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December 31, 2017

A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible and knows that which passeth knowledge.

A.W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous

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December 27, 2017

The happiest christians on earth are the christians who are free from conflict with each other, so they can freely engage in the conflict for the Gospel with each other.

-Philippians 1:27

Elder or No Elder

December 16, 2017

QUESTION:

What are warning flags to watch out for when considering a man as a potential elder?

ANSWER:

1. A contrarian spirit. If you say “black,” he’ll say “white.” An elder must build unity, not stir up division.

2. A lack of spiritual fruit. If a man is not already shepherding the flock he won’t beginning do so just because you give him a title. An elder should be a man who is already hard at work building up the body.

3. An unsupportive wife. Eldering done well is a demanding task. It takes time to teach and disciple and exercise hospitality. Is the man’s wife happy to further her husband’s ministry even when that requires a considerable sacrifice on her part? If not, it would be unwise to appoint this man as an elder.

4. A record of broken relationships behind him.

5. A “me” focus. Every time he opens his mouth, whether in a Sunday school classroom or at a restaurant table, he seems to have his own interest in mind and not everyone else’s. An elder must be a man who’s always looking out for the good of the body.

6. An inability to encourage others.

7. An inability to show compassion and tenderness. A man may be rigorously strong and biblical, but if he can’t be tender and compassionate he’ll make a poor shepherd.

8. A tendency to exaggerate and embellish. An elder should be a man whose word is utterly trustworthy.

9. A tendency to prize creativity and innovation over biblical faithfulness. This is not to say that creativity and innovation are bad things, but they must always be servants to faithfulness to God’s Word.

10. An inability to admit he’s wrong.

11. An inability to submit to other leaders.

12. A refusal to be inconvenienced or make sacrifices in order to serve others.

13. A feeling of entitlement to the office.

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December 13, 2017

There is no sin-killer like the Word of God… Spurgeon

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December 10, 2017

We don’t go to church. We are the church. We go to worship.

— Burk Parsons