Thursday, May 27, 2010

Working with Experts in the Church

Paul reminds us in Romans 12, and 1 Corinthians 12 that God blesses churches with people of different gifts, in order to bless the whole church. I spent the time today working with an expert in our church. It was a long hard day of laboring on the church porch pillars, with a masonry expert, with more than 50 years of experience. It was great watching him with his pallet and trowl. His passion for what he has been doing so long. His gift will bless our church with some needed repair, while giving him joy in giving to others.

I love to watch experts, and those training in their talents. When is the last time you were able to help others serve in your church. Bless others with opportunity, especially in the church. Who knows you may learn some new things.

-- Keep on your journey with Jesus today.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In the same passage (Romans 8) Paul reminds us:
  • "our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." (v. 18)
  • "we know in all things God works for the good of those who love Him" (v. 28)
  • "if God is for us, who can be against us" (v. 31)
  • "in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (v. 37)
Sometimes we need that reminder that God is in control. Life throws us lemons, and rocks and blessings may seem far away. However, Paul's reminder is still true. God will help us through in His power and His way.

What are you facing today that you need to trust God with? Even in the darkest hours remember God is there.

-Keep on your Journey with Jesus today.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Encouragement is a must

Dr. Barnwell is well known for encouraging people, thanking people, and giving little gifts to remind people of the good things they do. From he and other leaders I have learned how important encouragement is.

This past weekend we held our annual meeting. I choose this year to focus on celebrating the victories of the last year. I also laid out some thoughts on the future. We took time to thank leaders, and gave some gifts to retiring and current serving local board members. In the end people seemed more open to new ideas of moving forward in the future. I think it is clear that a simple thank you and seeing even the small victories is very important to the life of your church.

Encourage others in their Journey with Jesus.