Lessening the Intimidation

Looking forward to next Sunday, do you intend to bring a guest? If so, I have come to realize that a church service can be rather intimidating to a visitor who seldom attends.

Quite often I have brought a Sunday guest, and on the way home asked, “What did you think?” And a typical answer is, “Because I’ve never heard any of those songs before, I felt kind of stupid.” Or, “When they collected the money, I was embarrassed that I wasn’t ready to put anything in.”

Do you know what I do now?

On the way to church, I tell people what to expect. I kind of run through the service with them. I say things like, “This week you might just want to listen to what people sing, and visitors aren’t expected to contribute anything in the offering.”

Guess what? Since telling my guest what to anticipate, nobody says to me anymore, “I was really nervous.” Problem solved, just like that.

 


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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How to Live Longer

Recently, I was talking with a research psychiatrist in our nation’s capital. This doctor works for the National Institute of Mental Health, which is a federal government office. “Yes,” he said in reply to a question I asked him, “our research shows that people who do attend regularly definitely live longer.”

“People who attend what?” you wonder. The sports center, the theater, the flower show?

No, you know what I’m going to write, don’t you? People who attend CHURCH regularly definitely do live longer. That’s what the research showed, according to this good doctor I talked with.

Now, I don’t see this as the primary reason to be a church attender. But, it is kind of a nice side benefit. No matter what you may have chosen to do today, why not plan now to attend church next Sunday. If so, God bless you and may you have a long life!

 


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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It’s Truly Free

Have you ever gone to a baseball game and been told by the person in the ticket booth, “Just contribute what you want, buddy. We don’t charge any set amount to get in”?

Have you ever been in a store, picked out what you wanted, and then as you left, put the money you felt was appropriate in a bucket at the door?

No way! But listen. Church is different!

Services of the church are provided to you year-round. You’re sick, you need special counseling, you need someone to pray with you—it doesn’t matter at all what you contribute. Just let your needs be known and one of the pastors is there to minister to you in Jesus’ name.

Now that’s an ongoing miracle, if you ask me. When you think about it, it’s hard not to thank the Lord for His church. There’s nothing like it, and you can be an active participant even if you’re broke.

 


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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Visiting a Friend

A while back, I took a 200-mile train trip to visit a farmer in southern Illinois. He taught me in Sunday School back when I was growing up. His wife was dying, and I wanted to say, “You two really helped me a lot. Bless you both!”

I sense that good Sunday School teachers aren’t thanked as much as they should be. But, as the planting of this faithful farmer paid off in my life, I believe the work of many current Sunday School teachers will eventually bring a good harvest in the lives of others as well.

I’m glad I took the time and spent the money for that trip. These people are both with the Lord now. But I got a chance to say, “Bless you in Jesus’ name” before the opportunity was forever gone.

And, so can you thank those who have impacted your life for the Kingdom. Be sure to do so before the opportunity is lost.

 


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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