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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)

TITLE: Sibling Rivalry/ What's Love got to do with it
By darrell darden


Matthew 12: 47-50 47Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. (KJV)

Christians have been calling each other brother and sister since Jesus first did it. The word of God talks about brotherly love and how we should treat our brothers and sisters in the Lord. In most churches today the act of calling your fellow Christian sister or brother has a hollow ring to it. Sometimes it sounds more like a rebuke than a friendly greeting. The church once again has grasped hold of the natural and let go of the spiritual. The natural family is full of dysfunctions, jealousies, animosities and sibling rivalries and so is the body of Christ. We act like spoiled infants vying for the attention of their parents accept the parent we are trying to get noticed by is the Pastor and the first Lady of our various churches. The parent we should be trying to please is our father in heaven instead we lie, cheat and backbite each other as we jockey for “positions” in the church.

Jesus asked “who is mother and who is my brethren?” then he went on to say that “those who do the will of my father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, sister and mother.” The will of the father is that we love one another; Jesus said “by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”(John 13:35 KJV). To the world we must look like a mirror image of them, “where’s the love?” they ask themselves they hear the gossip, they notice all the separate groups within the church. This group is following “Apollos” while another group is following “Cephas” and only a few are following Christ.

We are not the world no matter what Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones say, we are a peculiar people and one of the things that set us apart should be the pure agape love of Christ flowing through us. People should marvel at the love we have for one another. Remember how the people marveled at the love Christ had for Lazarus as he wept for him before He raised him from the dead. Let’s stop hurting each other by holding grudges and gossiping. Let’s take classism out of the body of Christ. We are all sinners saved by grace, let’s act like it.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/15/11
This is a great devotion with a powerful reminder.

I admit I had a little trouble seeing the topic in it, but it may have been over my head. Plus I think this was a very difficult topic.

The mot important thing though is the message. It seems I keep hearing about problems in churches. It's time we act upon the problem.
C D Swanson 09/17/11
Excellent job, powerful and important message. I liked this true devotional, and especially the conclusion. God Bless~
Linda Goergen09/18/11
Excellent devotional, full of truth! God Bless!
Glynis Becker09/18/11
Nice devotional and I agree that it has wonderful truth at its core. Thank you for sharing.
Noel Mitaxa 09/19/11
Your message is a clear and succinct challenge, though I struggled to see its link to the topic.