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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 3, 2012 - Leaders and Blessing

By Greg Ebie

On their first missionary journey, Paul and Barnabas made a two-year journey stopping in about seven major cities. Everywhere they went, people came to faith in Christ; that’s the good news. The bad news is that they also encountered opposition. On one occasion the Jews stoned Paul and left him for dead.

When Paul and Barnabas decided to return home to Antioch and give a report to the disciples of everything God had done through their ministry, they decided to stop in each of the cities and appoint leaders for the churches there. Paul and Barnabas were willing to risk their lives in order to be certain each of the churches were established in their faith with spiritual leaders who would continue to help them grow.

“Paul and Barnabas handpicked leaders in each church. After praying— their prayers intensified by fasting — they presented these new leaders to the Master to whom they had entrusted their lives” (Acts 14:23, The Message).

The truth of the matter is that we ALL need God-ordained leaders in our lives. Without spiritual leaders (pastors/teachers) in our lives, we will fail to grow and develop in our relationship with Christ and each other. None of us can go it alone; we need each other. I depend upon those God has given to me as leaders to help me grow and stay on the right track.

Just as a family has a natural order of leadership, so too does the church. Leadership is so important that Jesus has given pastors and other spiritual leaders to the church as gifts (see Ephesians 4:11,12). It was so important for godly men to be appointed as leaders in the churches that Paul and Barnabas risked their lives by going back to places where they had been opposed and even run out of town.

In our American culture, it is easy to think of ourselves as self-made men or women. Self-help books and programs are available for everything from A to Z, and unfortunately that includes being an “American Christian.” People have bought into the idea that they can believe in God and be a Christian on their own; they don’t need to attend church or submit to godly leadership.

God has brought us together to grow up to be mature, living our lives like Jesus. Follow your leaders as they follow Christ until together we all finish the race.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.



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