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The Heart and Hands of Leadership

The Heart and Hands of Leadership

“He chose David also his servant and took him from the sheepfolds: from following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.” Psalm 78:70-72

Leadership is a subject of intense scrutiny today. In every sphere and at every level of our society it seems there is a great crisis in leadership. Leadership is a critical subject in any organization but nowhere is it more critical than in the local assembly of believers. It is a fact that cannot be dismissed; the spiritual health and success of any assembly is directly proportional, to the quality and spirituality of its leadership. The concluding verses of Psalm 78 give wonderful insight into the essence of David’s leadership and lessons for today’s leaders of God’s people.

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Glorification

In a world where believers are strangers and pilgrims the thought of heaven and home is a great hope and comfort. This world is not our home and there is something much better ahead for God’s people. As the old song says, “if heaven’s not my future home, Lord what will I ever do, my treasures are laid somewhere beyond the blue.” It is not just the place and all the joys associated but it is the person of the Lord Jesus that makes the destination compelling.

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The True Church

Where is the one true church? What is this one true church like? What are the marks by which this one true church may be known? Such questions may well be asked, and here are some answers.

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Editorial: A Call For Moderation and Temperance

“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Phil. 4:5. Wuest states that the word moderation is the translation of a Greek word that means “not being unduly rigorous, being satisfied with less than one’s own due, sweet reasonableness, forbearance”. The thought here is that we ought
to show to all our sweet reasonableness in light of the imminent coming of the Lord for His Church.

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The Emotions of Christ

In the events surrounding the last of the ‘signs’ of John’s Gospel – the raising of Lazarus, we get an insight into the heart and soul of the Word made flesh. It commences with the encounter that Martha had with her Master on the road as He approached Bethany. John is fulsome in the detailed discussion that took place and would indicate that all the while Martha was standing as they conversed. Her opening remark “Lord if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died” has the feeling of a rebuke. Whereas Mary, while she used the same words said them on her knees weeping in an attitude of adoration and worship. This attitude corresponds with Luke’s account of the Lord’s visit to Martha and Mary’s home. The former over wrought, complains that she is left alone to serve while Mary sat at His feet. The word ‘weeping’ used of Mary and those who were with her was really a wailing, customary of those times. Whereas the word used by Jesus means the tears were running down His face! Divine eyes shedding human tears.

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The Rapture & The Tribulation

Beyond a doubt, biblical prophecy is one of the most important subjects in the Bible. The sheer weight of its biblical references attest to this fact. The return of the Lord is mentioned in every book of the New Testament except two. The return of the Lord is mentioned in 211 chapters of the New Testament, and prophecies connected to the return of the Lord are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. Nevertheless, many believers shy away from the study of prophecy and are confused as to what the Bible teaches on the subject. Satan loves to confuse and distract believers from the most important aspects of biblical truth. This is clear concerning prophecy. There are more competing views of prophecy than almost any other aspect of Bible study. One of the most neglected, and yet important, subjects of end times prophecy is whether the church will go through the tribulation. Many believers have never considered this topic, yet our view concerning it will determine our understanding of salvation, the security of the believer, and the finished work of Christ.

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True Grace and Greatness of Humility

Its Meaning
The English word ‘humility’, and its adjective ‘humble’, are derived from the Latin word ‘humus’, which means ‘ground’, ‘earth’, or ‘soil’. It reminds us all that God formed us from the dust of the ground. After Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, God said to him that he would die, and that, since he was just dust, his body would return to dust again. This is a sobering thought, and one which indicates to us our true condition and position before God. In fact, in Genesis chapter 18 verse 27 Abraham described himself as ‘dust and ashes’ before the Lord when he was interceding for Lot in Sodom. Likewise, the patriarch Job, at the end of his traumatic sufferings and the Lord’s revelation of Himself to him, simply said that he abhorred himself and repented of his rash words against God ‘in dust and ashes’, Job 42:6. The Hebrew word most frequently used for ‘humility’, or ‘being humble’, has the idea of being ‘low’. It is sometimes used of low-lying land, but most frequently has the metaphorical sense of being humble, or humbled by others. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament uses the same word to translate this Hebrew word as the Greek New Testament uses to express the idea of ‘humility’, and ‘being humble’. It, too, basically means ‘low-lying’ physically, but, again, is most often used in a metaphorical sense to mean ‘lowliness of mind and attitude’. It is the opposite of being high-minded, proud, or arrogant. Scripture everywhere commends humility as being a thoroughly right attitude to take towards both God and other men and women around us.

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What is “Unchurched”?

In the last decade or two a new term has evolved in evangelical Christianity: the “unchurched.” Past generations used biblical concepts to describe humanity. Terms like lost, unsaved, unconverted, unrepentant, unbeliever, condemned, sinners, and non-born again were preached. These words conveyed the person outside of Christ as guilty and under the wrath of God. Being dead in their sins they’re helpless and hopeless without any ability to change. Their only hope is salvation, being forgiven and born again with new life from God. Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, is the only means of this salvation. The church is simply to go out into the lost world and preach this good news of salvation in Christ. When anyone trusts Christ alone they then are added to His church.

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A Prayer for Spiritual Enlightenment: Ephesians 1:15-23

William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate, was an art collector. It is said he was looking for a particular painting. He sent an agent to look for it in Europe but it could not be found. Sometime later, while going through a warehouse, a helper discovered it! He had the painting all the time and did not know it.

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Advice or Command

While reading a commentary recently I was struck by a comment that emphasized that since Christians are not under the law but under grace that the commands of the N.T. are instruction or advice, not law. Is that true? Now it is true that believers today are not under the law of Moses as a basis for salvation. “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed…being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom . 3:21, 24 NKJ).” We are saved through faith in the Lord Jesus and His finished work on Calvary. We glory in the grace of God and the gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). But believers acknowledge Jesus as Lord (Rom. 10:9-10). He is our Sovereign, our King. A man in the army does not view his officer’s commands as advice which he feels free to ignore. It is sad that too many who profess to be Christians take the commands of our Lord simply as advice which they may choose to follow or to ignore. Many marry unbelievers, ignoring the warnings of Scripture (2 Cor. 6:14). They divorce freely, disregarding Jesus’ warnings (Matt. 19). They trample under foot the verses which stress moral behavior and holiness.

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