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Know God or No God?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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As my husband and I were recently on a short out of town trip, I noticed a billboard with the following caption: “Know God / No God”.  The billboard was divided into two parts. The section on the left had a lovely picture which included heavenly things and asked the question “Know God?” The opposite side had a picture of a fire burning intensely (representing hell) and simply stated, “No God!”  What a thought provoking sign. It sure caught my attention.

I would hate to go through life without “knowing Jesus”. God’s Word in I John 5:20John 5:20
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20 For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and greater works than these will he show him, that ye may marvel.

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tells us, “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” And also in Acts 13:38Acts 13:38
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38 Be it known unto you therefore, brethren, that through this man is proclaimed unto you remission of sins:

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it states, “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

Both of these passages indicate that we may know Jesus and that He is the only way to heaven.

What happens if we have “no God?” We will be punished and spend eternity in hell. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”  I Thessalonians 1:8

I want to spend my time here on earth knowing God and knowing Him in His fullness. I want every day to count for Him.

A verse that we all learned as children still holds true today. “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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My challenge is that you will start out the new year by knowing God!

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Pastor Appreciation

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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Check out the pastor tributes link at the end of the page.

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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The Obituary of Jesus

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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Have you ever seen the obituary of Jesus in the newspaper? He died many many years ago. In all of your reading have you ever heard the phrase “the late Jesus”? The heathens have not even uttered these words.

No, you have not and will not see his obituary because He is still alive and dwells among us!!

I Corinthians 15:20-22 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” We, too, even though we physically die can be alive in Christ.

Upon our physical death, our obituary will be published in the local newspaper. There will be displays of sorrow and grief from our family and friends because they will miss us. But we have the assurance that one day we will be in His presence if we have been born again to new life in Him. “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Romans 6:5Romans 6:5
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5 For if we have become united with [him] in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of his resurrection;

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I’m ready. Are you?

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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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Royal Telephone

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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Recently I had a cell phone call from someone in our congregation. I was unable to answer the phone at the time because I was on a long distance call. As soon as our conversation ended, I called the lady back hoping all was well.

All I could hear on the other end of the line was laughter. I wondered what in the world was so funny. She told me that her little granddaughter, not quite a year old who she was babysitting at the time, out of curiosity had picked up her cell phone (of course, grandma had no idea) and was hitting the buttons and was successful in dialing several people on her contact list.

After my bout of laughing, I told my friend that this episode had really made my day and that is sounds like her little granddaughter now has a little telemarketing experience.

It made me wonder if that is how our communication with God is. Quick little rings to heaven (prayers) to ask for different things with immediate hang ups because we really don’t believe the answer will come or we do not have the patience to wait for a reply.

I am reminded of the old song, Royal Telephone, words and music by F.M. Lehman: “Central is never busy, it’s always on the line. You can hear from Heaven just about any time. ‘Tis a royal service, free for one and all. When you get in trouble, give this royal line a call.”

Yes, direct communication to God is a free service for everyone. Are you just making quick little prayers whenever you need something? Do you really believe the answer will come? Do you take the time to thank God for answered prayers? Mark 11:24Mark 11:24
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24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have
received them, and they will be granted you.”

 Are you utilizing the royal telephone daily?

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Counterfeit Christmas

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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A Christ-less Christmas is like counterfeit money. Counterfeit money looks and feels real but to the eye of a trained professional; it can easily be identified as “fake” or “phony”.

God sent to us his indescribable gift on that blessed Christmas day and yet there are many who celebrate but without remembering the true reason.  If you take “Christ” out of Christmas, all you have left is “mas”.  We have replaced some Christian symbols of Christmas, such as manger scenes, with generic decorations that represent the holiday.  We have replaced Jesus with Santa. Is it Santa’s birthday?

It is no longer acceptable to utter the phrase “Merry Christmas” but instead it has been replaced with “Happy Holidays”. We lavish our family and friends with gifts forgetting that God gave us the greatest gift – His Son Jesus Christ. After all, it’s not about “the presents,” it’s about “His presence”.

