Stop Tolerating Division

March 28, 2018


Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Paul did not believe in laissez-faire when it came to truth. There was not a concept in him of “in essentials unity. In nonessentials charity.” There was only one truth. There was only one doctrine for the Church, the Body of Christ. There are no gray areas, only gray people for indeed gray is a mixture of darkness and light and in Him there is no shadow of turning for He is light.

Paul said that if any man, including himself. or angel preached any gospel other than what he first taught the people they should reject him as that man or angel is accursed.  In this verse, he says to mark them or point them out. Call their name to warn people of their heresies and acts of division. Rebuke them. Paul was not one to shun confrontation when it came to the Word.

Many think that false doctrine is the only heresy, but it means to divide as well. A heretic will split the church in some way. When a church splits someone is the heretic. Oh the doctrine may be the same, but they have divided a Body when the Body is called to unity. Many churches were started by heretics and many churches are not growing because they were planted via heresy, not the call of God.

Just because someone “feels called” to start a church does not mean God called it when there are already sound churches in an area. There are many areas in the country where there are few to no sound churches, but a man says God called him to a town where there are already 81 churches and some are very solid? Hard to believe and reconcile that to Paul only writing to THE Church at Ephesus, THE Church at Corinth, etc. Jesus prayed that we would be one as He and the Father were one. We cannot be one when we meet in 81 buildings and have numerous doctrines that conflict. That is not of Him.

The Spirit came to lead us into ALL truth and there is only one truth about any issue. Baptism is either by immersion or not. Sprinkling or not. Aspersion or not. All three are not correct. The candidates for baptism are either children or professing adults, not both. We could go on for sometime. If all were listening to the Spirit there would not be these divisions. Someone is right and the others are wrong thus teaching heresy. That heresy divides the Church making it doubly heretical.

Marking them, not tolerating them, is our command. If friends do not let friends drive drunk then it is even more an act of friendship to not allow friends to believe false doctrine or to participate in the heresy of splitting a church over anything other than doctrinal issues.

I was often told that I should start a church and I said no to that. As long as there is at least one church in a town that is solid, not perfect, there is no need to start another. It is my duty to offer my gifts and callings to that church, not start my own. God will give me a vision and mission that will build up that body so that THE Body is stronger. After all, it is His Body and His callings and He does not cause division. That is confusion and He is not the author of confusion.

Luke 22:31,32 is my call to ministry and I cannot fulfill that calling by splitting a church just so I can have a pulpit or title. There is already too much of that going on. If I can strengthen the established brethren by my gifts that is proper way to do ministry. God did not ask for buildings and points of view. He asked for us to be His temple and to be one. When true revival comes we will see churches merge or close because the Spirit will conquer the flesh that divides us and bring us into truth.  May that happen soon! Maranatha!!

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I believe this is true. With modern media, only the celebrity preachers are noticed when in reality most of American Christians are pastored by lads in small churches where they get little to no salary and no notoriety.

I read an article where only 1 in 10 attend a mega-church and that attendance is dropping. Still, they get all of the publicity and their preachers are on talk shows and their books on the best-seller list.

Not because they are any better speakers or writers than others, but many men are just too busy in their ministry to have time to write or be on TV. They do not have staff that allows them the luxury and few people buy books by people not well known. Sometimes even being famous does not help. One famous preacher has written forty-four books and in total only sold four million copies.

Small churches are declining as well and many should merge or close. Of the eighty churches in my town of 30K if 40 of them merged the church may still only have 250 people. That is not exactly a mega-church, but it would be a better church and representative of Christ.

Indeed, if more Christians followed Chapman’s lead there would be fewer buildings and stronger Christians filled with the Spirit and winning souls instead of infighting and dividing the Body of Christ. Indeed, those pastors could work together and maybe even bring about a true revival. but sadly, carnality and pride prevents such things. There will be a great deal of wood, hay and stubble at the BEMA. May God wake us up!

The Best Leaders Are Often The Least Noticed – Robert Chapman


I will share some thoughts music since is a big topic in church life.

