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The Gift of Fellow Shepherds

A Word from the Lord And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8 A Word of Encouragement You’re not alone. You are a part of the great fellowship of the Lord’s called shepherds of the flock. We’re Praying for… Read More

God’s Living Breath in His Word!

A Word from the Lord All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 A Word of Encouragement God breathes his breath of life on you every… Read More

“Your Feet Did Not Swell”

A Word from the Lord Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years… Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Deuteronomy 8:2, 4 A Word of Encouragement Life with God is life… Read More

Healing Power of Jesus’ Grace!

A Word from the Lord When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15 A Word of Encouragement We fail… Read More

Lesson Eight: Ministry Threatens the Joy of Ministry

Whew! Well done, good and faithful servant. I’m praying that this week you will find rest and recovery from a most unprecedented Christmas season! Seriously. I’m praying for you. I know this is the wrong Dickens reference for Christmas, but even in a normal year, December is, for pastors and… Read More

Lesson Seven: Ministry Threatens the Joy of Life in Community

(Reading time: one minute. It’s Christmas!) Families Pay a Price Your family pays a price for your ministry. Nearly every pastor’s wife, when retirement approaches, reports that the pastor’s family endured significant stress because of the demands of ministry. The most anxiety filled Christmas season ever only accentuates the point. Read More

Where Two or Three Gather…

A Word from the Lord While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Read More

God Wrote Down Your Name!

A Word from the Lord Jesus said, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20 A Word of Encouragement Good days in ministry. Rough days in ministry. Through it all, God’s promise endures. In baptismal grace, your name… Read More

The JOY of Goodness

A Word from the Lord Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” John 4:32 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of the Spirit is goodness. When you enjoy the daily feast of God’s Word, you are enjoying the food from heaven that builds… Read More

The JOY of Faithfulness

A Word from the Lord Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.” Luke 9:13 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness. Faith trusts God to provide. God’s people give generously because of their faithfulness. Even when it seems there is nothing to eat, the Lord… Read More

The JOY of Kindness

A Word from the Lord When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:6 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of the Spirit is kindness. Someone you meet today… Read More

Lesson Six: Ministry Threatens the Joy of Life with God

“Don’t Try This Alone.” That was Lesson Four on the journey to wellness for church workers. We need each other. But even more than each other, we need the Lord. The tragedy of a life in ministry is that so many ministers work so hard and get so busy doing… Read More