Category Archives: Men in Christ’s Service

Brotherhood Highlights from Around the Web 2


We’re bringing you topics of interest from the Brotherhood around the web. Whether you are searching for preacher’s notes, sermon outlines, women’s devotionals or ideas for Bible classes, we want to bring you highlights from around the web as a weekly encouragement to both you and our members.

Brotherhood Highlights from Around the Web 3.28.16 | #R1616

This Week’s Brotherhood Highlights

Highlighted Bible Class Lessons

Bible Fun for Kids Lessons on Jesus

Highlighted Bible Class Lessons: Bible Fun for Kids Lessons on Jesus | #R1616

Debbie Jackson is known for her Bible Class lessons that are easy to utilize with all the free printables you need to complete a Sunday or Wednesday lesson. But when she pulls together a complete series of lessons that are based on teaching sound faith straight from the word of God, you can usually cover an entire quarters worth of lessons. This highlight is to let you know about Debbie’s latest series, Jesus, she has spanned a little over 2 months in this series, so far. But you can also search her categories for even more.

Highlighted Blog Post

Snapshots of Faith

Highlighted Blog Post: Snapshots of Faith by Donna Faughn | #R1616

Sister Donna Faughn recently shared this very encouraging post that guides us to look around our congregations at those who influence us to be faithful. Like the Pillars of Faith we see recounted in Hebrews 11 we too can look around at our brothers and sisters and be reminded to be faithful to the Lord. They can be, if we have open eyes and hearts, living testaments of the faith that we have in Christ Jesus.

We encourage you, dear sisters, to read Donna’s words and be motivated to see faith in action all around you.

Highlighted Preacher’s Sermon Outlines

Preaching Help Sermon Outlines – Steve Higginbotham

Highlighted Preacher's Sermons: by Steve Higginbotham | #R1616


Being the daughters, and wives of preachers, and one team member a preacher himself. We all are aware of the time, effort, research and study that goes into developing sermons, week after week. Which is why this week we want to feature a Preacher who shares his sermon outlines online for others to utilize. Brother Steve Higginbotham shares his weekly sermon outlines at They are categorized by year, and then each are listed and attached to a downloadable and printable pdf.

This post organized by Team Member – Renée.


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PFP Encouraging Christianity

Focusing the Sower’s Spotlight on PFP

PFP Ezine

In our current spotlight we are featuring PFP or Preacher’s Favorite Passage. Since this month we are featuring Men In Christ’s Service we wanted to give you a little more information about what PFP has to offer by highlighting some of their monthly e-zine.

In the current edition of PFP guest writer Andrew Lamica, from the Chase Park congregation in Huntsville, Alabama encourages Christians to be imitators of Christ. He uses the passage from 1 Corinthians 11:1 to remind us that this command is often overlooked in study. Too often we fail to truly meditate upon the word and rather gloss over what can become too familiar.

When we look at the religious world around us, many of whom claim Christianity yet walk not after Christ, we should be reminded of this passage and the many others like it written by Paul to imitate Christ.

Brother Lamica does a wonderful job of reminding us that not only is it ok to be a carbon copy Christian, it is a commandment, to pattern ourselves after the life of Christ.  I encourage you to click on over to the PFP e-zine to read the entire article.

Also in the current edition of PFP you will find:

In the Editor’s Addition: Lee Snow discusses the reality of depression and how it can play a major role in a person’s life. He offers a first hand account along with scriptural guidance for how to overcome. He reminds us that with God we can find help for every situation and that He already knows how it will work out.

In the section, Q&A with Billy Hayes, Brother Hayes answers two questions. Both are related to offices mentioned in the Bible. The first, the office of an elder and the second the office of a prophet.

Josh Clevenger in his article Ethical Ekklesia he talks about the modern culture of tolerance and what it means to us as Christians. He explains the worlds view on what tolerance means, and also that we as Christians should love all men to their greatest good – heaven.
The Preacher’s Favorite Passage (the PFP) is a amalgamation of articles and helpful tools for the Christian to use throughout his walk with Christ. We release a monthly e-zine with a main article from a guest writer about his favorite passage outlining the passage of Scripture and teaching about it. In addition to the main article, each e-zine issue has other articles and things from our writers Tony Clay, Billy Hayes, Josh Clevenger, Lee Snow and Travis Byars. The PFP also hosts a blog which is updated several times a week with articles and links. ~Written by Lee Snow.

~~Article written and compiled by Renee Brown; R16:16 Team Member


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When Woman Usurps Authority

Gender Roles Given by God

Gender Roles in the Church

We live in a society that has over the last 1/2 century or so attempted to place women, not in an equal role with man, but sadly in an authoritative role all the while claiming equality. The reason that this is sad is because it is a scheme which Satan is using to thwart the commands of God. By tearing down the roles of family and society he is creating a chasm within the church of women who are becoming or have been dissatisfied with their God-given roles.

We at R16:16 believe in the complete authority of scripture and as such understand that the role of a woman is different than the role of a man within the church and within the home. We know that God designs these roles as He deems best for both the church and families. It is not that God deems women less important than men but that God has given roles and areas of service differently based upon 2 things. One being different gifts according to the abilities which He blesses with.

 1 Corinthians 12:4-5 ESV “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;”

The other that is was the woman, namely Eve, who sinned first, thus woman was placed in submission to man as her authority. When a woman shuns her God-given role and usurps the authority of man in the home or in the church, she is in sin and in danger of tearing the church apart.

