LLM: April 2014

Here Comes Conflict During a local church meeting, a key leader passionately urges church members ...

Living in Community

In “Life Together,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.” Pride is the chief threat to unity among Christians. The highest form of that pride is seen when a believer thinks he or she can operate independently of his brothers and sisters […]

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LLM: April 2014

Here Comes Conflict During a local church meeting, a key leader passionately urges church members to choose a specific course of action. The leader says he knows the decision would be the Lord’s will. As you listen to the leader, you become uneasy. The leader’s preferred plan seems unwise. You sense the Holy Spirit may […]

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Conflict Resolution: A Biblical and Psychological Process

When Jesus commands us to leave our offerings at the altar and first go and make things right with anyone who has something against us (Matthew 5:24), He not only acknowledged the common experience of conflict in our relationships, but He also established the primacy of reconciliation in the Christian life. He was not impressed […]

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Communal Obligations

Christianity has a long history of making small things into big things. The most virulent debates have often been between closely related groups. Churches have divided because of worship styles, carpet colors and the options of pews or individual chairs. Paul had a keen sense that Christian unity is fragile. No magic formula exists for […]

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Danger: Just Getting Along

Church folks generally know the Bible well enough to know that the church is the body of Christ, and as the body of Christ, we work together as one. I do not know anyone who has gone to church for long who is unfamiliar with the two greatest commandments — to love God with everything […]

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Purity and Peace

Peace is really desirable. It has many attractions to make it an object of interest. It can hardly be esteemed too highly. Christ is the Prince of Peace, the gospel is the gospel of peace, and the peacemakers are commended. The early, angelic announcement, was “peace on earth and good will to men.” It is […]

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The Truckers’ Chaplain

Like other Free Methodist elders, Olen Thompson introduces people to God and helps them address their spiritual needs. Thompson, however, is far from a typical FM elder. He is the founder, president and chaplain of Truckers Ministries. He provides prayer, fellowship, worship and counseling for truck drivers, trucking company employees, transient people and anyone else […]

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E2 Equips, Informs, Inspires

Free Methodist pastors and local church leaders have appreciated the opportunity to learn directly from bishops and denominational employees at regional Equipping for Excellence (E2) gatherings. “The thing that was most pleasing to me and most beneficial was that all three bishops were speaking with a singular voice,” said B. Elliott Renfroe — the pastor […]

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Why Did My Small Group Fail?

I told my small group that this was the last night I’d join them. I had dreamed about the group members sharing the gospel with their friends and then starting daughter groups. After 11 months without any daughter groups starting, I had to admit that the group had failed to meet its goal. But why? As […]

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