Author Archives: Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.

About Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Pastor Joe has been serving in Christian ministry for 19 years. He is the author of "Back to the Basics: A Guide for Christian Living." Through a commitment to servant leadership, he proclaims relevant Bible truth, equips the saints for effective ministry, and builds up the body of Christ. Married thirteen years, Pastor Joe and his wife live in New Jersey and have two children.

The World’s Smallest But Largest Troublemaker: Part 2 (James 3:5–12)

In Part 1, we learned the tongue has the power to direct. Today, we will look at two more powers of the tongue. Power to Destroy: the Fire and Animal (James 3:5–8) Likewise, the tongue is a small part of … Continue reading

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The World’s Smallest But Largest Troublemaker: Part 1 (James 3:1–4)

James has explained to us two characteristics of the mature Christian: he is patient in trouble (James 1) and he practices the truth (James 2). In this section, he shares the third characteristic of the mature believer: he has power … Continue reading

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Dynamic Faith (James 2:20–26)

In our previous study, we learned there are three kinds of faith, only one of which is true saving faith. Today, we will take a closer look at this saving faith. Dynamic Faith (James 2:20–26) You foolish person, do you … Continue reading

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False Faith (James 2:14–19)

Faith is a key doctrine in the Christian life. The sinner is saved by faith (Eph. 2:8–9) and the believer must walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6) and whatever we … Continue reading

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Favoritism Forbidden, Walking the Talk: Part 2 (James 2:8–13)

In Part 1, we learned James examines four basic Christian doctrines in the light of the way we treat other people. Today, we will look at the last two. The Word of God (James 2:8–11) In recent years, believers have waged battles over … Continue reading

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Favoritism Forbidden, Walking the Talk: Part 1 (James 2:1–7)

Not only is the mature Christian patient in testing (James 1), but he also practices the truth. This is the theme of James 2. Immature people talk about their beliefs, but the mature person lives his faith. Hearing God’s Word … Continue reading

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Quit Kidding Yourself: Part 2 (James 1:22–27)

There are true believers who are fooling themselves concerning their Christian walk. If a Christian sins because Satan deceives him, that is one thing; but if he deceives himself, that is a far more serious matter. In these verses, James … Continue reading

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Quit Kidding Yourself: Part 1 (James 1:19–21)

The emphasis in this section is on the dangers of self-deception: “deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22); “deceives his own heart” (James 1:26). If a Christian sins because Satan deceives him, that is one thing; but if he deceives himself, … Continue reading

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How To Handle Temptation: Part 2 (James 1:17–18)

When our circumstances are difficult, we may find ourselves complaining against God, questioning His love, and resisting His will. At this point, Satan provides us with an opportunity to escape the difficulty. This opportunity is a temptation. There are three … Continue reading

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How To Handle Temptation: Part 1 (James 1:13–16)

The mature person is patient in trials. Sometimes the trials may be tests sent by God or they may be temptations sent by Satan, and encouraged by our own fallen nature. If we are not careful the testings on the … Continue reading

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Turning Trials into Triumphs: Part 2 (James 1:4–12)

In the Christian life, God tells us to expect trials. If we are going to turn trials into triumphs, we must obey four imperatives. In Part 1, we discussed the first two: a joyful attitude and an understanding mind. Today, … Continue reading

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Turning Trials into Triumphs: Part 1 (James 1:2–3)

Perhaps you have seen the bumper sticker that reads: “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade!” It is easier to smile at that statement than to practice it, but the basic philosophy is sound. In fact, it is biblical. … Continue reading

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Time to Grow Up

We are starting a new series in the Book of James. Beginning a study of a book of the Bible is something like preparing for a trip: you like to know where you are going and what you can expect … Continue reading

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Paul’s Charge to Timothy: Part 2 (1 Timothy 6:11-19)

Today, we will be looking at the final section of chapter 6, where the Apostle Paul continues his instructions to Timothy on ministering to the various kinds of believers in the church (if you missed Part 1, I encourage you … Continue reading

