Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #8

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!

No Time For Fretting And Envying!

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37 A Psalm of David. 1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  

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) “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”  (KJV)

If the prosperity of the wicked has gotten your attention and overrun your mind with fretting and envying, then take a good lesson from the shortness of man’s life on earth. His prosperity will soon be over because he is standing in a slippery place and will soon slip off into eternity. Another alternative is that you will not be long taking note of it yourself, for man’s days on earth are few compared to eternity. There is really little time to spend on such a useless endeavor.

We are told that “they spend their days in wealth and in a moment go down to the grave.” (Job 21:13Job 21:13
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13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. in wealth: or, in mirth  

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); and that “they are set in slippery places and are suddenly destroyed.” (Psalm 73:18Psalm 73:18
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18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.  

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); and that “they shall soon be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb.” (Psalm 37:2Psalm 37:2
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2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  

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What good does their prosperity do them? It does but hasten their ruin, not their reward.

It is a serious error to believe that godliness is material gain. Let us not be deceived by uncertain riches. It is possible to lose our gold, but we can never lose our God! Let us trust Him wholeheartedly. If the Lord blesses us materially, then let us maintain a quiet humility and seek to honor Him whether in poverty or plenty.

Pastor Ed Bowen

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By A.W. Tozer / Regal

Open your heart to one of God’s greatest gifts—his glorious indwelling! Adapted from Tozer’s sermons, this never-before-published collection of teachings on the Letter to the Hebrews explores the epistle’s survey of biblical history, reveals insights into the “hero stories,” and guides you to a new understanding of what it means to be filled with God’s presence. 224 pages, softcover from Regal.

Originally posted 2011-02-20 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3 Fold Biblical Remedy For Fear Of Failure In Ministry

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One of the greatest tools of Satan is fear. Make no mistake about it, he knows exactly how to capitalize on the slightest opening of fear in our lives as spiritual leaders. If someone tells to you that they never fear, then they are have told a lie. The truth of the matter is that everyone has fears. Some even have them to the extent we call them phobias. In spite of this reality, the Bible has a 3 fold remedy for fear of failure in ministry. Let us take this biblical prescription without delay!

The Reality Of Fear…

The Apostle Paul addressed the issue of fear with a younger preacher named Timothy. As Brother Timothy’s fatherly figure, Paul encouraged him about his fears in a very practical way. He wrote him two letters, both of which we have in our Bibles. Specifically, in the second letter, Paul wrote about the fact of timidity and shame concerning his own imprisonment. Timothy knew, unlike many of us, how that standing for Christ could literally cost you everything. It was only natural for this young preacher to have fears, and the aged apostle understood this. He helped him by the reminder of what God HAS given us and what He HAS NOT given us. Consider…

(2 Timothy 1:72 Timothy 1:7
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7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  

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) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (KJV)

Fears And Facts…

Fact. There are legitimate things that should concern us. However, this concern should not be nurtured to the point of fear and worry.

Fact. When fear and worry is nurtured in a particular area, then we have stopped looking at things from the faith perspective, but from a fear perspective.

Fact. Fear is a consuming cancer if left unchecked! Pastors must conquer this eroding current in their character.

One of the biggest fears a pastor has is that of failure!

One of the biggest fears a pastor has is that of failure! Failure to lead the church in the manner in which Christ wants him to, failure to move the congregation from point “A” to point “B”, and failure to provide the leadership that would be favorable for great spiritual growth are just a few of the issues that concern pastors. While there are many failure scenarios one could consider, no pastor want to fail in any of them! There is hope… for the Bible has a remedy for the fear of failure in ministry.

3 Fold Biblical Remedy For Fear Of Failure In Ministry

#1 – God Has Given Us The Spirit Of Power!

From the aforementioned text above, the Apostle Paul reminds us that God has not given us a mental disposition (spirit) of fear, but of power. That word “power” is speaking of a supernatural power, an ability, a strength from God alone.

Think about it this for a minute. How can we serve the Lord without His strength and power? When spiritual leaders, such as pastors, fear of failing in some way, then they are relying upon themselves. This cannot be! Every pastor must depend upon God’s power to accomplish the tasks that lay before them!

#2 – God Has Given Us The Spirit Of Love!

The love Paul referred to is that of God’s love for man. It is “agape” love… sacrificial love! Not only has He displayed His love through Jesus Christ, but He has given us that same love. When one considers the ramifications of this, then one is moved to show this same love toward others. As pastors lead their people with this kind of love at the helm, then failure is not so fearful. Mistakes will happen, but love shown and received take the sting away!

#3 – God Has Given Us The Spirit Of A Sound Mind!

When the Apostle speaks of a sound mind, he is talking about self control or temperance. When we have our minds centered upon godliness, and virtuous things then we can be better equipped to walk closer to the Lord. Simply thinking good thoughts does not take care of fear, but it does provide fertile ground for the Holy Ghost of God to mature us with self control. This will, in turn, helps us to hold up our shield of faith and not become casualties of fear and worry!

Conclusion…

Though everyone has fears, the fear of failure in ministry can be curtailed when we take God’s prescription for it. Often, fear points us toward things we don’t have or don’t have control over. Rather than focusing on what we don’t have, we should embrace what God has given us!God’s Power, God’s Love, and God’s Temperament will combat fear of failure every time!

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Originally posted 2010-09-15 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

12 Tips For Overcoming Fear In Soul Winning!

Pastor Andrew SchankNo single person  is immune from the fear that can grip you heart when presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Its no wonder for we are in a spiritual battle: The Battle Of The Ages! We can speak about many things, but Satan is totally against us speaking for Christ. We must learn to overcome this and it is certain that God will help us do this very thing!

A while back I came across some tips that helped me with sharing the gospel. I hope you will find them helpful! Feel free to share these with your friends!

Overcoming Fear In Witnessing!

1.    Try to memorize an approach when addressing someone. Use a Soul-Winning Plan.

2.    Pray about your fear

3.    Remember and REALIZE that Jesus is with you. Matthew 28:18-20Matthew 28:18-20
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18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teach...: or, make disciples, or, Christians of all nations 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

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4.    Do not be afraid to make a mistake

5.    Do not be afraid of doing more harm than good

6.    Do not be afraid of people asking questions

7.    Be MORE concerned about winning souls than friends

8.    Be DETERMINED to be a soul winner

9.    Do not let your imagination defeat you

10.    Refuse to think about your fear

11.    Have a positive mental attitude

12.    Be filled with the spirit.

          a.    Empty yourself – confess sin and get forgiveness
b.    Obey God – yield to Him
c.    Ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit
d.    Claim the filling by faith and go forth

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76959: The Soul Winner The Soul Winner

By Charles Spurgeon / Christian Focus Publications

Evangelist par excellenceSpurgeon literally wrote the book on soul-winning. Distilling the Great Commission in this series of lectures, addresses and sermons he clearly and deftly conveys the length, depth and breadth of evangelism. He gives exacting definitions (so no ambiguity should remain) of, outlines qualifications and obstacles for, reveals the cost and reward of, and offers encouragement to those who should be about their “Father’s business”.Six college lectures begin the tour through what Spurgeon calls the “main pursuit of every true believer”, followed by four addresses given to Monday-evening prayer meetings for other preachers and teachers. Five instructive sermons follow, imparting such directives that will show the believer that “…he is wise who selects for his raw material immortal souls, whose existence shall outlast the stars.” In word and in deed, Spurgeon is a giant upon whose shoulders we should eagerly yet humbly aspire to stand.

Originally posted 2011-11-26 15:41:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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