Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Understanding Each Other

From a sermon by Preacher Clark,

in a home prayer meeting at Grandma’s farmhouse in 1973.

James said that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights” (Jas. 1:17). God is so good and blesses us so much that sometimes we can overlook some of the gifts that surround us. In a sermon long ago, Preacher Clark referred to one blessing that God gives to all men constantly: understanding each other. He said, “As you speak to me, the Lord speaks. I don’t understand what you say unless the Lord talks (to me), and you don’t get my message unless the Lord talks.”

Preacher Clark often maintained that (1) God was so jealous over His children that He wanted to sleep between a man and his wife and that (2) if He didn’t sleep between them, there was trouble. God is the God of peace, and there is no peace without Him, whether between husband and wife or between nations. And God creates peace many times by allowing one person or one nation to understand the other.

The lesson is simple: Every instance of common understanding that exists on earth is the result of God standing between us and helping us to understand one another. In short, if we understand each other, God has spoken to us both.

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