COA #110 - Maintain Unity

March 14, 2017

Unity is the great neglected virtue of the New Testament. It may, in fact, be the most important of all the virtues the church is to display to the world. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #109 - Don’t Neglect Fellowship With Your Brothers and Sisters

March 9, 2017

We find ourselves here facing a sometimes confusing, often misapplied, and complex command. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #108 - Deal With Body Conflicts in the Church

March 7, 2017

This command contains two elements. One, when problems and conflicts arise in the church--deal with them. Two, when problems have to be resolved, don't involve outsiders. As much as possible keep them in the church. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #107 - Do All Things Decently and In Order

March 2, 2017

Paul wrote these words to sum up the 14th chapter of 1 Corinthians in which he had been setting forth guidelines for the use and operation of the spiritual gifts. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #106 - Use Your Gifts Wisely

February 28, 2017

At first read, this command seems so obvious as to be unnecessary. Who would choose to use a gift unwisely? 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #105 - Be Sensitive to the Weak in Faith

February 23, 2017

It is occasionally easy to read Paul's words about the "weak on faith" from the self-aggrandizing perspective of my maturity. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #104 - Encourage One Another

February 21, 2017

Encouragement is personal. This command clearly comes as a corollary to building up the body of Christ. It is not limited, however, to our relationships with Christians or a church environment. We are exhorted to encourage all men, all women, all children, in all circumstances. This is a 24/7 command. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #103 - Pursue and Emphasize What Builds Up the Body of Christ

February 16, 2017

The analogy of building is used throughout Scripture as symbolic of spiritual growth and development. It is an especially apt image with respect to the church. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #102 - Older Men and Women, Teach Younger Men and Women

February 14, 2017

Christian teaching is built on maturity not celebrity. Gray hair not star power is the guide for leadership in the church. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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COA #101 - Do Not Be Anxious to Teach or Place the Immature in Leadership

February 9, 2017

The "young prodigy" and "famous star" syndromes represent constant temptations for modern Christendom, especially in an era of worldwide entertainment and media exposure. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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