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Neigh. Min. NW Ohio-D

09 Dec

Mission Statement (part C)  To help churches train their members for ministry (make disciples). A disciple is not only one who follows Christ but one who serves Him. I often hear about churches that need piano and organ players, Sunday School teachers, and other workers because they have no program to recruit and train workers. Churches usually offer very few opportunities to serve and most positions in the church are filled with the same people with no opportunity to involve new people. Churches should be constantly training new people to meet future needs by having their present workers mentor prospective workers. I have been training Christian workers since 1975. Many pastors I talk to give their church high marks if there is no fighting in the church, membership is stable, and the bills are paid on time and would like to improve their church’s outreach.

When I survey their congregation however, I find no programs to train members for ministry. Members of choirs, if any, and worship teams are recruited from those who know how to sing and play instruments and Sunday School teachers are recruited from those who are willing but training is rarely given. Churches rarely have programs to train members in evangelism and ministry. Christian Social Service organizations often train their workers but few churches direct their members to them or encourage their members to support them. Churches say their members aren’t interested but when I issue a call for workers in the church, I am usually swamped with people who want to serve but have never been asked or trained.

 

 

 

Advent-Second Sunday-Dec. 10

09 Dec

Joy Luke 2:10 “And the Angel said unto them, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”- The Jewish people were straining under the burden of Roman rule because they had turned their backs and ignored His Law. They found no joy in the Roman occupation. It seemed that God had abandoned them for there had not been a prophet in Israel in 150 years. Suddenly an angel appeared and announced that she had a pronouncement that would bring joy to everyone, not just the Jews. The Jews did not realize it but the Messiah was coming and He would deliver mankind not only from Roman rule but from the power of sin and death itself. That is something to celebrate.

 
 

Sanctity of Life-1-A-2

08 Dec

Abortion providers claim they care about women and want to help them. Yet they oppose efforts to protect women getting abortions by opposing licensing and inspection of abortion clinics and oppose informing women about the risks and oppose laws requiring parental notification, even though teenagers can not adequately weigh the risks. Abortionists also oppose laws which outlaw abortions which target girl babies. (In China, we know that most girl babies are aborted because families want boys, but many people don’t realize that even in the U.S. many babies are aborted simply because the family wants a boy.)

 

Sanctity of Life-1-A-1

08 Dec

Abortionists continually say how they care about these women who are in need of help, but have shown total disregard for the safety of their patients by rushing women through abortions without checking their medical history adequately beforehand for indications there might possibly be serious complications and releasing them afterward without waiting to see if there are complications because the more abortions they do, the more money they make. Now they are going one step further by conducting abortions over the internet. No nurse, let alone a doctor, examines the client in person. They “interview” the patient over the internet, take their money, waiting only long enough to make sure the money comes through, and prescribe a deadly mixture of drugs to kill the baby. The patients waits at home for the contents of the uterus to be expelled. No medical personnel are available in case she experiences serious medical problems which could prove deadly to her.

 

Neigh. Min. NW Ohio-C

01 Dec

Mission Statement-Part-B To Train Pastors to Minister to Their Members-Many Bible Schools and Seminaries train pastors in theology but fall short in training them to minister to their members. While Christians have hope in Christ, they still face the stress of everyday living, especially today in an increasingly hostile world and are often in need of spiritual guidance, pastoral advice, and encouragement. I have been training pastors since 1984.

           I have found many pastors I talk with lack training in how to minister to their people. When I applied for ordination in the United Methodist Church, they had me do a psychological test and told me I was more qualified for the ministry than 94% of their pastors currently serving. I found that hard to believe since I had not yet served a church. When I was given my first appointment, it was a two-point charge that had been failing for years. Within six months, it was current on its bills and adding new members. They became two more of only a handful of churches in the entire conference that were growing. In seminary, we were taught theology but almost nothing about how to minister to the members or how theology applied to everyday life. Since I had a Social Work background, I was better prepared than most students there who had majored in English, Art, Music, and other subjects. After four years in ministry, I was asked by a District Superintendent in another denomination to help develop a bus ministry in the church he served. Later, he sent me to train a pastor, whose church was struggling, in how to minister to his people. Since then I have trained pastors in a number of denominations, from Pentecostal churches to liberal ones.

