We have been talking about the very difficult subject of submission to authority, particularly in the local church. There are many benefits promised to those who are submissive to the authorities God endorses. In a previous lesson we listed 4 of them, and I want to revisit those as we finish our study of submission. … Continue reading Healing Help Video 63: Submitting to the Blessing
In a previous lesson, I said this, “your pastor should have a pastor. Pastors are also sheep. In order to exercise authority, one must be under authority. If your pastor doesn’t have a pastor, find another pastor.” This may seem an odd topic for a study on healing, but take a minute to consider it. … Continue reading Healing Help Video 61: Accountable Shepherds
We’ve been looking at facts about submission that will keep you from being confused or abused in your connection to a local body. It’s important to find a leader you can trust to have a right heart in the things of God. If you’re in search of a place to connect, submit, and develop your … Continue reading Healing Help Video 59: Recognizing a Shepherd
I urge you, brethren—you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints—that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.1 Corinthians 16:15-16 NKJV The Bible is full of great heroes of the faith, … Continue reading Sunday Supernaturally: Silent Servants
Do your due diligence. Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do … Continue reading Healing Help 31: Connection on Purpose
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, … Continue reading Sunday Supernaturally: Appreciate the Gift
A few days ago, my wife and I were watching television news. As we cringed at another video of “protestors” screaming and gesticulating in the face of police officers, we were struck by the hatred that spewed out. Unreasoning, shrieking, and red-faced, the black-clad young people seemed to be driven by some dark force beyond … Continue reading Verbal Vitriol? That’s Unacceptable!
Word for the Day: All things to all men. This has been very difficult to write. I watch the videos of cities being burned, property being destroyed, and the police being vilified, and my flesh wants to fight back. On the other hand, when I hear the phrase “Black lives matter,” I have to say, … Continue reading Silence? That’s Unacceptable!
The word for the day: If it’s unacceptable, then quit accepting it! We are living in a toxic atmosphere. People’s lives can be ripped apart just for posting the wrong thing on Twitter, or Instagram, or whatever. Every word is scrutinized, and failure to toe the party line (whichever party) can lead to violent backlash. A … Continue reading That’s Unacceptable! Quit It.
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (Romans 8:26 NLT) This is Pentecost Sunday, the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. … Continue reading Sunday Supernaturally: Power for a Dark Day