The Living Church News

Why You Need to Read This

Dear Brethren, Some of you are familiar with Country magazine, where they hide an image of a needle somewhere in the pages of each issue for readers to find. Sometimes it is easy to spot, other times not. So let me get this off my chest up front: Like that hidden needle, there is a hidden flaw in this letter to you. I will reveal the flaw at the end, but my guess is that discerning readers will figure it out. Read More »

Have You Bought the Lies?

Four major social issues today are abortion, the LGBT movement, legalizing marijuana, and so-called “mercy killing” or euthanasia. In America, we could also add the “right to carry”—that is, to carry guns. You might wonder why we mention these issues. Don’t we already talk about them enough? Actually, if we were to anonymously survey our membership, especially our teens, you might be surprised by what many think regarding each of these issues. Why? Read More »

The Peace and Reconciliation of Ephesians 2:14

There are real walls, and there are symbolic walls. There are helpful walls, and there are harmful walls. A well-maintained wall surrounding a beautifully manicured garden is valuable and beneficial. Anciently, a strong wall around a town was a source of protection from attack. However, whether in ancient or modern times, a wall of division or unjust imprisonment that cuts one off from freedom or family can be a source of anguish and pain. Read More »

Young and Single: A Season of Preparation

The life season of singleness is unique and filled with both challenge and opportunity. Being young and single can be exciting! Singles typically have more free time, energy, money and flexibility than they will have later in life. However, this special season of life can be easily squandered. The Apostle Paul gave brethren in the church at Ephesus timeless advice: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15–16). Paul encouraged the brethren to seriously consider their lives and their futures and to maximize the time with which they were blessed. In a similar way, Jesus Christ observed, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). Christ knew His earthly ministry would be short-lived and He committed Himself to maximizing the opportunity while He had it! Read More »

The Challenge of Athens

The world is not what it once was. For decades, God’s Church has preached the Gospel of His Kingdom to a culture that—to a great degree—at least respected the Bible. That is changing quickly. Read More »

To Be Discreet

Discretion is one of the attributes we see in Titus 2:5. Older women are “to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” And if older women are admonished to be discreet, we younger or middle-aged women should seek that goal, as well. As a woman now in my forties, I have noticed that this important attribute is taking years to develop. It has not come naturally for me, being from a family that valued openness almost to a fault. I was the child of a military family and we moved a lot. During some of my younger years, living far from where our family had roots, I picked up the notion that if you “held back” in any way, you were hiding something. To be “aloof” and private made you seem terribly suspicious. Read More »

The BRiC Weekend

Singles from across North America traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, for another successful and inspiring BRiC Weekend! The acronym BRiC—“Building Relationships in Christ”—defines the main goal and focus in organizing and planning for this annual event. Within the scope of building relationships, this year’s BRiC Weekend theme was “Walking with God Together.” Read More »

Living University Graduation: Walking On

On May 14, Living University held its final assembly and concluded the 2017–2018 academic year with the institution’s largest commencement. The venue was Embassy Suites Ayrsley in southwest Charlotte, with 170 attendees total, including 29 graduates present. Twelve others graduated in absentia. Read More »
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