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Church Absentee App

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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One of the most recent apps for a cell phone is one that a parent can download on their mobile device to track the school attendance of their college-age child. It alerts parents when a student skips class.

There are so many apps for the various brands of phones that it would be difficult to count them all. When I started doing research on the different ones available here are a few I came up with.

cell phone appsThe Sim Stapler allows us to satisfy the urge to press a stapler without wasting staples. This stapler simulation is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the urge to staple strikes, a solution is at hand.

Rotary Dialer enables you to experience the days when calling phone numbers included a clicking sound as well as a long wait for the numbers eight, nine and zeros.

Did you know there is also an app for blowing out the candles on your birthday cake? Using the speaker opening at the bottom of certain phones as a makeshift fan, it allows you the ability to have assistance in this important part of a birthday celebration.

The above mentioned applications are unique but it made me wonder what would happen if your clergy or designated church representative had a “Church Attendance App” to track your attendance at your designated place of worship. How well would you do?

In like manner, we know that God does not have such an app but he is mindful of our commitment in attending our house of worship. Attendance is important because we are able to worship with other believers and be taught the Word for our spiritual growth. Some will argue that church attendance is not a requirement. That is true but a true Christian should have a desire to worship with a body of believers.

I don’t want to be on God’s checklist of absentees. Do you?

Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
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25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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admonishes “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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Take Off Your Shoes

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Acts 7:33Acts 7:33
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33 And the Lord said unto him, Loose the shoes from thy feet: for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

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shoes2To put off the shoes or sandals, was an act of reverence. The ancients were not permitted to enter a temple or holy place with their shoes on.

Holy ground represents the sacredness of a place because of the presence of God. We should enter the sanctuary (the place set apart for divine worship), not only with reverence in our hearts but with a willingness to learn about Him and demonstrate our love and devotion to Him.

What are we doing when we enter God’s sanctuary? Are we incessantly chatting, eating, chomping gum, texting on our cell phone or disengaged in worship? Are we conscious of the fact we are on holy ground?

No matter the type of worship of our particular denomination, the most important thing is to WORSHIP! True worship is that which originates from deep down in the heart. Cast aside all those hindrances that keep you from glorifying the Savior.

It’s time to take off your shoes. You are standing on holy ground!

Please take the time to listen to a video of Sandi Patty singing, “Holy Ground”. Please follow the link below.

http://youtu.be/7yMNHd5BsZ0

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May I Be Excused?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Since my husband is a pastor, we have heard various reasons throughout the years as to why people are not able to attend church on Sunday.  We try to accept their reason as stated and know that in the end God will be the judge of their sundry of excuses.  If their excuse is good enough for God, it is good enough for us! We have noticed that the longer a person misses the easier it becomes to find a reason to continue to skip Sunday services.

Some of the reasons given have been very humorous as you can very well guess. How do you alleviate this problem? Aside from actually going to a person’s home and dragging them to church, there is little a pastor can do. To make it possible for everyone to attend church, I found this humorous listing from an unknown source of the special things a church can make available to accommodate a parishioner:

  1. A cot will be placed in the sanctuary for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep.”
  2. Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV too late on Saturday night.
  3. We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I came to church.”
  4. Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who say it is too hot.
  5. Porta-potties will be placed at the end of each pew for those who say the bathrooms aren’t very accessible.
  6. We will have hearing aids for those who say the pastor speaks too softly and cotton for those who say he speaks too loudly.
  7. Score cards for listing hypocrites present.
  8. One hundred TV dinners for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner also.
  9. A selection of trees and grass for those who like to see God in nature.
  10. A putting green near the altar for those who say “Sunday is my day for golf.”
  11. The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them.

church2What does the Bible have to say in Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
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25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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? “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” We are so privileged to have the freedom to join together with fellow Christians to worship and praise God. I love to be encouraged by others and feel their love.

Make a commitment this Sunday to attend the church of your choice.

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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,

SeashoreMary

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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

http://www.AccountableChristianEncouragement.com

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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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Does My Pastor Care?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

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Do you feel all alone in your Christian walk? Are you aware that others within the Christian community care about you and your spiritual growth? I cannot speak for others within the church but, as the wife of a pastor, I most assuredly know that the pastor cares for you. I have listed a few statements that are so true regarding a pastor/parishioner Christian relationship:

1. Your pastor loves you as a member of the flock and fellow Christian. He/she has you “in their heart” and desires the best for you in all things. When you hurt, they hurt. When you rejoice, they rejoice. The pastor’s desire is to make all things beautiful in your life. They are disappointed when they can’t fix all things for you.

2. The pastor doesn’t expect perfection from you but does at least expect to see some degree of spiritual growth. Even if the growth is “baby steps”, he/she wants you to do the best that you can to give your all for God. Your pastor wants God to be honored and glorified through your life and witness. When you honor God through your life, the pastor fills honored as well.

