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The Unpaid Debt

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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When I was a teenager (which dates me quite a bit) there was a popular song entitled, “He Paid a Debit He Did Not Owe” by Ellis J. Crum. The essence of the lyrics was to share about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. He did this to save us and to bare our penalty before God. The punishment that we all deserved was paid in full by Christ’s death on the wooden tree. This act of grace affords us the opportunity to be free from the consequences of our sins.

jesus on crossAnother aspect of this song is that we owe a debt to God but there is no way we can ever repay it and neither does God expect any payment. The price was paid in full that first Easter so that we can live with Him eternally.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” I Peter 3:18 Christ’s ultimate purpose was to bring you to God. He is just waiting for us to come.

Following is a video of the song, “He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe” sung by Conrad Fisher. Listen to the words and reflect on that great debt that was paid because He loves us so much.

He Paid a Debt

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The Church Mask

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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As you leave your residence on Sunday morning to go to your place of worship, do you take your church mask off the hook by the door and place it on your face? When you walk through the doors at church are you hoping those you encounter will believe you are righteous as you pass them by. Are you just pretending to be someone you are not? If so, you are living a lie.

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James 2:18James 2:18
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18 Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I by my works will show thee my faith.

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states “But someone will say, you have faith; I have deeds. Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

Does your life during the week mirror your actions and words while in church on Sunday? Are you confessing your belief in a risen Lord but those watching you would not be able to tell? Oftentimes you know the buzz words to use and the appropriate actions to display while at church or around your Christian friends but falter when that “church mask” is removed.

A little refocusing on living a Godly life and finding ways to bless others will eliminate the need to wear that mask. Throw it away now!

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Pastor Appreciation

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Although it is not an official holiday, October is generally considered “Pastor Appreciation Month” in many churches with the second Sunday designated as “Pastor Appreciation Day”.

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.I Thessalonians 5:12, 13

pastorA pastor’s role is to equip people in the church and encourage church members to reach their Godly potential. There are times when a pastor can feel disappointment and discouragement. Yet there are even more days the pastor understands how important the ministry is in meeting the needs of parishioners and also in pleasing God.

Begin now to think of ways to minister to your pastor during “Pastor Appreciation Month.” However, the greatest present you can give him/her is your unconditional love, support and prayer. Conjure up unique ways to show appreciation to your pastor not only during the month of October but every day of the year.

I have attached a link to Focus on the Family’s guide for “Clergy Appreciation Month”. Check it out for ideas.

http://media.focusonthefamily.com/pastoral/pdf/CAM_Guide_2012.pdf

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The Easter Formula

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Even though I survived years of Math classes in school, I never really enjoyed them. I especially hated those classes where you had to find some unknown number in an equation or put some real life problems into equations and solve them.

I have recently seen an equation of 3 nails + 1 cross = 4giveness. This appears on T-shirts, bumper stickers, ornaments and jewelry, just to name a few. I believe there is even a Facebook page.  I am so glad I know that this equation was solved many years ago by Christ’s death on the cross. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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jesus on crossChrist’s crucifixion was a slow and painful execution on a wooden cross where He was left to hang until he died. Those three nails, one in each hand/wrist and one through both feet were made of heavy, probably square, iron material, 7-9 inches long. What a painful experience. Hallelujah, He did it all for us!

The 3 nails plus the 1 cross allowed us to be forgiven. Let’s reflect on the price Christ paid that we could have forgiveness of our sins. The Easter formula was a love expressed beyond any other.

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Mary’s Song

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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The passage of scripture found in Luke 1:39-45Luke 1:39-45
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39 And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah; 40 and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; 42 and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me? 44 For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.

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NAS tells us that after the birth of Jesus is foretold to Mary, she visits Elizabeth’s home for three months. Both women were “with child.” What do you think they talked about? They probably visited about the same things as any two ladies that are pregnant at the same time.

Mary did not have great status in life; just a young humble virgin girl engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. I am sure Mary was experiencing a lot of excitement and joy after finding out from the angel Gabriel that she was to give birth to the Son of God by the Holy Spirit. It was during this inner reflective time that the scripture records one of the greatest songs of all time, “Mary’s Song”, also referred to as the “Magnificat”. As you can see from the scriptures, this song is full of praises to God.