 

 

Advent-First Sunday-Dec 3

01 Dec

(Love)-John 3:16 -For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish, but have everlasting life. The first Sunday of Advent is the first day of the Christian calendar and if you take it seriously, could be the first day of your eternal life. It begins a journey in which Christ calls us to follow Him and if we are faithful and follow will take us from where we are to the cross and from the cross to the grave and from the grave to heaven. When the world was drowning in sin, God loved us enough that He sent Jesus to open the way for us to receive eternal life. Advent should be a time when we prepare for the journey we will travel in the upcoming year. Please join me on the journey.

 
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Advent-B

01 Dec

Formerly Advent was a time of fasting in preparation for celebrating the Second Coming of Christ, now it is often a time of celebration and expectation. Celebration of the fact that Christ has come and anticipation that He will come again bringing truth and justice. Three Sundays, the color is purple symbolizing royalty. God became flesh and dwelt among us and should reign in our lives. One Sunday is usually pink, originally the third Sunday, symbolizing joy that the time of fasting is almost over but now is often the fourth Sunday symbolizing dawn, the celebration of the Coming king. It should be a time of preparing our hearts to receive Christ. (see “Advent Devotions”)

 
 

Advent-A-Dec 3

01 Dec

Advent begins the Christian year. Although it is a later addition to the Christian calendar, it fills in the winter recess between the last major holiday of the year and the first major holiday of the new year. It is a time when we remember that Jesus, the light of the world, has come and what His coming means. Before His coming was like being in a dark unfamiliar room. You are stumbling around, bumping into furniture, looking for a lamp. Suddenly you find a lamp and turn it on. You soon forget what it was like before you found the lamp but it is good to look back and remember because the vast majority of people are still out there stumbling around looking for the lamp. We need to examine ourselves and see if there is anything in our life hindering our light from shining in the darkness and determine that this Christmas, we will tell others about what life is like now that the Light has come.

 
 

Neigh. Min. NW Ohio-B

24 Nov

Mission Statement-Part-A  To Reach the Lost-Jesus said to go into all the World and preach the Gospel (Good News). Many people today seek hope in a world that doesn’t offer any hope. The fields are ripe for harvest but there are few laborers. I am often asked by churches how they can reach the lost. Since the early 1990’s, I have published numerous books and booklets, and spoken to churches and conferences about reaching the lost.

Our goal as Christians should be to save the lost. Unfortunately, people have become so isolated they constantly rub shoulders with people but often don’t really know them. They have no idea whether those around them are Christians or not. When that person’s behavior clearly indicates they are not a believer, Christians tend to avoid them. As a result, few unbelievers are ever brought to Christ. Unbelievers don’t know anything about church and so don’t see any reason why they should go. Christians must reach out to them and get to know them. As they get to know them, God will open doors to draw them to Himself. However, Christians need to be trained to reach out to their neighbors and friends.

 

 

Christ the King Sunday-B

24 Nov

Though Christ the King Sunday actually falls on this day, this year, due to a distortion in the Roman calendar, it is proper that it be celebrated before Thanksgiving, since God has ordained that one day He will come to earth again to take his followers home and then He will hold a marriage supper to celebrate His marriage to His bride (the Church) Though many argue whether Christ will return before the tribulation, during the tribulation, or after the tribulation, God in ordaining Rosh Hosanna, Yom Kippor, and Succoth has spelled out the sequence of the last days. (The coming of Christ followed by the time of tribulation, and finally the final judgment and the end of the age, followed by the marriage Supper of the Lamb which we shall celebrate in heaven) Since God fulfilled the Passover and Pentecost exactly as He ordained them, I have no doubt that He will do the same with Rosh Hosanna. This is the last Sunday of the Christian calendar and celebrates what will one day be the last day of the human race, when Christ ushers in the new heaven and the new earth which Christ and His followers shall rule and from which Satan and all who follow him will be forever banished.

 
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