When Samuel was sent to anoint a new king to replace Saul, he fell into a common trap. It’s not about appearance, countenance, height, or stature. It’s all about the heart. When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the LORD’s anointed!” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, Continue reading Don’t judge by appearance, countenance, height, or stature, because the LORD looks at the heart
What did Jesus teach about serving others? Many leaders in the Christian community are identified as Christian “ministers”. This tradition leads many to equate Christian ministry with clergy or leadership over Christian congregations. In scripture, a “minister” is simply a “servant” and “ministry” relates to “service”. How can one be both a servant to, and an authority over, God’s people?
The struggle of mankind’s plans versus God’s plans has affected history for thousands of years and it is affecting us today. The church is God’s creation and workmanship. It is eternal in nature and too big to become the exclusive province of one group of partisans. Why not be big and wise enough to see this? Rehoboam and Jeroboam divided the Kingdom of Israel The division has lasted about 3,000 years. But, God is not impressed! It hasn’t changed his plans. Continue reading Mankind has divided and conquered! God is not impressed.
If we lived 2,000 years ago, what would a church service look like? How did they meet? And, why couldn’t it work like that today? 1 Corinthians 14:26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.
You may have thought God could only use superstars. But, this is not true, God can use anyone, if they are willing. God is very clear that these 8 gifts are given by him to ordinary people for service in your congregation… προφητείαν — prophecy; the gift of communicating and enforcing revealed truth διακονεῖ / διακονίαν — to serve (as a servant), waiting at table; in a wider sense: service, ministration διδάσκων — to teach (literally, “cause to learn”); instruct, impart knowledge (disseminate information) Continue reading 8 Gifts of Service for Your Church
The teaching of Hebrews 12:15 is much broader than just the emotion of bitterness… lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you — The apostle here alludes to Deuteronomy 29:18, Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away from the Lord, lest there should be a root that beareth gall and wormwood; and he primarily intends, lest there be any person whose heart is inclined to apostacy from the gospel. He may mean, however, Continue reading What is a root of bitterness?
Surprisingly, tithing predates the law… Cain and Abel fought over what to tithe (Genesis 4) Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of all (Genesis 14:20) The tithe was codified in the Mosaic Ten Commandment Law Covenant between God and the Children Of Israel who were rescued from bondage in Egypt. This law of tithing is very specific. But, there are a ridiculous number of ways to interpret these passages: from not donating anything, excuses for donating too little, reasons for not donating one-tenth, requirements for donations of the Continue reading What about tithing? What is a tithe? Are tithes required?
A father adopted a dozen children from different countries, from different tribes, and from different kindred. He loved them all and they all loved him and they all loved each other. Two or three were more scholastic than the others. Two or three were more athletic than the others. Two or three were more musical than the others. Two or three were more travelers than the others. Two or three were more homebodies than the others. They all loved each Continue reading A modern-day parable of a father and his adopted children