Mary’s Song musical notescan be found in the following passage from Luke 1:46-55Luke 1:46-55
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46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; And holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is unto generations and generations On them that fear him. 51 He hath showed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart. 52 He hath put down princes from their thrones, And hath exalted them of low degree. 53 The hungry he hath filled with good things; And the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy 55  Toward Abraham and his seed for ever.

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And Mary said:

“My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.  For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him. And holy is His name.  He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.  He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. He has filled the hungry with good things; And sent away the rich empty-handed. He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.”

In verses 46-49 she tells of God’s concern for her and in verses 50-55, God’s concern and care for all generations to follow. Verse 45 gives us part of Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary, “And blessed is she who believe that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” As noted by Mary’s use of the past tense in the Magnificat, she believed it had indeed happened. This exemplifies her great faith.

We, too, can be used of God by exhibiting great faith and a willingness to put our faith into action. As you continue on in your walk with God, let faith lead the way . . . for unto us is born a child!

 Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

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Royal Baby

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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On July 22, 2013 a baby boy was born in the country of Great Britain that is lovingly referred to by the media as the “Royal Baby”. I am sure he will have the best of everything and will receive lots of attention and love. We heard endless news reports of this blessed event. I am sure it means a lot in that country to recognize a new heir to the throne.

As I heard all the hoopla surrounding the birth of this little baby, it made me reflect on a royal baby that was born on that first Christmas morning in a humble stable and wrapped in swaddling cloths. baby Jesus

Luke 2:9-12Luke 2:9-12
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9 And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.

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states, “And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.”

This child, Jesus, grew up in a loving household with a Godly mother and father. He did not come from a wealthy background but yet He became the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. That means there is no higher authority. He reigns over all and His name is above every other name.

I am sure I will never have the opportunity to meet a member of the royal family but I am thankful that I personally know “The King of Kings”! He paid the ultimate sacrifice for my sins.

For unto us a “Royal Baby” was born on that first Christmas!

Jesus Christ

Merry Christmas!!

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Were You There?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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A famous African-American spiritual entitled, “Were You There” asks some very thought-provoking questions. This song is based on the following passage of scripture from Acts 2:23-24Acts 2:23-24
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23 him, being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye by the hand of lawless men did crucify and slay: 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

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: “This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”

First, the song asks if you were there when they crucified my Lord? Jesus was there. Pilate was there. But no, you were not there!

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree is the second question. Jesus was there suffering and carrying all the burden of our sins. Mary, his mother, was there enduring the grief and pain of seeing her son go through such suffering. But, yet she knew it was prophesied. Jesus’ disciples were there in total disbelief. A condemned thief was there totally believing in God’s mercy. But no, you were not there!

The next question is if you were you there when they laid Him in the tomb. Jesus was still there after experiencing the agony of torture all bloodied and lifeless. His disciple, Joseph, was there, burying Him. Pilate’s centurion guard was there; however, his attempt to guard against Jesus’ escape was unsuccessful. No, you were not there then either!

Finally, the spiritual asks if you were there when He rose up from the grave. Amidst the rumbling earthquake, you were not there but . . . neither was Jesus. Our Savior had risen! 

Hallelujah, the resurrection of Jesus witnesses the immense power of God himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. No one would be redeemed from sin had Christ not arose from the grave. Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important to salvation? It demonstrated that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It proves that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It guarantees that those who believe in Christ will not remain dead and will be resurrected unto eternal life. We can have that blessed hope. Although we were not physically there, we were there in Jesus’ thoughts and actions. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory over the grave for every believer.

HE LIVES!!!

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Who Truly Came at Christmas?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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Most people know that at Christmas we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Even though many do not thoroughly understand the importance of Christ’s birth, they are quick to tell you that is why we celebrate the day. 

Who was Jesus Christ? Who truly came at Christmas? The answer to that question may be found in the Bible by the use of some names used to describe Him. Collectively the following names give us a better idea of who Jesus was: Messiah, God’s Anointed One; The Lord; Savior; Son of God; Lamb of God; The Word; The Way, the Truth, the Life; Light of the World; Holy One; Good Shepherd; Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God; Prince of Peace, Chief Cornerstone; Alpha and Omega; Beginning and the End; King of Kings, Lord of Lords, I Am; God with Us and Emmanuel.

