Word of the Day… August 1, 2014…

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Encounter on the Damascus Highway,

 Part Two

by Charles R. Swindoll

But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.)  So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship,  and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.  Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”  Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.  Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
“He was led as a sheep to slaughter;And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,So He does not open His mouth.“In humiliation His judgment was taken away;Who will relate His generation?For His life is removed from the earth.”


The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?”  Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.  As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”  [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”]  And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.  When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.  But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.  Acts 8:26-40


Yesterday, I told you about several methods of evangelism that are ineffective, or at least are not the full picture of how God desires His children to share the good news with others. Today, I want to tell you about an alternative. A method that works … and also glorifies the One it should glorify: the Savior.


I submit to you the Philip Approach. This Christ-centered method is set forth in a series of seven principles drawn from Acts 8:26-40. That grand and gifted gentleman was engaged in a citywide crusade at Samaria. God was using him mightily (8:5-8). Suddenly, the Lord spoke to Philip and instructed him to leave the city and spend some time in Gaza, a desert area (8:26). Faithful Philip “got up and went” (8:27). He was available (Principle 1).


He then encountered a distinguished statesman from Ethiopia riding in a chariot en route back home (8:28). Of all things, he was reading Isaiah! The next verse tells us that the Spirit of God prompted Philip to go and get acquainted with the traveler. Philip was led by the Spirit (Principle 2). In today’s terminology, he felt a keen and definite assurance that God would have him strike up a conversation and later, quite probably, share with that person the magnetic claims of Christ. In other words, he sensed that God was clearly opening the door.
As you’d expect, Philip cooperated. Obedience (Principle 3) is essential.
He then heard the man reading aloud (8:30) and calmly asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” What an excellent start! A proper opening (Principle 4) is essential. Philip didn’t barge in and start preaching, nor did he crank out a canned, broken-record series of statements. He simply asked a logical yet leading question. The statesman instantly invited the stranger to come and sit by him and assist him in his quest for understanding (8:31-34).


This remarkable response was met with great tact (Principle 5) on Philip’s part. Even though he had his foot in the door, he remained gracious, courteous, a good listener, and yet sensitive to the time he might speak of salvation.


When that moment came, he “opened his mouth” (8:35) and became specific (Principle 6) concerning faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. No reluctance. No vague dialogue about religion … he spoke only of the Savior, the main issue.


The last few verses (8:36-38) describe the brief but memorable follow-up (Principle 7) Philip employed in this case.


As you rub shoulders with hungry, thirsty humanity and sense their inner ache for help and hope, keep these principles in mind. Let’s become more alert to those empty chariot sidecars God wants us to occupy. You may even begin to feel comfortable in them before long. You know what? There isn’t any place I’d rather be when Christ returns than riding shotgun in a twenty-first-century chariot.


Wow!!  This was a great devotional today!!!  I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..


Tonight I Pray that you take time out in your day to spend visiting Jesus.  Stop yourself from rushing into your day and begin it with Him. I pray that you realize that spending quality time with Jesus is essential for the success of your day.  Just sit in the morning light and be still in His Presence. Waiting upon the Lord will prepare you for everything that is ahead of you this day.  I pray that through your quiet spirit the Lord will speak to you and lead you in the art of learning how to rest in His Presence.  It is when we still our minds that we can carry the peace of the Lord everywhere we go.  I pray that you come to the realization that you never have to be without Jesus.  Never forget that His sheep hear His voice continually, for He is the ever present Shepherd. Step into the fullness of His love and His light will warm you with His words…  I am here always, even until the end…  Walk in that faith and you will experience His unfathomable peace.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love You All!!!  God Bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6DCRlj

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….


