Daily Archives: October 22, 2018

OCTOBER 22 PROBLEMS AND PRESSURES

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:35

Jesus did not promise any of us that consistent Christian living would be easy!

He did not promise a release from daily problems and pressures. He did not promise to take us to our heavenly home on a fluffy pink cloud!

We live our lives in the knowledge of the grace of God, but we dare not forget that our Lord came to die for us and to express the never-changing moral and redemptive will of God for His people.

Before we condemn the Jews of Bible history for their failures, we must be sure that we are not overlooking spiritual and moral shortcomings of our own!

As Christian believers, you and I must be careful about the reasons we give for not heeding God’s Word and God’s warning from heaven.

Have we taken His grace seriously enough that we have sought forgiveness for spiritual carelessness, indifference and apathy?

I praise You, Lord, that You have equipped Your true followers to live a moral life in an immoral world. Help me make each day count for Your kingdom, Lord.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

OCTOBER 22 LITTLE NEED FOR GOD

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

—Luke 12:19

It does not take great wisdom to perceive that we live in a generation of completely self-confident men and women. We are doing so well and flourishing in so many ways that we feel little need for God….

It is my judgment that every one of us should be sure we have had that all-important encounter with God. It is an experience that leaves us delighted in our love for Him. Like Abraham, we become satisfied with the revelation that only God matters.

If you are living only to buy and sell and get gain, that is not enough. If you are living only to sleep and work, that is not enough. If you are living only to prosper and marry and raise a family, that is not enough.

If you live only to get old and die, and never find forgiveness and the daily sense of God’s presence in your life, you have missed God’s great purpose for you. MMG030, 032

Oh, Lord, give me a sense not only of my own mortality, but of the importance of an eternal perspective. Give me a keen sense of forgiveness and of Your presence in my life today. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Percentage of Female Clergy Doubles, Triples in Latest Study — Pulpit & Pen

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. – 1 Timothy 2:12

Two factors correspond directly with the decline of American mainstream denominations. The first factor is the prominence and growth of youth ministry, which is a topic better left to another time. The second factor that corresponds directly with the decline of American Protestantism is the ordination of women. To put it simply, the more women who are ordained to the ministry, the smaller those churches have become. Statistically this corresponding relationship between female ordination and the death of Christianity is more akin to a law than a rule. And yet, studies are demonstrating that more and more women are being ordained to an office that Biblically is reserved only for qualified men.

A new study has been revealed which demonstrates a radical and steady increase in female clergy in American mainline denominations. Published by Eileen Campbell Reed, the study entitled, “The State of Clergywomen in the U.S.: A Statistical Update,” reveals that more women than ever are standing behind the pulpit each Sunday.

The new statistics show:

  • In 1960 women were 2.3% of U.S. clergy. In 2016 women are 20.7% of U.S. clergy.
  • In most Mainline denominations, the percentage of clergywomen has doubled or tripled since 1994.
  • Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ clergywomen have reached numerical equity with clergymen.
  • More women of color and fewer white women are going to seminary to earn MDivs since 2008.

Consider the following graphic.

Here’s another graphic.

Maranatha.

Percentage of Female Clergy Doubles, Triples in Latest Study — Pulpit & Pen

Are prophecy and tongues still for today? — Denny Burk

Yesterday at our church, I took a break from verse-by-verse exposition of 1 Corinthians in order to address an important question about prophecy and tongues. The sermon has three points:

  1. What Is the Gift of Prophecy?
  2. What Is the Gift of Tongues?
  3. Are Prophecy and Tongues for Today?

My answer to the last question is “no.” My contention is that prophecy and tongues are revelatory gifts that are foundational to the church but that are no longer operative within the church (Eph. 2:20). You can download the sermon here or listen below.


For more reading on this, I recommend two books, both of which I rely on heavily in this message:

via Are prophecy and tongues still for today? — Denny Burk