There are many more descriptive names but this gives us an idea of who He is. Also, it affirms to us who truly came at Christmas. It was the Lord Jesus Christ who was and is nothing less than God himself. His purpose was to save us from our sins.

To listen to wonderful Christmas carol, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by Larkandspur follow the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nEs0eUZNbg

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Pastor Tributes 2012

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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PASTOR RICHARD FISHER

A Godly Example 

by Alberta Fisher

I would like to share with you about the pastor that has had the greatest influence on me. His life is God-centered. He has a compassionate heart, helping and caring attitude and a genuine sense of humor. During difficult times, his quick wit and thoughtful words has helped me immensely. He is a wonderful speaker and excellent Bible teacher. There is no doubt in my mind that he lives what he preaches and teaches. He is loved by people of all ages. He relates effectively with a small child as well as those at the “mature” end of life. He is not judgmental and accepts everyone as God made them.

Yes, you may have figured out this individual is my pastor/husband, Rev. Richard Fisher. Sitting under his pastoral leadership for thirty plus years has been a blessing. He’s the best!!!

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PASTOR FRED L. ZUMALT, JR.

Lord, You Gave Your Best

Pastor Appreciation, Fred L. Zumalt, Jr.

 My beloved Pastor, Fred L. Zumalt, Jr., 66 years old, went home to heaven June 27, 2012ne 27, 2012
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Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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.  This is the man who formally introduced me to the Lord Jesus Christ, taught me salvation. the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and to trust in Jesus, a pivotal point that changed my life forever.

 I know he loved us all and we loved him just as much in return; he was a loyal encourager.  He was powerfully anointed, a mighty man of God.  In remembering him, with a lump in my throat, I realize that I miss his teasing humor, his honesty, and his humility.  He had a heart for the lost.  He would always remind us “don’t forget to tip the waitress” and “don’t forget the homeless.”

His sincerity, his love and kindness for the congregation, but mostly, his love for the Lord Jesus Christ, was apparent. He would preach a fiery sermon waltzing across the altar under the power of the Holy Spirit, an amazing supernatural transformation.  Definitely, Pastor walked the talk. He would always point us to Jesus Christ and stand in prayer with us.  He taught me to be a fighter, to confront and rebuke the enemy–always believe in the Word.  He once told me “he (satan) is the only one you can tell to go to hell!”

Miss you Pastor.  Until we meet again in heaven’s gate, I await.

Father God, after your son, Jesus Christ,[1] you gave me your best.

Thank you.

Blessings,

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[1] 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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PASTOR RANDY J. MOORE

A Heart for Souls

Leaving a church you have attended for 53 years is a traumatic experience, but sometimes God has to do drastic things to get you out of a situation that He wants you removed from.  We visited a few churches, before my wife and I visited Lindenwald Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ohio.  We were greeted warmly and respectfully by several members and staff.  The music program was a good mix of traditional and contemporary Christian songs and the message was uplifting.  An altar call was given in a way that encouraged the lost to know where they stood with God and inviting others to unite with this church to serve.  Pastor Randy J. Moore greeted the congregation and visitors at the end of the service and he immediately recognized us as visitors, even though there were 300 or so in attendance.  He talked to us for a few moments and invited us back for the Sunday evening service (we returned).  Within a few days he called and talked on the phone for several minutes, making us feel important.  At the next service, he asked if he could come and visit with us in our home.  He is not a big dog person but he tolerated our dog.  One of the first things he asked was for me to share my relationship with Christ and how I came to know Him.  This concern for my salvation and challenge for me to share it made me realize that this church that loved people and share Christ took their marching orders from the pastor.  Needless to say, we moved our membership to this congregation and have served there ever since.

Pastor Moore is a down to earth person who loves people and loves the Lord.  He preaches from the Bible and does not back down from controversial issues.  He shares what the Bible says and challenges the congregation to “believe the word of God, not the words of man.”  His message to Christians is growth and obedience and to the lost it is love, forgiveness and salvation.  He encourages all to use their gifts to serve in the church and to share their faith with family, friends and acquaintances.   Our church is very mission minded, supporting many mission works throughout the world.  His faith has made a difference in his family; two sons in the ministry and a third one has attended Bible College.  When he first came to the church 12 years ago, attendance was below 100; now 300-400 attend and serve weekly.  I guess we might be considered a large church but it has the feel of a small fellowship.

