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Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

Let Them be Ordinary

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“Why does the Sunday school class always expect me to answer all the questions?”

“No other kids ever go to Sunday evening church, and we have to be there every pickin’ time!”

“When others talk or giggle at church events it’s normal, but when I do it I get stared at.” 

“They said if I get caught messing up you’d have to resign.”

“And they said, ‘We expected better from a pastor’s child than that,’ and I’m hurt and angry and sick and tired of it. I don’t even want to be there anymore.”

Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

When God Is Silent

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Does it disturb you that God sometimes takes the path of silence? Not only is God silent, but His silence comes at the most (seemingly) inappropriate times. What are those times?

  • God may keep silent when people attack us.
  • God may keep silent when a crippling disease strikes.
  • God may keep silent when injustice is apparent.
  • God may keep silent when ungodliness seems to be in control.

Obviously these examples are a small sampling of God’s silence.

For me, the challenge of God’s silence would be more difficult to bear had He not allowed us to sample this reality in His word.  In Matt. 27:46 we find the agonizing prayer of Jesus as He hung on the cross.  He felt forsaken by His Father.  He felt the silence of Heaven.

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.

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