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Category Archives: Deacons
Conflict Within the Church
W.B. Riley, who served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for some fifty years, told the following story: In my first pastorate, three of my church officials had refused for three full years to speak to … Continue reading
Posted in Anger, Christian Unity, Church, Church Discipline, Confession, Deacons, Doing Good, Extending Forgiveness, Forgiveness, God's Work, Influence, Pastors Tagged addressing problems within the church, Christian Unity, church discipline, churching someone, conflict within the church, First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, W.B. Riley Leave a comment
Women & Spiritual Discernment
If you come to me and say in a nice way, “Russell, sometimes you have a problem with your temper,” you will be telling me the truth. (My wife and sons will vouch for that.) You will also, in a … Continue reading
Posted in Church, Deacons, Discernment, Family, Fatherhood, God's Will, God's Word, God's Work, Headship, Husbands, Leadership, Marriage, Motherhood, Pastors, Politics, Preaching, Service, Submission, Wives, Worship Tagged Adam was not deceived, I do not permit a woman to teach, if anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, let a woman learn in silence, The elder to the elect lady, the men should lead in the home the churches and the nation, the woman was deceived, the woman's role in the church, what Paul said about women pastors Leave a comment
When Church Work Becomes a Burden
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for … Continue reading
Posted in Christmas, Christmas Traditions, Church, Church Attendance, Deacons, Easter, Easter Traditions, Elderly, God's Work, Ministry, Personal, Service, Sunday School, Trusting In God Tagged burned out from church work, Christ's yoke, My yoke is easy and My burden is light, When is it time to step down from church work? Leave a comment
The average person has absolutely no idea how much benevolent giving the churches of America do. The reason for this lack of knowledge is the fact that much of the giving is done quietly without any fanfare. All this giving … Continue reading
Posted in Church, Deacons, Doing Good, Giving, God's Work, Ministry, Money, Needs, Pastors, Personal, Stewardship Tagged benevolence committees, benevolence giving, love offerings, people asking the church for help, problems with love offerings, When should a church give a love offering? Leave a comment
Does God Call the Qualified or Qualify the Called?
(“Questions From Israel’s Exodus” series: post #5) In a very real sense, Moses was uniquely qualified to be the man through whom God would deliver the Israelites from their Egyptian bondage. For one thing, he was an Egyptian by upbringing … Continue reading
Posted in Deacons, Discipleship, God's Provision, God's Work, Individuality, Ministry, Obedience, Preaching, Series: "Questions From Israel's Exodus", Service, Spiritual Gifts, Talents Tagged Does God call the qualified?, God won't ask you to do something you can't do, God's call to ministry, Moses' training in Egypt, Moses' training in Midian Leave a comment
Does Moral Failure Disqualify a Person From God’s Service?
(“Questions From Israel’s Exodus” series: post #3) After Moses became the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he spent the first forty years of his life riding high. Acts 7:22 says: “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the … Continue reading
Posted in Backsliding, Deacons, God's Work, Ministry, Pastors, Personal Holiness, Preaching, Sin Tagged Does moral failure disqualify a person from ministry?, Moses killed an Egyptian, Moses knew God wanted him to deliver the Israelites, Moses thought the Israelites would understand, Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, Moses was mighty in words and deeds Leave a comment
Spiritual Leaders & Preachers’ Kids (post #2 of 2)
People tend to think that being called of God to spiritual leadership somehow causes the called to put on a magic cloak that miraculously changes everything about the person. The cloak corrects wrong thinking, fixes longstanding problems, strengthens weaknesses, and … Continue reading
Posted in Adultery, Anger, Backsliding, Character, Church, Church Attendance, Current Events, Deacons, Depravity, Family, Forgiveness, God's Work, Hypocrisy, Leadership, Lust, Ministry, Pastors, Personal Holiness, Preaching, Sanctification, Service, Sin, Temptation, The Death Penalty, The Old Testament Law Tagged Jerry Falwell Jr., list of spiritual leaders who fell, megachurch pastor scandal, why spiritual leaders fail Leave a comment
How Many Pastors Should a Church Have?
Our English word “pastor” translates the New Testament’s original Greek word poimen, a word that literally means “shepherd.” “Pastor,” of course, is the leadership title that is most commonly used in our American churches. The fact is, however, that the New Testament … Continue reading
Posted in Church, Deacons, Ministry, Pastors, Preaching Tagged a board of elders verses a single pastor, Are bishops and overseers pastors?, Are elders the same as pastors?, Does the Bible teach that each church should have multiple pastors?, How many pastors should a church have?, the house churches of the New Testament, the pastors of the New Testament Leave a comment
Why Can’t a Woman be a Pastor or a Deacon?
I realize that I’m not going to win any popularity contests with this one, but I feel led of the Lord to weigh in on the topics of women preachers and women deacons. In these days of social media, it … Continue reading
Is Acts 6:1-7 the First Deacon Election?
(Series: “The Early Church of Jerusalem” post #12) The first serious problem that threatened to split the early church of Jerusalem centered around what Acts 6:1 calls “the daily distribution” (N.K.J.V.). No definition is given for what this distribution was, but … Continue reading
Posted in Church, Deacons, God's Work, Ministry, Series: "The Early Church of Jerusalem", Service Tagged Acts 6:1-7 and deacons, How many deacons should a church have?, the beginning of the office of deacon, the daily distribution in the early church, Was Philip a deacon?, Was Stephen a deacon?, What does the word deacon mean?, When was the first deacon election? Leave a comment