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The Scariest Verse in The Bible

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There are specific passages in The Word of God that I, a full-time preacher, still wrestle with. I don't believe this is bad. It reveals The Bible has even more to teach me in the years to come.

Problem scriptures are, in my opinion, not problematic: they represent future launch points of deeper understanding in His Word. However, there are certain places in Holy Writ that bother me, and I'm not talking about scriptures I don't understand. Quite the opposite. I understand them, and they shake me to my core.

One verse particularly continues for me to be a source of what The Elders would call, "The Fear of God". That verse is the subject of this post.




My biggest fear

A few years ago I was reading through Judges chapter 16. The passage is discussing the fall of Samson - his sin, loss of strength, and ultimately his death. In the midst of this story, a terrifying statement is made:


"... And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him." - Judges 16:20

This is t…

Finding a Needle in a Haystack

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The hairy scary issue that faces you today has a solution. There is a definitive answer to the most frustrating circumstance you're dealing with. The difficult decision you have to make indeed has a correct choice.

I assure you of these.

The question is thus HOW to arrive at the right choice. What avenue do I take to arrive there? Which DOOR is the ONE for me to walk through? We've all pondered this. Today I wish to discuss a possible way in which God may help us to ARRIVE at the proper place.




Searching for the answer

Let us not take the low-hanging-fruit of "just wait" or "pray about it": we've been praying about THAT issue for a while, and waiting is something we do accept - this is not the root of the matter. What must be done?

Proverbially, our culture calls this: "Looking for the NEEDLE in the HAYSTACK".

Such a task appears tedious at best and insurmountable at worst. TO locate the tiniest of objects inside the intractable mess of everything el…

Ministerial Malpractice

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A Doctor fired for botching a surgery.
A nurse losing her job for injecting the wrong dosage into a patient.
A Pharmacist let go for prescribing the wrong medication.
A hospital sued for wrongful death of a patient in the operating room.

All of these are examples of what is termed "medical malpractice".

While most of us are familiar with this concept in the healthcare industry, I feel there is an analogous phenomenon in the Church: improper conduct perpetrated by those who work in lifelong ministry.

Though it is a controversial subject, I would like to broach it in today's blog post.






"Oops!"

Medical mis-steps have serious consequences. Wrong medications can cause dramatic side effects, even death. Unnecessary surgery could result in damage to healthy body parts.

Even a simple procedure like a routine checkup begins with a series of questions in order to identify the most drastic cases and appropriately address them.

So I ask, are there occasions in ministry when the wron…