The Calling of a Soldier of Jesus Christ

“Remember your high calling, you are a minister and ambassador of Christ, you are entrusted with the most honorable and important employment that can engage and animate the heart of man. Filled and fired with a constraining sense of the love of Jesus and the worth of souls; impressed with an ardor to carry war … Continue reading The Calling of a Soldier of Jesus Christ

When the Lord Redeploys You

The call of God on all of our lives is to serve God lovingly and contentedly. The tenth commandment to not covet teaches us that. However, sometimes a restlessness of soul lingers that comes from the Spirit of God when He is preparing you for something new. John Piper offers you wise counsel when God … Continue reading When the Lord Redeploys You

The Power of a Joyful Pastor

Phillip Brooks, an Episcopalian rector in Boston over 100 years ago, and author of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" wrote this about how pastors are to serve Christ's church. His main thesis here can be extrapolated to any job: I think, again, that it is essential to the preacher's success that he should thoroughly enjoy his work. … Continue reading The Power of a Joyful Pastor

The Power of the Word of God in a Young Pastor’s Life

J.I. Packer, as a young pastor, found himself “marginalized, isolated and required to work on unfulfilling and flawed agendas, in a manner that made him think of the Israelites having to make bricks for Pharaoh.” He claims to have lived “like Moses in Midian, with frustration in [his] heart, wondering what God could possibly be … Continue reading The Power of the Word of God in a Young Pastor’s Life

The Apostle Paul – Key Ministry Lessons After Twenty Years

These lessons come from the last verses in Paul's great letter to the church in Ephesus. After twenty years of ministry experience… He believed in the necessity of intercessory prayer for ministry effectiveness and fruitfulness (v.18-19a -praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all … Continue reading The Apostle Paul – Key Ministry Lessons After Twenty Years

When You are Misunderstood or Maligned as a Leader

I was thinking this morning about some of my friends in church leadership who have been critiqued recently for not leading well and strongly enough. Others have been accused of being too autocratic and not collegial enough in their leadership style. Below is a short portion of a sermon from John Charles Ryle, an evangelical, … Continue reading When You are Misunderstood or Maligned as a Leader