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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/08/2013

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"Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, 'God opposes the proud but exalts the humble'" (1 Pet.5:5).

There is a humorous story that I like to tell about a woman who wrote to our church. (she more than likely wrote to many of them) She was looking for a place the piano. She did not know my name, so she greeted me as "Your Most Reverentist." I still get a smile on my face when I think about it.... I have been called, reverend, pastor, and a couple of times, father... What are people supposed to call the preacher, or each other for that matter? Jesus sure had a take on this when He spoke to the Pharisees, and it might do us all good to read and meditate upon Matthew 23:1-12. After observing how they acted, and their lack of humility, He commented to them and to His disciples... "You are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers..... do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ." (Matt.23:8-10). In the limited amount of research that I have done, the word reverend in our English Bibles is only used when talking about God. It may be used in descriptive terms, but is not used as a title. It is clear to me that Jesus did not like the use of exalted titles and salutations that exalt men above one another. We are to view our fellow Christians, as we listen to Jesus' words, as brothers... "you are all brothers." I believe Jesus to be saying that these uses of fancy titles is contrary to His principle of servitude and humility. Even though these terms may rightly be used to describe what one does in service to the Lord, a title that exalts one man over another is what Jesus frowns upon. This is some food for thought, and I would invite your comments. More about titles and descriptions tomorrow. By the way, when someone addresses me in a way that I think is not proper and I comment about it, a question often follows.... "Well, what should I call you?" My answer.... Mark is fine....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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