Saturday, November 9, 2019
Daily Devotion: Conflicts in the Church
Bible Reading: Acts 6:1-8
Key Verse: Verse 1 - "And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration"
Key Words: there arose a murmuring of the Grecians
Conflicts in the church do happen; but hopefully cooler and wiser heads prevail. While the church at Jerusalem did solve their dispute, that’s not always the case.
A news story from Wales told of a feud in a church looking for a new pastor. It read:
"Yesterday the two opposition groups both sent ministers to the pulpit. Both spoke simultaneously, each trying to shout above the others. Both called for hymns, and the congregation sang two--each trying to drown out the other. Then the groups started shouting at each other. Bibles were raised in anger. The Sunday morning service turned into bedlam. Through it all, the two preachers continued trying to out shout each other with their sermons.
Eventually a deacon called a policeman. Two came in and began shouting for the congregation to be quiet. They advised the forty persons in the church to return home. The rivals filed out, still arguing.
Last night one of the groups called a let's-be-friends meeting. It broke up in argument."
The item was headlined, "Hallelujah! Two Jacks in One pulpit!” It could have been bannered, “Two Factions in One Fellowship."
What a shame!
We should all fulfill Ephesians 4:3, “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
What to do:
✞ Always strive for unity.
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