Overcoming the Walls of Adversity

We all have been down the proverbial “fast track” at various times in our lives, when everything seems to go our way. For certain seasons, advancement becomes our best friend and success knows no rival. In chapters two and three of Nehemiah, our main character experiences a...
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Elder Commissioning

In the New Testament, we see that leaders within the church are often “set apart” to fulfill their particular ministry. This is true of both leaders who are “sent out” from the church on its behalf (e.g., Acts 13:3), and those leaders who are called to minister in an official...
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Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Dad – Part II

Continued from Part I Learning from the Mistakes of the Fathers Moses and Leading at Home First If you think the tale of Noah and his sons in Genesis 9:20-23 is strange, the story of Moses and Zipporah in Exodus 4:24-26 is even weirder.  No one knows exactly what was going on in...
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Ancient Wisdom For the Modern Dad – Part I

Learning from the Mistakes of the Fathers Are you an absent father? Entangled in chronic connectivity, frenetic busyness and endless distraction, we men are all too frequently “not there,” even while sitting around the dinner table with those we love the most. So often we are...
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Nehemiah: Rebuilding the Ruins

In 587/6 BC, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem for the third and final time, leaving the temple, the city and its population decimated.  This was to fulfill the prophets’ dreadful woes of a coming destruction and exile – the final curse of the Law against an...
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Leadership and the Congregation – Part III

Power to the People – Part III In our previous posts we saw that the apostles’ charge to guard the “good deposit” – both in defending sound doctrine and in instructing and admonishing the people to faithfully observe it – continues today in the ministry of the...
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Leadership and the Congregation- Part II

Part II - A Noble Ambition: The Authority and Task of Leadership In 2 Timothy 2:2, we find the clearest expression of a succession of leaders in our New Testaments.  Here Paul instructs Timothy to entrust to other men “what you have heard from me in the presence of many...
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Leadership and the Congregation – Part I

Who’s In Charge Around Here? – Part I The correct answer is Jesus.  He is the head of the church and the “chief shepherd” of the flock.  But Jesus is building a church, and that church has some order and structure to it (Matt.16:18-19; 18:15-20). At Riverside Community...
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