1 Timothy 2:11-14 ESV  “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.”

There are women in the church who are working, actively working, to undermine the authority of scripture in order to usurp the authority of man and ultimately God. Recently, one congregation has placed a woman in a part-time pulpit ministry role, Neal Pollard writes in response to this action and the full-time preacher’s attitude regarding this occurrence. He has agreed to share his article here for our readers. Please be sure to click the SEE MORE… link to read the full story.

Dale Pauls’ Reflections On Women’s Role

Neal Pollard


Photo representation, not actual referenced woman from article

An article written by Dale Pauls, minister for the Stamford, CT, Church of Christ, is rapidly making its way across the internet (  I do not know brother Pauls and certainly harbor no personal animosity toward him.  However, I very strongly disagree with his apology (i.e., defense) of women serving in pulpit ministry.  As his statement seems to have drawn so much interest from so many, please allow me to contribute a few observations about this situation.

This is not a new position for him.  For those unfamiliar with brother Pauls, you might assume that he has just studied himself into a position favorable to hiring the Christian sister as a part-time Minister in Residence job.  In fact, a June 1, 2006, article in the Christian Chronicle featuring that congregation revealed they had long established the practice of women deacons, the eligibility of women to serve as elders, leading in worship and even occasionally preaching (from “Exodus Connecticut,” Bobby Ross, Jr., 6/1/06, online ed.).  Thus, the congregation and Pauls were already clear on where they stood on the matter.

The majority of his defense of the position is either his interpretation of history or an appeal to emotion.


Neal PollardNeal Pollard is Gospel Preacher at the Bear Valley church of Christ in Colorado. He is married to Kathy and they have 2 sons. Neal attended, Faulkner University, Freed-Hardeman University, Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver (B.A., M.B.S.). He and Kathy both work as instructors for the Bear Valley Bible Institute, Kathy in Women’s studies. You can read more of Neal’s thoughts, devotions and musings on his blog, Preacher Pollard’s Blog.

~~Post written by team member Renée


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Memories of a Dad Inspire Motivation

What Perspective Do You Take?

Steve1Steve Higginbotham grew up in West Virginia, in the small town of Chester the most northern city in the state. After graduation from highschool  In 1980 he went on to Freed-Hardeman College where he met his wife, Kim (Pierce). Together they have trained up four children; Kelli, Michael, Matthew, and Anne Marie.

Steve and Kim moved to to Nitro, WV  after leaving Freed-Hardeman where he preached for five years. He then served as the pulpit minister for the South Green Street Church of Christ in Glasgow, Kentucky for 21 years. In 2010, they moved to Knoxvilled Tennessee where he now works full-time Karns Church of Christ. (  Not only does he serve as the pulpit minister he is also an adjunct facility member of the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies (formerly known as the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions) and is one of the editors for THINK magazine.

He regularly writes at his blog This blog is filled with lessons, encouragement, devotionals and remembrances of his family and life. He also shares his weekly email devotionals which are called MercEmail, (prounounced: mercy-mail), which you can sign up for to receive in your inbox.  Preachers and others can be encouraged and inspired by the sermons that he freely shares on his blog, both audio and written. Steve is a willing servant of Christ Jesus and through his works many others can be uplifted and spurred on to good works too.

Steve is sharing with our readers today a lesson he learned from his own father. That being to consider the perspective with which you approach life. Be sure to link through to read his entire article at his blog

A Pitcher’s Mound 

ball and bat

I guess you have to know my dad to appreciate this one.  But for those of you who don’t know him, I’ll introduce you to one of his character traits.  Dad loves his lawn.  I have countless memories of my dad working in the lawn.  Dad didn’t just work in the lawn, he “groomed” the lawn (remember those hand-held scissor tools used for trimming?  I was never so thankful for the invention of the weed eater!).


~~Post written by team member, Renée


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Preachers Have Favorite Passages Too

In the Sower Spotlight

sower spotlight

Each quarter the team at R16:16 is choosing to feature those within the brotherhood who are faithfully working to sow the seed of the kingdom. We do this in hopes of bringing into the spotlight those groups, organizations or businesses whose tireless efforts are seldom seen. Often these works are being maintained on shoe string budgets, yet those workers remain dedicated to seeing them through.

This quarter we are excited to share in the Sower Spotlight: The Preacher’s Favorite Passage (PFP), is a monthly e-zine that is written by a compilation of gospel preachers and organized by Lee Snow and Tony Clay. The main article is written by a guest writer who shares an article about his favorite Bible passage. Additionally the e-zine contains 5 additional articles written be various but regular PFP writers.

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The Preacher’s Favorite Passage (PFP) was started in March of 2012 by Lee Snow. It began for him as a way that would help him in his Bible study. His hope was that by sharing what he was learning with his blog readers he would be motivated in his own study, while at the same time, spreading the Gospel. Since that time it has grown to include the monthly e-zine which includes 6 regular writers, as well as the blog which publishes new content several times a week.

Lee is a graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching. He currently serves as minister for the Gray Church of Christ in Gray, GA. He grew up in Arab, Alabama and began preaching in 2009. Tony Clay is also a graduate of the Memphis School of preaching. He works with the Enon congregation in Webb, Alabama. Tony, a Michigan native began writing for PFP by contributing weekly blog articles. He now writes a monthly column for the e-zine called, “Say What?” which examines various popular teachings and trying them by the word of God to see what is true.

 If you are looking to be led in your Bible studies and want to dig into the word seeking truth, then you will want to take a look at The Preacher’s Favorite Passage 

Here is how you can help:

1. Pray for their outreach. The more they can encourage others and teach the truth the more the Lord will be glorified.

2. Register (for free) to receive their monthly e-zine via your email, or read the e-zine and/or blog regularly online.

3. Tell your friends. You can Like them on facebook or follow them on twitter.


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