Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:10

Do Nothing!

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Today while reading J.D. Greear’s book, Jesus Continued, I was struck with a disturbing challenge. The challenge to Do Nothing! This thought was expressed within the context of a chapter on the Holy Spirit.

Greear develops his thoughts from Jesus words to the disciples in Luke 24:29. “I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Jesus instructed the disciples to Do Nothing but to wait. Doing nothing is not in the DNA of most pastors.

Unity is a powerful force in God’s Kingdom, in our lives, in our families, in a business, and in the local church when it includes five essentials, seen in the great leader Nehemiah.

Every leader wants his or her organization, team, or church to be unified. Without it teams lose, churches flounder, and businesses drift. However, when your group is unified it’s fun, refreshing, invigorating, motivating, and productive.

The great leader Nehemiah could not have completed his massive building project of rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall without unity. Nehemiah 3 lists scores of projects and people involved in the project and gives insight into these five essentials necessary to build unity. I use the acronym 

UNITY to make it easy to remember them.

Saturday, 06 January 2018 21:03

Perceived Busyness

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Are you as busy as you think? In looking back at my years of ministry I often struggled with a question: “How busy am I?” All of us know that pastors are extremely busy. That is a fact! However, there have been times when I was my own worst enemy. I perceived myself to be too busy.

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 07:45

If I Could Start Over

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Do you ever wonder what you would do differently if you could start over in ministry? As I draw closer to retirement age (I am 64) I find myself pondering this question more often. The beginning of a new year also challenges us to reflect on new beginnings. (We call them resolutions.)

Monday, 18 December 2017 16:22

Giving is a Joy

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Do you remember a time when a gift you gave lit up the face of a child or someone special?  During the holiday season we are given the opportunity to repeat this action a number of times.  As a believer it is my prayer that I would always remember the joy of giving.

Friday, 08 December 2017 09:11

I Feel Flat

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Do you ever get up in the morning and feel flat? I equate this feeling to a flat tire. A flat tire is depressed, of no value, and not prepared for the purpose at hand. Surely pastors never feel this way. LOL!

So, what can we do when we feel this way? I share these thoughts from my journey.

Saturday, 02 December 2017 18:35

Christmas Giving: 10 ways to transform your Christmas

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1)  Never pass a Salvation Army kettle without dropping in some money.

My friend Annie got me started on this. Recently, I noticed on her Facebook page that she was re-emphasizing this commitment, and told how after finding herself with only big bills on one occasion, she has made it a practice of having a number of ones and fives in the front of her purse, just for this reason.

Friday, 24 November 2017 08:12

Maintaining an Institution

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Years ago I heard a speaker say, “The modern church has been given the task of maintaining an institution.” How true! Buildings, budgets, meetings and administrative tasks are a necessary part of church life, but it can be a drag.

Saturday, 18 November 2017 12:58

Thanks for Co-workers

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In Romans we find a warm word of thanks from Paul for his co-workers Priscilla and Aquila. “Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles” (Romans 16:4).

We are in the Thanksgiving season and want to take this opportunity to give thanks for you and to offer a holiday greeting.

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