Personal Note To My Pastor Friends

Taking a break from the norm here on our website, I felt like someone needed to hear the words, “Good Job!” In the hustle and bustle of ministry, it is always good to hear something like that. I wanted to take a moment and share those encouraging words with my friends who are very busy serving the Lord!

Return The Favor

I am sure that at least one person was encouraged by reading the introduction to this post. In view of this, why not return the favor and call a friend in the ministry to encourage him. I have found that some people never hear this! At times, it is because they seem like nothing bothers them. Thus, people feel as though they are okay. Maybe you know of someone like that? If so, CALL THEM NOW!!! Those people really need to be encouraged!

A Personal Illustration

Please allow me to share a personal illustration. In my first pastorate, many years ago, I was facing a tremendous issue with the church. I had no prior experience pastoring, and this church really needed someone with more than I had. At any rate, I was perpetually under the gun and facing discouragement.

God knew all about this and I am so glad He did! It seemed that when I could not face another day or take another step forward, a local preacher, knowing what I was up against, always seemed to call me when I needed a friend. This pastor will never comprehend the full extent of his kind words this side of Heaven!

Seek To Be An Encourager

It suffices to say that we, who are pastors, should remember each other. We know what the ministry can put in our pathway, and we know that every pastor doesn’t have the same experience and temperament. Imagine what could happen if ALL spiritual leaders would encourage one another? Seek to be an ENCOURAGER!

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433757: 100 Devotions for Pastors and Church Leaders, Vol. 1: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Sermons, Lessons, Church Events, Newsletters, and Web Sites 100 Devotions for Pastors and Church Leaders, Vol. 1: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Sermons, Lessons, Church Events, Newsletters, and Web Sites

By John Phillips / Kregel Academic & Professional

Refuel and recharge with a rich collection of ideas for your personal meditation, sermon preparation, newsletters, lessons and web site content. Conveniently divided into 100 short bytes by title, you will turn to this book on a regular basis for quick inspiration and rich biblical insight; authored by biblical scholar and respected writer. 220 pages.

Originally posted 2011-01-31 11:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #15

Pastor Ed Bowen was saved on March 24, 1957 at a revival meeting at Horse Branch Church in Turbeville, S.C. at the age of 23. Brother Bowen has been married to his wife, Margaret, for over 54 years. After being ordained in 1960, Pastor Bowen went on to preach in various places until he became pastor of Cherryvale Baptist. Having been there for over 43 years, in 2000, he had to slow down a bit due to prostate cancer.

Though unable to do what he used to do, Pastor Ed has just changed venues. For over ten years now, he has been encouraging people via email. He has graciously agreed to be a contributing author to this website. This series of posts entitled, “Heart To Heart” are the fruit of his times with our Lord Jesus! If they mean as much to you as they do me, then EMAIL him and let him know about it!

“So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur.” (Exodus 15:22Exodus 15:22
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22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.  

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New lessons are not so easily learned; “hungry and thirsty, their souls fainted in them.” (Psalm 107:5Psalm 107:5
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5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.  

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) The Lord was teaching Israel to look to Him, but they murmured against His provision.

When we figuratively and spiritually travel our wilderness journey, we find that associates and companionships once loved and enjoyed before conversion have lost their charm and sweetness; now, worldly lusts and pleasures are foreign to the taste; the world is seen as “a dry and thirsty land in which there is no water”; God is the fountain of life, so we need only to look to Him for satisfaction and fulfillment, we need not murmur.

The great lesson of the wilderness is to trust an unseen, but very present God and draw from Him, day by day, hour by hour, all that is needed to sustain us. Our spirit may be overwhelmed at times, our tears may flow, but we are assured that He “will never leave us nor forsake us.”

As He removes each prop from us, He draws us closer to Himself, to prove to us that he is indeed a kind and loving Heavenly Father. Thus, chastened, subdued, weaned away from the world, we tread on through the wilderness toward our heavenly home, leaning upon the Lord. He is working all things together for our ultimate good.

Under His wings,

Pastor Ed Bowen

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By Larry Howland / Parsons Pen

Measures 15.5″ x 12.5″. Light oak finish frame. Neutral mat. A pastor is a faithful friend/Who has his Father’s flock to tend./He cares for us through trying days,/Retrieves the lamb who sometimes strays./He brings us loving words from God,/Of Moses’ feats with Aaron’s rod,/Of Daniel in the lion’s den,/Of godly women and their men./From parables the Master taught/To understanding what Paul thought./He speaks to us of God’s dear Son,/Of unity, so we’ll be one./When sick or sad he’s always there/To comfort, guide and offer prayer./He’s tender, caring, meek and kind;/The Spirit’s in his heart and mind. And She’s like a fresh and lovely rose/That angels planted, then God chose./He gave her soft and gentle ways/To help us through our trying days./She walks with us through pain and loss/And lives the meaning of the cross./She always thinks of others first/And loves us when we’re at our worst./She has such kind and gentle ways/And builds us up with words of praise./Her tears and prayers and long hours spent/Have helped so many to repent./A confidant with whom to share,/A partner when it comes to prayer,/Two blessings in a Christian’s life/Are pastor and his faithful wife.

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Originally posted 2011-10-09 08:41:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

One Reason Why Pastors Preach!

There are numerous ways God encourages his pastors to keep on preaching. One of the things that God has used in my life is the knowledge of the fact that one day I will see God’s children in Heaven. I have stood by the graveside of many people who were saved by God’s grace. Though I miss them, I know that one day we WILL meet again. The following music video depicts this truth in a very encouraging way!

Preacher… keep on preaching! The gospel is the only hope for sinners! One day it will be over and we will meet in HEAVEN!


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In this classic exploration of the Scriptures, Andrew Murray leads the reader to a complete understanding of the significance and reality of the power of the shed blood of Christ. Astounding results can take place in your life once you have learned about the power of the blood of Jesus and how to use it in coping with life’s difficult situations. This mighty weapon of spiritual warfare holds the secret to a victorious life.

Originally posted 2011-05-02 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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