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Paul’s Charge to Timothy: Part 1 (1 Timothy 6:1-10)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! This chapter continues Paul’s instructions to Timothy on ministering to the various kinds of believers in the church and also how to keep his own life in the will of God. Christian … Continue reading

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How to Treat Officers in the Church (1 Timothy 5:17-25)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! Today, we will be looking at the final portion of chapter 5, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions about how to treat officers in the church. Church Officers (1 Tim. 5:17–25) The … Continue reading

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Caring for Widows in the Church (1 Timothy 5:1-16)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! Today, we will be looking at chapter 5, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions about how to treat various groups of people within the church. The first problem the early church faced … Continue reading

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How To Be a Man of God: Part 3 (1 Timothy 4)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! Today, we will be looking at the final section of chapter 4, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions for church leaders (if you missed Part 1 and Part 2, I encourage you … Continue reading

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Character

We rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4). It’s an old story. We would much rather complain about the way things are than make the sacrifice to change it, … Continue reading

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How To Be a Man of God: Part 2 (1 Timothy 4)

In 1 Timothy 4, Paul emphasized the character and the work of the minister himself; and he listed three qualities he must possess if he is to be successful in serving God. In Part 1, we saw the first quality … Continue reading

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How To Be a Man of God: Part 1 (1 Timothy 4)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy. Today, we will be looking at chapter 4, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions for church leaders. If you were to write a job description for your pastor, what would it contain? … Continue reading

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Qualifications of Church Leaders: Part 2 (1 Timothy 3)

In 1 Timothy 3, Paul described the qualifications of the pastor, deacon, and local church itself. In Part 1, we saw the qualifications of a pastor. Today, we will look at a deacon and local church. The Deacon (1 Tim. 3:8–13) … Continue reading

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Qualifications of Church Leaders: Part 1 (1 Timothy 3)

Everything rises or falls with leadership, whether it be a family or a local church. The Holy Spirit imparts gifts to believers for ministry in the church, and among those gifts are “pastors and teachers” (Eph. 4:11). As we noted … Continue reading

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Spiritual Responsibilities of Men and Women: Part 2 (1 Timothy 2)

In 1 Timothy 2, Paul exhorts the men and women in the church and reminds them of their spiritual responsibilities. In Part 1, we saw a spiritual responsibility of men in the church: praying. Today, we will look at a … Continue reading

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Spiritual Responsibilities of Men and Women: Part 1 (1 Timothy 2)

Welcome back to our study of 1 Timothy. Today, we will be looking at chapter 2, where Paul gives instructions for public worship, emphasizing the importance of prayer and order in church meetings. “Everything should be done in a fitting … Continue reading

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Essential Responsibilities of Pastor and Church: Part 2 (1 Timothy 1)

In 1 Timothy 1, Paul explained the three responsibilities of the pastor and people in a local church. In Part 1, we saw the first responsibility: teach sound doctrine. Today, we will look at the next two responsibilities. Proclaim the Gospel … Continue reading

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Essential Responsibilities of Pastor and Church: Part 1 (1 Timothy 1)

“Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.” That advertisement appeared in a London newspaper and thousands of men responded! It was … Continue reading

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The Secret of Contentment: Part 2 (Philippians 4:10-23)

In these verses, Paul names three wonderful spiritual resources that make us adequate and give us contentment. In Part 1, we saw the first resource: the overruling providence of God. Today, we will look at the next two spiritual resources. … Continue reading

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The Secret of Contentment: Part 1 (Philippians 4:10-23)

“The trouble with him is he’s a thermometer and not a thermostat!” This statement by one of his deacons aroused the pastor’s curiosity. They were discussing possible board members and Jim’s name had come up. “Pastor, it’s like this,” the … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Worry: Part 2 (Philippians 4:1-9)

Paul had a good excuse to worry—but he did not! If we are to conquer worry and experience the secure mind, we must meet the conditions God has laid down. In Part 1, we saw the first condition: right praying. … Continue reading

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