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Ministry Beyond the Front Door

March 14, 2011

Erin Davis writes today at True Woman a very finely balanced call for all of us to be family-oriented and ministry-focused at the same time (“Ministry Beyond Your Front Door,” she calls it).  She begins in this way:

“Here’s a passage that jumped off the page at me recently:

“Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?” (1 Corinthians 9:5).

“The writer here is Paul. What most surprises me is his mention of the other apostles’ wives. Honestly, I’d never given much thought to whether or not the early apostles had wives. Now that seems silly. It isn’t likely that God chose to build His church only on the backs of bachelors. And if they had wives, we should assume that they had children, as they lived long before the era of modern birth control.

“So the apostles had wives and children . . . What’s the big deal? The big deal is that their families didn’t stop them from ministering to those around them. In fact, according to Paul, many apostles brought their wives along with them as they served.”

Please read the remainder of this worthy piece here.

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