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What We Do Starts with Who We Are

When I was growing up I was in Boy Scouts. I still remember the Scout Law: A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. A lot of people think that Scouts are kids who can tie knots, set up a campsite, and do volunteer work; but those are merely things that scouts do, not who they are. As demonstrated through the Scout Law, a scout is composed of those character traits, and not so much by his knowledge of camping. When it comes to being a Christian, I think this is something that we need to think about; especially if we are parents. Is “what” we do important? ABSOLUTELY! But it is necessary for us to understa

On the Priority of Shepherds

“If it is a priority to God, then it should be a priority of His people. It should be a priority to Christians, both individually and collectively.” - Do you believe those statements to be true? Whenever I was 15 years-old I likely did not think that having shepherds was a priority that the church would have. I grew up in a church that had shepherds, but the first two churches that I worked with as a full-time evangelist did not have shepherds. While things went well in those works, and they were at peace, it's obvious to me that there was still something lacking. Even as late as 10 years ago I didn't properly understand the priority that the scriptures give to churches having shepherds. So

On the Appointment of Shepherds

“And when they had appointed for them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed. “ (Acts 14:23) There is not much direct instruction in how elders were appointed in churches of Christ beyond the verse provided above. This is perhaps the clearest example (and thereby - authoritative - II Thessalonians 2:15; 3:7) we have of the conclusion of the process that churches went through in selecting shepherds to serve a local flock. “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave thee charge; “ (Titus 1:5) This is where the process begi

Where Were You Lord?

Where were you dear Lord When in suffering I arose From a night full of crying From life’s torturous woes Where were you dear Lord When my heart hurt so bad From my life’s vain pursuits And all the failures I’ve had Where were you dear Lord When in my greatest fears My face was buried in my hands And wet from streaming tears Where were you dear Lord When all my doubts arose About my faith and hope in You And the path of life I chose Where were you dear Lord When anguish filled my life To replace the ones I loved so dearly Who left this world of strife Where were you dear Lord When joy and happiness were gone When depression and anger filled my soul With every waking dawn Where were you dear

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