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“One Toot”

“I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also” (1 Cor. 14:15).

The question often arises as to whether the use of instruments would make a significant difference in the worship of the Lord’s church. Of course, the public knows about our vocal music, “without instruments,” but at one time instrumental music in America became a catalyst upon which churches split. “A capella” was supported by those who wished to return to the scriptural instructions guiding the first century followers of Jesus Christ.

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Get to Work

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us. For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you. We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

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Peace

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27).

There is a difference between the world’s peace and the peace that Jesus gives. The world’s peace is totally dependent on everything going perfectly right. Jesus’ peace is with you in good days, not so good days, and absolutely horrible days.


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