Can God Use Men Who Are Not Natural Leaders?

Can God Use Men Who Are Not Natural Leaders?

We tend to think of born leaders as just aggressive, overzealous, and ambitious people, always whipping out their sword at the wrong time (John 18:10) or taking matters into their own hands (Luke 9:49, 54; Mark 3:17), but…

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Preaching Is Pure Restraint... Of Myself

Preaching Is Pure Restraint... Of Myself

So, how much do I "nail" things from the pulpit? Well, I'm afraid that "nailing" things is based on the presumptions that people don't get it, the Holy Spirit is incapable of telling them, and they can't come to the right conclusion without me telling them exactly what they need to do practically. Those seem like arrogant and uninformed presumptions. Some men just get enjoyment from straightening other people out.

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Don’t Speak Like The Foreman if You’re Only A Laborer (Working for the Lord of Harvest)

Don’t Speak Like The Foreman if You’re Only A Laborer (Working for the Lord of Harvest)

My point is, had we based our calling on the usually accepted conception of “need”. We might not have come. We based our mission on the call of God, not on statistics or demographics. I don’t think people have the right to say where the needs are or are not. Only God does, because He knows things we don’t. As Lord of the harvest, He moves laborers as He sees fit. Don’t speak like the Foreman of the job-site if you’re only a laborer.

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Compelling Reasons for Local Church Membership

Compelling Reasons for Local Church Membership

In my limited experience, people that scoff at the concept of local church membership are either rebellious and non-committal or they are wounded. The former are proud and just think themselves above being voluntarily accountable to anyone. The latter have had bad experiences with pastors and churches who tried to micro-manage their lives using unbiblical authoritarianism, brow-beating, and spiritual abuse all in the name of Hebrews 13:17.

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Pray Like No One is Looking

Pray Like No One is Looking

When called on to pray publicly, sometimes people will inevitably feel pressure to “knock it out of the park”. Sure, this is often a fleshly, self-imposed pressure. But it should never be a peer pressure. People asked to pray in church should not feel any social obligation to impress with their praying, but rather just pray in humility and sincerity with “clean hands, and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). And those being led in the public prayer ought to have enough brotherly charity to not care how it came out.

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