If You Want It, It’s Yours

It was an unusual thing to say in a sermon that “I have a 10-speed bike I bought on impulse, and if you want it, it’s yours.” This same minister, not me, continued, “And I have a humidifier I never use. It’s as good as new. And a set of tires we salvaged from the accident that don’t fit our car.” His sermon was about combining resources.

As individuals, most people have more than we need; so this pastor was sharing what he could give away. Would you believe, after a while there was so much sharing going on, it led to a church resource list being published, like “I have a truck I don’t use all the time and would be happy to move stuff for people who need help.”

Combining resources—it’s a simple idea, but I say it packs a great wallop.

 


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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Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Downscaling—it’s a timely discipline to master. Our government is deep in debt. The consumer debt is huge, and many Christians are maxed to their limit credit-wise.

Ministry—that’s another area where we have to stop thinking that bigger is always better, that to have a small church budget is a sign of failure.

I commend all leaders who say, “Let’s be realistic. What’s a proper budget to guide as at this time when many church members are having to cut back? If after praying we feel the church budget can be larger than last year, well, praise the Lord. And if smaller, praise the Lord.”

If Christians can learn to be joyful either way, I believe churches can too.

 


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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Emphasizing the Positive

Something I do that gives me great delight throughout the week is regularly saying good things about my church or my pastor. Like the other day some people were talking about how nobody seemed to care for people anymore.

“Oh, at our church people aren’t that way,” I said. “If folks there even get a hint that you’re sick, well, somebody calls on the phone or stops by with a full meal. They are great that way.” And then, I just kind of smiled.

“What’s that you’re talking about that worries you? Our minister preached on that last Sunday. Oh, I wish you could have heard him. His sermons are great!”

Short comments like that dropped into a conversation make people feel they are really missing something—which they are—by not being in church. Together, let’s make sure people really know what they’re missing.

 


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 Rained and Rained

Monsoon season. I have been in the land of India before, but never during the time of heavy rains. So, one summer I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. Two or three times a day it rained—and I mean hard. I stood at the floor of my 5th-floor room and looked out and couldn’t see anything but rain. It was that heavy.

One morning, awakened by these rains in India, I got up to start my day kneeling by the bed to pray. I again asked for revival in the American church. What we need, Lord, is a spiritual monsoon season to wash things clean and to clear the air. Someday, Lord, do it. Please do it. Amen.

 


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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