the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We are one flock [...]

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The Master Plan of Reconciliation

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:19 – The work of reconciliation is not a small, peripheral aspect of God’s plan of salvation. Reconciliation is central to it. From the moment sin entered the world, [...]

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Bringing Hope and the Gospel to Woliso, Ethiopia

A young girl smiles as she and her family receive new clothing, medical treatments, and the message of salvation from Christian partners in Woliso, Ethiopia. For many in this photo, this was the first time they had heard of Jesus Christ and of the hope He brings. "Freely you have received; freely give." Matthew 10:8

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Medical Missions in Ethiopia Open Doors for the Gospel

In Ethiopia, it is estimated that around 33,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. With more than half of the population with no choice but to collect dirty water from unsafe sources, sickness and disease run rampant. This family came out to receive medical assistance at one of [...]

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Walking in the Daylight

Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. – Romans 13:13 – When the Lord redeemed us from sin and death, He called us out of the darkness into the light (1 Peter 2:9). God shined on our hearts and [...]

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Humility

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. – Philippians 2:5–7 – Pride is the [...]

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What Unites Us

You are all one in Christ Jesus – Galatians 3:28 – What is the bond that keeps these united ones together? Among other things, there is the bond of having the same origin. Every person who is a partaker of the life of God has sprung from the same divine Father. The Spirit of God [...]

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Our Citizenship is Not of this World

Our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. – Philippians 3:20 – Citizens from the same country have a passport and an allegiance in common, especially when competing against rival nations. During the Olympic games we witness the enthusiasm and joy of people united under [...]

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Supporting Bible School in Davao, Philippines

Across Davao City, Philippines, local churches connect in Christian unity to perform a joint community outreach: the Davao Vacation Bible School. The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry was honored to partner with these churches to reach into the impoverished neighborhoods of Davao City and its surroundings with the goal of ministering to every child [...]

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Blessing Believers in Montonto, Kenya

At a recent event in Motonto, Kenya, pastors and teachers from across the region eagerly requested the resources we provided to further educate them on our Lord’s prayer for the unity of believers. How beautiful it was for our volunteers to witness their hunger! We pray that every leader who received our materials is inspired [...]

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Thanksgiving and Peace

Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. – Colossians 3:15 NKJV – When our faith is rooted in Christ and His grace is conforming us to His image, thanksgiving overflows in our hearts. Deep gratitude is a natural outworking of our [...]

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Sharing Without Dividing

Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. – 2 Timothy 2:23 – Beliefs about God are personal but not private. Christians are to share what we believe with nonbelievers and to talk about our faith with other believers. Yet talking about religion is notoriously divisive, so how do we share our convictions [...]

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The Love of Brothers and Sisters in Christ

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. – 1 John 3:14 NKJV – The assurance of our salvation, to know that we truly belong to Him, is a precious gift from the Lord. Evidence of love for our brothers and sisters in Christ is one of these [...]

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Receiving Fresh Drinking Water in Meru, Kenya

The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry is pleased, by God's grace, to have sponsored the establishment of a well in Meru, Kenya, in partnership with a local ministry. This is another example of Christians uniting to impact the world! As up to 10,000 locals come each day to receive fresh drinking water, free of [...]

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Christian Unity Glorifies God

The ultimate aim of our unity as Christians is the glory of God. That is, to worship, honor, and exalt Him with one voice. Listen to how Paul closes his letter to the Romans: May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ [...]

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Teaching and Promoting Christian Unity in Ghana

Students at a Christian university in Accra, Ghana, receive funding from the Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry. This university is devoted to training students to be critical thinkers, morally sound, entrepreneurial in outlook and able to provide solutions to societal challenges. The students pictured here are being trained for ministry so that they can [...]

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Supporting Humanitarian Work after Hurricane Irma

Unaltered Ministries, a ministry helping people to experience fullness of life through the gospel, and the Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry joined together to serve families who had been devastated in Hurricane Irma's descent upon Florida. Volunteers showed up at the first trailer home not knowing what the conditions would be like. The roof [...]

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One Mediator

There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. – 1 Timothy 2:5 – There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. All other roads are false. All other means of approaching God and satisfying His justice will only provoke Him to wrath. No [...]

