Topics and Issues

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Practical, straight-forward, Biblical advice on topics and issues for the Slaves-of-God

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Slaves as Leaders 

What are the Biblical qualifications and examples for leaders within the Church?  Clearly they are not the same as the secular world, and we do not do well by choosing leaders based upon the wisdom of the world.

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Evangelism

As an individual your responsibility to evangelize is straight forward.  In your heart honor Christ, and always be prepared to give the gospel to friends, family, and anyone you meet, who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have, but do so with gentleness and respect.

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Free Will

Free will is heavily limited by our circumstances and our human nature.  The exercise of what free will you have is always subject to consequences, and you cannot avoid those consequences.  Therefore exercise your free will carefully.

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Will-of-God

More often than not, as long as you are acting within the Moral Will-of-God, you may select among various options in life, and the LORD will bless you.  With few exceptions, the LORD does not have the one sovereign plan for your life.  That is why He gave you free will.  While all choices within his moral will are open to you, not all choices have the same consequences, so choose wisely.

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Suffering

No one wants to suffer, but suffering is not optional in life. Here are some reflections on suffering from Scripture to encourage and console us.

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End Times

Much is written about the End Times.  While much of what is written is entertaining, is it any of it helpful?  So from an everyday, living-life perspective, what do I need to know from Scripture about End Times?

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Moral Behavior

This is a very strong call to move beyond being a Do’s and Don’ts Christian. Instead, center your actions and behavior upon the Attributes of God and the truth that all men and women (and unborn babies) are created in the image of God. If you do, you will never look at or treat anyone, including the poor and the disadvantaged, the same again.

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Tithing

No, ten percent is meaningless.  Rather, give until it hurts.  If if costs you nothing to give, then you really didn’t give anything.

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Spiritual Conflicts

Spiritual conflict with the rulers, authorities, cosmic powers of this present darkness, the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places, is very real.  Having said that, most believers are unaware of spiritual oppression by dark forces, until they actually stand up and make an impact in this world for the Kingdom of God.  Therefore Slaves of God need to prepared and alert for demonic oppression and spiritual conflict.

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Unforgiveness

Holding unto to unforgiveness always results in bad consequences and even hinders our prayers.  Therefore chose to forgive for your own sake.

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Dealing with Sin

Sin between believers must be dealt with.  Jesus commands: that we seek reconciliation with one who has sinned against us; that in return, we must always forgive the brother who confesses and repents; and lastly, that when we have sinned against someone, we are to seek out the wronged brother in order to confess and repent.

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Community Life

Living and working with other people is not always easy. Fortunately, the Lord Jesus taught us four outward behaviors towards others and four inward heart attitudes about ourselves, that when followed creates an irresistible community of believers that affirms and supports each other and  draws non-believers to us.

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Fellowship 🙁

Fellowship is important in the church, but do not let it become a distraction.

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Are Good Intentions Enough?

You decide.  The Bible says that the LORD searches a person’s heart, but judges the person according to his deeds.

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Finding Meaning in Life

Life is meaningless apart from being properly related to the LORD, and the proper way to relate to the LORD is to fear and to obey him.  Ask yourself this question, what part does a slave have in riches, power, position, pleasures, politics, and academia?  

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Being Wise

Wisdom and understanding do not come from old age or the school of hard knocks. Rather wisdom and understanding comes to those who fear the Lord and who avoid evil. The best way to receive this wisdom and understanding is to pay attention to godly instruction.

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How Should We Do Ministry?

Many of today’s most popular ministry practices where rejected by the Lord Jesus during his temptation in the desert. Instead, when it comes to ministry, the Lord calls the slaves-of-God to walk humbly by faith.

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The Cost of Following Jesus

For the slave-of-God the personal cost of following Jesus is the denial of self, even unto death.

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Miracles

Cut to the chase. Miracles are performed for one purpose, so that you will hear the Words of Jesus and obey them.  Jesus pretty much condemns any other response to his miracles.

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Prayer

Prayer is straight forward and simple.  The challenge is that you actually have to do it with some persistence and confident expectation.

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Warning Against Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is pretending to know and to love God.  In the end, you cannot hide the hypocrisy, and you cannot avoid its consequences.

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Persecution

For some it is present, for others it is coming.

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Wealth is a Test

Wealth, the abundance of possessions, is a test of God.  

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The distinguishing outward traits of the Slaves of God

Jesus gave clear examples of how his followers should conduct themselves.

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FAQs

 Some answers to questions about this ministry.

 

 

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