How Good Were the Old Days?

“Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these? For thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this” (Ecc. 7:10). What does this verse mean? Solomon cannot mean it is unwise to learn from past mistakes, either our own or those of others. The...

The Effect of the Gospel

In II Corinthians 14-17 Paul discusses the great triumph of the Gospel through his preaching. He even compares it to a glorious triumph, like those of Roman emperors, with Christ as the great conqueror, and Paul, himself, as one participating in and sharing the glory...

Be Transformed Not Conformed

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom. 12:2). The children of Israel wanted to be like the nations around them (I Sam. 8:20-22). Far...

How to Appoint Deacons

Since the word deacon and forms of it meant and mean helper, assistant, or servant (Rom. 15:8, I Tim. 3:8), it would seem just from an understanding of the word itself that someone else is in the lead. And, elders are those in fact who are placed in the lead over the...

The Work of Elders

“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work” (I Tim. 3:1). The office of bishops or elders is a work. It is a good work! It is a work that must be a priority in the lives of the men who make up the eldership....

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