Friday, December 16

The word of Jehovah kept growing and prevailing. This is taken from acts 19:20.

Christianity flourished in the first century. To fare well spiritual, each Christian had to put for personal effort. Diligent Study of the Scriptures, regular attendance at the meetings for worship, and zealous activity in the Kingdom preaching work were essential. Such activities contribute to the spiritual health and unity of Jehovah’s people at the time, even as they do today. Those associated with the well organized early congregations benefited greatly from the willing and helpful efforts of overseers and ministerial servants. Philippians 1:1 tells us: “Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all of the holy ones in union with Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, along with overseers and ministerial servants:” 1 Peter 5:1-4 tells us: “Therefore, as a fellow elder, a witness of the sufferings of the Christ and a sharer of the glory that is to be revealed, I make this appeal to the elders among you: Shepherd the flock of God under your care, serving as overseers, not under compulsion, but willingly before God; not for love of dishonest gain, but eagerly; not lording it over those who are God’s inheritance, but becoming examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd has been made manifest, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

And what a delight it must have been when traveling elders, such as Paul, visited the congregations! Acts 15:36, 40, 41 tells us: “After some days, Paul said to Barʹna·bas: “Let us now return and visit the brothers in every one of the cities where we proclaimed the word of Jehovah, to see how they are.” Paul selected Silas and departed after he had been entrusted by the brothers to the undeserved kindness of Jehovah. He went through Syria and Ci·liʹcia, strengthening the congregations.”

The similarities between our worship and that of the first-century Christians are remarkable. How grateful we are that Jehovah organized his servants then as well as now!

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I like to change many tv or movie stories into happy endings even for the villains...sometimes. ;-) You can find my stories on fanfiction.com or you can search my author name Scarlet Moonbeam and be brought to my home page. HTTYD: Guardians of Dragons (Or Hiccup the Night Fury) MLP: Letter of Destiny
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