3. Respect for your pastor is appreciated even if you don’t always agree with everything they do. Positive words do much to encourage them to do a better job in their ministry.

4. Pastors like to be remembered on their special days (birthdays, anniversaries, etc). They feel the same as you when someone remembers those important events in your life.

5. Share important things happening in your life with your pastor. Sometimes he/she is the last one to know of these special things. You tell your family and friends but your pastor delights in hearing them as well.

6. Your pastor is human and makes mistakes. Appreciate his/her efforts to please God first and then the church.

7. The pastor covets your prayers.

I am sure there are many more ways the love and concern of your pastor is displayed but I mention these only to affirm how special you are to your pastor. The pastor needs you and you need them. Although God’s love for His church cannot be measured, your pastor’s love for you cannot be expressed in words either. Think about this the next time you are discouraged in your Christian walk.

Begin now to think of ways to honor your pastor.

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Resume of a Pastoral Candidate

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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An acquaintance of my husband and I is an interim pastor for a small congregation. Some of his duties include the reviewing of the incoming resumes submitted for the pastoral position of that particular church. Although many resumes had been presented to the Search Committee, it seemed they consistently disqualified each candidate for one reason or another.

The interim pastor was pondering whether those on the Pastoral Search Committee were even prayerfully considering the applications or just tossing out the applicants for a sundry of reasons.

As the interim pastor presented three more resumes to them, they immediately tossed aside one of the resumes. Why would they do that so quickly?

Some noted points on his resume included: tentmaker, highly educated, persecuted. This particular person had also been in prison several times, shipwrecked on a remote island, was very outspoken and had persecuted Christians and was labeled a Pharisee of Pharisees. He also had recurrent pain with an unidentified illness. He was unmarried (you mean, no pastor’s wife?). Yet, he had been able to accomplish much for God and lead many to the Lord. He did not fit the mold of what a church expected a pastoral candidate to be but had an effective ministry. Yes, you may have figured out by now that resume was one of the Apostle Paul.

A funny illustration but it is so true. Would you have the same reaction? Would you have discounted his resume also? Would you judge someone simply because they had not fit into your stereotype or because they had used a different method to reach the lost? John 7:24John 7:24
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24 Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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admonishes us, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.” Romans 14:13Romans 14:13
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13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge ye this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock in his brother's way, or an occasion of falling.

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I don’t want to have a judgmental heart or be a stumbling block – do you?

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“Back Row” Christian

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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When you think of a “back row” Christian what comes to mind? A person who sits on the back row at church? Someone who does not hold any positions in the congregation? An individual who is not actively involved with any ministries of the church?

Although this phrase is commonly used for someone who sits on the back row at church, what comes to my mind is a person who is not totally committed to God. You can still do all the outward things at church that is expected of a member but still be a “back row” Christian.  A Christian’s first dedication should be to God.

Romans 12:1Romans 12:1
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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your spiritual service.

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NAS admonishes us: “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” A holy sacrifice is giving our all to God; living it on a day-to-day basis.

It really doesn’t matter where you sit, whether you have an important position or do what others expect you to do. The important thing is to present your body to God as a living and holy sacrifice. It is a challenge to live our lives as sacrifices to God. When we do, we are not the masters of our bodies and minds – God is. All that we do or think must conform to the God’s Word.

Are you a “back row” Christian or truly worshipping God with a holy sacrifice of worship?

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The Talking Church Pew

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
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25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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exhorts us: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

If the pew at your church could talk, what would it say?

“Where have you been, I missed you?” 

“Wake up, this is no time to take a nap.” 

“Where is everybody else?”

“Is that all you are going to put in the offering? Really!!!!” 

“Do you know the presence of the Lord is here? Then, act like it!”

Even though we all know a pew cannot actually speak to us, these comments help us reflect on our actions and attitudes at church.

The above scripture in Hebrews admonishes us to be faithful in assembling together with people of like faith, and to encourage and support each other even more so as we see the day approaching.

Not only does your regular attendance at church lift you up spiritually but it is an encouragement to others as well.

What would your church pew say to you?

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Second Row Pastor’s Wife

Monday, April 9th, 2012

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I coined this phrase after hearing someone explain to me what their expectations of a pastor’s wife were. Again it made me realize that many people in the church have an idea of what I should be, how I should act, what I should say and what I should do.

Here is a description as stated by an acquaintance. “A pastor’s wife should be friendly to everyone, attend all church services, not wear slacks to church and sit on the second row.” Thus, a second row pastor’s wife!

What happens when you aren’t able to speak to everyone? What happens when you miss a church service? What happens when you wear slacks instead of a dress or skirt? What happens when you sit on the third row instead of the second row? Nothing at all!

I Peter 3:3 & 4 says, “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”

The only requirement God has for me is that I have a gentle and quiet spirit reflecting to others that God’s love is hidden in my heart. This is the expectation that I strive to live up to even though I might not sit on the second row.

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