Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick

Friday, 02 March 2018 15:10

Riding the Waves of Life

Several days ago I found myself riding a wave. A wave is one of those times when you feel high, emotionally, spiritually and physically. During this phase I relish ministry and enjoyed little things, such as listening to a favorite preacher.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:20

Relax and Back Off

Last Friday I came home from work and was struck with a strange emotion, panic. That was unusual. I had not felt such emotion in some time. We Christians are, in theory, supposed to have it all together. And we pastors are to be an example to everyone else. Right!

Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:10

Do Nothing!

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.

Saturday, 06 January 2018 21:03

Perceived Busyness

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

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

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

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.

Friday, 24 November 2017 08:12

Maintaining an Institution

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

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.

Saturday, 11 November 2017 12:32

Giving up Control

Do you struggle as much as I do with giving up control? Recently I organized an event that required me to give up control. The requirements of this assignment meant that I had to put together a team and then release them to do ministry. The event was/is much larger than one person can handle. Such occasions require that somebody give up control, and that’s a hard thing for me to do. However, if I am called upon to lead people, it is critical that I continually give up control.

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