The L.A. Times ran a story in August of 2006 about the unique problem faced by
municipal leaders in Stafford, Texas -- too many churches! Stafford is a town of just
under 20,000 residents with some 51 churches. Located between Houston and Sugar
Land, Stafford is the only town in Texas that has no property taxes, funding city
services with sales and business taxes. With only 300 unproduced, revenue-potential
acres left in this town of just seven square miles, city officials are concerned to stop
the further proliferation of churches in favor of some revenue generating businesses.
One official remarked: "If you can't find religion in Stafford, Texas, you ain't looking hard enough."
Maxwell Perkins once wrote, “One of my deepest convictions is that the terrible
harms that are done in this world are not done by deliberately evil people….. They
are done by good people – by those who are so sure that God is with them. Nothing
can stop them; for they are certain, they are right.
Charles Spurgeon said, “To live above with saints we love will certainly be glory; but
to live below with saints we know, well, that’s a different story!”
One Preacher was once asked, “HOW MANY ACTIVE MEMBERS ARE IN YOUR
CHURCH? The preacher responded, they are all active. HALF OF THEM ARE
WORKING WITH ME AND HALF OF THEM ARE WORKING AGAINST ME, BUT THEY
ARE ALL ACTIVE.
THE PICTURE OF UNITY IS CLEAR – Ps. 133:1
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
The story of the song “Blessed be the Tie” was shared as the following: In 1765, John Fawcett was called to pastor a very small congregation in Wainsgate, England. He labored there diligently for 7 years, but his salary was too meager to meet the needs of his family. However, the church compensated with faithfulness and warm fellowship. Then Dr. Fawcett received a call from a much larger church in London. After a lengthy conversation and prayer, he accepted the call. As the parishioners were helping them load a wagon and saying goodbye, Mrs. Fawcett exclaimed, “O John, I just can’t bear this. These people need us.”
John felt the same way. He immediately advised the parishioners to unload the wagon. They were staying. This event lead to Pastor Fawcett writing the words, “Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love! The fellowship of kindred mind is like to that above.
THE PROBLEM WITH DISUNITY IS TRAGIC – Prov. 6:16-19
Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Truth: To those taking pride in CAUSING DIVISION WITHIN GOD’S FAMILY. YOU ARE HURTING MORE THAN THE PERSON YOU ARE ATTACKING; YOU ARE HURTING THE WHOLE KINGDOM.
THE PRACTICE OF UNITY IS ESSENTIAL– Phil. 1:1-2
Philip. 1:1-2 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:  Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The story was told about a disagreement between George Whitefield & Charles Wesley as the following:
George Whitefield and Charles Wesley – Both disagreed on Theological matters. However, one day a person asked Whitefield if he thought he would see Charles Wesley in Heaven?
Whitefield replied, “I fear not, for he will be so near the eternal throne and we at such a distance, we shall hardly get sight of him.”
THE POWER OF UNITY IS REWARDING – Acts 4:32-35
Acts 4:32-35 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,  And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
One writer shared the following:
One grasshopper seems insignificant as it leaps across a lawn. But when it joins forces with other grasshoppers, the resulting swarm can soon devour all the vegetation in it’s path.
The grasshopper understands the POWER OF COMMUNITY. What they cannot accomplish by themselves, they accomplish together.
When believers UNITE IN SERVING THE LORD TOGETHER, WE BECOME MIGHTY
FORCES FOR GOD.
THE PRAYER OF UNITY IS DIVINE – Jn. 17:20-23
John 17:20-23 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
The story was told about a VBS experience that provided a great truth:
During one class at VBS, a new student was brought into the class. The little boy had one arm missing, and the teacher was very nervous one of the children might make fun of him.
As the class time came to a close, the teacher asked the class to close with her in a normal ceremony. “Let’s make our churches,” she said. “Here’s the church, Here’s is the steeple… She then paused knowing the very thing she had feared the class would do, she had done.
As she stood speechless, the little girl sitting next to the boy reached over with her left hand and placed it up to his right hand and said, “Here, let’s make a church together.
TRUTH:I CAN DO WHAT YOU CAN’T DO;
AND YOU CAN DO WHAT I CAN’T DO, BUT
THERE ARE NO LIMITS ON WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER.
This Sunday, we will continue the series, “FIRST THINGS FIRST – THE FAILURES OF A FOOLISH FARMER”. Join us this Sunday at Calvary. Please bring someone with you.
REMEMBER, GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE AT CALVARY!!!!!
Posted on Mon, November 14, 2016
by David Goins