Many churches still sing these old hymns and are in decline to the point of closing the doors, but I really like the ones they have updated or incorporated into new songs. So many of them were hard to sing because they seem to be made for sopranos or people sang them like funeral dirges. The modern writers and composers touch me in ways the old songs do not. Then again, I am an 18 year old trapped in a 65 year old body so my perspective may be different from my peers.

I remember many Keith Green songs that had me on my face in tears before God. Before I heard of him, I did often play the Hallelujah Chorus and A Mighty Fortress Is Our God before I would preach. I had to be a closet CCM listener for years because the group I was with would have probably defrocked me had they known.

At a previous church that would have no truck with CCM, I was able to sing one of his songs because it did not sound like the CCM they were against. I also used lyrics from CCM songs in my sermons. The lyrics were well-received because they did not hear the tune. They got blessed by things they would have never heard had I not done that. I am a good old rebel. 😉

I have grown to really dislike Mansion Over The Hilltop because so many people think we are getting something like Tara and perish the thought of trying to challenge that picture. I did at one church and three families went to the Associate Pastor like I had denied the Trinity.

I am not sure what they will do when they get there and find out all they may have is a room to get alone with God where He talks to them using their love name engraved on a white stone. After all, the description of the New Jerusalem looks like high rise apartments rather then 40 room mansions. What will they do, tell God to send them to Hell since they think He reneged on the deal? Sometimes the theology in the old songs was not quite right.

If I had to choose to prevent a split, I would opt for no music at all because music has caused more church splits and decline than heresy these days. The young are going to listen to CCM and if the church is growing and young people are serving God then we old folks need to man/woman up and listen to hymns in the car and at home while learning to enjoy or endure a new genre for the sake of unity and reaching the young. Amazing Grace was once Contemporary Christian Music as were Gregorian Chants and no one waxes nostalgic for the chants. Just sayin’.

I think Bethel does the best way this can be done. Sometimes there are some of the updated or incorporated hymns in the services, but having Prime Time on 2nd and 4th Sunday nights where the old hymns are sung meets the needs of both sides of the coin.

They also do the volume right. God is not deaf so there is no need for his people to go deaf in worship. If it is louder than what He designed the ears to hear without damage then it is not godly or worshipful to be that loud. I am an old hippie and have some hearing loss most likely from vibrating the car next to me at the red light with my 8-track volume.

Psalm 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Let there be peace in the house.

For The Love Of God, Unite

February 12, 2018


Unity has been strong on my heart lately. It has to be unity in the faith, not just unity for the sake of unity. Indeed, it is sad to have over eighty church buildings in a town of thirty thousand. If we merged all the ones teaching the same doctrine we might only have ten churches. We might not even have to build as few churches are filled and most of the churches in town are under two hundred and many have twenty or under.

How do we sing we are one in the Spirit and explain to unbelievers how we all plan to be in the same Heaven, but we cannot sit in the same building to worship Him? Churches started in strife often have a short life because God cannot bless it. Mature Christians face a problem, not run from it and instead of stewing in their bile, they reconcile.

If we are in the unity of faith and the knowledge of Christ have we not read His prayer where He asked that we would be one as He and the Father are one? How can you be one in twenty buildings within ten miles and yet all believe the same thing? That is not of God.
In the first century they met in houses during the week, but gathered together on Sunday. That was before they had the ability to build one meeting place. God only had one temple for worship for a whole country. Surely, one building per town is not too much to ask for those of like faith to be in unity. Paul wrote to THE Church at Ephesus, Corinth, etc., not to the churches. That was only to Galatia, which was an area in modern Turkey, not a town.

Cannot one be perfect or mature in the fullness of Christ and yet not wish to be in a strong Body united for the same purpose; worshiping and serving Christ? If God united Jew,Gentile, men, women, rich, poor and brought those baptized unto John the Baptist into one Church can we not bring all the shades of Brown people into one building? How about the old and the young? How can the elder teach the younger if they are not together? Did things work out for Rehoboam when he listened to his peers instead of his elders? Nothing can separate us from the love of God so how can the love of God in us separate us? Only flesh and doctrinal error does that. The things of men divide while the things of God unite. Where are the mature Christians seeking unity and reconciliation?


