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How Churches Can Strengthen Families

Here are ways that a church can help to strengthen families.

A Three-Fold Cord

The Bible teaches us what most of us already know and that is that “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up” (Eccl 4:9-10) and even “though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Eccl 4:12). When we walk through life with someone by our side, we have someone who can help us by praying for us, by consoling us in loss, by picking us up when we fall, and by supporting one another in life. If you have one person, that’s like one cord and when you add a second cord (a spouse or a friend for example), you are twice as strong but when you add a third cord, which would be God of course, then you have a three and a “threefold cord is not quickly broken.” By itself, two cords can unravel but a third cord, hopefully that being the Spirit of God, can make these two cords almost unbreakable and they can endure the stresses, strains, and pulls of life together as a couple. The greatest way to strengthen a marriage is to make sure that God is at the center of it. That’s a duty for every church.

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3 Signs That It’s Time To Leave A Church

Here are three signs that it may be time to leave your church.

The "Other" Gospel

Paul gave the Galatians reason for concern, writing, “you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (Gal 1:6-7) so “if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed” (Gal 1:8-9). Paul emphasized the judgment of those preaching a non-biblical gospel by saying “let him be accursed.” To some people, he might appear to be an angel from heaven but we’re warned that “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2nd Cor 11:14) and the truth is, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Gal 6:12). If you’re not hearing “the faith once delivered” unto the saints (Jude 1:3), then deliver yourself out of that church.

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4 Powerful Ways To Stop Church Gossip

There are not many things worse in a church than gossip so I hope to provide you with four ways to stop gossip in your church.

Confronting It

I think it is biblical to confront someone who’s gossiping because a “whisper” are one of seven things that God hates (Prov 6:16-19) and there is the risk that people will be hurt by this gossip. Part of the reason God hates gossip is because “A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends” (Prov 16:28) and this hurts the church as a whole. If a brother or sister sins against us, and that certainly includes gossip, God gives us permission to “go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother” (Matt 18:15) but if that doesn’t work “take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses” (Matt 18:16). Hopefully it doesn’t have to come before the church (Matt 18:17) but it did in our church once. Gossip is so destructive to the unity of the church and it’s so destructive because all unrepentant sin is. That’s all the more reason to confront it on the spot, using a biblical method (Matt 18:15-17). If you have to use extreme measures, tell the person “Hey, there is so and so over there. Let’s go talk to them about what you just told me” and most of the times they’ll refuse to do it. Maybe they’ll never gossip to you again (a bonus!).

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4 Ways To Lighten The Load Of An Overworked Pastor

Here are 4 ways that can lighten the load of an overworked pastor.

The Burden of the Pastorate

Someone once walked into my study and saw the “Mount Everest” on my desk, if they could see the desk at all, and asked “Are you recycling?” No one ever told me before I went into the pastorate that there would be so many great demands put on my time and that it would seem overwhelming at times. This fact is even truer today that 90% of the work gets done by 10% of the people in the church and if not for those “10%” the church would be vastly underserved. The bi-vocational pastor has it even harder as he is trying to juggle time with family, work, and the necessary duties of the pastorate. Today, perhaps more than ever, the pastor needs the church to support him in the same manor that they held up the arms of Moses when Israel faced an enemy, so here are 4 recommendations that can lighten the load of the pastor so that his ministry can be more effective.

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6 Tips To Help Develop More Leaders In The Church

Here are 6 tips that will help your church develop more leadership.

Provide Biblical Qualifications

The Bible speaks a lot about the qualifications of church leaders and so the church must offer clear, biblical expectations for those who would desire to be part of the church’s leadership. They won’t know unless they are told and the Bible tells us a lot about leadership. For one thing, we know that the pastor or overseer “must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive” (1 Tim 3:2-4) and the deacon “must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience” (1 Tim 3:8-9). If someone aspires to the office or position of a church leader, they must know ahead of time what God expects of them.

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