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Messages to the Estates of the Realm: A Message to the First Estate

1 Timothy 3:1-7

1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

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On “Being Saved” In Black America

While growing up in a very religious and church-going family, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now to me and my peers, “Being Saved” was a rather spooky and mystical thing, and only the real holy folk could be such — whatever it was. I was under the impression that anyone who went up and took the chair after the preacher said, “The do-o-o-rs of the church are open,” was saved. And then, if a person got baptized he got a little more saved. And then, if they really got a dose of this “Being Saved” stuff, they would follow a set of rules like not drinking and smoking. These really saved folk would also engage in shouting and/or speaking in some unknown tongue on Sunday mornings. Now if a person was considered a hard case, he would have to be put on the mourner’s bench until he saw a vision or felt some kind of a change. Then, he was considered saved. Even though I was raised in this religious environment, I was still rather doubtful about this thing called “Being Saved.” I just could not buy what people said “Being Saved” was. I always had questions in my mind about this matter such as: Saved from what? Saved to what? Was a person saved to live a sinless life? Could a person ever lose this “savedness”? If so, how and at what point? It wasn’t until I was a grown man and in the Air Force that these questions, along with a host of others were answered. I finally found out what it really meant to be saved according to the Holy Scriptures.

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In the Last Days, God Wants Us to Give to Him Through Our Local Church

Seventh, God wants us to tithe and give to Him through our local church until He comes. Tithing and giving is always a touchy subject, but it is still in the Word of God, and we should take heed to this part as well. Notice what God says about it in Malachi 3:8-10: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

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The Church: The Place of Encouragement

Dear Y.B.M.:

Down through the years in this country, we as a people have been known to be closely connected to the church.

My grandparents and parents are church-going people. They always have been. I am thankful that my elders made sure that I went to church regularly while I was growing up. I must say that I really did not learn much from church during those years. But I am thankful for the experience because it helped to place within me a hunger and desire for the true and living God.

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Three Reasons Why We Faint in Prayer

Excerpted from A Praying Time

1. Doubt
2. Delay
3. Devil
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