“There is nothing new in theology except heresy.” – Charles Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 – January 31, 1892) How true, since the age of apostasy started in the 1800’s nothing except new heresies have sprung up.

That is why we do not need new churches just renewed Christians. “If it is new it isn’t true and if it is true it isn’t new.” When you already have every shade of doctrine in town and most of the town are unchurched or unbelievers a new church will not solve that. God needs to work on the Body already there. If man adds a church it is a wart or tumor on the Body. God adds muscle and discernment to His Body. Pray for revival not another church


Years ago, my former group mocked lifestyle evangelism as a coward’s way versus a more direct approach. Actually, if your lifestyle exudes the fragrance of the Holy Spirit you will attract people to you.

When you are called by God to approach a person to pray for them or ask about their soul they will usually be more receptive because God has already been working on their heart so that you are not casting your pearls before swine or getting someone to say the “Sinner’s Prayer just to get rid of you.

Indeed, if you have to load your cubicle with Christian artifacts or cover the entire rear end of your car with bumper stickers for people to know you are a Christian maybe you need to find a better way to adorn your lifestyle.

I have had people come up out of nowhere and ask if I was a preacher. I wondered if it was some kind of tattoo on my forehead. One person told me I looked like a preacher because I was in a suit at the time, but other times I was not in a suit nor carrying a ten pound Bible. My hope it was Jesus they saw and the Holy Spirit sent them to me.

What works for the ladies also works for the men. Work more on the inside Christianity so that it shows on the outside because the outside is not as important. Indeed, some folks not gifted with worldly beauty have a greater inner beauty that makes people notice the outside less and find themselves attracted to them in a righteous way instead of the normal carnal way.

Beauty of holiness is the best beauty secret. Living in the Spirit is the best lifestyle and it will evangelize more than pointing fingers that tell you what they are against more than what they are for or who Jesus is and what He wants to do for the person.

1Pe 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.


Rom 15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:
21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

Would that men wanting to build a church would follow Paul’s ambition and build where there is no church being faithful to the message of Christ rather then starting one in a town with eighty churches already. There should be no division in the Body so if a church of like faith exists in a town go somewhere else or work with that church to build up the Body and win the lost.

Keep ego and camp out of the Body for the Kingdom’s sake. Do not make more places for immature or disgruntled Christians to go to instead of making them grow up and reconcile their issues where they were. Indeed, you may be fighting God and weakening the witness of the Body with your excess building and 40 or less saints. That which is built of men will not thrive or survive so that could be why you are not growing. Be sure that call you received is from God and not out of your own heart or denomination


“It’s better to have 12 sold out disciples that 100 luke warm church goers.”

I have heard this comment often in my years of ministry. It is usually said by a pastor of a small church that may only have 12-20 people.  It is true to a point, but growth is also the point of righteousness. We are told to multiply by making disciples and what happens when your 12 die or end up in the nursing home? We may not see conversions like on Pentecost, but if we are seeing none and our church stays at 20 or declines there is an issue. I would question their being sold out. Twelves sold out disciples saw 3K saved on one day and then daily had those added to the church such as would be saved.

This may sound harsh, but if your church has not reached anyone in years except wandering sheep from some olther church and the only ones getting in your bapistry are spiders then it is time to shut it down and meet in a home because you are no more than a social club. Your existence as a church ceased long ago. Save the money you spend on the building and give it to missions or someone that is growing. Better yet, join a thriving church and see how your soul will be revitalized.

I left a church of very nice people pastored by a man who thought like that quote. There was no outreach and it is now down to where one more major bill or two more people die and they are going to have to close. He is not going to change and they will hang on to the bitter end, but it is not good for the people to see the demise.
God has called us to unity and victory not live in defeat watching a building and congregation decay. Whatever caused a church to be formed may dictate why it has not grown. In some cases, it should not have been formed as it was built on the bitterness and carnality of angry people.

One pastor feels like churches are like people, They are birthed process through adolescence, adulthood and then die. I am afraid some churches are just mausoleums where people come to remember the dearly departed.

