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Focusing on God’s Workmanship

A little girl asked her father if a mule, they had just seen, was a Christian. The father replied, “No. Of course not! why do ask?” “Well, you say Grandma is a Christian and that mule has a long face just like Grandma’s,” says the little girl.

I fear the trend today among Christians is to imitate “Grandma.” They portray themselves as miserable sinners rather than rejoicing Christians.

Must Women “Keep Silence in the Church”?

Bible Question The term “silence” in 1 Corinthians 14:34 is often misunderstood and misapplied. Must a woman keep “silent” in the church?

Bible Answer A number of years ago, a faction arose within the church which argued that it is sinful for women to teach the Bible to children in the class arrangement when the church comes together.

“Flee These Things”

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness (1 Tim. 6:11).

Four times, Paul warns his readers to flee (twice to Corinthians and twice to Timothy). One of my teachers defined flee “to get on out from, do not get close to it, do not stay and flirt with.” He was commenting on 1 Corinthians 6:18 – “flee fornication.” It is hard to improve on his definition.

“Designated Sitter”

I once overheard some young men discussing their baseball little league careers. One of the group had been a catcher, another had played second, etc. One was asked, “What did you play?” “Well, I was a designated sitter”, was the terse reply. Not a designated hitter, but a designated sitter.