August 9-15: Belize, the installation service for Rev. Aaron Gillett was the highlight of the week. There were 95 in attendance from 7 different churches. The boy next door grows up, gets saved, goes to PVBI, gets married to Mary, and comes home to be the Pastor.
by Matt Maloyed
Advice for those publicly praying with others about a spiritual, physical, or emotional need.
by Darrel Stetler II
"Pastor.” The title may have lost some respect over the years due to high-profile scandals, Hollywood hit jobs, and TV caricatures. But the word still conjures up good things in many American minds. A 2011 study by Rasmussen says 70% of Americans view pastors favorably.
But pastors, through all of their healing, restoring, and guiding work, sometimes live with a lot secret pain. According to a survey by the New York Times in 2010, about 1,500 pastors per month leave the ministry due to burnout, conflict, or moral failure.
by Todd Arnold
October is Pastor Appreciation Month, a time to say a simple yet sincere and well-deserved thank you to your pastor and his family.
Perhaps your pastor is well paid and is provided with a nice parsonage. Nevertheless, "...the undeniable truth is that pulpits across America are filled with pastors who would leave the ministry tomorrow if they only had the opportunity to do so and could do it with some sense of dignity. Discouragement and disappointment constantly seek to suffocate their joy in ministry. Financial pressures, family pressures, and performance and expectation pressures, eventually take their toll over time. ...Satan is out to destroy your pastor. Just like it was with Simon Peter, Satan desires to sift them as wheat!" (Mark Cravens, LinkedIn, September 17, 2018)
by Timothy L. Cooley, Sr.
Eliakim stood peering into the distance from a tower high on the wall of the city of Jerusalem. For days he had been staring incredibly at the horizon. All his intelligence reporters kept telling him how the Assyrians were marching in from the north. They had marched from far to the east, from Nineveh along the Tigris River in what is now Iraq.
They attacked many cities on the way and decimated the countryside. Eliakim reflected with fear on the Assyrians’ cruelty to the people they conquered. How could this be happening? What would they do to Jerusalem? How could King Hezekiah protect the people? Would the Lord deliver them? They certainly needed a mighty miracle right now!
Article by Joey Ratcliff
We’ve all experienced it. The broken, young man we prayed with at McDonalds… the mother of teens who visited our church and prayed after the sermon… the drug addict who showed up at our office asking for money… they committed their lives to God and started off with excitement and promise, and then they were gone. What happened? How did they slip away? We had a plan, a curriculum, and a class. We took them diapers for their baby. We picked them up for Sunday School and the church picnic. Where did they go? Was it simply due to their lack of commitment, or did we miss something? If there is something we could have done better? Who has the answers to the problem of how to get new believers to stick?
We have the responsibility to make it as hard as possible for Satan to reclaim a soul that has been forgiven and transformed. Is it completely up to us to get someone to heaven? No. (Keeping a soul is ultimately God’s work.) Is any human person the expert on flawless discipleship? If so, I’d love to meet them or read their book! The challenge is not an easy one, but it’s ours to claim. Coming from the challenges and successes we’ve had at the church I help to pastor in Frankfort, here are some strategies we’ve learned for keeping that little lamb from re-escaping the fold.
by Johnathan Arnold
Teen topics article. Practical advice for Christian guys preparing for a dinner date.
by Timothy L. Cooley, Sr.
I dream of a Church aflame, purged by the Spirit and purging the society around them, sloughing off the drag of materialism, and singeing the fakers that flutter in imitation of her glory.
I celebrate the progress of “evangelical Christianity," yet I weep for the lack of holiness. I weep for the repeated surveys (at least in the U.S.) that declare that evangelical Christians live exactly like the non-believers around them, and I pray we will not export that kind of empty profession of Christianity to the rest of the world.
Travel notes from conference president Jacob Martin.
by Stanley Grabill
We are told in Ephesians 6:18 to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” But why? Why pray? Here are three reasons.
A Sermon on Psalm 2 by Johnathan Arnold
One does not need to read the Bible for long to discover that Christ has a Kingdom. The phrase “Kingdom of God” occurs seventy-five times in the New Testament. Matthew refers to the Kingdom of Heaven over thirty times.
Christ’s Kingdom is so central that the New Testament often refers to the gospel as the gospel of the Kingdom. The gospel is a proclamation about the Kingdom: the King came to earth and made a way for everyone to get inside the safe walls of the Kingdom. For a little while, He has gone away, but He is coming again in judgment.
by Linda Clough
A starting place for discussing the issue of contemporary music. Three Biblical principles of God-centered worship.
by Johnathan Arnold
An opinion letter, humbly submitted for the consideration of parents who have children with smartphones. Snapchat is a messaging app with nearly 190 million daily users.
by Steven Hight
Over the last forty years and more, short-term mission trips (STMs) have become very popular. The number of people involved in, and the amount of money spent on, STMs have increased at amazing rates and grown to amazing totals. According to a report by Liberty University in 2009, far more than a million Americans, mostly young people, go on an STM every year. If the average cost of such trips is $2,000, then the annual expense total is over two billion dollars!
As the report says, STMs are here to stay.