House Church Talk - Eldership - so simple we miss it.

jim pierceall jpierceall at
Thu Nov 13 07:25:11 EST 2003

> Jim, I notice you posted under the eldership subject line. Did TAS make
> any definitive statements on the subject? Was he a member of the Brethren
> church which has a plurality of elected elders? If that was the context,
> there probably wasn't much to say further. He could have just pointed to
> all the NT eldership passages.

Thanks David.  Wasn't really trying to promote TASparks, neither the
web-site...  Just inform that is available.  Whether TASparks is read or
not, isn't much the issue...

But the private personal letter, I hoped might encourage others...  The
faithfulness of a small homechurching people in Okla.; the small extension
of those in Texas; the precious sister of ours in New Zealand - all whom
w/out fanfare, and w/out "fees" - walking out their Faith, while encouraging
brethren to stay the course and focus our attentions, on whom remains the
object of our affections = Christ Jesus!  \O/

How relaxed and confident these remain of our Lord's ability, in the midst
of schemes and schemers...  To trust that all will one day have to give
account, that the Kingdom remains His, and NOT something we own, should help
us to enter that rest...

When I think on Jude's expressions:  Jude 11-13
11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit
into Balaam's error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion.

12 These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the
slightest qualm-shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without
rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and
uprooted-twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their
shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved

I shutter to think, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift <us> like

 but I <Jesus> have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you,
when once you have turned again <reversed course>, strengthen your brothers.

I end:

Worship in the presence of our Lord.
Joyful hearts in one accord,
Wayward sons come home w/out a fear,
After many a repentant tears,
God and man at table are sit down...

JimP - kentucky

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