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Election Week

I cast my vote last night, one week early. It has been a long election cycle. The stories, slanders, and sleaze has been unprecedented. It has seemed that both major candidates have sought to insure that the other gets elected. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more bizarre, another "leak" or another outlandish statement captured the headlines. Neither candidate s...

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Church Polity - Part 3

In the conclusion to our treatment of Church Polity, allow me to answer some common questions: What about Deacons? The congregation is able to be better served in some of the practical needs by an additional sphere of spiritual leadership called the "deacons" ("servants"). These are men who are selected by the congregation, but authorized by the elders to work in conjunc...

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Church Polity - Part 2

How does biblical church leadership work? The relationship between elders and flock must be one of mutual respect, love and trust. Often, instead of this approach, there is a severe lack of trust by both elders and congregation. Elders may attempt to control (lord over) the congregation because it "doesn't have the needed spiritual discernment" a policy and practice tha...

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Church Polity - Part 1

Over the years, the question of polity (form of governing) in the local church has encountered considerable theological and practical confusion. Where should authority rest? The great danger in striving to derive from Scripture the solution to this question is to strive to draw lines so clearly that inconsistent realities with one's view are negated. For instance, many wh...

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Church Membership

This coming Sunday night, the saints of GBC will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the wonderful gift that God has given to us through our spiritual leadership. The two affirmations that our congregation is asked to make each year include: 1) the annual budget; and, 2) the nominations for elders, deacons, and deaconesses. It is important that every member of the church...

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The High Stakes of Your Testimony

The stakes have never been higher for the power of a godly testimony among unbelievers. I have heard recentlyof multiple occasions where believers have severely compromised the glory of Jesus Christ through their indulgence in sin. The glory of Christ is placed on display through the transformed life of the believer as the believer walks worthy of his calling by exhibitin...

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How to Grow the Church

It seems that the church is regularly confronted with things like: "the six things necessary to grow a church" or "the seven failsafe activities guaranteed to take the church to the next level" and so on. Church Growth experts maintain their church growth business by constantly formulating the next "best approach" to "doing" church - many of the "secrets to church growth" ...

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To Vote or Not to Vote

Biblically speaking, the government exists for one primary function - to protect its citizens from evil. Romans 13 teaches us that governing authority is something that comes from God - even when the authority is a Roman pagan named Caesar. Governing authorities - whether in a dictatorship or a democracy - are established by God (Romans 13:1). Resisting such authority is o...

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Canonizing a Saint

This past weekend, the Roman Catholic church declared that Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a saint. Pope Francis delivered the formula for the canonization. He stated: "After due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint, and we enroll her...

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Looking Up

As a parent, I was regularly amused by how easily I could read my children. Their actions seemed to give evidence to their thoughts, moods, and temperaments. There were times when we had to coax them to get ready to go somewhere. Other times, they would be ready with their coats and shoes on, sitting by the front door calling on us to "come on!" Usually the coaxing had t...

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