Wednesday, May 02, 2018

May Newsletter Article

The Following is a prescription that should be avoided at all cost.
(From Caller July, 1989)
Prescription for Unhappiness:
1. Make little things bother you, don’t just let them, make them!
2. Lose your perspective of things, and keep it lost. Don’t put first things first.
3. Get yourself a good worry – one about which you cannot do anything but worry.
4. Be a perfectionist: condemn yourself and others for not achieving perfection.
5. Be right, always right, perfectly right all the time. Be the only one who is right, and be rigid about your rightness.
6. Don’t trust or believe people, or accept them or anything but their worst and weakest. Be suspicious. Impute ulterior motives to them.
7. Always compare yourself unfavorably to others, which is the guarantee of instant misery.
8. Take personally, with a chip on your shoulder, everything that happens to you that you don’t like.
9. Don’t give yourself wholeheartedly or enthusiastically to anyone or anything.
10. Make happiness the aim of your life instead of bracing life’s barbs through a “bitter with sweets” philosophy. Use this prescription regularly for awhile and you will be guaranteed unhappiness.
God’s desire is that his children experience joy in their lives. Joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit. We can continue to share the love, joy and Happy times we find in the Lord.

Be Joyful always. See You Sunday.
Your Smiling Preacher,
Gerrard
Phil. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, and Again I say Rejoice.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Minister and His Study.

The Minister and His Study

No minister studies enough. What should a minister study? He should study people. He should also be studying books and be a life long learner.

The question then becomes:

I. What to study?
A. The Scriptures. A growing ministry of the Lord is impossible without a growing knowledge of the Word. Make it a daily habit. Devotional, classes, sermon prep. Use aids, but don’t depend on them too much.
B. The Sermons you prepare.
Study to make a sermon series. Study to make a sermon fit the needs of your people. Study to make your sermons interesting. Dullness and boring sermons aren’t far from falsehood.
C. Study English. Pronouncing words. Where the Root of the Words come from. Articulation and communication tools.
D. Study what’s going on in culture. Read articles, internet.
E. Study History. Know the past to help the present strive for the future.
F. Study your “Competition” – Get ideas, tools, to help the church grow… be aware of false cults etc out there attracting people.
G. Study any other fields which might interest you. Psychology, Animation etc.

II. Tips for Aids:
1. Don’t buy a book you can’t pay for.
2. Don’t buy a book you’re not going to use.
3. Don’t buy a book if you can get it for free (Library or online)
4. Use local seminary.

III. How to Study:
Give attention to reading habits. Should read about 300 words a minute. Learn to read fast. Motive your study, Keep your goals a head of you. Figure out application after you comprehended the material.

In all things, have fun and continue to be a life long learner.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Reasons Why Summer "Church" Camp is a good choice.

In a recent publication, (A Supplement to the Mechanicsville Local dated March 28,2018 Best Summer Ever. The Article, 5 reasons why summer camp is a good choice for kids by metro Creative. Here is the 5:


1. Explore Talents

2. Physical Activity

3. Gain Confidence.

4. Try New Things.

5. Make new Friends ....


Let me suggest a few for Church camp:

6. Spiritual Aspect - Training and spiritual health. A week of camp is like a year of Bible School rolled up in one. Its Worth it.

7. Role models. Seeing those trying to be Jesus' hands and feet to the World.

8. Camp Food. Nothing like the Spiritual food you get and the Physical Food too. Cookouts anyone?

9. Loving God. Through Giving, serving, and showing your talents. (see #4 above) and by Worship.

10. Loving Others. Camp gives opportunity to serve, give back, and love those with you at camp as well as into the future by the missions the week supports.


Other suggestions?

Ezra Sermon Series for August