'Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.'

Psalm 119: 63 - 76 (KJV)

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.

66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments…

Biblical Ministries for Women (Part 6)

By Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Th.D.. Ph.D.

14.           Various other church works for non-deaconess Christian ladies
Only a few Christian women qualify to become Deaconesses, just as only a few Christian men qualify for election as Deacons (or, for that matter, as Ministers or Elders).   Yet, even for such ladies who have not been called and trained and appointed to be fulltime Deaconesses, much parttime (and even some fulltime) work is or should readily be accessible.  
There are many outside jobs and even church jobs for unmarried Christian ladies, whether young or old.  Too, there are even parttime (salaried and unsalaried) church jobs for married women --provided, quite naturally, never to the neglect of their primary Christian calling as fulltime Christian homemakers, wives, and mothers.
Fulltime church jobs for non-deaconess ladies -- would include those of  typistes, church social workers, Church hospital personnel, etc.    Parttime church jobs (for Christians of either …

Biblical Ministries for Women (Part 5)

By Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Th.D.. Ph.D.

12.Various jobs done by Deaconesses down throughout church history
For very many centuries, Deaconesses have done great work in helping the afflicted -- caring for widows and orphans; running women's organisations; and relieving the poor, etc.See too sections 5 & 7 above.Thus, around 225 A.D., Clement of Alexandria wrote that the women who accompanied the apostle Paul on his missionary journeys(cf. Rom. 16:2-3 & Phil. 4:5), col-laborated in teaching by bringing the Gospel to Pagan and to Jewish women not in public but in private homes(Tit. 2:3-5 & Acts 16:13-15 & 18:2,26) -- while the Apostles themselves preached in public and especially to the men (cf. Acts 6:1-2 & 13:l5ff).
Too, the 400 A.D. Chrysostom testified that the women who worked with the Apostles did not preach the Gospel publically in the congregational meetings.Yet they did engage in various private conversations -- and helped tospread the Gospel throu…

Biblical Ministries for Women (Part 4)

By Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Th.D.. Ph.D.

10.          Biblical job description of a Deaconess's callng
Together with the great Presbyterian John Calvin, we believe that --quite distinct from the office of male Deacon  (cf. Acts 6:1-8 & Phil. 1:1 & I Tim. 3:8-10 & 3:12-13) – there is also the Biblical office of female Deaconess.   Rom. 16:1-2 & I Tim. 3:11 & 5:9-10 cf. Acts 9:36-41.   Scripture states that this job of female Deaconess centrally involves: (a) general assistance in congregational affairs as diakonon tees ekkleesias, see Rom. 16:1; (b) succouring many in need as prostatis polloon, see Rom. 16:2; (c) providing comprehensive helpen pasin, I Tim. 3:11; (d) collaboration in promoting the gospelen tooeuangeliooi  suneethlee,  Phil. 4:5; (e) teaching young women to become good homemakers, Tit. 2:3-5 cf. I Tim 5:9-14; (f) caring especially for needy widows and orphans, I Tim. 5:4-10; (g) performing a ministry of constant praver, I Tim, 5:5; (h)…

Biblical Ministries for Women (Part 3)

By Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Th.D.. Ph.D.

8.       Calvin’s restoration of the office of Deaconess
Originally, a usually-married male officer had cared for the poor entrusted to his care.   Yet in the Middle Ages, there was a corruption of this office of Deacon into the unbiblical mediaeval ‘office’ of Archdeacon.  There, a celibate male priest was enjoined to perform sacerdotal functions.   As a result,  even the auxiliary office of Deaconess was phased out.
At the great Protestant Reformation, however, Calvin wisely revived the New Testament auxiliary office of Deaconess -- while also divesting even the three male special offices of Preacher-Elder-Deacon of their mediaeval perversions.    Thus Calvin commented that the “mercy” offices of  Rom. 12:7-13 are referring also to the “widows  and other ministers [alias servants] who were appointed to take care of  the sick, according to the custom of the Ancient Church.”   Elsewhere (Institutes IV:3:9), Calvin further declared that t…


By Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Th.D.. Ph.D.

5.       Deaconesses in Early Church History
Already in the later Pre-Christian synagogues, the office of Deaconess seems to have been developing (see the Talmud); and Paul discusses it as well-established in the New Testament Church.   Rom. 16:2 & I Tim. 5:11 & 5:9ff.    Pliny mentions church diaconissae or ministrae in his 112 A.D. Epistle to Trajan; and so too do Ignatius, Hermas, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Theodore of Mopsuestia, the Apostolic Constitutions, and Chrysostom. 
The Apostolic Constitutions give the following prayer “concerning a Deaconess” at the time of her church appointment: “O bishop,, you shall lay your hands upon her in the presence of the Presbytery, and of the Deacons and Deaconesses, and shall say: ‘O Eternal God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator of man and of woman, Who did replenish with the Spirit Miriam and Deborah and Anna and Hulda (Ex, 15:20…


 By Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Th.D.. Ph.D.

1.   The general ministrv of all baptized believers
Every truly Christian person was anointed and appointed and called to the general ministry or office of all believers at his or her baptism.   Matt. 28:19 & Acts. 8:12 cf, Ex.19:3-8 & Num, 11:29 & Joel 2:16,28-29 & Acts 2:17,38-39 & I Cor. 12:13-20,26 & Gal. 3:27-28 & Eph, 4:4-5,12-13,16 & I Pet, 2:9, See also Martin Luther, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Westminster Larger Catechism.1
By virtue of this general ministry, all Christians are to be Christ's prophets and priests and kings at all times and in everything they do.   Hence, all female Christians too are heirs together” with all of  their Christian brothers, and are themselves to be Christ's prophetesses and priestesses and queens --  all the time.  I Pet. 3:7 cf. I Cor. 10:51 & Eccl. 3:1-13 & 5:18-20 & 9:7-10.    …

Introduction to the Book of Leviticus

By Pastor Geoff Ingrum - Posted at Sermon Audio:

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Why would Christians living under the Grace of Christ, be interested in studying a book full of God's law? Isn't the book of Leviticus severe and harsh in its dealing with Sin? Isn't it irrelevant to Christians today? It's too difficult to understand, why should we spend time on it? Listen in as Pastor Geoff tackles some of these questions today and sets the stage for a fantastic voyage into the beauty and great gift of God's law, and what it meant to the Jews of the day, and what great value it has to us as Christians today. Also, please don't forget to listen to the Q&A. God Bless!!

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'I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.'

Psalm 119: 51 - 62 KJV

51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.

56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.