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How to Minister to the Minister(s)

1. Know Them.

    "And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;" (1Thessalonians 5:12)

Are you familiar with your pastors?
Do you know their real needs?
Are you indifferent towards their needs?
Are you a friend to them?
2. Esteem Them.

    "And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves." (1Thessalonians 5:13)

Do you view them with respect?
Do you appreciate them or take them for granted?
Do you genuinely love them, or are you a fake?
3. Remember Them.

    "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation." (Hebrews 13:7)

Do you keep them in mind?
Do you remember their "special days?"
Do you jot them a thank you card, or send them a birthday card?
4. Follow their faith.

    "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spok…

A blessed thought from Matthew Henry

No doubt one of the greatest of the commentators of the Scriptures is Matthew Henry (1662-1714).  He began working on his commentary on Nov. of 1704, and ten years later, by the time of his death, he was able to go as far as the book of Acts. The rest (Romans-Revelation) were completed by other ministers and edited by George Burder and John Hughes in 1811.
The main thrust of his commentary seems to be more devotional rather than critical, not that he doesn’t employ some form of criticism or another – but his commentary is unencumbered by such observation and methodology.  He delivers great thoughts that most certainly comes from a heart and mind that is fixed on the Lord and His Word.
As I was reading Henry this morning on Gen. 3:17-19, here is what he said:
“How admirably the satisfaction our Lord Jesus made by his death and sufferings answered to the sentence here passed upon our first parents.  (1.)  Did travailing pains come in with sin?  We read of the travail of Christ’s soul (Isa.…

The Names of God (The Lord of hosts)

“Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” (Psalm 24:10) A closer look: Host – army or company.
The word “Sabaoth” is transliterated from the Hebrew word “tsebaoth,” which means armies, and is also translated “hosts.”  We find this title “Lord of hosts” abundantly in the Old Testament, and twice in the New Testament (as “Lord of Sabaoth”) in Romans 9:29 and James 5:4.  The word “hosts” may refer to three separate items:  nature (Genesis 2:1; 2 Kings 21:3; Joel  2:15), or angels (1 Kings 22:19; Psalm 34:7; 103:21; Luke 2:13), and armies (2 Samuel 8:16; Revelations 9:14).  The name “Lord of Sabaoth” should not be confused with the name “Lord of the Sabbath.”  The name Lord of hosts teaches us that God is a fighter who will go to war on our behalf.  He will fight for us (Isaiah 31:4).  His name Lord of Sabaoth suggests two things:
1.  He is in control over all things (all the hosts of Heaven and Earth).
2.  He alone is worthy of worship, and not the hosts …