How about instead of just seeking 12 on fire for God we become one of 1200? If you have a 100 pew warmers that is OK because the fire of God can be stoked in them in church more so than at home. Indeed, one of them getting on fire may be the spark for the 99.
Maybe we need to repent of the “survival” mentality and seek for a revival mentality that is about our Father’s business. We can start by closing some churches and uniting in the body as the Body then God can send some fire into our souls. There is strength in unity and if a three strand cord cannot be broken imagine what a 1000+ strand cord could do?

Father, I ask for the fire to fall to consume our dross and refine the gold. Polish us so that Your light upon us will attract those who need you and do not know it whether they are current church members or those not yet in the family. Close the doors not opened by You but by flesh and bring back the wandering sheep looking for You in all the wrong places, even church buildings. Glorify Yourself in Your Body through healing, restoration and humility! Amen! Maranatha!


Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

This verse was used by a pastor to encourage his people because the church was not growing.  Where two or three are gathered was not given as an encouragement to build or keep a church open. It was an encouragement that would be quoted often during times of persecution or in countries where you might be the only 2 or 3 in an area or the only 2 or 3 not yet killed or in a cell together. It does not indicate an ideal or guide to church planting or keeping the doors open.

So farmer John has 2000 acres of crops, but he is happy if he only gets one ear of corn per acre? No, he wants all the ears he can get and if it doesn’t happen he will figure out why so he can get a better crop next year.

Then why in a town of 2000 are pastors content with 200 or 20 members in a town of 2000? Why not figure out how to get more next year and the next year? Jesus said that the fields were white unto harvest and He is not willing that any ear or kernel be lost so why do we get content with the bills are paid and there is relative peace in the valley? They become apathetic and apostatize from the million and only notice the problem when their attendance and money atrophies. Then they want to know how to grow their church.

Yea, sometimes megachurches are “8000 feet wide and an inch deep” Thankfully, not all the time. Yet, sometimes, yea oft times, small churches are two foot wide and a mile deep in tradition, apathy, legalism and control. They are so in a rut and deep sleep that only the Spirit can pull them out and you wonder if even the Trumpet of the Lord they may sing about could even wake them up.

If your church is not growing, there is something wrong. If He is not willing that any should perish then He is as interested in numbers as He is in holiness. Even if your church has 100 baby Christians and 100 saved, but asleep Christians that is 200 less the devil has and we should be looking for more while the babes mature and we pray the sleepers awake.

If only 10-20% of the members do most of the work it is better to have five churches of 30 merge and have 15-30 people working together than five churches where they work against each other more than they work for the Lord. Just saying.


It Is Time For The Body To Be Fit

Much time these days is dedicated to things like Pilates and Cross-Fit because we are trying to create mentally able and physically fit bodies. No matter what we do at some point our bodies will slow down and break down hence Paul says that bodily exercises profit a little. We may not live longer, but we might live better.

Christ’s Body needs some time devoted to making it fit as well for it is going to last forever. Whatever we do to make the Body more fit will be more profitable in this world and the next. We have been given some trainers and life coaches to make the Body fit.

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

These people with these gifts are our coaches. Some see five coaches here, but I see four.

Kai can be translated and or even so instead of pastors and teachers it could be read as pastors even teachers making one gift or office instead of two. We believe pastors preach and teachers teach. I believe there is no difference in preaching and teaching because if you are preaching/proclaiming God’s Word you are teaching. It is either initial training if giving the Gospel to someone that has never heard it or remedial or refresher teaching to the saints.

If you are teaching, you are proclaiming God’s Word or else what are you teaching? Paul says that pastors have to be apt to teach, not preach. We are to go into all the world to teach and make disciples. If there is a real difference then we have messed up calling men to be preachers instead of teachers.

Sometimes we see it as location. If it is in a small room with a lectern it is teaching and if it is in an auditorium with a pulpit it is preaching. Yet, I have used the same message in both places. Some people see preaching as yelling and beating the pulpit while teaching is more quiet and less animated, but I can do both with the same message.

Whatever your position see that you do it by witnessing to unbelievers and exhorting believers. But Bro. Ron isn’t that the apostles and the other folks’ job? Yes and no.