Denny Krall

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PASTOR RODNEY DeLOACH

From the Oil Wells to Wells of Life

In a time when my church was in turmoil, a new pastor came to town and into my life.  Rodney DeLoach brought stability to our church and helped show a 16 year old boy that being faithful in Sunday School and a “good boy” was not enough in God’s eyes.  He showed me that all are sinners and that I needed my sins forgiven and that Jesus “is the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father except through (Jesus).”  I accepted Christ as my savior and my pastor became my mentor.  He showed me how to serve the Lord with my life and talents.  He challenged me to grow in my daily and to help others find Christ through a youth Sunday school class. He provided resources to help me be a more effective teacher and leader and, eventually, husband and father.

When he stepped down as our pastor in in the late 1980’s, he demonstrated to me that God does not have a retirement plan for His children.  Rodney filled pulpits for several years in Ohio before moving back to Texas to be near much of his family.  There he has been interim pastor of a few churches and now, at 89 years old, still teaches a Sunday School class.  He has authored several salvation tracts and first steps for new Christian tracts.  He has written a few Spanish tracts for the immigrants in in his community and has sent them to whoever will share them with the lost.

He recently visited with family and friends in the mid-west and spent a few days in our home. We shared and laughed and fellowshipped and he even stood in line with me at Chick-fil-A to support their freedom of speech.  He has been a true blessing in my life and was a true shepherd to God church in Hamilton, Ohio.

Denny Krall

http://lefthandedgolf.us

http://hittingthegolfball.com

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PASTOR KENT PARSON

What is a pastor to me? In my case it is Pastor Kent Parson and he’s been my pastor for more than 15 years. I look for him to retire someday soon as he’s talked about it several years, trying to prepare us for when that day comes. I think that is so good of him to love us so much that he wants us prepared for his departure and to look for another man of God to lead our church. He has professed so many times how much he loves to stand and preach God’s word and how he depends on God to do it, and many times shared with us his salvation experience, which I never get tired of hearing.

Bro. Kent Parson has impacted me in all areas of thought, feelings, emotions, spiritual self, especially about being in the Lord’s army! In very clear terms he has stated that we NEVER retire from God’s army no matter what age we are. We are NEVER too old, spent or useless and he uses biblical people in God’s word to drive that knowledge home. He says “I’d rather wear out than rust out.” He is a fine example to follow and he has been a great leader and head of the church. He is my Pastor and friend, not just a preacher. I look for him to wear out in the work of the Lord long after he does retire!

Respectfully yours in Christ,

Lily Brenner

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Please feel free to share a tribute in the comment section below to a pastor who has impacted your life.

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Pastor Appreciation

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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I Thessalonians 5:12-13 states, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.  Be at peace among yourselves.”

October is designated as “Pastor Appreciation Month”. This appreciation is often shown either on a given Sunday or on a designated Sunday of the month.  A pastor most certainly does not serve in ministry to receive recognition but he/she appreciates when it is given.

Following is a list of ideas for ways to honor your pastor/minister:

Gift Ideas:

  • Do NOT give your pastor a Bible (unless s/he asks for one; the pastor probably already has a whole bookcase full);
  • A subscription to his/her favorite magazine;
  • A gift certificate for his/her favorite restaurant;
  • A gym / health club membership;
  • A date night (e.g. dinner/show) inclusive baby-sitting;
  • A week-end getaway, fully paid;
  • Artwork with engraving;
  • Love offering.

Additional Ideas:

  • Submit to local press an article on how you appreciate your pastor;
  • Grant him/her a sabbatical;
  • A certificate and/or plaque honoring their years of service; or
  • A huge card signed by everybody in the church

Joke gifts: 

  • A superman/woman cape (with Pastor’s Initials) or
  • A watch with alarm (to keep sermons short)

Remember: It doesn’t matter how  elaborate or simple a method you use to esteem your pastor, the important thing is to do it.

The following “I Saw Pastor Dancing Video” is one way a church was able to honor their pastor: Please follow the link to view the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nLzBpdj5cGc

In honor of all pastors, I have asked some special friends of mine to give their thoughts on a pastor who has had a great influence on their life. Be sure to check out the following “Tributes to Pastors” and follow the links to the individual sites to find out more about their ministry.

To read tributes to pastors click link below.

Pastor Tributes 2012 

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