July 8, 2020
In recent months it seems like our world is falling apart. It is important as God’s children that we remember what we are told in God’s Word. We are instructed to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Why is that important?
Because that is how the world will know we are truly His disciples. Thirteen times we are instructed to love one another. In John 13:34-35, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
When we love each other with self- sacrificial love (agape love), we should be unified. In Psalm 133:1 it says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
Unity is oneness. It is not uniformity. There are various opinions about church government, end times, modes of baptism and various themes in scripture. We need to focus on what we agree about is scripture, not what we disagree about. We agree on the inspiration of scripture, the virgin birth and deity of Christ, salvation, and the basic fundamentals of the faith.
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:3-6
Let’s work on these truths together and show the world that Jesus is real.
June 10, 2020
Last week we had a meeting with our employees. The shutdown of businesses for weeks impacted our sales. Churches were closed and, as a result, Sunday school also was not available unless churches had online capabilities. These truly are unprecedented times. How should we respond as believers in Christ? We must not lose our focus. I shared with our working family several verses.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the SCRIPTURES might have HOPE” (Romans 15:4). Hope in the scriptures is not wishful thinking, but a confident expectation. The word “hope” is used 129 times in the Bible.
“Now the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in HOPE, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13. That is my prayer for each employee, each customer, and each person in our world. This cannot happen if people do not know Jesus Christ. That is part of our purpose here at Union Gospel Press. We want people to know Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him.
During these troublesome times, make sure you stay close to Him and spend some extra time in His Word and grow in your HOPE.