The Pastor's Pen
Preparing For Our Miracle
It’s been two weeks since we began examining the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation and we will close this long series with the Church in America. As we study, we will learn that each church’s message, though specific to its situation, offers pertinent information and implications for our lives today. The Church and Christians, in general, are experiencing challenging times. Therefore, can these churches help us navigate through these turbulent but exciting times? Journey with me and let us be enlightened. Bring friends too.
Also, our HOPE21 begins on September 1-21. I encourage you to take as many days as you can to fast and pray during this season. We will have prayer points communicated, but our focus is for you and your family and our Church.
Remember, ten days from now is our miracle season. These next ten days are very vital. Pray, spend time in the word. It’s ten days of miracles. Let us join our faith with one another because our Redeemer still lives.
Again, it’s been a great time at HOPE. The morale is high, the camaraderie indisputable, the love conspicuous and you are all supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
If you like what God is doing at HOPE, please bring a friend(s).
God bless you and your family.
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To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Hope Church, grace to you and peace from God our Father. May you and your entire family experience good health and abundance.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 "And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” We are a people at a crossroads and that creates an environment of uncertainty, making it easy at times to make comparisons and pass judgement, concerning situations and people.
• Brethren let us cut the criticism. Most workers are evaluated each year based on their job performance; pastors are evaluated every week. Remember, even if a particular sermon doesn’t scratch where you itch, chances are somebody else needs to hear it. We need to be encouragers, true to God and ourselves.
• Honor your Pastors. “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you.” (Hebrews 13:7) and pray for their spiritual growth. Goethe said, “If you treat a person as he is, he’ll stay that way. But if you treat him as what he ought to be, he’ll become what he ought to be and could be.” God will bless you.
• Encourage in writing, especially when something your leader says or does ministers to you. Verbal encouragement is good, but a note can be read many times over and shows the time and effort you are willing to make.
• Put your talents to work. For example, if you are mechanically inclined, service the Pastor’s car. If you are technologically savvy, help him to improve his computer skills. Instead of saying, “You need to do this,” say, “I would like to help by doing.” Ask where your skills are most needed and become an active participant in the church.
• Squash gossip. James said, ‘If you…don’t control your tongue…your religion is worthless.’ (James 1:26) Counter negative talk with positive comments, and correct misinformation with truth. If all else fails—walk away!
• Be openly responsive. Nothing encourages leaders like seeing people respond to their preaching and teaching. Lose the measuring stick. Instead of expecting them to be a mirror image of their predecessor, thank God for each Pastor’s individual style to minister to those in need.
May Jehovah richly bless you and be gracious to you and your family.