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Pamela Anderson and Humanity

It is fairly easy to think that we are all good people deep down, but if we reflect on our lives for a moment we will realize how much pain and evil we have caused. Often times we don't even realize it because there is no direct connection, but we are still part of the problem. Pamela Anderson, a well known Canadian actress who made a living off the sexualization of her body, just came out with sexual-abuse allegations during the launch of the Pamela Anderson Foundation.
Women who use their bodies in sexual ways often have a backstory like Pamela's. The loss of dignity and self-worth at a young age leaves them vulnerable to exploitation. We react in shock and anger when we hear about her childhood, but we don't see our connection to her adult career. Pamela may have been an adult when she decided to use her body sexually to make money, but it was the events of her childhood that drove her to that decision.
Every human being is of infinite value in the eyes of God. We know …

Qualifications for Elders

In a previous post we looked at God's design for men and women in general, but today we will look at the application of those differences. In the Bible we read that God has designated that the office of an Elder be only held by a man. However, not just any man can hold the office of an Elder, he must have the following characteristics:
An overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He may not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil (1 Tim. 3:1-7). Let'…