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Supporting Outreach to the Homeless in New Jersey

This Christian homeless shelter in New Jersey offers emergency shelter to the homeless men and women of their community. They also offer a 36-week rehabilitation program designed to assist individuals in the recovery and healing of their lives — spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Through spiritual mentorship, life classes, and accountability, those who participate regain [...]

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Supporting Medical Outreach in Mexico

This Christian soup kitchen in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, meets the needs of indigent families through the supply of food and friendship with local believers. On Saturdays, a medical doctor visits the kitchen, examining those who need medical attention. This service is of great importance to the underprivileged, as there are not any medical clinics nearby [...]

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Supporting Christian Orphanages in Uganda

Two girls celebrate a safe place to call home. For many children throughout the nation of Uganda, there is no assurance of safety. Abuse, neglect and abandonment run rampant, and those whose parents have become victims of the growing AIDS epidemic are often dropped off by relatives at local dumps or turned out into the [...]

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9 – The Lord Jesus Christ begins His Sermon on the Mount by outlining the anatomy of a truly blessed soul. He defines real spiritual health. He does not speak as the world speaks, because the blessedness He offers does not [...]

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Teaching Christian Unity in the Philippines

Ministry students receive Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry resources to help further their education on the important topic of biblical Christian unity. In the Philippines, just 2% of the population considers themselves to be Protestant/Christian. There is much work to be done here, and these students will now be prepared with training on what [...]

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The Pursuit of Peace

Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. – Romans 14:19 – Peace does not happen by accident. We must pursue the things that make for peace. Human beings naturally quarrel and manipulate to get what they want. However, it takes effort to resist our [...]

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Partnering to Feed the Homeless

The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry provides funding for a homeless outreach in Ohio, cared for by Only Believe Ministries Christian Center. Each week, 75 to 100 less fortunate individuals come out to be fed and are taught the Word of God while they are eating. This is another example of two Christian organizations [...]

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One in Christ

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28 Throughout church history we have struggled to embrace the truth of this verse. All of us are one in Christ Jesus, which means ethnicity, socioeconomic status, [...]

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Supporting Christian Schools in Kenya

In Narok, Kenya, children under the age of 14 make up 51% of the total population. Families throughout this region are often large and struggle with poverty. There is not enough money for them to send their children to local private schools, so elementary-aged students like the boys pictured here walk miles to attend a [...]

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The Toll of Conflict

But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. – Galatians 5:15 NLT Conflict takes a heavy toll on our relationships and on our churches. Every careless sentence spoken for the sake of winning an argument disrupts our fellowship with one another. Harsh words are like piranha [...]

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Digging a Well in Uganda

The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry sponsored the building of this hand-dug well in Kampala, Uganda. Now, more than 50,000 people throughout the region are able to have daily access to clean drinking water. This is an example of how Christian unity impacts the world! "When the poor and needy search for water and [...]

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Called to Something Better

You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? – 1 Corinthians 3:3 NLT Followers of Jesus Christ are not to live like people of the world. We are not to live in envy, strife, [...]

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Providing Hands on Help in Rural Mexico

A church worker sponsored by the Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry paints the school compound of a tiny village in rural Mexico. Later on, she and other workers assisted a local pastor who has been struggling to acquire a piece of land upon which to build a permanent location for their church. "The greatest [...]

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Bear with the Weak

We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 NLT) The strength Paul refers to is a strength of faith, the firm conviction that Jesus Christ paid for sin, fulfilled the Law, and set us free to enjoy the gifts [...]

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Teaching Christian Unity in Kasese Uganda

Pastors’ wives in Kasese, Uganda, express their appreciation and excitement over the books we donated to their ministry. The message of Bible-based Christian unity is critically important, and pastors in this region are committed to learning more, teaching accurately, and praying for God to unify believers in their communities.

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The Lamb is Worthy

“You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10, NKJV) [...]

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Love Is a Duty

“Believers have a duty of affectionate, sincere, genuine love in all things towards one another; a love compared to that of Christ for the church.” ~ John Owen* The modern mind finds these kinds of statements quite offensive. Christians tend to find them offensive as well. How dare anyone tell them who to love, and [...]

