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Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain (1 Tim. 3:8).

Not long after the church began, an issue arose over the care of the Grecian widows in the area (Ac. 6:1). The apostles were busy taking care of other matters, and therefore designated that certain men be "appointed for this duty" (Ac. 6:3). With this instruction they chose seven men who were committed to making sure that the distrubition of money was handed out evenly. These "servants" that were in this position of authority are what the Bible refers to as "deacons."

As with the elders, the deacons also have certain qualifications that they must meet if they are to be considered for this position (1 Tim. 3:8-13). The Lord has blessed us with such qualified men at the church in Atlanta. They are (from left to right) Dale Barkman, George Carroll, Larry Coats, and Marshall Kirkland.

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