Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Baptist Messenger: suppose

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089
    Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
    —1 Timothy 5:1,2 (NIV)
    Just suppose members of our churches were voted on, like the members of certain civic clubs. Suppose three unexcused absences required that the individual’s name be automatically dropped from the roll, and he could be reinstated only by special vote of the body. Suppose absences from services had to be made up by attending services in some other place, or by carrying out some special project. Suppose church members had to be re-elected to membership each year, and that their attendance and participation in the program of activities determined how the vote went. Oh, well—just suppose.
    ... Anonymous, from The Baptist Messenger
    See also 1 Tim. 5:1-2; Matt. 18:15-16,20; Rom. 14:1; 15:1-3; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 2 Cor. 6:14-15; 13:1-2,10; Gal. 6:1; 2 Thess. 3:14-15; Tit. 3:10-11; Heb. 10:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, quicken Your people, that the church may serve Your Kingdom better.
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