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Supporting a Christian School in Meru, Kenya

It is shocking to think that more than one million children do not attend school in Kenya. For those that do, many walk several miles each way to class and do not eat until they return home each evening. Getting an education takes sacrifice, both personal and familial. This is why the Be United in [...]

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Spurgeon Answers, “What Is the Unity of the Spirit?”

Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3) Let us ask ourselves, “Do we have the unity of the Spirit?” No one can have it except those who have the Spirit, and the Spirit only dwells in born again, believing souls. By virtue of having the Spirit, every [...]

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Supporting Christian Schools

Here you see the first class of a new Christian school established in Paynesville, Liberia. Liberia is Africa’s first republic. The nation has undergone great unrest in the last twenty years, including a violent civil war, which left more than 250,000 dead, and a 3-year outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, which killed approximately 11,000. [...]

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The Patience of the Lord Reconciles Us

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV) Let us be constantly thankful to the Lord for His marvelous patience toward us. If He was quick-tempered or unwilling to [...]

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Reintroducing the Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry

In case you’ve missed it, with all the hubbub of the last few months, we want to invite you to explore our website! And, since you’re here, we thought we’d take this opportunity to reintroduce ourselves to you. The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry was created by more than fifty individuals in ten states, [...]

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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 [...]

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Breaking the Chains of Addiction

The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry has partnered with Ohio Valley Teen Challenge to provide funding to a 250,000 sq.ft. Teen Challenge facility in Ohio. While attending this program, clients begin to break addictive habits and learn who God is and why they should entrust their lives to His leading. By the time the [...]

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What Is Our Problem?

Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2) The sin that separates us from God is our deepest and most fundamental problem. Government is not the problem. Our spouse and children are not the problem. Our physical bodies [...]

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Supporting a Christian Orphanage in Russia

The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry is honored to support missionaries to Russia in the building of Grace House, a Christian home for orphans and single Russian mothers who grew up in orphanages. They also receive and care for single mothers who have been involved in prostitution, a rampant problem across Russia. We were [...]

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Truth and Unity

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17). Soon after Solomon died, Israel divided into a northern kingdom ruled by Jeroboam and a southern kingdom ruled by Rehoboam. Fearing he would lose his people’s allegiance if they kept returning to the temple in Jerusalem, Jeroboam made two gold idols for his subjects [...]

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Partnering with the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley

One way we are impacting the world with Christian unity is through partnering with the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, a Christian-based homeless shelter in Ohio. Their goal is to serve and glorify God through a Christ-centered outreach of love and compassion that responds to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the disadvantaged [...]

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The Last Word

Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out. (Proverbs 17:14 NLT) It takes courage and humility to let someone else have the last word in the midst of a disagreement. We want to get the last word in—to have the final say. We should exercise self-control and refrain [...]

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The Hope of Our Unity

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God." (Revelation 21:3, NKJV) It’s difficult to find motivation for a cause that is doomed to fail. [...]

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The Important Distinction Between Unselfishness and Love

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13 In his sermon titled the Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis observes the significant shift in the understanding of virtue during modern times. “If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the [...]

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With One Voice: Living in Unity to Glorify God

The ultimate aim of our unity as Christians is the glory of God. That is, to worship, honor, and exalt Him with one voice. Listen to how Paul closes his letter to the Romans: May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ [...]

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9) The Lord Jesus Christ begins His Sermon on the Mount by outlining the anatomy of a truly blessed soul. He defines real spiritual health. He does not speak as the world speaks, because the blessedness He offers does not fit the [...]

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Think before You Speak

“He who restrains his words has knowledge.” (Proverbs 17:27 NASB) Today we can instantly inform the world about whatever we happen to be thinking. But the Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs wisely offers three cautions to help us see how hastily sharing our opinions can cause unnecessary conflict and division between believers. Other people may misunderstand [...]

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Unity with Christ Is Essential

[That we] may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ (Ephesians 4:15). Unity with Christ is essential to the life of His church. People sometimes lose a foot or a leg or an arm or an eye or an ear. It is remarkable how a person can continue to exist after [...]

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