Have you ever wanted to quit? Obviously all of us have experienced days when quitting looked like a good option. During those periods of doubt, remaining faithful is both challenging and needed. I am praying that this call to faithfulness will ring true for you.
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Saturday, February 21, 9:00-3:00
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Hwy 28 - 10 miles west of Alexandria on Kincaid Lake
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Have you ever stumbled? Of course you have; we all do. Stumbling happens in many ways. In one church where I served, a group of men enjoyed hiking together. When this venture started I was not equipped for hiking. On our first trip I wore slick tennis shoes. After a few miles on the trail I learned a valuable lesson about hiking - it pays to wear the right kind of shoes. My slick shoes would not support me on slippery leaves or other challenging places, such as walking down a steep bank. I slipped and fell so many times the other men laughingly accused me of being drunk.
A few days ago I saw a book with the title that inspired this article. I highly recommend the book by Jim Minor. When I first saw it, I was captured by the title. The words Church Shouldn’t Suck are in large bold print. However, the phrase “the Life out of you” quickly calms the shock waves created by the bold print.
My wife and I recently obtained two horses. I love horses, but it has been years since I spent time around them. The horses we got are three-years-old and very much in the training stage. In the past the horses I owned were trained and I enjoyed the fruit of someone else’s labor. Not so this time. I am taking up the training that was begun by someone else. I am learning valuable lessons about working with people, from a horse. Consider these lessons, as you work with people.
This coming week welcomes a new year, 2015. As each New Year begins I ask myself this question: Am I going to seek anything new or watch things remain the same? It is easy to teach, preach and challenge others about the New Year, but what about me? Am I seeking something new? Am I seeking fresh inspiration? Am I seeking fresh ideas? Am I seeking fresh ways of serving God?
Pastors are continually solving problems! You know the ritual of disturbed sleep when your mind subconsciously works to solve a problem. Or, your wife recognizes that blank stare when your body is present but your mind is not. It is impossible to avoid problem solving. So the question becomes, what am I learning or how am I resolving the problems I face?
All of us are in learning mode. Each day offers a new adventure and new lessons. This past week I considered Jesus’ approach to problem solving. These lessons are not new but they certainly added to my resume as a problem solver. Also, they can reduce our stress load as we seek a more balanced approach to problem solving.
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)
As we are in transition between the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, I want to take this opportunity to give thanks for you and to offer a holiday greeting.
All of us have them, difficult people. This is not new. Leaders and writers of the Biblical era also faced difficult people. While reading this morning I was reminded of one such situation. When John wrote 3 John, he mentions one person with whom he had to contend.
Several years ago I became a Director of Missions in Southwest Louisiana. A Director of Missions works with a group of churches (in my case 46) as an encourager, adviser, servant, pastor’s friend and resource provider. When I accepted this position I had the impression that most church/pastor conflicts are because of dysfunctional churches. Since that time I have come to believe otherwise. Now, I realize, church/pastor conflicts can be a two way street.