Confirmation day is a special day in the lives of those confirming their faith and in the lives of those who have helped them in this journey. Today’s Message Monday is a brief address primarily to the confirmands, but we let everyone listen in.
It’s Friday and that means The Great Storyteller Challenge – Today’s challenge comes from Bill Hugo “Shoes For Sale” – Thanks, Bill!
Nobody likes to be told what to do, not even online. So what do we do with all the requests to share, post and shout Amen that we receive. Today we look at what God’s Word tells us about sharing our faith. Also, news on our future podcast schedule will be discussed.
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Having served in full-time ministry for more than 30 years I have seen and experienced the pitfalls that come in Ministry first hand. The unholy three, Satan, the world, and our sinful nature all take aim at Christ and his message of Life. One of the best ways to attack the church is to go after the shepherd. While there are many things that can distract, derail, and destroy out ministry I believe they all fall into 1 of three dangerous pitfalls.
Losing Sight of your Humanity (Humility): Pride I think tops the list of temptations for pastors and those in ministry, it shows up in so many different ways: a pride that says I don’t need to study the Word because I know theology; a pride that is more concerned with his appearance before his people, than being faithful to preach what needs to be heard; a pride that says I am worth every penny you pay me, in fact, you should be paying me more. This nasty Pride can easily morph into a love of power, and the feeling that your ideas and plans should be taken without question.
Losing Sight of Your Call: This leads to many issues, neglecting your family by forgetting that you are called first to shepherd your family then the flock of God; This causes you to put the “Work” of the church ahead of the people you are called to Shepherd; It is also easy when you lose sight of your call to take on everything, forgetting, if you are a pastor, that your call was to administer the sacraments, preach and teach – equipping the saints for their ministry. This can also lead to a grab for power when losing sight of being called to be servants.
Losing Sight of the Lord: This can lead to us falling for the temptation of sexual sin when we do not find our all in all in Christ; It also can lead to a cynical attitude when we do not trust the Lord of the Church to manage the church and try to carry it all ourselves. When we lose sight of the Lord, we also forget that he is a God of restoration and forgiveness and can work to resolve conflict if we only allow him the chance.
Remember the classic John Lennon song “Imagine”? It’s making a comeback by an amazing group of vocalist Pentatonix. While the melody is wonderful and the acapella harmonies are beautiful, the lyrics are as lacking as ever. Listen to my brief assessment of the lyrics and why they even matter on today’s podcast.
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I don’t know what you easter flowers look like, but the potted tulips from Easter Sunday have lost their color and are looking just this side of dead.
For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:24-25
Today we look at 1 Peter 1:13-25 join us for our recent message at New Creation Lutheran Church in Shakopee, MN.
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Who doesn’t like a little challenge? It’s the return of the Great Storyteller Challenge. Listen to today’s episode and fin out how you can be a part of the challenge. Ready? It time for me to challenge you to challenge me!
Ok so I’m not perfect and once in a while I spel a feww words wrong, truth is you stil get wat I’m saying. So listen in on today’s Defence of Mispelling.
There are many things that we no longer do as progress and time march on. Some of the things we dropped are good, some not so much. Listen to today’s podcast to hear what I think we need to revive again.
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I have come to a conclusion, it is not enough to know that God is Good. Today in the latest Pondering God I discuss what else we need to know to turn that day around for us. We also have some news about the return of the Storyteller Challenge.
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