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Vocational Self-Care: A Year-End Jubilee!

A Word from the Lord “The land is to have a year of rest.” Leviticus 25:5 A Word of Encouragement The land worked hard. God healed the land. As you look back on the challenges of ministry from 2020, where do you need the healing touch of Christ before moving… Read More

God bless YOU today!

A Word from the Lord But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 A Word of Encouragement The wonder and beauty of the Incarnation is for you. Receive the blessing of God’s gift of faith and welcome the strength and joy… Read More

The Gift of a Savior

A Word from the Lord While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 A Word… Read More

The Gift of Peace

A Word from the Lord “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 A Word of Encouragement In the midst of your hectic day, pause to experience the peace Jesus came to deliver to you. We’re Praying for You… Read More

The Gift of the Family of Faith

A Word from the Lord But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 A Word of Encouragement The joy of knowing the Savior, Jesus, is shared by saints here and in… Read More

The Gift of Family

A Word from the Lord Joseph went there with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Luke 2:5 A Word of Encouragement Does your family know much you love spending Christmas with them? If far away, do they know how much you miss… Read More

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