Being paid to study and teach the Bible has to be the BEST job in the world! Seriously, think about it. You spend hours and hours praying, reading, studying and teaching the Word of God and at the end of month, someone hands you a check for doing that? How wonderful is that? Hey, if you are wondering – that’s my job and I love it! I don’t love it for the money (though I need the money to pay some bills and care for my family). I’ve got a wife and two kids and lots of other responsibilities. I need the money and I am thankful that I do get paid. But you know what, even if I wasn’t getting paid, I would find a way to keep doing what I am doing and care for my family at the same time. Like, Paul, I could go tent-making or something like that. I would do anything if I had to – thankfully I don’t – for now anyway and I praise the Lord for such mercy and grace to me and my family!
Tim Challies on his blog recently wrote about this very topic. As a young and inexperienced pastor, I couldn’t agree more. I often remind the congregation that the Lord has entrusted to me of this very thing. And I am thankful that they do this often.
The Apostle Paul often asked the mission churches that he worked with to pray for him. See the following examples: Continue reading
A few days ago, David Mathis posted a very interesting and helpful article on the Desiring God blog entitled, Hospitality and the Great Commission. Here is some of what he wrote in that article:
In a progressively post-Christian society, the importance of hospitality as an evangelistic asset is growing rapidly. Increasingly, the most strategic turf on which to engage the unbelieving with the good news of Jesus may be the turf of our own homes.
When people don’t gather in droves for stadium crusades, or tarry long enough on the sidewalk to hear your gospel spiel, what will you do? Where will you interact with the unbelieving about the things that matter most? Continue reading
This morning, I got the following e-mail from a “prayer chain” that I am a part of. The e-mail said:
Please begin praying for this dear sister in Christ- Carol Poston. Carol is the wife of the pastor of Rainbow Community Church in Fallbrook, CA. (about a half hour north of Escondido). One minute she’s the healthy wife of a pastor, the mother of 5 beautiful daughters… next minute attacked by bacterial meningitis to her brain. To read about this tragic situation and the unwavering faith of her husband, go to: http://carolposton.blogspot.com/.
I immediately went to the blog to read more about this. I was shocked and amazed. I was shocked because of the gravity of the situation. I was amazed by the strength and courage with which Craig (the pastor/husband) is handling this fragile situation. This afternoon, another pastor friend and I prayed for Craig and his family and committed them to the Lord.
For me as a husband, father and also as a pastor, my heart goes out to my brother in Christ, Craig. I was greatly touched by something from his most recent blog post. This is what he wrote:
“I do not yet have emotional energy to read Scripture to Carol but still can only cry to the Lord, Please Have Mercy! Those are the only words I can find to say to God. But I trust Him. God will be glorified through this whole horrible tragedy.”
What faith! Faith beyond circumstances! Faith in spite of circumstances! Craig is so candid as to admit his weaknesses. He is emotionally weak and yet spiritually strong at the same time. This is because he is resting in the Lord and in His sovereign purposes. I really can’t say much more about this, except to say that it moved me, challenged me and encouraged me in at least the following two ways: 1. to pray for this brother in Christ (whom I have never met before), but mysteriously enough, I feel a special connection to him. I will pray for him, his wife and kids. I will pray for his congregation – it must be hard for the congregation to see their pastor, his wife and kids suffer so much, 2. to exult in the sovereignty of God which Craig I am sure understands and is resting on.
If you are reading this, would you please take a moment to pray for Craig, Carol, their kids and congregation? Thank you – may the Lord richly bless you through Jesus Christ!