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Christ’s concern for a hurting world revealed itself in two ways: condemnation towards those who took advantage of others and compassion towards those who couldn’t help themselves. One time He took a whip and threw the money changers out of the temple; another time He healed the sick...

Many a man and woman who quit would have kept going if they had just received a word of encouragement from someone. Encouragement is so vital that the Scriptures rank it up there with gifts like teaching and leadership (Romans 12:6-8). Here are two stories that illustrate the power of...

Don’t listen to those who tell you you’re ‘too old’. God’s promise is, ‘They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh…’’ (Psalms 92:14 NIV). For 20 to 30 years the century plant stands six feet tall and produces no flowers....

We all live for something; the question is, what? Ben Patterson writes in ‘The Grand Essentials’: ‘I have a theory about old age…I believe when life has whittled us down, when joints have failed and skin has wrinkled and capillaries have clogged and hardened, what is...

Moses said to God, ‘Why have You…laid the burden of all these people on me?’ (v. 11 NKJV). God replied, ‘…Gather to Me seventy men…I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them…that you may not bear it yourself alone...

The Bible says, ‘God anointed Jesus…with the Holy Spirit and with power, Who went about doing good…’ When you’re led by God’s Spirit, your focus won’t be on looking good, but on doing good. You say, ‘But I’m so busy!’ Nobody was...

Another quality that opened the door to leadership in the church for Stephen was: faith. Oswald Chambers said, ‘Faith that is sure of God, is the only kind of faith there is.’ When drought hit some farming communities, faith made a little girl take her umbrella to a prayer meeting...

Another leadership qualification Stephen possessed was: wisdom. ‘Seek out…men …full of…wisdom’ (v. 3 NKJV). Charles Spurgeon said, ‘Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.’ You can have a head full of knowledge, but if you don’t have the wisdom to...

Stephen was also chosen for leadership in the New Testament church because he was ‘full of…the Holy Spirit’ (v. 5 NIV). Why is that important? Because Jesus said to His disciples: ‘…You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be...

The New Testament church grew so fast that the administrative aspect of it became overwhelming. The apostles weren’t getting enough time to pray and study the Scriptures, so they picked seven men to handle the business side of things. Stephen was one of them. For the next few days let...