A minister without the “title”

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10 – NKJV)

God isn’t impressed with titles. Titles bring responsibility (James 3:1) but they don’t get the work finished.

People crave titles but God wants us to crave His work (Titus 2:14, 3:8; Galatians 4:18; 1 Timothy 3:1; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 5:16).

Liberals love to praise people who have pushed the envelope for titles for they equate titles with “equality” in the church. God praises people who work in His name and in His will, for He equates equality with being in Jesus and working within the bounds of the body of Christ (Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:3).

Conservatives love to praise people who have held firm to tradition for they equate tradition alone with working God’s will. God praises people who work within the tradition of the church’s faith through love, for God refuses to accept service done in His name if it’s not done in His will (Galatians 5:5-6; Romans 12:1-3).

Let’s stick to the middle of the road (or the middle of the channel) and start showing more of a concern for rowing the boat instead of where we sit in the boat. An oar moving in unison with another oar will get much more done than an oar trying to go solo not matter how big the solo oar thinks it is.

I may have gotten a little off track with the last three comments, but then again maybe not; either way let me bring it back to my original sentence: If we’re waiting around for a title to make our work have some sort of significance in the sight of man or in the sight of God then we’re not ready for that work – whatever the work is!

And by the way, try looking up what the word “minister” actually means if you don’t already know and you might get what I’m trying to say.

But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:8-12 – NKJV)

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Study gambling: Lawmakers Should Start Work Now

The above title was one of the headlines on the El Paso Times opinion page this morning: http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_15444201

It’s sad that a newspaper wants to promote another avenue towards immorality (we’ve already got the Texas Lottery).

It makes one wonder if these folks actually think about what they are promoting. Do they actually believe that it’s a good means towards public education?:

Quote: “Summer is a good time for Texas lawmakers to review legalized gambling options for the better funding of public education.”

#avenue, #education, #gambling, #headline, #immorality, #newspaper, #opinion, #page, #promote, #title

The most stirring sermon I’ve ever hear…

The most stirring sermon I’ve ever heard? I’ve listened to many stirring sermons, can’t remember the title of any of them, but have been spiritually fed by all of them. It’s kind of like eating. I can’t remember what I ate last week, but I know I was fed sufficiently. 🙂

The two preachers of the gospel that stand out in my mind in the past 40 years, were Jimmy Allen and Avon Malone. The reason they were good proclaimers, was because they truly believed in the product they were selling – the gospel, and that makes all the difference in the world. Bro. Avon was a master at teaching Paul’s prison epistles – no one better in my view. Bro. Jimmy could stir the soul to action through his preaching, and did in the several crusades that he was a part of back in the 60’s and 70’s.

Here’s an article by Bro. Jimmy that is eye-opening: http://jimmyallenevangelist.com/?p=3

#eat, #fed, #sermon, #spiritual, #stirring, #title