Minister Articles (Page 67)

In the Midst of Persecution

The church of Christ was born in troublesome times. The bold and uncompromising preaching that was characteristic of those early disciples soon plunged them into grievous persecutions. Peter and John were imprisoned and whipped (Acts 4, 5). Shortly thereafter Stephen became the first martyr (Acts 7:60). Apparently his death triggered  the “great persecution” (Acts 8:1), which…

Food and Water

In the west foyer of our building, we have four potted plants which make no effort to disguise their needs. When they are fed and watered they stand tall, look nice and seem to be happy. When they are not watered they droop to the floor and look unhappy. It is the same with us. An interesting…

Saying and Doing

How do we make sure that we are among the few who are saved and not among the many who are lost (Matthew 7:13-14)? Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many…

The Same

Some consider the God of the Old Testament to be a God of anger and wrath and the God of the New Testament to be a God of grace and mercy. They think of God as constantly growing and changing. They fail to consider that God, before any of the world was even created, already…

Three Statements of Joy

Three statements of joy. Two are made by an angel and one is made by the Holy Spirit. Statements that need to be in our hearts. Statements that need to direct our lives. “He will be great in the sight of the Lord.” Spoken by the angel Gabriel to Zechariah, father of John the baptizer.…

People Want to See Jesus

[quote name=”John 12:20-21 “]Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.[/quote] I believe that there are people today who want to see Jesus. John mentions that some Greeks wanted…

Impact

Often, I think about the impact that one person can have on others. This past weekend was Kathy Waddell’s 40th birthday. I have known Kathy since she was a little girl. One memory that speaks volumes about the impact she has had goes way back when she about 8 years old. There was a huge…

BEWARE! (part 3)

Jesus said in Luke. 12:1, “. . . Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” The Pharisees were hypocritical and pretentious. They pretended to be religious, but in actuality they were fakes. They said one thing, and did another. In Matthew six, Jesus scolds them concerning their self-righteous deeds which they did…

Busy, Busy, Busy

Most months have 31 days in them, and I love the fact that Proverbs has 31 chapters…one for each day of the month. Words of wisdom abound throughout each one. Today is September 2, 2014 so let’s take a look at Proverbs 2. 1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my…

A New Day

It was a bad day for Jeremiah as he walked the streets of his beloved city, Jerusalem. He saw the ruin and the destruction. He wrote his lament about the things he was seeing. But in the midst of the destruction, he saw something else. [quote name=”Lam 3:21-24″]This I recall to my mind, Therefore I…