There are times in each of our lives when we compare ourselves with others. Jesus talks about this attitude in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Most of the story is about the younger son, who took his inheritance and wasted it all.
When the younger son came home, his father welcomed him with open arms and threw a huge party. The older son heard about the party and was furious. He thought it was unfair that his father was so generous with someone the elder son judged as undeserving (see Luke 15:29-30, NIV).
The older brother wanted his father to be fair. But his father, like any father, was more than fair; he was loving. read more
I must truthfully say that I have found no Scripture verse forbidding a woman to preach, pray or prophesy. Instead, I found a large number of permission Scriptures. The words preach and prophesy cannot be separated. "But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort" (1 Cor. 14:3, KJV). That is exactly what a preacher does. The word prophesy means "to speak, or foretell, under divine influence."
In the book of Joel, God said that women would prophesy. Paul the Apostle also stated that women would prophesy. Some say women should not minister to a mixed group. However, we find that Priscilla helped her husband to instruct Apollos more fully in the way of the Lord (see Acts 18:26).
Phoebe, an unmarried woman in the church, attended and took part in a business meeting at Paul's commission (see Rom. 16:1-2). The great letter to the Romans was delivered by her. And women had a prominent part in the ministry of Christ Himself. All four Gospels bear out the fact that after His resurrection Christ appeared first to women. Jesus ordained women to tell the men that He was risen.
Thank You, Lord, for using women throughout history to proclaim the glorious gospel. Use me as You see fit. In Jesus' name. Amen. read more
Many muslim women are victims of Islam rather than adherents. What can we do to see them set free to fulfill their destiny in Christ?
On the other end of the phone, a tentative young woman was inquiring about the townhouse my husband and I had for rent. "But before we talk further," she said, "I need to tell you about my situation. Your previous tenant told me you're ministers. You may not want to rent your property to me."
I listened with interest as the timid young lady continued. "I'm a single mother, trying to escape a physically abusive husband and support my two preschool children. I really hate having to do this kind of work, but I have no education. So I'm employed as an exotic dancer." read more
MANY CRITICS OF WOMEN IN MINISTRY POINT TO THE WORDS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL TO SUPPORT THEIR STANCE. BUT LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT JESUS' VIEW.
Frances Willard was one of the most prominent women of the 19th century. As president of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, she devoted much of her adult life to promoting the prohibition of liquor in the United States. She was also a powerful proponent of suffrage for women and women in ministry. The article below is reprinted from her book on the latter subject titled Woman in the Pulpit, published in 1889.
Most clergy and laypeople alike would agree that Christ, not the apostle Paul, is the source of all churchly authority and power. So what do we find Jesus saying about women? How did He deal with them? read more