Thus, it is not the exterior decorations (gifts, parties, family gatherings and church programs) that make the day special. It is Christmas in the heart (recognizing the true meaning) that allows us to celebrate. All the other external factors help create the setting but celebrating the real reason for the season allows us to focus on Christ. Even if you don’t celebrate at all, you should keep the attributes of Christ in focus every day of the year.

I don’t want to have a counterfeit Christmas. Do you? Let’s put Christ back in Christmas. Let’s value Him as the greatest gift we could ever receive.

Just so you know, I am not afraid to put out my nativity scene or say,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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The Book of Ruth – A Story of Love and Redemption

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

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I am pleased to introduce you to a book written by a very special person I met through Christian Chirp. Through Debra’s posts on that social network along with her other online ministries, it is evident that she is being led of God and has a gift for Christian writing. I hope you will take time to check out this book and her other online ministries at http://www.deborahhbateman.com. Thanks, Debra, for letting me share this book with others.

The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption

By

Deborah H. Bateman

About the Book

The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study of The Book of Ruth from the Bible. It is perfect for a personal Daily Devotional or for a group Bible Study class. The book contains eight lessons, each with a commentary, the Daily Bible Scripture, a Prayer of the Day, and several questions at the end of each lesson for reflection or discussion.

About the Author

The Author, Deborah H. Bateman loves studying the Bible and is dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word”. She is the Founder of Christian Daily Resources a Christian Online Ministry. Deborah also enjoys cooking, crafts, interior decorating, and working on her computer creating websites and blogs. She is happily married, the mother of two daughters, and a grandmother to five grandchildren.

Deborah has a Daily Bible Reading Blog where she does a Daily Bible Study. This is where “The Book of Ruth” was born. Bible Verse Tweet is another of Deborah’s blogs where she shares a Daily Bible Verse. For more information about Deborah and her book go to her author website at: http://www.DeborahHBateman.com

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK OF RUTH – A STORY OF LOVE AND REDEMPTION

Each episode detailed in Ruth teaches lessons—of God’s plan, precise and solid. Ruth reminds us of God’s plans; the ones we might not understand, yet vibrant in His eyes.  The theme illustrates the journey that can take one to places impossible for man, but possible with God. The story of Ruth as highlighted in this book opens a new revelation of God’s hand at work. His grace is active in the life of those who choose to obey in humility and commitment. The prayer at the end of each lesson brings a challenge for all and ushers relevance to us today.

—Review by Janet Perez Eckles author of Simply Salsa

I love the story of Ruth. Deborah shed light on the truths in this inspiring book in the Bible. I love that she showed the connection between Ruth and Boaz, and Christ and the church. Even though I’ve studied Ruth before, Deborah pointed out several details that I hadn’t known. It’s amazing how God speaks through His children. Deborah has a loving, humble heart for the Lord. You can see her heart throughout the book. I am so happy for her first release! I look forward to more books from Deborah in the future! Great job, Deborah:)

—Review by Amanda Beth author of You Can Have a Happy Family

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Shepherd of the Flock

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

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I recently scanned the comment section of a religious magazine that I read on a regular basis. One comment was to an article which had previously appeared in the magazine regarding a pastor’s family. Even though I had not read the original piece, I caught the jest of it with the author indicating that her pastor/husband should put his family first before his ministry and that their church fully understood this concept.

The person giving the comment strongly disagreed with this representation of a pastor. She felt the shepherd of the flock should put God first and let God take care of his family’s needs. This is truly a distorted view of shepherding the flock!

This individual was indicating that a pastor should sacrifice the needs of his own family for those of others in his church. In contrast, God expects a pastor to care for and nurture his own family and instruct them in ways of the Lord. As this strong relationship is developed, he can more effectively minister to those within his church and the community.

I don’t believe the commenting individual was trying to portray selfish behavior on her part regarding a parishioner/pastor relationship but simply had a pre-conceived idea of what a pastor should be. After all, isn’t his family part of his flock as well?

Value the shepherd (pastor) of the flock (church) you are in. Encourage him daily as he feeds you, takes care of you, carries you in his prayers and heart when you need help and most of all loves you. Allow him time to be with his family and thus become a better pastor.

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