It’s so very hard but so very worth it. It's the best of times but the worst of times. Somehow simultaneously.
The pastor should give no harbor to about-talk that avoids to-talk.
Through faith in Jesus, God gives us an eternal country, a heavenly wealth, and the favor of the King of the Universe. These are blessings we did not earn and could never deserve.
Worship in your church does not stand or fall with you as the corporate worship leader. Be faithful to prepare, and lead music and other elements in your gatherings that put Christ on full display for your church. Look to Jesus.
She tries not to be bitter, but he was out late last night for a meeting, and the night before that he was preaching for a nearby church's evening service, and he's missed every lunch for two weeks. She thinks, Is this what God expects of a pastor's wife? Maybe I just need to get used to this.
I was recently conversing with a good friend about the spiritual condition of the Church. He made a comment that I am sure is not exclusive to him, but struck me deeply: “We are not desperate enough yet.”
I know it sounds weird but it is important to clearly lay out expectations. As much as pastors love the people God has blessed them with, it is important that they spend time away during their vacation or sabbatical.
God wants us to experience our messy community when we come together in worship. He is honored by it.
Of course we should be glad when any purveyor of smut shuts down or suffers a setback. But we should not delude ourselves. The culture of porn is financially rich and dangerously addictive.
With each young man still wearing a smile of pride and accomplishment, I poured lighter fluid on each project and lit them aflame.