From the blog this week: The Value and Responsibility of Church Membership
I’ve always thought biographies are a great way to read church history through great, real-life stories!
“I’ve never met a person who said that discipline was pleasant. Parents battle their kid’s temper tantrums with heavy hearts and tears, athletes break their bodies in order to build strength and train for victory, and reckless drivers receive expensive tickets so the roads are kept safe.”
“But since we can only assess a tree by its fruit, we must call it as we see it. And if severe discipline results in repentance, proving the tree is good after all, we will overflow in joy.”
“And this is often how the Lord works. He allows trouble to come upon his people in order to drive them to himself.”
“Friendships don’t just spring from nothing. Friendships require effort. They require forging. Without those four qualities (constancy, candor, counsel, and carefulness), you won’t be capable of forging the kind of friendships you’re looking for—and the kinds of friendships the Bible calls for.”