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,
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?

Things They Didn't Teach You About Ministry

So I went to a Bible College (Now a Christian University) and even went to Seminary. But there are some things that they didn't teach you. Sometimes it is learning only by the school of hard knocks. (I know I've written on this before but would like to update)

I. You and You alone are responsible for your Soul Care. No one else is going to do it for you.

II. Ministry is tough. It is great and rewardful but not meant for sissies. There will be challenges.

III. There will be that guy. You know the one. The one that just gets on your nerves. There will be conflict. The thing is to know to pick your battles wisely. Is this worth fighting for? In the scope of eternity is it worth battling over? (Personally I think things like personalities, music styles, color of carpet do not fall into that)

IV. Facility Upkeep. You will need to know codes: Fire, Insurance, liability, etc.

V. Technology. I'm no social media expert but computer programming, powerpt and that come in handy. Recognize these are only Tools not the goal.

VI. Chaplaincy. I wish I know more and helped more in this area. Hospital calls, funerals, and dealing with death and dying.

VII. Administration. Ministers are responsible for lots of different venues and committees. Balancing the many hats and having to run a staff can be tricky. Money issues, conflict resolution etc.

VIII. Leadership. Leaders are life long learners. Leading isn't easy. Inspite of having good elders, people still look to the minister as the leader of the church. Sometimes it is best to be ready to lead. I admit in my own way that my last few ministries I tended to be more of a follower than a leader.

IX.Copyright and plagiarizing. I've learn more to do research and make sermons my own rather than just use someone's work by itself. I'm seeing some though just go straight to download sermons and spend lots of Saturdays working rather than working smart.

X. Giving God the credit. Sometimes it isn't so much about us but about God being the one in control. I celebrate that my peers are doing great things for the Kingdom and I rejoice I get to do this thing called Ministry. There have been a lot of good people who have allowed me to fail so I can learn and improve and am thankful for those people. Fact is some of the churches that hired me were actually crazier than me to hire me in the first place. The thing was they were crazy but also crazy in love with God to try to trust Him first.

The Incomparable Christ

More than 2000 years ago there was a man born contrary to the laws of nature.
He laid aside his purple robe for a peasant’s tunic. He was rich, yet for our sake he became poor. This man lived in poverty and was raised in obscurity. He received no formal education and never possessed wealth or widespread influence. He never traveled extensively. He seldom crossed the boundary of the country in which he lived.
But this man’s life has changed the course of history.
In infancy he startled a king. In childhood he amazed religious scholars. In manhood he ruled the course of nature—walked on stormy waves and hushed the raging sea to sleep.
He healed multitudes without medicine and made no charge for his services. He never practiced psychiatry. Yet he has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.
He never wrote a book. Yet his life has inspired more books than any other man. He never wrote a song. Yet he has furnished the theme for more songs than all songwriters combined.
He never founded a college, but all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students. He never marshaled an army. He never drafted a soldier or fired a gun. Yet no leader ever had more rebels surrender to him without a shot fired.
Herod could not kill him. Satan could not seduce him. His enemies could not destroy him. The grave could not hold him. After three days he rose from the dead, alive forevermore!

He is the ever-perfect One. He is the Christ, the Son of the living God. This man stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed by God, acknowledged by angels, adored by his people, and feared by demons as the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

What the Bible says about the incomparable Christ…

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all…he hath poured out his soul unto death…and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:6, 12
Christ Jesus…being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but…took upon him the form of a servant…and, being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name, which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father. Philippians 2:5-11
If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9-10

Text adapted from the writings of Evangelist Sam Jones.

May Newsletter Article

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