READ: Psalm 126, Zechariah 5, Matthew 8, 1 Timothy 3 AUTHORITY TO ABSORB Jesus was delighted with a Roman soldier. Now consider that this is like a West Bank Palestinian thinking the world of an Israeli soldier. Very few in the scriptural record gave Jesus as much joy as a foreign military leader. What delighted…

I see pictures of the king everywhere in my adopted Arab hometown. He is in every school and government building I enter, looking regal in the local equivalent of dress blues, commanding in his military fatigues, and spiritual in religious garb on his pilgrimage to Mecca. My favorite falafel shop showcases him as a family…

READ: Job 10-12, Psalm 3, Luke 20, Revelation 4 AUTHORITY TO NOT ANSWER Jesus is under no obligation to answer our questions. The only ones compelled to give answers are those inferior to the inquisitor. Those in authority can choose if and how they answer questions, and when a superior detects a poor attitude or a challenge…

READ: Nehemiah 4-6, Psalm 143, Luke 7, 1 John 2  UNDER AUTHORITY To place ourselves under authority is to exhibit great faith. In Luke 7 a soldier demonstrates what it means to trust: “Say the word, and my servant will be healed” (v. 7). Jesus is impressed by the one who does not whine, does…

by Mark Renfroe, Area Director for the Arabian Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa, Assemblies of God World Missions From time to time, my work brings me into contact with stories of Christian in the Arab world who face persecution for sharing their faith. This week, I heard the story again, but this time it…

READ: 1 Samuel 22-24, Psalm 88, John 20, Philippians 3 IN DEFENSE OF AUTHORITY  The best way to respond to unjust attacks against you by authority figures is to defend others. God will take care of your defense (1 Sam. 24:12). David is moving from forest to desert (running for his life from Saul) and…

READ: Numbers 31-33, Psalm 51, Luke 7, 1 Corinthians 7 SUBMISSIVE AUTHORITY In Luke 7 Jesus encounters a Roman Centurion, a man with at least one hundred direct reports. This Roman authority exhibits more faith than anyone Jesus has met in the whole country, and his faith is exhibited through his understanding of submission. “I…

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