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Thoughts from the Wednesday night Bible Discussion Group. This week our topic was on our fellowship meeting that we just had over Labor Day weekend. We were to bring thoughts of how we were challenged or blessed through the meeting. We got a little of topic, but God saw that needs needed to be met and directed us in a manner that we could be used that way.

1. Matthew 23:23…”and have omitted the weighter matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith:” Judgment is one thing that sets the Church of God apart from religion. In order to receive mercy and forgiveness, you must be found guilty in judgment. You can’t be forgiven of nothing. And you have to have faith to receive mercy. All three are crucial aspects of the plan of salvation. Mainstream religion is missing the judgment part of the puzzle, and thus falling short of preaching the truth.

2. We are called to unity; to dwell together in peace. Psalms 133:1. If we all have the same goal in mind and purpose of heart we can worship in unity. But this doesn’t come naturally, we have to work at being a unified body. Ephesians 4:3

3. When the enemy comes against us with thoughts that may cause confusion we can rest against the promise that those thoughts are not from God, for he isn’t the author of confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33. We can use this scripture to defeat the enemy when he comes to our minds.

4. More promises that we can lean on: 1 John 1:9-2:1 – If we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive and provide an advocate for us through Jesus his son. Our sins have been removed from us “as far as the east is from the west” Psalms 103:12 and cast into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19

5. Jesus too was tempted of the devil. We can take his example of using Bible Scripture to defeat the enemy. Matthew 4. There is power in God’s word.

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