Friday, December 01, 2017

Sincerity

Sincerity – being yourself in any direction.
“Sincerity makes the least ,am to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.” Charles Spurgeon
“Fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth.” Joshua 24:14 NASB

Sincerity is one of those qualities in which you hear more and more around Christmas time of year, especially concerning children. The sincere heart of a child around Christmas time is seen a lot. “But mommy or daddy, I really, really need that (Insert latest gimmick, trend, or clothing here)” The problem is no matter how authentic the motive, it doesn’t always work out that way.

In the movie: A Christmas Story, the little boy Ralphie really wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. But this is no regular Red Ryder BBB Gun. It is the one Ralphie dreamed about since he was small. (Though the fact is, he still is small). The response, “You’ll poke your eye out, kid.” The movie goes through the many misadventures of Ralphie’s family and the lesson learned is that sometimes it is best to be sincere and truthful.

As we reflect on this time of year, remember the season isn’t about us. The season is about Him! Our own pursuit of becoming sincere, authentic, and serving the Lord should reflect this. Our Father knows what we need even before we ask. Just like parents know what their children need before they ask. (Despite asking for the latest trend or gimmick). So the next time you reflect on some Christmas movie, or go shopping this season, please be sincere and reflect that Jesus was born in the shadow of a tree, the Tree of Calvary for you and me.

From my family to yours – we want to wish you a Merry Christmas. Keeping Jesus the reason for the Season.
Your Smiling Preacher, Gerrard

(This from Bonnie Brae's monthly Newsletter)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Water Restrictions.

Ever experiences a drought? Or been in a housing neighbourhood where they have HOAs and told you when to water?

I Corinthians 3:5b-8 says .."The Lord has assigned each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labour."

Watering does not cause growth, but it creates the best environment for growth. Here are some simple ways you can help cause growth:

1. Pray, Pray, Pray (Let God be responsible and the center of growth)

2. Invite. Invite others. In all marketing, brands, and sharing, communicating ...there is nothing better than the personal invitation.

3. Learn people's names. People like to know that you want to personal know them and know them by name.

4. Leave room. Most visitors to our church tend to sit towards the back. Maybe its just a matter of leaving room and moving in.

5. Follow up. Call on others. Check on them. Let the leadership know if there are people we can and should be shepherding.

Let's work together, and grow together making disciples, and better disciples. Whose with me?

Gerrard

December Sermon Series

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Things you preacher wished people not know?

what are some of the things that Church Leaders would not want people to know? (I wrote this in 2011)



I. We mess up all the time. Sure there is the whole put the preacher on the pedestal thing .... but really we struggle with sin, and tend to put on this holy self-righteous mask and really don't want people to know our deepest darkest hurts or sins. We're afraid people use it against us; or won't forgive; or see us in a different light.


II. Sometimes we want to quit. We want to throw in the towel. Sometimes it happens first thing on Monday morning. We wish the conflict, the fights, the backstabbing, the dishonesty .... (Really, you think you deceive me by lying to my face?) would stop.



III. We do compare ourselves to others. Heck, we might of even dreamed of being that Mega-Superstar, cool, pastor that every one likes and wants to be invited to the conventions is ourselves. Then we pray "God just use me, I don't need to be the next mega whoever ...but it sure would be nice."


IV. Sometimes we like our non-Christian friends better than our Church ones. (And even sometimes they treat us better).Don't use the pastor appreciation month just once a year ...


V. That YES we use the internet .... and sometimes we use other resources.



What are some things you wish people didn't know about you?


What would or wouldn't you tell your church leader?

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Characteristics of a Spiritual Leader

1. A Spiritual Leader is to be Blameless.

2. A Spiritual Leader is to be Devoted.

3. A Spiritual Leader is to be Respected by his Family.

4. A Spiritual Leader is Not to be Arrogant.

5. A Spiritual Leader must handle Anger correctly.

6. A Spiritual Leader is to be Temperate.

7. A Spiritual Leader is Not to be Contentious.

8. A Spiritual Leader is Not to be Greedy.

9. A Spiritual Leader is to be Hospitable.

10. A Spiritual Leader is to Love Goodness.

11. A Spiritual Leader is to have a Sober Mind.

12. A Spiritual Leader is to be Holy and Upright.

Art of the Sermon is Coming