Posts Tagged ‘ministry’

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One day Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.’ So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap.” (Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭22-23‬ NLT)

Hope International President Peter Greer is sounding an alarm about a different danger in doing good: spiritual burnout. In a cbn.com interview, he shared his belief as to the high drop out rate of Christian workers worldwide. “We have thrown ourselves into causes of social justice,” he said. “We have thrown ourselves into missions and we have been burned out as a result.”

Where there is high stress and output without regenerating input, things get dangerous. While this scripture stands out for Jesus calming the storm, learn the first lesson first: Jesus calmed Himself with an opportunity for rest. He knew to replenish His own needs before taking on more loads.

As you prepare to come to Church tomorrow, take time to rest. For some of us that don’t get Sunday off due to Church work, take time today for rest and refueling. There will ALWAYS be work that needs to be done to save the world. But if you don’t take care of yourself, you risk becoming a sidelined piece of damaged goods instead of God’s powerful hand to mankind! You are loved today! Get some rest!

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No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭37‬ NLT)

In 1779, Peter Francisco was one of 3,000 rebel troops facing an enormous British offensive in the Carolinas. They were outmanned from the get-go. According to popular legend, even when he knew all was lost, Francisco single-handedly carried a 500-kilogram (1,100 lb) cannon that had been abandoned by the British over to a group of rebel soldiers, who proceeded to use it in the fight.

If you knew God wanted something done and believed it would succeed would you try it? Fact is, we are safer and more prone to win over life’s travails than we could possibly imagine! But our fear of possible failure keeps us from attempting what God already sees as a predestined victory. That has got to be frustrating to Him!

What would you do for God if you knew it would work? If God is calling you, then you need to respond. In spite of how it looks, you serve a Savior that overcomes bleak odds everyday! Go for it! You are loved today!

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But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭24‬ NLT)

As we sat together and talked, I listened to a man share a story of his pastor-friend, a very heartbreaking tale. The man had started a church from nothing, built a strong work with a beautiful campus, and found favor wherever he went. But with great success came unchecked pride. As arrogance drove people away, anger set in. Now, in what should be golden years, there is only pain, regret, and an unfinished ministry that he may never complete.

It is always a wonder to experience God’s call and see the first blushes at success in attempting something for His glory. But God never calls us to start something, only for it to go unfinished. Completing a task is as important as starting, and finishing well in God’s eyes leads to the ultimate of rewards!

As I left that conversation, I shook my head and prayed a silent prayer that God would help me to stay the course and complete my task of life successfully. Take a moment and do the same. God really wants to tell you “Well Done!” You are loved today!

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When (my calling to minister) happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.” (Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭16‬ NLT)

When God called me to the ministry at 15, I told my Youth Pastor and he began training me for ministry. Some things in ministry simply require a teacher. But as I have progressed in ministry, what I’ve needed is less people telling me how to grow my church and more time letting God show me the heart of a true spiritual shepherd.

Everyone in the Christ Life is called to do ministry. While I do serve as a mentor to those beginning to develop their ministry role, the Holy Spirit is the true teacher. When we rely more on men with agendas, egos, and simple flaws, we shouldn’t be surprised when we wind up with the same problems. There must also be a dependency upon hearing God as He corrects and instructs you, leading you away from bad habits into God-inspired ones.

As you come to Church today, come ready to let God lead you into a deeper place of committed service. Listen to your pastors and teachers, they are called and equipped to help you. But let your final word of guidance be the Holy Spirit reaffirming His truths. You are destined for good works that build God’s people! Do it in His love today!

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God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things…so that no one may boast before Him.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭28-29‬ NIV)

One of the greatest pictures in my mind of this scripture occurred in the week of August 31-September 5 of 1997. In that brief week, Princess Diana of Wales and the matronly saint, Mother Teresa, died; one trying to outrun the paparazzi with her alleged lover, the other surrounded on her deathbed by those she impacted for God. One was immortalized for her beauty and spunk, the other for her compassionate care.

The majority of the world focused on the princess instead of the pauper. But I believe Heaven did the opposite. Mother Teresa reached out in compassion to help the poor, needy and dying in India, giving up her life and ambitions to help others. To the world, this is foolishness, yet her life displays a greater peace, satisfaction and accomplishment than that of the princess.

Are you jealous of what others have? The greater the calling sometimes translates into having lesser things to distract our life with. Don’t envy others, instead thank God for how He desires to use you where others could never go. Sometimes the smallest pebble creates the greatest waves! You are loved! Have a wonderful weekend! (8/1/14)

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Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father.” (Genesis‬ ‭26‬:‭18‬ NIV)

As a (relatively) young pastor, I know the bulldozing thoughts of the younger crowd in ministry today. Anything over 20+ years in existence & certainly ALL hymns need to be mothballed or thrown away to make way for fresh and innovative ideas of ministry in the “modern age”. Part of me agrees when I see vain repetitions or people clinging to a stale, extinct past that was dear to them but no longer exists and lacks relevancy. And yet as I see some chasing approvals of Men through culture at the expense of God’s set boundaries of holiness and acceptable pathways, I cringe, for I know that God is Just and doesn’t suffer misleading fools lightly.

In his book, Living With The Giants, Warren Wiersbe wrote:

We are prone to be fascinated with the latest religious fads and Christian celebrities that we forget that ‘there were giants in the earth in those days…’ It is my conviction that when the church catches up with the past, it will start producing more giants who will be remembered in the future.”

In your life, be open to embrace God in all of His spectrums regardless of time frames. There is no perfect age or structure, only obedience to the leading of His hand. Follow God’s ways and the Church can never disappoint you! You are loved today!

For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness.” (Acts 26:16 NLT)

Today, I’ve been privileged to sit in an Emergency Services Chaplaincy training event. Men from around our state gathered to learn how to minister appropriately to firemen and law enforcement officers. In a field where stress is high and can be hesitant to religious things, Jesus is grooming people to reach them and those lives they intervene with on emergency situations.

For all of us, God is calling workers to the world to serve those that have yet to experience salvation and new life through a relationship with Christ Jesus. Even in the toughest of fields, God desires all people to know the hope that He has for them. It’s not for someone else to do, it’s your duty, your calling to be Jesus to this world.

Wherever you live and work, be God’s hand to that area you’re in. As God leads your life, be confident that He will lead you where He is already grooming hearts. Be the ready hands of God to your world! You are loved today!

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