Words From Keith and Debbie Crews

For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place.  Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything (1 Thess 1:8).
Paul established the church in Thessalonica on his second missionary journey (Acts 17:1-4).  The church in Philippi supported Paul when he preached in Thessalonica (Phil 4:16).  Now Thessalonica is sounding forth the word of the Lord.  Paul wrote two letters to the Thessalonians.  They had turned from idols to serve the true and living God (1 Thess 1:9).  Some thought the coming of the Lord was imminent and had stopped working.  Paul explains the coming of the Lord (1 Thess 4:13-18).  He says the coming of the Lord will not come unless the falling away comes first (2 Thess 2:3).  He commands those not working to go back to work (2 Thess 3:10-12).
The Lord’s church is to sound forth the word of the Lord.  It is to be the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15).  Preach the word for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but will turn their ears away from the truth  (2 Tim 4:2-4).
Keith

Words From Keith and Debbie Crews

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?  (Amos 3:3)

Unity is very important in a relationship.  In the marriage relationship a husband and wife are to be one flesh (Gen 2:24; Matt 19:4-6).  Can you imagine your body working without unity among its parts?  It is described as an “intricate unity” in Job 10:8.  Can you imagine deity without unity?  We are told to “keep the unity of the Spirit” (Eph 4:3).  There is one God, one Lord, one Spirit, one body, one hope, one faith, and one baptism (Eph 4:4-6).  The religious world is divided.  We are not agreed.  There are many bodies, many faiths, and many baptisms in the divided religious world.  Paul pleaded that we all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you (1 Cor 1:10).  Is Christ divided (1 Cor 1:13)?  If God dwells in us, and Christ dwells in us, and the Spirit dwells in us, are they telling us different things (Rom 8:9-11)?  Let the word of Christ dwell in you (Col 3:16).  Speak as the oracles of God (1 Pet 4:11).  That is how unity is achieved.  In my prayers for the church I ask God for peace, unity, and growth.  “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Ps 133:1).

 

For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book (Rev 22:18-19).

Man cannot add to or take away from God’s words and please Him.  Moses said it this way, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, not take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you (Deut 4:2).  Jeroboam changed God’s words regarding where to worship, who were to be priests, and the month of the feast.  He sinned and led Israel away from God.  We must carefully follow God’s word (1 Tim 4:6; 2 Tim 3:10).  We must speak as the oracles of God (1 Pet 4:11).