July 21, 2017

Authority: Right or Wrong?

Reynold Lemp

FrontLine • September/October 2007

Authority and chain of command are terms we use when we are referring to “who is in charge.” It may be a grocery store owner, a Little League ball team manager, or a big manufacturing executive. God Himself, and only God, established authority. Even in the heavens the law of authority exists. Our own earth is in submission to the law of gravity of the sun. The moon is in submission to the earth.

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A blog on Worship

Don Johnson

We’ve highlighted a new blog recently and would like you to take a look at one of their latest offerings:

Worship: It’s More than You Think

You might think this is yet another post on music, but that really isn’t Aaron Berry’s point.

I fear that many of our worship services or events are not true acts of worship at all. Yes, songs are sung, offerings are given, and preaching is heard, but no worship is taking place.

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The Bible

George Stiekes

That ye might walk worthy of the LORD unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. Colossians 1:10

Our text is very clear as to what our mindset ought to be and what our Christian lives are supposed to be all about. 1) We are to walk worthy of the LORD , 2) We are to please the LORD, 3) We are to be fruitful in every good work and 4) We are to increase in the knowledge of God.

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Facebook Cannot Replace Your Church

Thomas Overmiller

At a recent Facebook rally in Chicago, Mark Zuckerberg suggested that the social network behemoth can effectively replace institutions like “churches and Little Leagues.” Through new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, he aims to draw people together into Facebook Groups to serve similar functions, but in a more meaningful way. In this way, he envisions moving people away from actual gatherings of people, towards online groups governed by computers.

As the pastor of a church (and as a Little League baseball dad), I find this idea both repulsive and out of touch. Facebook technology can never provide the kind of coaching, personal development, and personal relationship building that Little League baseball provides for my son. And it can never provide the appropriate forum for church worship, ministry, and fellowship.

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Right and Wrong Motives in the Ministry

Jerry Sivnksty

FrontLine • March/April 2008

Image result for diotrephesThe American College Dictionary defines motive as “something that prompts a person to act in a certain way or that determines volition; an incentive. The goal or object of one’s actions.” Every child of God must seriously weigh his motives in serving the Lord. There are many examples in Scripture of individuals who had wrong motives. In 3 John 9, 10 we read,

I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

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