Tag: Apostle Paul

Witness Well

Following Paul’s example in overcoming jealousy in the ministry

Jealousy, envy and rivalry routinely infect the consciousness of those serving in the full-time ministry. When a minister is observing success at another ministry and seeing very little fruit of his own, the pangs of guilt and hurt are real. Our human pride welcomes glory and attention associated with success.  When that glory seems to be …

The difference an infectious attitude makes on others

My father and mother-in-law were missionaries in Cameroon during the 1990’s when our children were very young. Communication between families was placed as a high premium. The power was typically out for long periods of time. Telephone service was both sketchy and expensive. And email was relatively new. Living in a foreign country, our grandparents wanted to …

A life in Christ is never status quo

An aspect of the Christian life is that one can never be status quo. Our faith is either growing or it is dying. Like a vegetable garden in a dry climate, a person must daily provide water or the garden will quickly wilt and eventually die in the hot sun. Our faith life is the same way. We must …

How the Apostle Paul identifies the marks of a healthy church

A church can only be effective in reaching out to its community when there is a sense of partnership among its members. A healthy church will worship, pray and study God’s Word together. They will consider each other as important members in the body of Christ. They will mutually encourage one another and are helpful in all aspects of the ministry. There is a measure of joy in their work and will readily accept opportunities to serve.

Being a first round draft pick by God

The commissioner of the National Football League strides up to the podium with a card in his hand. With great anticipation from the packed ballroom, the commissioner announces, “With the 10th overall selection of the first round, the New Orleans Saints pick….. you.” Surrounded by family and friends in the waiting room, you smile with great delight …

How Apostle Paul’s letter to Philippi still resonates today

The city of Phillipi was located on the far northeast corner of present day Greece. Founded by Philip, father of Alexander the Great in 358 B.C., the city became a very prominent and strategic location due to its road system and nearby coast. Around 30-35 B.C. the expanding Roman empire conquered the city led by the …

The hidden strength of a Christian

We have a tendency to think of the Christian life as being enduring, suffering or exerting great effort. Even though this can be a part of a believer’s life in a sinful world, the Apostle Paul gives us insight on a hidden strength of one who has trusted in the promises of Christ. Paul fully recognizes …

Characteristics of Great Missionaries

God likes to use the most unlikely of people to achieve his greatest purposes. The Apostle Paul was once a passionate, fiery young man. He was probably considered “the most likely to succeed” among his peers. His zeal and intelligence promised a great future in the echelons of Jewish hierarchy. He earnestly sought to make his …