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(Qualities) When Searching For A Preacher

By Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

 

In one sense we are all called to preach by way of the great commission. However, I believe there are certain characteristics best fitted for the one who feels called to preach formally so to speak. I also believe that these characteristics can be found in Paul's teaching of Timothy.

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Saturday afternoon rant:

Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

I am sick to death of watching the Lords church fall into the trap of everything is love and kisses, hugs and back slaps. The oh I will over look your sin and make you feel as though you are part of the group. True and honest love is none of these things. Some think that love doesn't allow for rebuke and chastisement. Too many preachers, teachers and elders are accused of lacking love because they rebuke and reprove one who needs correction. If the preacher or anybody else for that matter lacks love they are nothing, however, rebuke and reproof are necessarily so that we keep our lives in line with God's instruction. It is necessary for strong preaching to be done most of the time because of a love for souls and the truth of God.

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Judging?

By Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

I can't count the times I have heard someone say "you can't judge me only God can". When I hear this phrase it makes me wonder if people even pick up their bibles and study at all. When we love one another as the scriptures teach we want to see that as many people as possible are following Gods word in order to be saved. Without judging the actions of those we come into contact with we can't point out to them were they are in error and how to change.

Every day we make judgments in our lives and we judge by others actions and speech whether those around us are living an upright life. "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment" (Jn. 7:24). Does the Bible contradict itself when it says in one passage to "judge not" and in another passage to "judge?" Certainly not! ",God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged." (Rom. 3:4). One passage simply speaks of righteous judgment, and the other of unrighteous judgment. One is right and permitted, the other is wrong and forbidden.

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We can understand

By Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

Look at the condition of our country and if you will be honest you can lay the cause of all this misery squarely at the feet of liberals. However, you can not escape the thunderous silence of those who have allowed these things to happen.  It is like someone left the gate to the asylum open. Now look at the church and you can see the exact same thing.

Just like it is not hard for all to understand the Constitution it is not hard for all to understand the Bible. It is not the case that these can't be understood it is the fact that some want to redefine both. They want to make changes to the original intent of both to justify error and to enslave all to their ungodly way of thinking.

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Demand Sound Doctrine

By Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

We should be demanding that our preachers and teachers get back the the plain simple truth of Gods word. This is not to say all preachers or teachers are are not doing the Lords work but today even within the Lords church there are to many spineless wonders who do not even know how begin putting on the whole armor of God. They wade around in a PC doctrine not wanting to lose their position and preach and teach mindless mush to the congregations they are supposed to serve.

The real shame is we have allowed it. There was a time when if a man tried to water down the word of God and preach only things pleasing to the ear that he would be held to a higher standard and if not willing to change he would be gone soon from that assembly. We have and still are allowing men with strange redefining words and doctrines to run rampant in the church. Splitting congregations and stirring up folks with false teaching while we sit back not daring to say a word for fear that we will be attacked.

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