Amazing the impact that the local church had on the world.
I am amazed even today at my friends and their devotion to the word of God.
When I read an interview with my friend Chip, he stated that he read the Bible 3 to 4 times a year through. Now that takes commitment.
And I glance back through world history and I see the birth of the early church.
And that church went through many growing labor pains.
Yet these people had a secret that seems to be lacking now.
Especially for me-
That is a devotion to the Holy Word.
Yes, I will carry it with me. put it in my pocket. Glance at its pages. Point to a passage.
Yet back then in the first century, there were no verse numbers, handy cross references or concordances. Just the first edition of the Holy Spirit deposited into each of those believers.
Men and women willing to die for the faith that Jesus expressed.
Sure some confusion when Jesus left.
At that moment, there was no Paul having written discourses on the elements of the faith.
Or Peter having written warnings on fighting the false teachers.
Just ordinary men and women who met the Lord Jesus and heard of him and what he did.
Think of it this way. A summer blockbuster just came out and word is buzzing on the street.
Yet the success of the early church was their devotion to the simple elements of fellowship and the discipline to carry it through.
Even with the impending death of some of them if they carried it out.
SO I salute my friends who have that deep devotion.
And I aim to emulate them.
And to deliberately do those things which make one godly and try harder to not deliberately do the things which cause so much harm.
Glory be to God!!!
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