Monday, February 22, 2010

Chuck Warnock on Remembering Why You Said "Yes" to Pastoring

Good morning, my church family.
I wanted to share this article that I and others of my colleagues have read as it came to us today. I hope this will help all of us to understand the real meaning and purpose of ministry, both for myself and for you. I'd appreciate any comments you have on this. Thanks.

Click here to view the article.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Thought for the Day (from Howard Thurman)

God is present with me in the midst of my anxieties. I affirm in my own heart and mind the reality of His presence. He makes immediately available to me the strength of His goodness, the reassurance of His wisdom and the heartiness of His courage. My anxieties are real; they are the result of a wide variety of experiences, some of which I understand, some of which I do not understand. One thing I know concerning my anxieties: they are real to me. Sometimes they seem more real than the presence of God. When this happens they dominate my mood and possess my thoughts.

The presence of God does not always deliver me from my anxiety but it always delivers me from anxieties. Little by little, I am beginning to understand that deliverance from anxiety means fundamental growth in spiritual character and awareness. It becomes a quality of being, emerging from deep within, giving to all the dimensions of experience a vast immunity against being anxious. A ground of calm underlies experiences whatever may be the tempestuous character of events. This calm is the manifestation of the active, dynamic Presence of God.

"The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him, and he helps me. I am very happy, and I praise him with my song." Psalm 28:7, New Century Version

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Scripture Thought for the Day

"With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or IMAGINE." Ephesians 3:20, New Century Version

I am focusing on the word "imagine" because today, I am putting my imagination to work with God's power. It's going to be a good day!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Scripture Thought for the Day

"If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ's love controls us" (2 Corinthians 5:13-14, New Living Translation)