January 15, 2014
“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?… If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a […]
Categories: Editorial
December 15, 2013
One Sunday in our ecclesia, a brother spoke on the topic, “Fun With Genealogies.” The exhortation was rather memorable for several reasons. First, the chapter read as an introductory reading was 1 Chronicles 2 — 55 verses of names. In all the thousands of meetings I’ve attended I’ve never heard one of those chapters read […]
Categories: Exhortation
December 15, 2013
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Introduction It is probable, if you read the title, that: 1)  You expect the subject of this editorial to be a further discourse related to the relationship […]
Categories: Editorial
December 15, 2013
We call ourselves Christadelphians. When someone unfamiliar with us first hears about us, they often say, “That’s a funny name.” We respond by asking, “Do you think that the word Philadelphia is a funny word?” No one has ever said that they did. Then we explain that the word Philadelphia is simply two Greek words […]
Categories: Minute Meditations
December 15, 2013
“Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me” (Matt 25:36). After a long battle with a rare bullous lung disease Bro. William Casivant passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the John M. Reed Nursing Home in Limestone, Tennessee. He now […]
Categories: Reflection
December 15, 2013
Scriptural discipline is often a difficult topic for brothers and sisters to discuss. It brings to mind painful interactions and often strains at the very fabric of our ecclesial lives. However, as we examine Scriptural standards for ecclesial life and the real principles for discipline, it offers to significantly increase our faith and to strengthen […]
Categories: Reflection
November 15, 2013
The apostle Peter believed in Jesus and followed him faithfully for three years, and yet at the last supper, Jesus tells him, “When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Are we converted? We certainly hope so. Peter might have thought he was converted, but clearly Jesus did not. Peter’s actions later that evening con- firmed […]
Categories: Minute Meditations
November 15, 2013
How long would it take to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation both day and night without stopping? This last June on Father’s Day the Simi Hills Ecclesia kicked off a Bible Reading Marathon in which the goal was to finish all 66 books without stopping. The Simi Hills Ecclesia decided to follow a […]
Categories: Reflection
November 15, 2013
The parable of the wise and foolish builders makes up the closing words of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ first long public address that stretches from Matthew 5 through 7. Luke gives a condensed version of the same sermon in Luke chapter 6. Jesus was in the second year of his ministry when he […]
Categories: Reflection
November 15, 2013
“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him” (Gen 4:8, NIV). The downfall Upon rejection, Cain was very angry and his face “was downcast” (Gen 4:5) or, in the KJV, “fell.” The Hebrew word for […]
Categories: Studies