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

If those people’s gifts are for the perfecting of the saints what do the perfected saints do? Remember that commas and other punctuation are not inspired. Indeed, Greek was written either in all CAPS or all lowercase with no spaces or punctuation. It sounds like it would be impossible to read, but they might think our way is just full of interruptions and wasted space when ink and paper were expensive so why waste space with commas and spaces.

Keeping that in mind, let’s remove commas from verse 12 and see it as the effect of the work of the other offices so that the perfected saints do the work of the ministry and edify the Body of Christ. Yes, those gifted offices do all three, but the end result is that each member of the Body does all three as well.

The problem the commas have created is that Church becomes a place where people come and watch the paid staff do all the work while getting some entertainment and some education so that they can leave and carry on with their mundane lives instead of experiencing the abundant life that includes a gifting and calling to service in the Kingdom.

If the apostles and such are doing the three things listed with the commas then the perfected saints are going to be doing the other two things and really all three if they are involved with other saints. We will not all have the same gifts or offices as the ones mentioned, but we all have gifts for the specific ministry we are called to and at times will have to do things outside of our primary gifts like Timothy who was told to do the work of an evangelist when his primary calling was pastoral.

Sometimes your best gift is availability. I have done many things I might not have volunteered for, but because I wanted to be used I said yes to almost everything I have been asked to do. Did I find some areas that I was not the best at and some I was definitely not good at? Absolutely, but I learned a great deal in those places and gained respect for those who did have those gifts. Did that knowledge help me when using my primary gifts? Yes, those things sharpened and honed me.

It is OK to step out and try things to find your primary gift. There may be times you need to fill a spot that stretches you until a person arrives to take your place. You may find out that you do well enough in that spot that you are the person for it. I started out helping people at the nursing home and rescue mission and ended up the primary person for years. I did jail ministry as a favor to the pastor until they could find one to replace the lad that went off to be a pastor. That lasted seven years until I took a pastorate. Was it good? It was awesome. It can be an adventure you never regret if you step out in faith allowing God to groom you and teach you what your gifts and callings are by serving anywhere.

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Unity has been strong on my heart lately. It has to be unity in the faith, not just unity for the sake of unity. Indeed, it is sad to have over eighty church buildings in a town of thirty thousand. If we merged all the ones teaching the same doctrine we might only have ten churches. We might not even have to build as few churches are filled and most of the churches in town are under two hundred and many have twenty or under.

How do we sing we are one in the Spirit and explain to unbelievers how we all plan to be in the same Heaven, but we cannot sit in the same building to worship Him?

If we are in the unity of faith and the knowledge of Christ have we not read His prayer where He asked that we would be one as He and the Father are one? How can you be one in twenty buildings within ten miles and yet all believe the same thing? That is not of God.

In the first century they met in houses during the week, but gathered together on Sunday. That was before they had the ability to build one meeting place. God only had one temple for worship for a whole country. Surely, one building per town is not too much to ask for those of like faith to be in unity. Paul wrote to THE Church at Ephesus, Corinth, etc., not to the churches. That was only to Galatia, which was an area in modern Turkey, not a town.

Can one be perfect or mature in the fullness of Christ and yet not wish to be in a strong Body united for the same purpose; worshiping and serving Christ? If God united Jew,Gentile, men, women, rich, poor and brought those baptized unto John the Baptist into one Church can we not bring all the shades of Brown people into one building? How about the old and the young? How can the elder teach the younger if they are not together? Did things work out for Rehoboam when he listened to his peers instead of his elders? Nothing can separate us from the love of God so how can the love of God in us separate us? Only flesh and doctrinal error does that. The things of men divide while the things of God unite. Where are the mature Christians seeking unity and reconciliation?

4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

So often Christians go off to other churches because they are not mature. They hear of some new thing like those Paul preached to on Mars Hill and run off in curiosity. They hang out at that place until the new thing becomes old and then bounce off to the next new thing. They are spiritual bar hoppers looking for the best bartender, band, lunch or where the singles are meeting. It is more about them and their perceived needs rather than the things of the Body.

Sometimes they are not saved people so false doctrine easily sways them. If a person claims to be a Christian, but falls for the sales pitch of a cult, it is unlikely they are saved because Jesus said that His sheep would hear His voice and not follow another shepherd. We are not to be suckered into strange things or even what seems to be a good thing if it is not really needed.

