Entries by TOvermiller

The Power of Heartfelt Values

A Pagan Messaging Frenzy The noteworthy “media” statistic for parents used to be the average number of hours teenagers spent in front of a television screen. This is no longer the case, because portable electronics and the omnipresent internet have changed the way that young people (or anybody for that matter) consumes media and information. […]

Episode 112: Candid Prayer

Are you experiencing difficult trials that seem to have no end in sight? Do you struggle to know how to pray to God when you face trials like this? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in looking at Psalm 13 for an example of how to pray through your trials in a candid, biblical way.

Candid Prayer

Learning from Psalms Sometimes a believer refrains from praying, whether in private or in public, because he feels that he doesn’t know the proper words or pattern to follow. Other times a believer prays, but never truly expresses what he wanted to say, choosing more formal, standard words and phrases instead. Do you identify with […]

Viewing Family with the Right Perspective

A Family Crisis The bookshelves and playlists of Christian homes are filled with resources about the Christian family. With all this interest and information around us, are Christian families thriving? Not really. These resources promote some helpful things, but they promote a lot of trendy or harmful advice as well, things that sound nice, but […]

Faith Baptist Church Values

Faith Baptist Church desires to demonstrate our love for God in the Queens Borough, leading people of all ages to become joyful followers of Jesus. To that end, we embrace the following biblical values as guiding principles for all that we do. Though we do not reflect these values perfectly, we depend upon God to continue […]

Deacons in the Church

A Role of Service The NT assigns a second church office, in addition to the office of a pastor, using one, deacon, to describe this role. This word portrays the general activity of a servant or minister, one who serves and meets the needs of people. On certain occasions, the Bible uses this word to […]

Necessary Church Leadership Functions

Pastors fulfill vital responsibilities for a church. To begin with, they govern, supervise, and oversee all church functions. This does not require them to be present or involved in every activity and event; but they should ensure that necessary and appropriate functions occur in an orderly, God-honoring fashion (Acts 20:28; 1 Thess. 5:12; 1 Tim. […]

Supporting Your Pastors

Pastoring Well Understanding that the NT encourages multiple pastors for a given church, some also believe that the NT specifies two kinds of pastors: 1) those who study and teach doctrine and 2) those who rule and administrate (1 Tim. 5:17). They may call these ‘teaching elders’ and ‘ruling elders.’ But careful examination of this […]

The Pattern of Multiple Pastors

A Regular Pattern The Bible consistently alludes to a plurality of pastors as a regular arrangement for church leadership. Consider the following examples: Jerusalem (Acts 11:30; 15:2, 4; 21:18; Jam. 5:14), Syrian Antioch (Acts 13:1), Derbe, Lystra, Iconium, Pisidian Antioch (Acts 14:23), Ephesus (Acts 20:17, 28; 1 Tim. 5:17), Philippi (Phil. 1:2), Thessalonica (1 Thess. […]