I asked my pastor if we could have special prayer for the sick and anoint them with oil. I was told that that is no longer something that is done. Is that true?
It may be true that your pastor no longer prays and anoints the sick but it is still very much something that believers should be doing. Jesus said in Mark 16:17-18 that “these signs shall follow those who believe…they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” James 5:14-15 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up.” On Sunday evening, September 11 at 6pm New Hope Community Church will be having a special service dedicated to preaching/teaching on healing and then offering prayer for those who need healing. All are welcome to come and receive prayer for healing.
A pastor does not lose his first amendment rights. He can talk about where a candidate stands on issues, what the party platform stand is on issues and the voting record of candidates. A pastor can hand out voter guides that list a candidate’s stance on issues. A pastor cannot on behalf of a church endorse a candidate nor can a church financially support a candidate. I believe that it is a pastor’s responsibility to inform his people on the issues and consequences concerning the political, moral, spiritual, financial, etc. choices that they make. As a follower of Christ our political support should first be influenced by the candidate’s or political party stance on abortion, traditional marriage and freedom of religion.
How do you get people to volunteer to serve in a local church? It seems like only a handful do almost everything.
Jesus said that He came to serve not to be served and to give His life as a ransom for many. To serve, to volunteer, to help out in the various ministries of a local church is first of all showing an attitude of gratitude to the Lord and to that local church. Jesus said it is better to give than receive. I encourage people to be givers and not takers. Givers are always happier than takers. I provide an opportunity for people to discover the gifts, talents, abilities that the Lord has given them. I show them that God blessed them so they could serve and use those abilities to further His kingdom.
From a young child-“Why don’t people have last names in the Bible like we do? When did people start using last names?"
In the bible times a person’s name was usually identified by the family he was from or the occupation that he had. For example, one man named Simon was the son of Jonah. A different man named Simon was known as Simon the tanner, that was his occupation. As time went by people began to take on last names so as to keep that connection. So we now have Simon Tanner for instance. It seems like the common use of last names began sometime around 1200-1400. Jesus Christ is really a shorten version of what was being used at the time, Jesus the Christ. He was called Jesus of Nazareth, where he grew up. Christ, meaning the Messiah was who he was.