All in the Lord are saints but not all are saintly. What is the difference? It is the miracle of salvation that makes us Saints. Salvation puts us in the "family of Christ". We each have a choice of what to do from there. To be saintly or not? That is the question! Phoebe was a saintly … Continue reading Saintly Saint
Romans 16:1-2 Paul begins by greeting his fellow workers in Christ. The first name on his list: Phoebe, our leading lady for this week. He had great respect for her. She had opened her home to him and supported his ministry. She was highly regarded in the church. Caring for the sick or tending to … Continue reading I am More Than a Title
This week we read in Romans 16: 1-2 of the esteemed Phoebe; who’s name means “Pure or as radiant as the moon.” She was in fact radiant, but it was the love of Jesus that radiated from her. Like many of the ladies we’ve studied, there’s very little written about her in the scriptures. Oh, … Continue reading What Are You Known For?
We are all familiar with admonitions in scripture against complaining, grumbling, disrespecting authority, sowing discord, etc. But today we are focusing on a well-founded complaint of discrimination that yielded good fruit for the body of Christ. Yes, there is a place for complaining and questioning the status quo in the body. There are big examples, … Continue reading Foxes in the Vineyard
As I read the scriptures of the discontent widows, my attention was drawn to the fact that it became the responsibility of the newly appointed deacons to aide and care for them. I was reminded of the first time I read this passage with a new understanding of the leadership position it describes. True, in … Continue reading We Are The Deacons
Do you have that friend or coworker who doesn't have a good word to say about anything? I do. It almost seems like he has the spiritual gift of complaining. I find myself wondering how one person can find so many faults with EVERY thing in his life! The sky is always falling. Do you … Continue reading The Sky is Falling