Tonight I Pray that you realize that Jesus not only loves you but He likes you!  We can take everything to Him in prayer.  I pray that you trust Him to meet your needs one day at a time.  I pray that you delight yourself in the Lord and rejoice in Him with singing.  As you are still in His Presence, listen for His voice and for when you do there is a treasure there just waiting to be found as He pours out His blessings upon you.  Rest in the Lord tonight and let your slumber be filled His Peace that passes all understanding.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!!   http://dlvr.it/5ybFF0

Word of the Day…. May 24, 2014…

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What Are You Doing with Yourself?

by Skip Heitzig 

We live in the age of self. We want to be first in line. We want to be number one. King Solomon knew all about being number one, but in the book of Ecclesiastes, he found out it wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be:


“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity,” he said (Eccl. 1:2).


The anecdote for this self-ism is found in Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. Look at the four commands in this paragraph: cast, give, sow your seed, and do not withhold. These can be divided into two broader commands: invest yourself and commit yourself.

First, invest yourself. “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Eccl. 11:1). The idea of casting speaks of openhanded generosity. Be willing to have an open heart with an open hand to a legitimate need. Release rather than horde—but be wise. The Hebrew word for cast means to send forth or ship out. This could be a metaphor for sending out grain on the surface of the water via ships, dispersing it to different places for investment purposes, which Solomon did.

Verse two says, “Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth.” In other words, give your investments in a diversified manner. Your generosity is powerful, but you need to be careful how and where you give. A lot of us give sympathetically and emotionally rather than biblically and thoughtfully. If you’re giving to a ministry, you should ask: is it fruitful? We have to be careful where we invest.

Notice the promise that follows: “For you will find it after many days” (v. 1). Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38). God loves to bless those who are generous with what He has given to them. We shouldn’t limit ourselves only to investing money; we should invest our time, talent, forgiveness, love, and patience. When you release your life willingly and sacrificially, it will come back to you in some way.

Second, commit yourself. Look at verses 3-4: “If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” The first step in commitment is to be diligent. Don’t focus on rain clouds or wind or falling trees; commit yourself to working on the things you can change. Look at verse six: “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand.” If you’re waiting for the perfect conditions, you won’t sow, so get up in the morning and do it anyway. “For you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good” (v. 6). There’ll be things in your life that are a real drag. But as you diversify your generosity and work diligently, who knows what God will do?

Also, be dependent. “As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything” (v. 5). In other words, God’s ways are unfathomable, and He knows everything. If you get a bumper crop one year, bless the Lord. If the rain floods it out, bless the Lord. Will there be times that are tough? Yes. But let Him be your anchor.

I’ll sum it up in these two points: Number one, be connected to some group where you can invest yourself in other people. Second, don’t allow bad things in life to stop that commitment. People may not understand your openhearted generosity in the name of the Lord, but do it anyway. I hope this devotional has blessed you as much as it has blessed me!!!  We all need fellowship with other Christians.  Sometimes we all need to be picked up when we slip or just have a good time together.  So get out there and get plugged in.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

TONIGHT I Pray that every satanic giant standing against you to begin to fall after the order of Goliath in the name of Jesus! Every mountain of problem (in whatever area of your life) move and be cast in the sea! (Is 50:7) - says the Lord God will help you; therefore you will not be confounded… you will not be ashamed! I bind every spirit of fear, discouragement, self-pity, depression and defeat in the name of Jesus! I claim the spirit of power and love and a calm and well-balanced mind for you! Let the Holy Spirit incubate your life with freshness and refreshing power! WALK IN YOUR VICTORY!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/5jTG4g

Word of the Day… February 5, 2014….

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The Prescription for Happy Living

 ”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”—Matthew 22:37–39


Conventional wisdom says that if you want to be happy, then you have to look out for number one. You have to do whatever it takes to succeed and whatever it takes to fulfill your own desires and needs. It doesn’t matter whom you step on. It doesn’t matter who gets hurt in the process. You have to think about yourself. That is what the world says.


