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Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Wounded: When it is Hard to Love

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"Are you crazy?" and "Do you think you will even get into the house?" The previous two questions came from the lips of the nephew (Don) of the chairman of deacons. The questions came from my desire to meet a need for that deacon.


Just a month earlier this deacon stood before my congregation and said I was the reason the young people had left the church. Brother Mickey's (the disgruntled deacon) daughter-in-law joined the conflict by sharing things that were false. Brother Mickey had a big heart. I knew he was responding to the hurt he perceived me to have caused.


The previous Sunday there had been a divisive meeting at the church. A group of people (10-15) including the deacon's son and daughter-in-law wanted to vote me out as pastor. Most of the complaints were over important things like the use of the church van and borrowing toilet paper without permission. This was the beginning of the list.

Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00

Will You Follow Directions?

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Are you a person who will ask for and accept directions? It has been joked that men are not good at following directions. Some smart person said, “The reason Moses wandered in the wilderness for forty years was because he would not ask for directions.” A woman must have made that statement.

The past three years I have worked closely with pastors. I see both the good and the bad side of pastors. I love being a support and encouragement to pastors. However, one of our major drawbacks is a refusal to ask for, accept and follow directions. I realize some of this drawback is who we are as leaders. Leaders lead rather than waiting around for directions. This is a part of our DNA.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00

Star-Trekking in the Ministry

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Most of the current crop of astronauts say their interest in space exploration was whetted by the television show “Star Trek,” either the original with William Shatner (Captain Kirk) or the “next generation” bunch.

 

A writer for a more recent televised version of these explorers who “go where no one has ever gone before” has let us in on inside information which I find fascinating.

 

Over forty years, the six TV series of Star Trek comprise 726 episodes. For the 198 episodes in the series this writer was part of, 155 writers — a staggering number — were employed.  So much for continuity, uniformity, theme development, character consistency.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

Staying Sharp for Ministry

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My wife and I are in the process of building a new home. The home is located in the midst of three acres of wooded property. This process led to my purchasing a chain saw. The saw and I are faithful companions. I can spend hours sweating, working and cutting. One aspect of the chain saw routine that I dislike is sharpening the blade. It is a tedious task. However, without a sharp blade the chain saw routine becomes a difficult task.

Chain saw sharpening reminds me of one of the tasks of the pastor. It is essential that a pastor keep his skills sharp for ministry.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Running in the Background

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Have you ever gone through the effort to stop an app on your cell phone only to find it continues to run in the background? This often happens with cell phones. You can use a program, close the window, leave your phone, and come back later only to find the program is running in the background.

I have a music application on my cell phone that does this on a regular basis. I go through the motions of attempting to close the application but find it is still running in the background.

Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00

4 Obstacles Pastors Face in Setting Boundaries

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Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote the wildly popular book, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of your Life. Dr. Cloud also wrote Boundaries for Leaders. I recommend them both. Essentially a boundary for a ministry leader or a pastor is like a property line around your yard, only in this case that yard is your soul.

Healthy boundaries make for healthy souls. Unhealthy boundaries make for unhealthy souls.

Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Going Fishing!

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Several weeks ago my wife, my mother and I went fishing. It was an awesome experience.  We visited a catfish pond and within 30 minutes filled our cooler.  The only down side to the trip was having to pay for the privilege of fishing.

Is fishing ever a bad idea? Rarely, would be my response. Fishing is relaxing, fun and a good stress reliever.  However, fishing often reveals things we had rather leave hidden.  The relaxing effect of a fishing trip reveals our need for rest, relaxation and gives us a fresh perspective of life.

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