Faithful Proclaimers

Hey, it’s always been that way. Some people just dislike what the church teaches because it goes against what they want to hear.

Way back in Old Testament days, the prophet Micah wrote, “If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ well he would be just the prophet for these people.” Why? Because apparently such a preacher would say what most of the people back then wanted to hear.

I say, praise the Lord for ministers who speak God’s words regardless of whether or not they’re liked. I affirm all pastors who prayerfully do their best to represent the Lord by proclaiming His truth, even when His thoughts are not what most of the people may want to hear.

 


I am grateful that I continue to hear how positively readers are responding to my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is available at Amazon.com by clicking here.

In this book, I offer some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what their pastor has said from the pulpit.


You will find a variety of other helpful resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.

 

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Spiritual Gifts

I’ve met church people who agonize over their spiritual gifts. So intent on what their gift is, they overlook the obvious. Here’s what I mean.

Gifts are special abilities given us by God that we can then use to serve Him. What’s equally important, however, when thinking about gifts is: “What are the needs of my Master?” Often what He wants done requires gifts of ours that we might think of as relatively unimportant.

If you’re stuck figuring out what gift is most important to you, change direction—all right? Ask what church jobs aren’t getting done that you’re qualified by God to fill. And then, get busy.

In the process, you might just discover some of the delights related to your giftedness you wouldn’t otherwise have known.

 


I am grateful that I continue to hear how positively readers are responding to my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is available at Amazon.com by clicking here.

In this book, I offer some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what their pastor has said from the pulpit.


You will find a variety of other helpful resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.

 

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A Sanctuary

In church last weekend, I felt a great sense of peace during the time of Communion. After the service, I mentioned this to a close friend, and he replied that he had experienced this same sensation.

Then I recalled a conversation from the previous week with another friend who recently had gone through a breakdown. He told me he would go to church as often as he could because this was the one place he felt protected and loved. He said it was like finding a sanctuary.

That’s what the church is, right? A sanctuary—the word means a holy place to worship God, but it also means a place of refuge and protection, immunity from punishment. I like both meanings very much. And, I for one am always anxious to return.

 


I am grateful that I continue to hear how positively readers are responding to my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is available at Amazon.com by clicking here.

In this book, I offer some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what their pastor has said from the pulpit.


You will find a variety of other helpful resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.

 

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Living in the Last Days

More and more frequently I hear people say, “It seems like we’re living in the last days.” Have you recently heard a church person say words to that effect?

Tell you what I don’t hear. I don’t hear people saying, “Because of this, we’ve decided to live with a greater sense of urgency.” That’s what one would expect to hear if somebody really believes these are the end-times. For the most part, I see Christians living as though they had all the time in the world.

We simply can’t have it both ways—supposedly believing these are the end-times, then living as though it’s business as usual.

If we are that fortunate generation of stewards on duty when the Master returns, Lord, please help the church be about making that the number-one concern of our lives.

 


I am grateful that I continue to hear how positively readers are responding to my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is available at Amazon.com by clicking here.

In this book, I offer some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what their pastor has said from the pulpit.


You will find a variety of other helpful resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.

 

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