Diminishing The Darkness
ByLifting Up the Marvelous
Light Of Jesus Christ
by Marcia Greenwood - For June
partners and friends,
On The Word
... by Tim Greenwood
What Does the Bible Say About Strife?
Bible has a lot to say about how destructive strife is when it is allowed
into any area of our life and the importance of putting an end to that strife.
Below, I have paraphrased just some of the scriptures that talk about strife.
Genesis 13:7-8 says that the whole land was given to Abram, but it was so
important to Abram to avoid strife, that he gave up half of the land, and
took the less fertile part.
Psalms 106:32 says that Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land
– because he allowed the people to provoke him to strife.
Proverbs 28:25 and Psalms 31:20 say that there is a connection between pride
and strife and that it is God’s desire to protect us from strife.
Proverbs 15:18 and Proverbs 29:22 say that there is a connection between anger and strife.
Proverbs 16:28 says that if a person plants the seeds of strife or spreads
strife, he is either habitually contrary or he is a fraud pretending to be
Proverbs 17:1 says that a tiny piece of jerky in a desolate but tranquil
place is better than a limitless supply of meat in a palace where there is
Proverbs 17:14 says that strife is like when you crack the bottom of a water-pot,
and then start picking at it. Once it starts to flow, it’s almost impossible
to stop it. Therefore if a situation seems fragile, don’t pick at it.
Because once it has poured out all over the place, you can’t put it back
into the pot.
Proverbs 17:19 says that there is a connection between rebellion and strife.
Proverbs 20:3 says that it’s honorable to walk away from strife – but a fool just has to stay and meddle.
Proverbs 22:10 says that if you throw out a mocker (one who makes mouths
at people), strife, judgment and dishonor will get up and leave too.
Proverbs 26:17 says that getting mixed up in strife that does not belong
to you is about as smart as grabbing an attack dog by the ears!
Proverbs 30:33 says that just as sure that churning milk makes butter, and
just as sure as twisting someone’s nose causes it to bleed, publicly pointing
out someone else’s faults will cause strife.
Galatians 5:20 and Romans 13:13 show that Paul places strife in the same
category as: "Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, contention, debate, jealousy,
wrath, seditions, heresies, laying around deliberately exposing yourself,
drunkenness, sleeping around, filthiness in mind or behavior and envying.
Philippians 2:3 says that we should not try to accomplish things or change
things through strife. But rather humbly address the issue as if you
considered those involved to be important people.
1 Timothy 6:4 addresses how sometimes an insecure person over-compensating
out of self pride, will enter a discussion and ask loaded, inflammatory questions
or start disputes over picky little issues or impugn motives, just to stir
up strife and drag the group down to his or her level.
James 3:14 –16 says that another form of strife is jealous rivalry which
manifests itself in boasting and spinning the facts just to make yourself
seem better than someone else. This usually ends up with others involved
in your strife.
As you can see for yourself strife is one thing that we as Christians
must absolutely remove from our lives
In my annual report to the TGM Board, I said that things are looking good
but we’ve only just begun.
The God given mission of TGM is to diminish the
darkness by lifting up the marvelous light of Jesus Christ and to do this
through saving the lost, equipping the saved, edifying the equipped, delivering
the oppressed, teaching and preaching faith and the agape’ love of God, and
providing instruction for the renewal of the mind, training for leadership
and healing for the sick.
We are doing everything we can do, stepping through
every door, utilizing every resource that has been made available to us thus
Last year we preached fifty-five meetings ministering to thousands,
ministered to tens of thousands through television and radio interviews and
ministered to hundreds of thousands via the internet. And yet we have
barely even begun to fulfill our mission.
Our mission is too large for Marcia
and I to accomplish on our own. Therefore we welcome both the prayers
and financial support of churches and individuals of like precious faith
and ask that you join your vision to ours and assist us in accomplishing
this mission before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Click Here To Sow Towards Your Own Success
TGM is hosting another ICFM sponsored Area Ministers Gathering on Thursday, June 7th starting at 11:30 A.M.
6550 Irwindale Ave.
Irwindale, CA 91706
The meeting is open to all ordained and licensed ministers in the five-fold ministry.
Dress is business casual
Come be a part of the excitement of ICFM!
Experience fellowship, Praise and worship, Prayer, Exhortation and Inspirational leadership messages.
Our Guest Speaker for this meeting will be my good friend
Pastor John Nicols
Pastor of Joy Christian Fellowship Church, President of John Nicols
Ministries in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Southwest Regional Director of International
Convention of Faith Ministries
The topic for this meeting will be
"Overcoming the Cares and Pressures of Ministry"
Ministers sometimes find their joy and enthusiasm dimmed by frustration and stress.
Pastor Nicols will teach us how to overcome these cares and pressures without losing our joy.
Pastor John Nicols is founder and senior pastor of Joy Christian Center in
Fontana, Califonia. He has been in the ministry for over 23 years,
serving as a youth pastor, associate pastor, evangelist and Bible College
instructor. Pastor Nicols has committed his life to teaching the body
of Christ how to win and be a success, by applying God's Word to their lives
on a daily basis.
There is no registration fee for the gathering itself.
Attendees may order from the regular Denny's menu.
(Menu prices seem to range from $4.00 - $12 plus drink, tax and tip.)
Note: We will take up an offering for the speaker during the meeting.
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