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Choosing Godly leaders

Scripture reading for May 11th:  2nd Kings 20-23, Acts 6

Key Scriptures: Acts 6:2-4  “So the Twelve gathered the disciples together and said,”It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God  in order to wait on tables.  Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.  We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.”

The Twelve apostles recognized the need to prioritize the use of their time.  Their main responsibility was prayer  and ministry of God’s Word.  Other godly men could and should be raised up to be servant leaders.  This would prepare them to step up in ministry later.

2nd Kings 22:1-2  “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. . . .He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.”

Prayer: Lord, Your church needs godly leaders, who are full of the Spirit and wisdom.  Fill me with Your Spirit and wisdom to pray and minister Your Word.  Amen.

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Thankful for a needed rebuke!

Scripture reading for May 11th:  Nehemiah 12-13, Esther 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Nehemiah 13:17-18  “I rebuked the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this wicked thing you are doing–desecrating the Sabbath day?  Didn’t your forefathers do the same things, so that our God brought all this calamity upon us and upon this city? Now you are stirring up more wrath against Israel by desecrating the Sabbath.”

Nehemiah had gone back to Persia for a period of time and while he was away, God’s people began to slip away from their obedience to God.  They were working and doing business on the Sabbath, in rebellion to God’s law.  Nehemiah called them out with a public rebuke!  He reminded them of past consequences of such actions and called them to repentance!

Thankful for needed rebukes:  Godly leaders reprove and rebuke those who are in known sin and warn the congregation concerning sin’s consequences. “These then are the things you should teach.  Encourage and rebuke with all authority.  Do not let anyone despise you.”  (Titus 2:15)  “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.  So be earnest, and repent.”  (Revelation 3:19)

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