Preserve The Unity Of The Spirit

Paul wrote; “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Eph. 4:3. How does one keep the family peace in the average family? We try to avoid confrontation, conflict, name calling, cruelty, criticism and cutting remarks.

How do we promote unity? (Aside from the principles of doctrinal unity mentioned. Eph. 4:4-7). Caring, cooperation, kind communication, common interests, considerate attitudes and commitment to cooperation.

After those lists, we can maybe simplify things by quoting Eph. 4:2. “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.”

Unity of the Spirit is attained by following His directions for unity. Let us do all we can to preserve
the unity of the Spirit in every way.

Sincerely,

Rick Laing

Elder & Preacher at Highland Village



They Are Blessed

When the Israelites defeated the Amorites as they drew closer to the Promised Land, Balak, the King of Maob called on Balaam to come and curse the people of Israel. God said to Balaam: “Do not go with them, you shall not curse the people for they are blessed.” Numbers 22:12. The story goes on to show that even though the idea of placing a curse on Israel was pursued, God deflected and defeated all that was attempted.

We Christians are the blessed people of God. He watches over us and is well aware of the world trying to hurt us. “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? Acts 9:4.

We come under the Lord’s divine protection. It does not mean we will never be persecuted, but woe to those who do it.

Let us take comfort in the fact that God sees all and knows all, and is watching out for us.

Sincerely,

Rick Laing

Elder & Preacher at Highland Village



The Day God Watched People Giving

Jesus sat down and watched how the people were putting money into the Temple Treasury. Many rich people were putting in large amounts. A poor widow placed two small copper coins in the treasury. Josephus records 13 chests or boxes for voluntary contributions or yearly amounts given to provide for the service of the Temple, or the support of the poor.

Jesus said:
She gave out of her poverty.
She gave more than all the other contributors.
She put in all that she owned.
She gave all she had to live on. Luke 12:41-44.
(She gave to the poor!)

And God was watching!! Let us remember that God sees all, and is more impressed with love, faith, commitment and zeal, rather than the money, service and goodness we show in front of others.

God is watching us at all times, and we should be concerned with what He measures, and not what man measures.

And God is still watching.

Sincerely,

Rick Laing

Elder & Preacher at Highland Village



When Clean Meets Unclean

This is just a follow-up and reminder from last Sunday’s lesson (which can be heard on the HV website). Under the Law of Moses, when a Jew touched a corpse, carcass of an animal or a person who had a disease, the one who touched them would be considered “unclean” and would have to wash their clothes and be considered unclean until evening. (Lev. 11, 12).

So, consider Jesus who touched a leper and healed him. Luke 5:13. Many who were sick touched Him or His cloak. Mark 6:56; Luke 6:19. He also touched a coffin, Luke 7:14; and allowed a sinner woman to touch Him. Luke 7:39. Did that render Jesus unclean?

Perhaps the answer lies in this: When the CLEANNESS OF GOD meets the UNCLEANNESS OF MAN, only MAN is affected. GOD STAYS CLEAN…MAN, BECOMES CLEAN!

So, we need people to come to God to be cleansed. As we Christians are the Body of Christ, people touch us (make some contact with us) so that they can get closer to God to touch Him. So, we will bump into a whole bunch of unclean people…. which is what we were before we obeyed the gospel. (Peter asked Jesus to depart from him as he was a sinful man. Luke 5:8). Jesus did not depart, and would not.

Thank God for reaching out to us. Jesus can make you clean. We urge you to listen to Him and obey Him.

Sincerely,

Rick Laing

Elder & Preacher at Highland Village