Pastor's Forum

Keys to Connecting

As a teacher/preacher, I believe that my content is solid, but I’m not always satisfied with how well I feel I am connecting with the people. What advice can other pastors give me on how I can be a better communicator, and more specifically, how I can truly connect better with those who hear me? Read the responses

March 2018 Video Update by Tony Cooke


Another Look at “The Calling”
Tony Cooke

Another Look at “The Calling” by Tony CookeWe are called! Whether we have been called to be a preacher and stand behind a pulpit, or something else entirely, many Scriptures indicate the calling of every believer to be salt, to be light, to be ambassadors, to be witnesses, to serve, and to be a blessing. I don’t say this relative to being a “paid” minister, but every Christian has a full-time calling! A Christian should never use “I’m not called” as an excuse to avoid accepting responsibilities that are consistent with the calling of every believer. Paul writes, “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith” (Gal 6:10, NLT). If we are sensitive, the love of God on the inside of us will prompt and motivate us to act upon opportunities that are before us regularly. Speaking of opportunities, is it possible that in some situations, God has not singled someone out for certain tasks, but is looking for someone, anyone, who will respond to him? Read this article by Tony Cooke


Tools for Your Marriage Tool Box
Lisa Cooke

Tools For Your Marriage Tool Box by Lisa CookeI’d like to share a few tools you can have in your marriage tool box to help with those issues that inevitably come up in every life shared by two people trying to be one flesh. I think a common feeling among married couples that tries to rear its ugly head is self-pity. The thought that “I am doing more in this marriage than he or she is” comes to us all and it’s a thought that we should dissect and dismantle when it comes. Self-pity is an enemy to our souls and to our relationships. One way to combat this is for each of us to be good to our spouses. Each of us needs to bring a sense of fair play to the relationship where both of us are trying to outdo the other one in the area of good deeds. Read this article by Lisa Cooke


Take Your Seat in the Ship
Rick Renner

Take Your Seat in the Ship by Rick RennerSome people tend to sit and watch as achievers reach out to do the impossible. But if you are going to join the ranks of those achievers, you’ll have to do more than just sit around and talk about it. You’ll need to say yes to what the Lord is urging you to do. You cannot accomplish what God has called you to do all alone! Look around you! Look at the people God has placed around you to help you fulfill your dream. Don’t ignore them, thinking you can do it alone. If your vision from the Lord is big, it will require others to become involved in what you are doing. I wouldn’t be able to fulfill what God has told me to do if I had to do it by myself. The vision is too big and demanding. That’s why God didn’t stop after He called me. He also called others to stand with me, pray with me, and stay for the long haul, working beside me “on the under-rowers’ bench.” Their call is just as real as my call. They will answer for their part just as I will answer for mine. And when rewards are given, they will be rewarded for how they helped “row the boat” and keep this ministry moving forward to reach millions of souls. Read this article by Rick Renner


The Dynamics of Miracles
Christopher Alam

Last night a young man was carried to our Gospel Festival. He was totally paralyzed and unable to walk. As I prayed for the sick en masse from the platform, our Lord Jesus touched this young man. He stood up and began to walk, completely healed. Now to understand this, here are the reasons and dynamics as to why and how such miracles take place.

  1. Our Lord Jesus is risen from the dead, and He is alive today. That is why He does the same things today that He did 2000 years ago.
  2. The Word of God is 100% inerrant and true, and God confirms His Word with signs following.
  3. The Holy Spirit is still at work today with His supernatural power.

Read this article by Christopher Alam


2% Chance to Live: From Tragedy to Triumph
John Galinetti

2% Chance to Live by John GalinettiThe Lord put it on my heart to share this testimony of my survival against all odds and how living by God’s principles for life has made all the difference. Little did I know that Wendy and so many were praying for me. By this time, less than eighteen hours after I crashed my jet ski and went facedown in the lake, intercession was going up for me all over the world. Word had spread so fast. But as Wendy drove to the hospital that morning, she had no idea in what condition she would find me. I had experienced lung failure, heart failure and possibly brain failure. Would he be a vegetable? she asked herself. Was there brain damage? Would our lives ever be normal again? Read this article by John Galinetti


Você É um Salva-Vidas Espiritual?
Tony Cooke

Are You a Spiritual LifeguardDurante minha adolescência, eu passei três verões como salva-vidas em uma piscina pública. Refletindo sobre tal experiência, percebi que há diversas similaridades entre o exercício de salvar vidas e o serviço ministerial. Acredito que tais semelhanças possam fornecer percepções importantes. A seguir, seguem algumas lições a serem consideradas: Há uma vasta diferença entre nadar por prazer e salvar vidas. Aprendi a nadar quando criança. No começo, foi um pouco assustador, mas, eventualmente, se tornou divertido. À medida que minhas habilidades na natação avançavam, meu prazer na água também foi aumentando. Como aprendiz, as lições giravam em torno de me sentir seguro, me divertir e criar confiança. Durante esse período, eu não pensava em salvar outra pessoa; tudo dizia respeito ao prazer de nadar. De igual modo, um novo cristão está tipicamente aprendendo a se “sentir seguro” em torno de Deus, apreciando Sua presença e estabelecendo algumas habilidades em sua caminhada cristã. Isso não quer dizer que esse novo cristão não possa influenciar outros; de fato, um novo convertido possui maior contato e conexão com pessoas que também precisam conhecer a Cristo. Enquanto esse novo cristão pode não possuir habilidades ministeriais avançadas, ele, certamente, pode convidar outros a pular e apreciar a água, por assim dizer. Leia este artigo por Tony Cooke

March 2018 Quotes

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“The converted person will love the good he once hated, and hate the sin he once loved.”
– Billy Graham

“Just when the truth about life sinks in, his truth starts to surface. He takes us by the hand and dares us not to sweep the facts under the rug but to confront them with him at our side.”
– Max Lucado

“I believe in… gracious and divine and heavenly evolution—evolution out of sin into holiness, out of grief into gladness, out of mortality into immortality, out of earth into heaven! That is the evolution I believe in.”
– T. DeWitt Talmage

“’God is love’ means that He tries constantly to block your route to destruction.”
– Billy Graham

“Revival is the visitation of God which brings to life Christians who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God’s near presence and holiness. Thence springs a vivid sense of sin and a profound exercise of heart in repentance, praise, and love, with an evangelistic outflow.”
– J.I. Packer

Pastors Rick and Linda Sharkey