Pastor's Forum

Standards for Those Who Serve

It seems harder and harder to find “qualified” people (according to the standards in 1 Timothy and Titus) to serve in leadership and helps positions in the church. Do pastors ever modify their standards in order to get people involved serving, even in entry-level types of positions? What kinds of character and lifestyle standards do other pastors and churches communicate for those who are going to be involved in serving? Read the responses

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God’s Claim and Call on Our Lives
Tony Cooke

God's Claim and Call on Our LivesMankind seems hell-bent on rebelling against God and His authority. Psalm 2:2-3 (NLT) paints a vivid picture of man’s insurgent and seditious attitude toward God’s rule: “The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. ‘Let us break their chains,’ they cry, ‘and free ourselves from slavery to God.’” F. B. Meyer recognized the disparity that often exists between God’s call and our surrender to that call. He said, “Jesus Christ has bought us with His blood, but, alas, He has not had His money’s worth! He paid for ALL, and He has had but a fragment of our energy, time and earnings. By an act of consecration, let us ask Him to forgive the robbery of the past, and let us profess our desire to be henceforth utterly and only for Him – His slaves, owning no master other than Himself.” Read this article by Tony Cooke

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It’s All Yours
Lisa Cooke

It's All Yours by Lisa CookeI could tell there was something the Holy Spirit wanted to say through me to a brother who is actively believing for healing from a particular disease, but I didn’t know what it was until I stood directly in front of him. The next thing I knew, these words were coming out of my mouth: “It’s all yours.” That’s all I said to him but he understood exactly what I meant. To “get what he is so ready to give” reminds us of the attitude that the Godhead has toward us. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are of the same frame of mind with an eternal willingness to give mercy and help. Romans 8:32, speaking of God, reads, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Read this article by Lisa Cooke

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Thoughts on Addiction and Recovery
Virgil Stokes

Thoughts on Addiction and RecoveryFunny how thoughts come back to you. I remember sitting at a bar back in 1975. I was having a boozy conversation with another inebriate. For some reason, I remember proudly declaring, “I’m an alcoholic!” then laughing uproariously while ordering another drink. I was a drunk and I knew it, but it was four more years before I did anything useful about the problem. In the meantime, I lost my job, ruined any number of relationships, and deteriorated physically. At each crisis moment I instituted many plans to cure myself: I went to detox, I exercised more, I changed my diet, I went to counselors galore. I even went to church! I did everything I could think of to cure my own misery. The problem, you see, is the number of “I’s” in this paragraph. Even though I admitted my problem, I had to come to the place of hopelessness – I couldn’t cure me. Read this article by Virgil Stokes

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If Superheroes Could Preach
Jim Herring

If Superheroes Could Preach by Jim HerringSummer is here and it is the time for blockbuster movies. Every summer there are always a few superhero movies: Superman, Batman, Superman vs. Batman, Captain America, Iron man, Captain America vs. Iron man, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and the X-men. Most of the time these movies do very well at the box office. Why? Because we are intrigued with superheroes. Why are we attracted to and fascinated by these heroes? Because God has placed within us the desire to do great things and to experience the supernatural. For the Christian, this is good news! We serve a supernatural God that wants to empower us to do supernatural things. God used men and women of the Bible to do great things and He wants to use us today. We serve a supernatural God that wants to do supernatural things through His people! Read this article by Jim Herring

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I is for Identity Theft
Judi Tillett

I is for Identity Theft by Judi TillettYoung children belong to God. At their conception in the womb they belong to Him. They are to be taught that truth and to grow up as His “offspring” into all the covenant passion and purpose of God. So the demonic thief’s first point of attack is to steal their identification. He who was Lucifer is first and foremost an identity thief. He was ejected from heaven as he thought to steal the identity of the One True and Only God. He pressed Jesus for His identity, and he presses against and pursues the identity of God’s people and especially His children today. He lost his original identity; he wants the God identity. To destroy a child’s identity can be a robbery of long lived consequence. To target and attempt takeover of a child’s identity is the enemy’s priority as he has then stolen not only the child of God’s love, but His messenger and His message going into a future generation. We are made by and belong to God. Read this article by Judi Tillett

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HEARING
“It’s hard to get a word from God if you’re not in God’s word.”
– Glen Johnson

HOPE
“You’re either a prisoner to your past or a pioneer of your future. Don’t downgrade your dreams to match your reality.”
– Larry Mosley

SERVING
“How utterly terrible is the current idea that Christians can serve God at their own convenience.”
– A.W. Tozer

TRUST
“If we would let God do his job, then we would never overwork at ours.”
– Stephen Fraser

TRUTH
“When lying is the rule those telling the truth get ridiculed.”
– Shane Philpott