The Question Of Authority

October 14, 2013


Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE

The non-Jewish people have men they call rulers. You know that those rulers love to show their power over the people. And their important leaders love to use all their authority over the people. But it should not be that way with you. Whoever wants to be your leader must be your servant.

~Mark 10:42-43, ERV

QUOTE

The question of trust, which is closely related to that of authority, is determined by the faithfulness with which a man serves Jesus Christ, never by extraordinary talents which he possesses.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

COMMENTARY

People have a rather sick need to admire spiritual leaders. Giving due respect to a spiritual leader is one thing but when our admiration reaches the borders of worship, we have gone too far. For this reason, I’m almost thankful when people are critical; at least I know they are not in danger of putting me on a pedestal. Every cult is centered upon a human personality that is larger than life to its adherents. These cult leaders are often exceptionally gifted and charismatic. They appear to be virtuous  and altogether spiritual when in fact they are very worldly. All cultish leaders have one thing in common, they have the ability to mislead and manipulate others. Bonhoeffer said, “The pastor is a simple, faithful man, sound in faith and life, who rightly discharges his duties to the Church. His authority lies in the exercise of his ministry [service]. In the man himself, there is nothing to admire.” [Life Together, Page 108-109]

EXTRA

Happy Columbus Day! I celebrate the day even though they discovered that Columbus was a democrat. When he sat sail, he did not know where he was going. When he got there, he didn’t know where he was and the government paid for the entire trip. Just kidding, Columbus was a Christian. We had some new faces yesterday and some of them were children. One little boy in foster care said to his care giver [during the morning service] in reference to me as I preached, “Is that Jesus up there?” She said, “No, Jesus is a lot nicer.” I went over yesterday morning to help Shohn get Clara up the steps but neither were comfortable with me helping so I saw Jason and hollowed for him. He just reached down and grabbed Clara out of the wheel chair and went up the steps. All I had to carry was the wheel chair. Clara was smiling from ear to ear. I said , “Clara, do you realize how many females in this church would like for Jason to carry them up the steps.” The next woman around the corner was Floyd, I said, “What about you Floyd, do you want Jason to carry you up the steps.” I pretty sure she said, “No thanks.” The LORD is good! Pray for MY HOPE and have a great day.

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Thug Life is better than Bud Light

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One Response to “The Question Of Authority”


  1. Oh Floyd would have been just as happy; she was just afraid Adam would get jealous…

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