The question is, does it work? No. Because all of us know from the experience of having probably tried it that it is a complete failure to some degree. We know that our happiness ebbs and flows, and it isn’t lasting.
Here is God’s formula for a life that is meaningful and full. Here is how God tells us to live:  If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:1-3)


Everyone says, “Look out for yourself. Think of yourself.” But the Bible says, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4). 


The Bible teaches that we already look out for number one. That comes with human nature. It is not something we need to learn how to do. This is a good word today from Pastor Greg.  Sometimes we get so caught up in meeting the demands placed upon us in this world, that we forget that we have a heavenly Father who loves us and cares for us and we need to keep Him as the center of our lives.  God bless you!!!

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..


TONIGHT I PRAY that you know that you are HIS for all time; nothing can separate you from HIS love since HE invested his very life in you. You can be assured that He will take care of you. I pray that you get a real hunger for His Word so that as your thoughts flow freely you won’t feel anxious or alone. Keep bringing yourself back into His Presence through His Word and through prayer. Trust in Him and refuse to worry about anything.  Let Him be your Strength and your Song.  He will meet you in the midst of whatever you are going through and lead you through it. His capacity to bless you is unlimited.  I pray that you trust Him every step of the way.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/4FkvXY

Word of the Day….. June 4, 2013

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What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.  These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. 1 John 1:3-4


How wonderful is it that man can live in communion with God? That He has chosen to fellowship with us.

It becomes even more awesome when you realize how great God truly is.  He fills the universe, yet He desires to fellowship with me.  It is hard for me to wrap my mind around that sometimes.  But when we study the Word; we come to understand that the purpose for our existence is having true fellowship and intimacy with the Lord.  We just need to say yes.

The Lord tells us that the world is a needy place and to not go there for sustenance.  Instead come to the Lord Jesus.  Depend on Him alone and we will be saturated with His power. We can find our completeness in Him.  When we do we can help other people without using them to meet our needs.  For it is when we live in the light of the Lord Jesus Christ; That our light will shine out into the lives of others!! Have a Simply Heavenly Day!!! ♥♥♥

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Asker Portrait
Anonymous asked:Do you believe women can/should become leaders within their churches? Should they have the right to become ministers, pastors, etc? I remember reading something about how women should not have that kind of authority over men, but is there really scripture to back that up?

Yes there is. There is perhaps no more hotly debated issue in the church today than the issue of women serving as pastors/preachers. As a result, it is very important to not see this issue as men versus women. There are women who believe women should not serve as pastors and that the Bible places restrictions on the ministry of women, and there are men who believe women can serve as preachers and that there are no restrictions on women in ministry. This is not an issue of chauvinism or discrimination. It is an issue of biblical interpretation.

The Word of God proclaims, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13-14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors over men, which definitely includes preaching to, teaching, and having spiritual authority.

There are many “objections” to this view of women in ministry. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus’ disciples would not have been qualified. A second common objection is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1 Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.

A third common objection is that Paul is only referring to husbands and wives, not men and women in general. The Greek words in the passage could refer to husbands and wives; however, the basic meaning of the words refers to men and women. Further, the same Greek words are used in verses 8-10. Are only husbands to lift up holy hands in prayer without anger and disputing (verse 8)? Are only wives to dress modestly, have good deeds, and worship God (verses 9-10)? Of course not. Verses 8-10 clearly refer to all men and women, not only husbands and wives. There is nothing in the context that would indicate a switch to husbands and wives in verses 11-14.

Yet another frequent objection to this interpretation of women in ministry is in relation to women who held positions of leadership in the Bible, specifically Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament. This objection fails to note some significant factors. First, Deborah was the only female judge among 13 male judges. Huldah was the only female prophet among dozens of male prophets mentioned in the Bible. Miriam’s only connection to leadership was being the sister of Moses and Aaron. The two most prominent women in the times of the Kings were Athaliah and Jezebel—hardly examples of godly female leadership. Most significantly, though, the authority of women in the Old Testament is not relevant to the issue. The book of 1 Timothy and the other Pastoral Epistles present a new paradigm for the church—the body of Christ—and that paradigm involves the authority structure for the church, not for the nation of Israel or any other Old Testament entity. 

Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).

In Romans 16:1, even if Phoebe is considered a “deaconess” instead of a “servant,” that does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church. “Able to teach” is given as a qualification for elders, but not deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Elders/bishops/deacons are described as the “husband of one wife,” “a man whose children believe,” and “men worthy of respect.” Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to elders/bishops/deacons.

The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the “reason” perfectly clear. Verse 13 begins with “for” and gives the “cause” of Paul’s statement in verses 11-12. Why should women not teach or have authority over men? Because “Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived.” God created Adam first and then created Eve to be a “helper” for Adam. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men. This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. That concept is debatable, but if women are more easily deceived, why should they be allowed to teach children (who are easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have spiritual authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God has given men the primary teaching authority in the church.

Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, evangelism, and helps. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions Pastor in the church. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent (which is not the case). It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership—in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching or having spiritual authority over men. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors to men. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God’s plan and His gifting of them. I believe that it has to do a lot with the duties of the wife in the home.  She teaches the children and runs her household and I can tell you from personal experience to do the job you are on cal 24/7.  That leaves little to no time to run a church.  Remember that in the family of God there is no confusion and that is why I believe that the Lord set it up this way.

As a woman I believe that we have it much better than men do.  We can travel the world as an evangelist preaching the Gospel, we can lead music and worship ministry and we can teach children and women.  We have all of the best of ministry without all of the headaches.  The Lord is not now nor has He ever claimed to be “Politically Correct” He is God. The bible tells us:  “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” – Job 40:2

I always have people ask me about Beth Moore and Anne Graham Lotz.  They are not pastors they are evangelists.  God bless you!!! 

Word of the Day… March 25, 2013

TAKE THE TIME TO BE STILL
Take the time to be still in my Presence. The more hassled you feel, the more you need this sacred space of communion with Me. Breathe slowly and deeply. Relax in My holy Presence all _My Face shines upon you_.  This is how you received My Peace, which I always proffer to you.
Imagine the pain I feel when My children tie themselves up in anxious knots, ignoring My gift of Peace. I died a criminal’s death to secure this blessing for you. Receive it gratefully; hide it in your heart. My Peace is an inner treasure, growing within you as you trust in Me. Therefore circumstances cannot touch it. Be still, enjoying the Peace in My Presence.      ~Jesus Calling~ Psalm 46:10                      Numbers       6:25-26 http://dlvr.it/37ZwWJ

Asker Portrait
Anonymous asked:Hi! Is there such thing as God giving a call to a woman to preach at a church like to be a pastor? I've heard women cannot be pastors but I'm just confused right now. God bless you <3

Women can be evangelist, but we cannot be pastors of a church.  The Bible is very clear on this. I think many women get being an evangelist and teacher with a pastor.  A pastor is in charge of all aspects of his church.  An evangelist is someone who comes to teach and speak at a church.  There is a huge difference.  There is perhaps no more hotly debated issue in the church today than the issue of women serving as pastors/preachers. As a result, it is very important to not see this issue as men versus women. There are women who believe women should not serve as pastors and that the Bible places restrictions on the ministry of women, and there are men who believe women can serve as preachers and that there are no restrictions on women in ministry. This is not an issue of chauvinism or discrimination. It is an issue of biblical interpretation.

The Word of God proclaims, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13-14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors over men, which definitely includes preaching to, teaching, and having spiritual authority.

There are many “objections” to this view of women in ministry. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus’ disciples would not have been qualified. A second common objection is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1 Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.

