Sammie passes on to us the bulletin she receives from her former congregation in Milan, Tenn., and it always contains good articles, which I borrow from time to time. In the Nov. 7, 2007 issue is the following quote from Tertullian of Carthage (160-230 A.D.
Beautiful is the marriage of Christians, who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. The
y are both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in flesh or in spirit. They are two in one flesh, and where there is one flesh there is also one spirit. They pray together, they worship together, instructing one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts. Unembarrassed, they visit the sick and assist the needy. They give alms without anxiety. Psalms and hymns they sing. Hearing and seeing this, Christ rejoices. To such as these He gives His peace. Where there are two together, there also He is present and where He is, evil is not.
- via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur church of Christ, Arthur, IL.