Christian Brotherhood

So for today, Father Monk, I am sending this message of hope and goodwill to whoever might find it.  It shall be rolled up and placed in a bottle; corked and sealed, and I shall toss it into the roaring sea.

Well done Brother Monk.  I am sure your ministry will touch the very heart and soul of one worthy to receive it. May the grace of Christ continue to shine upon you.

Thank you, Father Monk, and may the blessings of Almighty God be always upon you.

Brother Monk wrote:

We are brothers and sisters by the grace of Christ Jesus, our Savior.  We are children of God; we are saints of His forever.

We are nothing and can do nothing; but we shall do all things in Christ who shall strengthen us.

By His grace we are saved.

We then are to love one another, for love is of God and from God and by God.  We are His if we love one another.

And this great love embraces being in each others company, to listen and support and help each other in time of need.  To give a good word, a hug, a pat on the back to let each know you care.  Then to pray for each and everyone who we find and who finds us…ever expanding out family whereby we reach out.

We encourage to strengthen, to endure, to accept, sometimes pain and sorrow, often joy, perhaps a little wisdom for insights to better understand, better cope with any and every situation in this life that may come our way.  And then to act as we are able to act as God gives us the light, to stay in the fight, step by step by step.  Since Christ has come into our lives, we fight the good fight and hold on to eternal life.

In a Saturday morning Men’s Breakfast, fellowship, an awesome Bible study and commentary by our Pastor, and great discussion, why, for those several hours, we grew closer to each other in prayer, support, love and insights than we could at any other time in the coming week.

You see God at work in each life as comments or testimonials are shared.  Something is given; something is received; something is taken away from our wonderful meeting, thanks be to God in the highest.

Shane: “God lets you use the wisdom you have now, then allows you to fail, in order to give you a greater wisdom for later.”

May the grace of Christ our Savior, and the love of God our Father, and the fellowship of the Spirit be with us…us…may the grace of Christ our Savior, and the love of God our Father, and the fellowship of the Spirit be with us…forever and ever, for ever more, Amen.

Kevin, Ernest, Steve M, David, Tyler, Jay, Al, Craig, Pastor Ron, Steve S, Roy, Shane, Earl, Ivan, Robert, Don, Tom, and Pastor Elliot.

Blessed be the name of Almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; glory and praise to God now and forever…

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen and Amen.

 

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3 Responses to Christian Brotherhood

  1. Kevin Kohler says:

    Brother Ivan – I found my notes with this address and finally made my way here. Thank you for writing to encourage and strengthen us as God instructed Moses to do for Joshua in Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see. I find as I continue on this earth that the lessons that come from my betters are more and more meaningful. I join brother Paul in encouraging you to (I Timothy 4:2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. YBIC ksk<

  2. James Johnson says:

    May God continue to Bless you and all who He continues to put in your path. Thank God for sharing your heart through the written words that you choose.

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