Brotherly Conflicts, continued.

Dean McNeese, Th.D. Initiation into Ministry

MANIFESTATION issues. Joseph and the jealous brethren. Genesis 50:19-21.        “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.”        So much could be said about Joseph. The types of Christ seen in Joseph are nearly endless. Arthur Pink’s commentary on Genesis …

Brotherly Conflicts, (Initiation into Ministry part 2)

Dean McNeese, Th.D. Initiation into Ministry

Yes, the apostle Paul was learning some crucial lessons early, here in Acts 9. You can’t win every body to the Lord, you can’t win every battle the way you thought you would, and you can’t win every brother every time there is a conflict. Let’s take a look in scripture at several brotherly conflicts, and see if we can find direction for those confusing and conflicting days when there are serious issues between brethren. 1. ADMINISTRATION issues. Acts 9:26. Acts 15:36-39. Paul and Barnabas.         “And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they …

The Ministerial Initiation of the Apostle Paul, part 1.

Dean McNeese, Th.D. Initiation into Ministry

He has to break you before He can make you. He has to bruise you before He can use you. I grew up hearing these words of wisdom, again and again, from the old precious, powerful men of God, who had learned to lean wholly on the Lord.(Proverbs 3:5,6-“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all THY WAYS acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”) The apostle Paul was no exception. He actually is our pattern, all of us church age preachers.(1 Timothy 1:16). Self: The ultimate foe, yourself. Control: The final battleground, …

Sacred Scriptures

Dean McNeese, Th.D. Precious Jesus

I am strongly compelled in my spirit to share with you the sacred Scriptures that saved me, sent me, sustained me, strengthened me, and sanctified me, through the years of my life. Probably the greatest treasure I have been given in my life is that I was raised in the book. Psalm 19, David said His words are “More to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” No greater debt do I owe any man than that I owe to my parents, and to my pastors, who raised me with the …

Chameleon Invasion

Dean McNeese, Th.D. Crucial Contendings

Jude informed us that in these last apostate days, just before the 2nd Coming, that we would have to “earnestly contend”. Our crucial contention in these last days, is threefold, at a minimum. Verse 3 teaches us that we will have to contend for the faith; verse 9 reveals a great contention with the foe, and in verse 23, there is a great contention around the fire,…”and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire.”  This last-day contention is not for the faint of heart. I write this article today, not to prove a point, or score a point in …

“Till I Come”, Preparations of a Preacher

Dean McNeese, Th.D. 10 Questions from Young Preachers

Top Ten Questions #3.  Preparations and Occupations of a young preacher. The question we shall consider now, is, “As a young preacher, What should I be doing now? What should I be occupied with, in the meantime?” Let’s look at the wisdom Paul gave to his young preacher, 1 Timothy 4:12-16,“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers…” . Paul wastes no time in telling young Timothy he is to be an example to the church. A young preacher should be an example to the church, not a problem in the church. When a young preacher …