A third common objection is that Paul is only referring to husbands and wives, not men and women in general. The Greek words in the passage could refer to husbands and wives; however, the basic meaning of the words refers to men and women. Further, the same Greek words are used in verses 8-10. Are only husbands to lift up holy hands in prayer without anger and disputing (verse 8)? Are only wives to dress modestly, have good deeds, and worship God (verses 9-10)? Of course not. Verses 8-10 clearly refer to all men and women, not only husbands and wives. There is nothing in the context that would indicate a switch to husbands and wives in verses 11-14.

Yet another frequent objection to this interpretation of women in ministry is in relation to women who held positions of leadership in the Bible, specifically Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament. This objection fails to note some significant factors. First, Deborah was the only female judge among 13 male judges. Huldah was the only female prophet among dozens of male prophets mentioned in the Bible. Miriam’s only connection to leadership was being the sister of Moses and Aaron. The two most prominent women in the times of the Kings were Athaliah and Jezebel—hardly examples of godly female leadership. Most significantly, though, the authority of women in the Old Testament is not relevant to the issue. The book of 1 Timothy and the other Pastoral Epistles present a new paradigm for the church—the body of Christ—and that paradigm involves the authority structure for the church, not for the nation of Israel or any other Old Testament entity. 

Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).

In Romans 16:1, even if Phoebe is considered a “deaconess” instead of a “servant,” that does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church. “Able to teach” is given as a qualification for elders, but not deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Elders/bishops/deacons are described as the “husband of one wife,” “a man whose children believe,” and “men worthy of respect.” Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to elders/bishops/deacons.

The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the “reason” perfectly clear. Verse 13 begins with “for” and gives the “cause” of Paul’s statement in verses 11-12. Why should women not teach or have authority over men? Because “Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived.” God created Adam first and then created Eve to be a “helper” for Adam. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men. This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. That concept is debatable, but if women are more easily deceived, why should they be allowed to teach children (who are easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have spiritual authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God has given men the primary teaching authority in the church.

Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, evangelism, and helps. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions Pastor in the church. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent (which is not the case). It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership—in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching or having spiritual authority over men. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors to men. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God’s plan and His gifting of them. I believe that it has to do a lot with the duties of the wife in the home.  She teaches the children and runs her household and I can tell you from personal experience to do the job you are on cal 24/7.  That leaves little to no time to run a church.  Remember that in the family of God there is no confusion and that is why I believe that the Lord set it up this way.

As a woman I believe that we have it much better than men do.  We can travel the world as an evangelist preaching the Gospel, we can lead music and worship ministry and we can teach children and women.  We have all of the best of ministry without all of the headaches.  The Lord is not now nor has He ever claimed to be “Politically Correct” He is God. The bible tells us:  “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” – Job 40:2

I always have people ask me about Beth Moore and Anne Graham Lotz.  They are not pastors they are evangelists.  God bless you!!! 

Word of the Day… December 31, 2012

image Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:1

Sometimes people ask me why they need to go to church and I think this verse is the perfect one to share.  It is only when we share our life experiences with others that we can enjoy them fully and we can begin to see that we are not alone.

  That other people actually go through the same trials that we do and we can be a comfort to each other. You see having relationships call for being in fellowship with others, and this cannot be done very easily at arm’s length. It implies getting in touch, feeling the hurts, giving a hug or wiping a tear.  Being an instrument of encouragement and healing to one another.

This is what the early Christians did. They learn very quickly that survival would go hand-in-hand with “fellowship”. We are all different parts of one body. We all have different functions in the body. It is when we realize this that the body of Christ will really grow in strength.

Fences must come down. 

We need to open up and allow trust that Jesus knows what is best for us.  A person told me yesterday that Christians are like glow sticks. They must be broken to shine brightly!  I think as we begin this New Year, that we must open ourselves up to the Lord, and allow the Holy Spirit to move through us. For it is when the Holy Spirit flows through us that his church will be blessed. I hope all of you have a very safe and Simply Heavenly New Year!!! God bless you all!! http://dlvr.it/2kCTlC




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