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20 Things You Should Know About Your Pastor (reblog)

Here are twenty things I believe are true about most pastors I know.
I hope you will work together with your pastor for the good of the gospel!

1. He loves God and you a lot. (Be mindful.)

2. He is a painfully limited human being. (Be realistic.)

3. He probably has a pretty low view of his “performance”. (Be kind.)

4. He wishes he were a better preacher. (Be awake.)

5. He really does want God’s best for you and your family. (Be open-hearted.)

6. His work knows no time or locational boundaries. (Be patient.)

7. He hears much more negative information than positive. (Be encouraging.)

8. He has chosen a vocation in which few remain. (Be praying.)

9. He has chosen a highly leadership-intensive call. (Be lead-able.)

10. He needs help. (Be available.)

11. His God-given vision is bigger than himself and the church. (Be faith-filled.)

12. He wants to personally meet all the needs, but knows he can’t. (Be understanding.)

13. He’s going to say some dumb things every now and then. (Be forgiving.)

14. His family is patient with you, so be patient with them. (Be conscientious.)

15. He is greatly encouraged by your faithfulness. (Be there.)

16. He is passionate for God’s Word to be made practical to you. (Be hungry.)

17. He longs for church to be your spiritual oasis. (Be loving.)

18. He dreams for your and your family’s spiritual health. (Be receptive.)

19. He needs to hear that you prayed for him. (Be interceding.)

20. He’s just a regular guy. (Be real.)

 I stole this from: Cary Schmidt @ http://caryschmidt.com/2014/02/20-things-you-should-know-about-your-pastor/
 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Church Practice, Just For Fun

 

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DeHaan on criticizing the Pastor…

If the pastor is young, they say he lacks experience. If his hair is gray, he is too old for the young people. If he has five or six children, he is irresponsible; if he has no children, he is setting a bad example. If he uses a lot of illustrations, he neglects the Bible; if he does not use enough, he is not relevant. If he condemns wrong deeds, he’s cranky; if he does not, he’s compromising. If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation; if he drives a new one, he’s setting his affection on earthly things. -Richard DeHann / Men Sent From God

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Just For Fun

 

Giving Thanks.

Can you be thankful without a beneficent individual in mind?
The idea of “thanks” contains within it’s definition an individual or force that is able to receive thanks.
We can thank persons, God, heavens, and even our “lucky stars.”
But it is quite impossible to be thankful to no one, unless that is, we are not thankful to anyone.

As we prepare for our annual Thanksgiving Day holiday, contemplating feasting, football, family, and friends, it would be good for all of us to consider the “whom” to we are thankful.
Did your “lucky stars” provide for you this year? Are you simply thankful to yourself for another amazing year of “you?” Or, do you contemplate as our forefathers did, the God who allows us to live and move and breathe?

It may have been a tough year for you. With a nation in decline, unemployment rampant, and the cost of living going up, we may seem to have less to be thankful for. The day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed however, in much more terrible times than these. And those wise old founders, and subsequent men of character, saw fit to prescribe what God had already written in His word, ages ago: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High” –Psalms 92:1

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever. –Psalms 86:12

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Just For Fun

 

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Oops. (why is it so hard to admit)

Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to admit mistakes when you make them?
Everyone does it, but very few are readily willing to admit it.
Why?

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Just For Fun

 

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The Glory Of Sport

Recently, I watched the MTV show chronicling a season with the Lake Stevens High School wrestling department. I was amazed at the rigors these young men go through every season. I recalled during my youth pastor years, hearing stories of the demands of the coaches, the constant weight loss issues, and the training. At several times, I felt at odds with the demands of coaches, as I sought to train young people for a different kind of glory. I know that there are great lessons to be learned from athletics. And I am not against athletics, I enjoy a variety of sports.
The Apostle Paul uses athletics on a few occasions to teach spiritual lessons -I get that, it cultural.

At several points during the show, however, I have to say, I was shocked with the extreme pressure that the coaches put on their wrestlers. There were scenes of them screaming at them, manipulating them, and pushing them to the brink physically and emotionally. I wondered at the priorities of our educational system, during such vital and formative years in a young persons life. I understand that it takes commitment and hard work to have a winning team, and LSHS certainly has been that. But what is the cost, and what is the result? Am I missing something?

I wish I lived in a world where a pastor could press a young man for the kingdom of God the way a coach presses him for the glory of sport.

 

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2012 Forecast.

Two-thousand-eleven was a wild ride. We had a pretty wet and cold spring, barely any summer (bummer), and our wet and cold fall was a whirlwind of activity for my family and I. Lori and I celebrated our twentieth year of marital bliss, with what I think is our best year yet. I was blessed to be able to take a fishing trip of a lifetime with a couple of buddies, to Kyuquot, on Northern Vancouver Island. We had a great family vacation with friends in Canada (eh). And ended the year with a great trip to Russia, enjoyed the best concert of my life thanks to The Choir and Kerosene Halo, nine new puppies, and a new church plant in Arlington -who knew, right?

What is in store for twenty-twelve? Here is what I think I know:

• We are seeing God bless our new church plant. We had eighty persons at our second Sunday morning service, and we are moving on to a larger facility. I forecast more of the same.

• We have a Presidential race that will generate a lot of buzz. I have no confidence in anyone being able to get us out of the tailspin we are in. I forecast a lot of bickering and few actual solutions.

• Our beloved Pastor Chuck Smith announced today that he has lung cancer. I’m praying that the Lord heals him, but I forecast a bit of change coming for our tribe.

• The Mayans predicted the end of the world in December… didn’t we have a prediction in twenty eleven that turned in to a huge embarrassment for one Harold Camping? I forecast that the world will come to an end when the Lord decides He is finished with it. I think He still has work for us to do, and I intend on keeping after it till He comes for me.

• I am going to continue teaching the word of God, and preaching the gospel of Jesus to as many people who will listen to me do just that. I forecast that some will. 🙂

• My wonderful girls will all advance a year in age, bringing grief to my heart, as I see them growing toward independence. I forecast that they will each make me cry this year.

• Lori and I will spend this year loving each other and serving Jesus together. Through good times and bad.
I forecast more good times than bad, -I hope I’m right.

• Alcohol will be more available in more retail locations in WA State this year, and the pot-heads will give legalization another go-round. I forecast more lives ruined. I guess that is job security for guys like me, because we have the only real solution.

• We have seen a lot of natural disasters in the last several years, both nationally and internationally. I forecast that we will see them increase in twenty twelve, as we move closer to the Lord’s return. 

Have a great new year my friends. Trust Jesus, and hold fast. If you do, I forecast that you will make it.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Just For Fun

 

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Thanksgiving Is Not American.

It is good to give thanks to the LORD And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Your faithfulness by night -Psalm 92:1,2

At Thanksgiving time we often quote America’s founding fathers and remember the accounts of the first American Thanksgiving. The truth is, Thanksgiving, like Christmas, and Easter, are wholly Christian holidays. Though there are lots of trappings that obscure the meanings of the holidays, Thanksgiving is clear in its very name.
We give thanks, and to whom we give thanks is clear, -God.
It goes back way before the founding of our nation, and it is not confined to a national identity.

People all over the world, and for all time, give thanks to God, because it’s good to do, and
because He is good.

 
 

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