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Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences. There are some who have the attitude: If you disagree with me politically, you hate America. If you disagree with me doctrinally, you're a heretic and a false prophet. If you disagree with me in any other area, you're not only my opponent, you're my enemy. However, if we understand that we all have the same shared vision, that we all desire to move in the same direction, we can take a more balanced, rational, emotionally stable approach to our differences of opinion.
We may not all think alike, but we can all love alike, and we can treat one another with love and respect and good will — because our fears, our hopes, our aims are one. Here's the second area in which we can strengthen our commitment to unity. We need to be willing to look out for one another. Oftentimes the worst thing about going through hard times is the feeling that you're going through them alone.
A friend of mine lost his job awhile back, and on top of feeling like a failure in his career, his felt his family — specifically his wife — blamed him for everything. If he had been more successful at work, he wouldn't have been downsized. If he had managed his money better, the family would be prepared to endure the coming months. And if he's serious about being a good father and family man, he better find a solution fast. He said to me, "I feel like I'm all alone in this; there's no one else in my corner.
There's no reason that a believer should feel this way. In the verses we looked at last week, Paul said Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. And he also said Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. I realize that we can't solve everybody's problems, but there are times when we can help them carry the load.
Many times, "carrying the load" means first and foremost we let them know that we're there, and we care. My unemployed friend wasn't looking for a hand out as much as he was looking for just a hand to hold — he just wanted to know that he wasn't alone. This is why Paul says in today's text And it's why he says In this beloved hymn that we are looking at today, John Fawcett wrote these words We share each other's woes, our mutual burdens bear; And often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.
We need to let one another know: you're not alone. I'm here. We're here. We'll take this journey with you. We can get through this together. If you look to the left of you and look to the right of you There are times when they hurt. There are times when they feel lost and alone, forgotten and afraid. They need to know that the collective "we" will do what we can to help them carry their heavy load.
That's what believers do. That's what churches do. We share each other's woes; our mutual burdens bear.
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As much as we can, we look out for one another. Here's the third area in which we can strengthen our commitment to unity. We need to take every opportunity to develop lasting relationships. A friend of mine moved to a new city a couple of years ago and began his search for a new church — and he was not prepared for what came next.
At his old church he was "somebody" — he was involved in several areas of leadership and ministry. He assumed that when he found a new church home he would make friends, find opportunities to serve, and, in time, he would be able to put his leadership skills to good use. He didn't realize, though, just how hard step one of the process would be.
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He said, "I visited more than a dozen churches of all shapes and sizes in which no one at all spoke to me — except maybe an usher when he handed me a bulletin. Some churches I visited several times — and whether I was there or whether I wasn't, nobody noticed. I felt like the invisible man.
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We say, "But that would never happen here. Could it? Are we intentional in our hospitality to others? A pastor friend of mine told me that one afternoon in town he ran into a man who had visited his church a few times before, a few months before. He asked the man, "We've missed you. Why haven't you been back? The man said, "I'll give you the courtesy of an honest answer.
Your church has great music, plenty of programs, and good preaching. But each time we visited, no one spoke to us — except for you, once or twice. And then he said, "If you really missed us, why didn't you reach out when we stopped visiting? I could spend the rest of the afternoon telling you stories I've heard about churches who make no effort to welcome guests, but I won't.
So, I figure, we must be doing something right.
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They can be both a blessing and curse. Siblings and cousins are the people who have known us our whole lives. And yet, I often tell my daughters to get to know their cousins, even though they live at a distance and are somewhat older than they. We often think of the church as a family. Jesus must have known that there are no perfect people and there are no perfect families. Families are messy and imperfect. Families have ups and downs, they have their struggles and their "moments," and they sometimes--well, pretty often-- disagree. That is to say, conflict is a normal part of family living.
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His reputation as preacher grew to the extent that he was invited to substitute for the ailing John Gill at Carter Lane Baptist Church in London. His attachment to them was so deeply fixed, that he concluded, at once, to cast himself upon Providence, and live and die with them.
Text: Analysis. The hymn, originally extending to six stanzas, is almost always shortened to four, with the fourth becoming a benediction:. The fifth stanza builds upon the anticipation of gathering again, while the sixth expands this view heavenward to a more perfect reunion:. This longing for eternal reconciliation is an emotion Fawcett would come to know very well in the following years.
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He lost his son Stephen to smallpox in , his mother in , and his daughter Sarah in In , he lost four close friends, including his mentor, James Hartley. These losses made Fawcett a more endearing pastor.