Pastoral Challenge For The New Year!

Pastor, as you well know, this year could be the last year that you or I may be able to minister for Jesus Christ. Satan has leveled his gun and drawn a bead on our ministries and testimonies. Not one of us is exempt from spiritual warfare and there are many dangers which await us in the next 52 weeks. Are you preparing for this battle? I hope so!

Challenge…

On behalf of those of us here at The Working Pastor, I want to challenge you to be FAITHFUL to our Lord! Success, contrary to popular opinion, is not measured by numbers, pats on the back, how many book sales you have or how big your ministries are! Success is found by being FAITHFUL to our Lord in everything we endeavor to do.

The measure of our FAITHFULNESS can be seen in our motives and methods. If our motive or methods are not found to be righteous and according to God’s Word, then we will suffer loss. FAITHFULNESS, though not mentioned by name in the following verses, is definitely a key factor in the determination of reward or loss at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Consider the follow verses…

(2 Corinthians 5:9-102 Corinthians 5:9-10
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9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. labour: or, endeavour 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.  

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) “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”  (KJV) Emphasis mine – Literally “Approved or disapproved”

(1 Corinthians 3:10-151 Corinthians 3:10-15
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10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. it shall be: Gr. it is 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  

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) “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”  (KJV)

FAITHFULNESS, in my humble opinion, is the primary issue at the Judgment Seat. FAITHFULNESS or loyalty to Christ will enable us to bring forth fruit that will remain, and will keep us on the path that will help us build with the proper materials which will endure the test of fire. Make no mistake about this, our FAITHFULNESS to God will be revealed! My pastor put it this way… “You may not be much but you can be FAITHFUL!”

“You may not be much, but you CAN be faithful!” Dr. Bobby Roberson – Pastor of Gospel Light Baptist Church of Walkertown, North Carolina

Are You Up To The Challenge?

The Scriptures are full of examples of those who were FAITHFUL in the midst of dire circumstances. Joseph, Daniel, and Moses are just a few. No matter what you are facing today, or will face tomorrow, you CAN be FAITHFUL to Christ! Are you up to the challenge?

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Originally posted 2012-01-03 15:33:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

10 Opportunities Every Pastor Has

Opportunity has been defined as a chance for advancement, progress, or profit as well as a favorable circumstance or occasion. Pastors have these all the time, though many pass by unnoticed. Why is that? Maybe it is because we are not LOOKING for them as opportunities.

A Sudden Realization…

I had a friend growing up, who always spoke about seeing deer and turkeys along the roadside while driving to school or church. I always wondered why he saw them and I didn’t. I traveled the same road and didn’t see anything. A few years ago it suddenly dawned upon me that the reason he saw them and I didn’t was the he was actively LOOKING for those animals. I learned a valuable truth by this realization. If we do not LOOK for God’s blessings, or, in this case, Providential opportunities, then it is very likely that we will miss them altogether!

Listed below are 10 common opportunities that pastors have. It is entirely possible that one has not viewed these as opportunities. It is also likely that one has just thought of them as things done in the way of duty and not opportune gifts from God. It suffices to say that these ten items are opportunities that every pastor has and should be thankful for.

10 Opportunities Every Pastor Has

  1. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Represent Christ In The Church As His Under-shepherd.
  2. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Intercede For His People. (ex. Moses)
  3. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Serve His People. (We used to say that so-and-so was serving in a church as pastor)
  4. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Feed His Flock Through The Pulpit Ministry And In Various Teaching Capacities.
  5. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Evangelize His Community.
  6. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Help Those People That Very Few Care About In The Community. (People that don’t and won’t tithe or add anything substantive to the church by way of talent, etc.)
  7. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Lead A Local Congregation While Making A World-Wide Impact Through Missions.
  8. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Have A Part In Making A Difference In Individual’s Lives Every Week.
  9. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Have A “Job” That He Couldn’t Live Without.
  10. Every Pastor Has The OPPORTUNITY To Invest His Life In Eternal Things!

Conclusion…

Can you see how these things are OPPORTUNITIES? Hopefully this will serve to encourage you in your ministry today!

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Originally posted 2010-09-14 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pastor, Are You Ready For Christmas?

Pastor Andrew SchankCountless times over the last several weeks, a question has been posed to me. It goes something like this… “Pastor, Are YOU Ready For Christmas?” Of course, I answer in the affirmative and I usually assume that the person is speaking about having gifts purchased and ready to distribute. As I ponder this, all too common, question at this time of year, I am now absolutely sure that there is more to it than what most of us want to admit to.

Tradition

We usually gauge our readiness for Christmas upon what we witnessed from our families growing up. Remembering how Momma and Daddy did things and how Grandma and Grandpa prepared for the grandest day of the year is usually how be judge our success.

One fond memory I have as a child is all of the baking and cooking which took place prior to Christmas Day. Long days and late nights in the kitchen would produce an aroma that would not easily be dismissed. It was only when you committed the sin of gluttony that you were deemed satisfied.

Again, many of us would answer the question, “Are YOU ready for Christmas?” in light of our family traditions and our allegiance to them. For example, if Momma baked mounds of cookies (as mine did), or if she over spent her checkbook buying presents for everybody (as mine sometimes did), then we might feel obliged to ascertain our readiness in view of her example.

Trends

All families grapple with trends they are confronted with each and every day. With the Hollywood stars and starlets being popular trend setters and with this age of instant gratification being propagated from cable TV and such the like, it is no wonder that families are in the shape they are in. This is especially true around Christmas time.

There is not a year that goes by that some new toy, shoe, or video game does not makes the news. It is not because of its “NEWNESS” that makes it the focal point of a Breaking News bit on the 6:00he 6:00
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Štetje svetopisemskih vrstic se začne z 1! Vrstica 0 ne obstaja!

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o’clock news show. No, it is because of some person, or persons, who got all wrapped up in the new trend of having to own the new toy, shoe, or video game. See, they were arrested for spraying pepper spray at someone who broke into the line at the check out in front of them! Or it might be that the whole shelf of those new shoes were sold out in 30 seconds, but not without mowing down the man who opened the store at 3:00 AM

Some people would not deem themselves ready for Christmas if they have not purchased that cutting edge piece of technology, the new video game or that NEW “thing – ma – jig” that is in style. The fact is that many people only think they are “READY” for Christmas, what ever “READY” means, when they have made their unique, but not so unique, purchase.

Truth

We have to remember that our family traditions may or may not REALLY prepare our hearts for Christmas. We also have to understand that just because modern day trends seem to be the thing to do or be a part of does not mean that they prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Being “READY” for Christmas is not about traditions or trends… it is all about Christ! When I was a boy, people were using “X”mas instead of “Christ”mas. There was so much uproar about this and then there was not much said anymore. The truth is that people are going to refer to and be ready for Christmas in some way or another EVERY year.

To be ready for Christmas means that you know Jesus Christ personally through repentance and faith in Christ’s sacrifice for your sins when He died, was buried and rose again for you. It means that you understand that God gave the greatest gift  the world has ever known… His SON! (He named His SONJESUS! What a name for it means SAVIOUR! “Saviour from what?” you ask. Sin!)

(Matthew 1:21Matthew 1:21
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21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. JESUS: that is, Saviour, Heb  

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) “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”  (KJV)

Every gift we purchase or make, and give to someone else, is to represent that we are thankful for who God gave to us and we want to give as well! Are YOU ready for Christmas?

Originally posted 2011-12-24 15:57:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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