Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick

Saturday, 09 April 2016 19:02

When Others Doubt You

Have you ever had to face people who doubted you? Such doubt can take many forms: doubting your leadership ability, doubting your preaching, doubting your integrity, or doubting your character.

Saturday, 19 March 2016 16:44

Try Again

Have you failed in some endeavor in life: marriage, business, school, a relationship, or an investment?

These are the tip of the iceberg of endeavors that individuals have tried and failed. The good news is that failure is never fatal or final.

In 2010, a bank foreclosed on the church property and building of the church I was serving. Foreclosures do not occur with churches, do they? We are supposed to be people of faith. God does not allow His people to fail. Continue reading!

Friday, 04 March 2016 13:05

I Missed the Station!

A few days ago I visited my mother and helped with several projects around her home. I spent the night and left early the next morning. After getting in my truck I realized I needed gas. I came up with a plan. I reasoned that when I arrived in Alexandria I would buy gas and another cup of coffee for the ride home. There is nothing like riding down the road, in a quiet truck, with a fresh cup of coffee.

Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:45

Pick up the trash!

A few days ago I went to work and was greeted by an annoying issue as I started my day. The wind, or someone’s dog, overturned our office trashcan as it sat by the road, waiting for the trash collectors.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:26

7 Random Suggestions for Younger Leaders

Written by Ron Edmonson -reprinted with permission

ronedmondson.com

I love working with younger leaders. It keeps me young and it helps me know I’m investing in something and someone who will likely last beyond my lifetime.

I also love sharing some things I’ve learned from experience - some of it from hard experiences.

If you can learn and practice some of what I’ve learned early in your career it will help you avoid having to learn them by experience.

Friday, 05 February 2016 10:29

Go in God’s Authority

Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” This is article 10, taken from Moses’ life, as described in Acts 7:20-36.

I walked into church that day discouraged and defeated. I walked out feeling ten feet tall. What happened? The scripture reading was, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” (I Tim. 1:12)

God used I Tim. 1:12 to remind me that HE called me into the ministry. God reminded me that my authority came from HIM.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 17:03

Glimpsing God’s Glory

Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” This is article 9, taken from Moses’ life, as described in Acts 7:20-36.

Have you ever seen something you never forget? I remember the pictures of the two planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York. I will never forget the mental picture of that event.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 09:56

SPIRITUAL LEADERS DO NOT ALWAYS GET IT RIGHT

Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” This is article eight, taken from Moses life, as described in Acts 7:20-36.

Are you always right? Obviously none of us are always right. It is one thing to agree with this principle, but another to accept it. There is something flattering to think that we are “the spiritual leader” and our decisions are always on target.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 22:07

Is It Monday Already?

On Monday mornings do you sometimes wonder to yourself, “Is it Monday already?” For those of us who serve in ministry, Mondays roll around quickly. I don’t intend to be negative or pour cold water on a good day, but this concept is a fact of life when you serve in ministry. Many articles have been written about ministry blues, which often visit on Monday mornings.

I once heard a pastor say he refused to take Mondays off. His reasoning was that he refused to take a day off when he felt so flat. LOL!

Sunday, 27 December 2015 17:05

A Difficult Pastorate Shapes and Sanctifies

 Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 7

Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles are interspersed with other articles of interest.
In his book, “Surviving a Difficult Pastorate,” Chris Bonts points out that every church is a difficult church. When I read that statement I silently said, “Amen!”
Churches are difficult for many reasons. The reasons include, but are not limited to, spiritual warfare, pastoral demands, tradition, expectations and conflict. “Surviving a Difficult Pastorate” is a good read filled with helpful insights. However, the book is worth the cost even if you only read Chapter Two “Keep a Sanctified Perspective.”
When we face difficulty, God has the goal to continue His work of sanctification in our lives. When I read that statement I no longer liked Bonts. LOL!
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