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We ask for your faith and prayers today . . . for each of the men and women who are faced with this issue in the Light of God’s Word of Truth.
“This is a true saying . . . If a man desire the office of a bishop (elder – a superintendent, an overseer, one who goes to see and bring relief), he desireth a good thing. For a bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife . . . vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach . . . and one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity (honesty) !” I Timothy 3:1-7
“There is a decided work to be done in our churches. Those chosen as elders of the churches are to be men of experience, who have a knowledge of the Truth (Verity of God’s Word) and are sound in the faith. In his letter to Titus, Paul points out the qualifications which should be possessed by those placed in charge of the flock of God. ref: Titus chapters 1 and 2
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I ask that you will share this with every 7th day Adventist, and Christian you know. There is more at stake than many are being led to believe !
“History is repeating. With the open Bible before them, and professing to reverence its teachings, many of the religious leaders of our time are destroying faith in it as the Word of God. They busy themselves with dissecting the Word, and set their own opinions above its plainest statements. In their hands God’s Word loses Its regenerating power. This is why infidelity runs riot, and iniquity is rife.
When Satan has undermined faith in the Bible, he directs men to other sources for light and power. Thus he insinuates himself. Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God’s Holy Spirit . . . “for the Words I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life !” (John 6:63) . . . are inviting the control of demons. Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for spiritism and theosophy–those modernized forms of ancient heathenism–to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . !”
Desire of Ages, p.258
“This is a true saying . . . If a man desire the office (position) of a bishop (an Elder, leadership), he desireth a good work. For a bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior . . . . One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity (honour and honesty) . . .
For if a man know not how to rule (to stand before, preside over, maintain) his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God ?” I Timothy 3:1-13
“The home (and the church) is an institution of God . . . God designed that the family circle, father, mother, and children, should exist in this world as a firm (a security, reliable and trustworthy, stable). The father is to act as priest in his own house (interceding, standing in place of his family). He is the “house-band'” and what his influence will be in the home will be determined by his knowledge of the Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent . . .
Woman should fill the position which God originally designed for her, as her husband’s equal. The world needs mothers who are mothers not merely in name but in every sense of the word. We may safely say that the distinctive duties of woman are more sacred, more holy, than those of man. Let woman realize the sacredness of her work and in the strength and fear of God take up her life mission. Let her educate her children for usefulness in this world and for a home in the better world !
As most of you know, I believe wholeheartedly that a healthy church chooses congregational songs with theologically rich text and well-crafted, singable music. This is part one of a three part discussion on some of the differences between hymnody and contemporary worship songs.
Protestant denominations have been singing people since the days of the Reformation. Their hymns represented the mettle and fortitude they displayed in breaking away from the religious establishment (Roman Catholic church), and forging ahead in their new faith traditions. The American versions of these faith traditions initially carried on the mantle of hymnody, with much content being shared between denominational lines. In many churches today, hymns and hymnals remain, either as a vital piece of corporate worship practices or as a sentimental nod to the past.
In other churches, including churches in most if not all major denominations, there has been a decided shift . . . .