About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org

Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #10

Pastor Ed Bowen was saved on March 24, 1957 at a revival meeting at Horse Branch Church in Turbeville, S.C. at the age of 23. Brother Bowen has been married to his wife, Margaret, for over 54 years. After being ordained in 1960, Pastor Bowen went on to preach in various places until he became pastor of Cherryvale Baptist. Having been there for over 43 years, in 2000, he had to slow down a bit due to prostate cancer.

Though unable to do what he used to do, Pastor Ed has just changed venues. For over ten years now, he has been encouraging people via email. He has graciously agreed to be a contributing author to this website. This series of posts entitled, “Heart To Heart” are the fruit of his times with our Lord Jesus! If they mean as much to you as they do me, then EMAIL him and let him know about it!

The Love Of Money

(1 Timothy 6:8-101 Timothy 6:8-10
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. erred: or, been seduced  

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) “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”  (KJV)

The most common form of the sin of covetousness is the love of money or things. The lusting after more and more material riches. This is described by the Apostle Paul in the Word of God, as those “that would be rich.” So, one does not necessarily have to possess much to be covetous and love money. A person could have a small bank account or no bank account at all, and still love money.

The evidence of this inordinate desire for money is shown by the getting, the keeping and the spending of it. In getting it, one may have such an obsessive desire for attaining wealth that it becomes his dominating passion and greed possesses his heart. There is also a miserly attitude which causes a person to cling to money like a drowning man to a log. He hoards it despite the needs of others and the cause of Christ. Then, there are those who are called spendthrifts. They get money only to spend it on their lustful appetites.

There is a prudence to thrift and a blessing in generosity, if each is directed by the Lord. There is also an honorable dedication to diligence and dutiful labor. The rich fool (Luke 12) was not foolish because he was idle. He was a fool because he was not rich toward God. He did not acknowledge the source of his blessings. Let us never be such a fool!

Ed Bowen

Conclusion

It is so easy to be deceived by money and it’s glitter! Many a devout Christian has been brought under it’s power and ground to powder. May everyone who reads this post be sure to keep their heart right with God and their motives righteous as it pertains to money and materialism!

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Suffering For His Name’s Sake by Pastor Ed Bowen | Heart To Heart

Pastor Ed Bowen was saved on March 24, 1957 at a revival meeting at Horse Branch Church in Turbeville, S.C. at the age of 23. Brother Bowen has been married to his wife, Margaret, for over 54 years. After being ordained in 1960, Pastor Bowen went on to preach in various places until he became pastor of Cherryvale Baptist. Having been there for over 43 years, in 2000, he had to slow down a bit due to prostate cancer.Though unable to do what he used to do, Pastor Ed has just changed venues. For over ten years now, he has been encouraging people via email. He has graciously agreed to be a contributing author to this website. This series of posts entitled, “Heart To Heart” are the fruit of his times with our Lord Jesus! If they mean as much to you as they do me, then EMAIL him and let him know about it!

SUFFERING FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE

“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” (I Peter 4:14-16)

There is a vast difference in suffering the “fiery trial” of testing in the refiner’s fire to be made more pure and holy, than suffering because of the foolish actions of the flesh. One is honorable, the other is shameful.

When we suffer in the will of God, it purifies us. It is a testimony to the world around us and to the people of God  who serve with us. It also brings a glorious reward, as we “count it all joy.” By contrast, suffering for one’s own foolish actions is shameful for a child of God. He brings reproach to His Saviour, whose name he bears and causes the enemies of God to blaspheme. God forbid that we, who are blood-washed and heaven-bound, dishonor our Saviour so.

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3 Dangers To Avoid In Ministry

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The Bible warns us of dangers along life’s way. Its pages are filled with examples, both good and bad, of people who embarked along the road of life and faced temptation. Pastors have to be extra careful in their personal lives so as to practice what they preach and to lead by example. This post will help pastors deal with three specific categorical dangers in ministry.

I would like to begin with a video sharing the origin of my thoughts for this post. My pastor, Dr. Bobby Roberson  (Facebook Fan Page) of Gospel Light Baptist Church of Walkertown, North Carolina was at a meeting many years ago with Dr. Bill Rice Sr. Brother Rice shared the 3 dangers listed below in a meeting he had with pastors. Evidently, it made a profound impact upon my pastor and I hope it will make an impact on you as well! 

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Danger #1 – Money And Finances

As the Scriptures state, “for the love of money is the root of all evil…” Preachers and pastors are not immune to this precept. If anybody should be above reproach, then it should be men of God. Satan’s choice instrument in betraying our Lord Jesus was a man named Judas. This disciple’s weakness was money! He shipwrecked because of this temptation, among others, and died as an unregenerate. Just as Dr. Charles Keen stated, in a meeting in which I as in attendance some months back, we must be honorable in settling our debts. Pastors beware of this destructive issue!

Danger #2 – The Opposite Sex

I suppose more men of God have fallen for a woman more than any other issue. Though I do not have the statistics to back it up, it does seem to be a plague today. Not only are adulterous affairs causing problems, but pornography is a growing epidemic as well. Many men have shipwrecked their lives because of a woman. Sampson, King David, and Solomon are just a few Biblical examples of this. May more men choose the pathway of integrity that Joseph followed in his younger years! Pastor, guard yourself!

Danger #3 – Doctrine

Since before the New Testament era began, false doctrine has plagued God’s people. Satan has a long track record of casting doubt, modifying what God said, and corrupting His words. One does not have to look very far away to find false doctrine. In fact, many, once great fundamental churches, have been gutted by cancerous doctrine. Men of God have to beware of this seductive issue. Stick with God’s Word… no matter what!

Conclusion…

In the concluding remarks, which Dr. Bill Rice gave in that meeting years ago, a stately observation was given. He made it clear that if you examined the life of pastors and spiritual leaders who had shipwrecked, then you would usually find it due to one of these three dangers in ministry. I think he hit  the nail on the head. May God help each of us, who preach the gospel, to be careful to avoid these sandbars along life’s seas.

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Originally posted 2010-09-08 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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