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Father’s day is this weekend…..

Fathers day is around the corner. I know for some we are still trying to find the right gift. What will it be this year? Could it be another tie? What about those socks you got him last year? How about the 20 bucks you owe him, ha-ha only kidding… seriously though.

….This can also be a sobering holiday as those will experience the first Fathers day with out their father to honor. It is a sobering thought. If that is you, I hope these words communicate that you are not alone. I lost my uncle over the weekend. I cannot understand the emotions they must be facing. I hope they were able to say things that needed to be said but i don’t know, we haven’t really spoke in a while. They live in a different country. I know my uncle loved his kids. Like i know that my dad loves me. Like i know for a fact that Jesus loves you.

Having Jesus in our lives does not soften the punches from life, it means when we have a God in our corner. He is telling us that he loves us and he will never leave us. His words to us will never pass away. His love for us is everlasting. God is there in your corner telling you that ” you can make it” even when it was you who started the fight in the first place. He is with you, in every battle just read Psalm 139 for the particular’s……..

Perhaps friend, you and your dad are not speaking. Maybe you never talked to your dad because he was not in your world growing up. I want you to know that Jesus sees you where you are and has counted every sigh in desperation and tear shed in hopelessness. If you want the truth, Jesus knows what it’s like to have his father leave him, too. Jesus wanted that to happen so that you (yes, you) could have a father you can talk too. Whenever. Whatever it is. God can handle it. By trusting in him calling out to him like you would a close friend and reading the bible daily. You will begin to understand the heart of the father to the fatherless. The one who cares also for the widows.

This fathers day, make it special by going to your local church and enjoy the experience it is to be in the Father’s house. Consider giving your control over to his way of doing things? You might be surprised by the outcomes. Surround yourself with those who believe in God and ask for prayer. I have to run, think about it,  See you at church this Sunday..

Friday Focus: 3 Reasons it takes a team….

Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. (‭Leviticus‬ ‭26‬:‭8‬ ESV)

If you have ever married or even if mom called on you to fix things I’m sure then you know the “honey-do” lists.  The list that make husbands sigh and the  handy-man, rich. I’m  talking about what had happened to me this week. I wanted to show my beautiful bride of 18 years, that I could be handy and replace the door lock/deadbolt combination.

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Unfortunately,  as my drill was losing battery power and I was running out of time before I was to report to work, I rushed and wanted to finish myself. This, now sits outside our door; at least for now.

Asking for help could be a challenging whether in ministry or business. You don’t want to appear weak or incapable of the position you are operating in. You believe you must have all the answers. Friend, that’s not healthy. It also hurts the very ones you are trying to help or serve. That’s why you need a team. Even jesus sent his disciples two by two…..  Even Jesus had disciples.

1. Teams help you keep balanced.
This is true for relationships as it is for ministry. You are good at many things however, there is one area that satisfies your sense of purpose. It answers what you were made for. This is the best use of you and your time. Although, what is needed in a situation may not be what’s in your toolbox. This is when great leaders shine! How? By pulling from their team members who are specialized.

2. A team increases your impact. Now as I am getting older I recognize that I am not the same punk kid I was almost 20 years ago. (I’m starting to sound like an old Tony Keith song). I want to leave a legacy. I want to share my knowledge with whomever would listen. Why be picky who your audience is when even Jesus said “whosoever hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying.

3. Teams produce togetherness and reflects their focus.

How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up? (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭32‬:‭30‬ ESV)

There is satisfaction about acomplishing a set goal with people of like-mindedness. Take the championship game for example; one team of individuals working together as one team, covering the weaknesses of their team members with their strengths to produce a common goal. Though many enter the champion race only one wins due to preparation meeting the opportunity. As a fellow minister, what is your motivation for doing what you do?

Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭24‬ MSG)

Team members can be the best of friends and the hardest people to get along with. They are team members who have the same mission as you do. And this like mindedness is the link that’s helps fulfill the goal. This weekend look at your team. You can not fulfill what God has in store for you alone. Allow the team to through your weak areas as you cover them with your strong ones.

 

Have You Given Your Pastor the Option?

Have you given your pastor the option?

I took this picture a couple of years ago. During this time it was uncertain where our next duty station would be (what my new job would be). How would our church family handle the possibility of us leaving them after 14 years? How can we ever find another church when this church is our home?
Oh, dear Lord, who will assist our pastors?

Who is able to attend to our pastors in such a way that no disruption in service is able to be felt? It hit me then and still does: who did I train up so that my pastor would not have to be burdened, did I give my pastor “the option”?

Are you giving your pastor the option? I don’t believe I gave my pastor the option in my opinion because, I did not build depth in the crucial area of servant leadership. As an armour-bearer (aka personal assistant) in ministry I was just beginning. I learned that your ministry as an armour-bearer is unique. I learned that your ministry does not just stop at the carrying his bags or bringing him water before he takes the platform. Rather, it continues when the pastor has finished praying the last prayer with someone, and encouraged the last person at the altar. It even extends to where they get escorted to their car and drive home.

As an armour-bearer you ADminister to the minister; the man or woman of God who is responsible for the flock of God. It is a tremendous honor and yet the most demanding as a pastor. He or She needs your support.

My pastor quoted once in jest that “ministry will either drive you away or draw you to God”. It ignited within me a passion to help any way I could. So I pressed into the presence of God during my times of prayer and prayed for him and his family. I asked the Lord what could I do to help this awesome Godly man fulfill the vision God had given him for people of that beautiful city. Now who could I find that feels the same as I do for what God is doing there?

Armour-bearer, are you building a team of people to support your pastors? Can they call you and ask for prayer in all confidence? Can you make it your focus to pray for your leadership? Are you able to support your pastor by guarding his time? Can you give your pastor the option of an armour-bearer who is able to stand beside him and not behind him as he faces the principalities and powers of this dark world?
If not, you may be giving your pastor a lack of options…….

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