The Role of the Deacon

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a man below. He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am." The man below replied, "You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are 40 degrees north latitude and 59 degrees west long...
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Differently-abled (Oh my)

People often feel discomfort in unfamiliar settings. Here are some points to remember when you encounter someone who is differently-abled. Don't assume that a person with a disability other than the hearing loss can't hear. Often we respond to a person with a disability by talking louder. Don't assume that people with speech, hearing, or physical problems have cognitive problems as well. I...
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Who Are the Deacons?

The Presbyterian Church of America’s Book of Church Order describes the office of deacon as “one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need.” It further encourages these officers to mobilize its congregation to “assist the deacons in caring for the sick, the widows, the orphans, th...
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How Much Gospel Do We Need?

In his book Basics for Believers D. A. Carson writes, “I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please. Not too much – just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted. I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust.  I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation. I would like to be cherished by some nice, f...
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Strengthen Your Grip

“Does Christ say I give you an example for you to study, or to form a discussion group on, or to memorize and repeat often?  NO. John 13:15 says, I gave you an example that you should do as I did.” —  Chuck Swindoll in Strengthening Your Grip
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From John Calvin:

"To worship God is to serve him in imitation of our Savior Jesus who did not come to be served, but to serve. I believe that the temporal care of the poor is no less sacred than ecclesiastical activity. While the gathering for worship always takes precedence, the love of our neighbor must be an inevitable corollary. The duties of worship (pietas) and love (caritas) are inseparable."
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