Acts on Prayer: Prayer First, Then the Work

In Acts 6 we see the first instance of strife within the body of believers. It very well could have led to divisions. Churches have split over less. But the apostles answered according to wisdom because they kept things in the right order.

The problem: Acts 6:1 “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.”

At this point in the church’s history all the believers were sharing things in common and what the Grecians were noticing was a problem with the administration of goods. Continue reading “Acts on Prayer: Prayer First, Then the Work”

Defusing the Anger Bomb

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer [turns] away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Here we have a scenario that speaks of tension and confrontation. Solomon is telling his son about how to deal with a wrathful person. Whether this person’s wrath is justified or not is not said, and it’s immaterial. The point is the person is angry and he needs to be defused. Continue reading “Defusing the Anger Bomb”