Sadly, because there are so many different doctrines out there people can become confused. Even within the pale of orthodoxy, there are people and groups that have much correct, but are off in left field or even out of the ballpark on some doctrines.

The Holy Spirit came to lead us into ALL truth so this should not be as we are to speak the same thing and be in one accord when it comes to doctrine. Thus it is obvious that not everyone is listening to the Spirit and even those who are sometimes have some sort of spiritual earwax blocking their hearing.

We are to speak the truth and there is only one truth, not many. We are divided because some are not speaking the truth and because some are not speaking the truth in love. Therefore the Body is not fit. It is ill and weak because it is split.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
You see when you are born into the family of God you become a member of the Body of Christ. As a part of the Body, you have a gift and mission to grow the Body making it strong and healthy. Just as we need all of the parts of our body to be healthy and in place functioning as they were designed so also does the local Body of Christ needs the parts Jesus bought and placed in it to be in place and functioning with the gift(s) given.

Many churches are not growing because they were not meant to be in the first place. They will built by men, not God. Some people got mad and left the church God wanted them to be in and they found a pastor and started a church. Unless there was a doctrinal issue or the pastor or staff were in affairs or some other moral failure, there is no reason to leave a church that is preaching the truth.

To go from Church A to B and both preach the same doctrine is not making a spiritual change. Indeed, either A or B church is redundant. In fact, the liver and kidneys God wanted in Church A may be in Church B. The pancreas and lung may be in church C so none of them have all of the parts and the parts cannot function outside of the Body they were meant to be in unless God transplants them to the mission field or a place where there is no faithful witness of Christ. Indeed churches started in strife often have a short life because God cannot bless it. Mature Christians face a problem, not run from it and instead of stewing in their bile, they reconcile.

Some churches have parts, but the parts are not functioning. They either have no confidence or feel disqualified because of some past sin. Worse yet, they may think they can retire. Confidence comes from trying something not by pew warming. Many tried and failed many times trying to ride a bike, skate or some other thing before they succeeded. Why not try out your spiritual gift? If you trip a few times or land on your rump, God still loves you and you are still called. He grows His children like a loving father because He is the loving Father.

You had something go wrong in the past. You sailed in oceans you should have avoided and maybe even capsized and sunk. You feel soaking wet on a deserted island. God’s gifts and callings are without repentance. Many of God’s chosen and most used men stepped in manure up to their eyes and God cleansed them and used them as a sweet smelling savor. He can do the same with you.

There is no retirement plan in the Kingdom. The priests changed from labor to management at fifty, but they did not retire until death. They became mentors and otherwise exercised their gifts in other ways, but they did not sit down waiting for the Glory bound train.

If the Body at Cleburne or anywhere else is to be fit and useful in the Kingdom it needs to unite. Splits needs to be healed and in many cases churches closed. The parts need to be in the places God called them in the beginning. Many pastors need to rethink their call and seek to minister in a thriving Body, not split the Body by using the ill, weak or battered parts from another Body. In many cases, there have not been new parts brought into the splits. They just continue to cycle through wandering parts.

The parts in the Body need to exercise their gifts. They need ask God for His power and walk in His confidence. They need to forgive themselves as they have been forgiven and seek their place of service. Many need to dump the Western workplace concept of retirement.

God makes a Body that fits together and is complete. It is a healthy Body growing in size and in the knowledge of the Lord. Indeed, it edifies or builds itself up in love and love draws The Body near to God and each other. Lack of love leads to splits and broken relationships.

Are you an active part of the Body? Are you growing in the love of God and allowing that love to edify the Body? Come out of failure or retirement and be what the Body needs. Lay your fear and doubts aside and walk in His victory and strength. Are you misplaced in a body that is dying or stagnating then find the thriving Body God is using in your town. That will be where you will grow and be absorbed to strengthen that Body and you as you use your gift. Jesus died on a Cross to make His Body fit. Allow the Cross to make you fit as well and come to it for salvation or let self die on it so that you become the vital part of His Body He created you to be! Maranatha!!!