Category Archives: Ministry

How God Brought Good Out of Persecution

It takes quite a bit of time and energy for a mob to literally stone someone to death. Coats and outer garments must be taken off so that rocks can be gathered and thrown most effectively. But what should be … Continue reading

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The Church’s First Martyr

I take no pleasure in reporting that much of what a lot of Christians believe about God really doesn’t stand up to the test of scripture. “God wouldn’t let me remain sick.” Tell that to Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:19). “God … Continue reading

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Is Acts 6:1-7 the First Deacon Election?

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 the apostles described it as serving tables (Acts … Continue reading

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The First Church Scandal

I don’t care how smoothly a church is humming along, it isn’t immune from scandal. The problem is that people can’t help but be people. They are sin-marred individuals who are card-carrying members of a sin-married race. Sin is in … Continue reading

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The World’s First Megachurch

A megachurch is generally defined as being any Christian congregation that has a sustained weekly attendance of 2,000 people or more in its worship services. Using that as a definition, we find that the world’s first church was also the … Continue reading

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A Lesson Samuel Didn’t Learn

Of all of Israel’s great spiritual leaders, none rises any higher than Samuel. He was a prophet. He was a priest. He was the last of Israel’s Judges, the series of men who led the nation before its time of … Continue reading

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The People Had a Mind to Work

So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. (Nehemiah 4:6, N.K.J.V.) The book of Nehemiah tells the story of a Jew named Nehemiah. … Continue reading

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