Good Folks, it is Friday, March 22, 2019. There are 30 more days until Easter or 2.6 million seconds (+/-).
It is amazing what you find or don’t find when you begin a journey of cleaning your office. First, the carpet color is green. I had way too much stuff that needed to be shared with the paper recycle bin and some important paperwork that needed a more permanent place in the church office.
Over my 31 years of ministry in the church I have written on pieces of paper words that have inspired me at differing levels. Maybe something might be worth “cutting out” and putting it in a place where you, too, are reminded not only who you are and what you are called to do, but whose you are. Enjoy.
(When a DS)
- What is your vision for the church? How can the new pastor have the gifts necessary to lead the church in the mission field and accomplish the vision? Can we discern that the pastor loves us? How would you cast a vision and what steps to actualize it in the life of the church? Are you a culture keeper or culture shaper? How do you see discipleship lived out and how can Jesus use this church?
“Thank God for yesterday’s blessings, ask God for today’s guidance, and trust God for tomorrow’s strength.” Wm Arthur Ward
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the lands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31
“Sometimes church issues appear like a check-engine light on your dashboard.” Anonymous
“It is difficult to follow Jesus if we do not know where he is going and where he wants to lead us.”
Reuben P. Job
“Everyone in this life ends up somewhere, but few end up somewhere on purpose.“
Rev. Craig Groeschel (R. Hasley Devo; 6.11.14)
“If the only prayer you say in your life is “Thank you”, that would be sufficient.”
“I contend that we have lost many members in our churches, some by death and others by the shear inability and desire to cross the street.“
Believe God’s Word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea.” Samuel Rutherford
(Lastly and dearest)
“God will not guide where he does not provide.“[Found in a Bible belonging to Ricardo H. Alegria, Sr.; date unknown, found 02.20.2013; original handwriting]
“Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21 (NRSV)
Reminder: Covenant Gardens Work Day Saturday, 8:00 AM – Show up with wheelbarrows, shovels and a smile!
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)