Godliness, Value, Burnout

Dec 30, 2008 by

In the heartache of burnout or termination many can lose their bearings, and say and do things they would not otherwise. It is a time of great inner turmoil and growing disillusionment with what we never would previously challenge. But it is not a time to forget some of the most basic principles of scriptures. One of those living guidelines is found in 1 Tim. 4:7-10. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living...

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Temptation and Burn-out

Dec 30, 2008 by

Is it possible that some ministry leaders have burned-out because they judged themselves so harshly for not measuring up, and then eventually came around to blaming the church or God for their feelings and state of affairs? We believe this is very possible. Many a pastor, youth leader, worship leader has launched out into their ministry with such zeal that absolute perfect was the only acceptable result. Not understanding that perfect can be a form of idolatry, they become harshly critical of themselves and others around them. One of these areas of consideration is temptation. For some reason there are many who do not understand that temptation is not a sin. They expect God to give them so much strength they won’t have or experience any feelings of temptation. Please remember Jesus was tempted...

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Meaningful Encounter with God in 2003...

Dec 30, 2008 by

Steve Packer, Speech at Linn County Association of Evangelicals Luncheon, former pastor Jeremiah 18:18 says, “Come let us devise plans against Jeremiah . . . let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.” I walked this same path with Jeremiah five and a half years ago and have been taking baby steps toward complete healing ever since that time. I had come to expect (even anticipate) the rejection of antagonists within the local church. However, I did not anticipate the confusion they successfully created among other believers and the devastating escalation of the rejection which followed from friends, peers, and denominational officials. I soon lost my job, our family lost its support group and local church, we eventually lost our home, most of our...

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Musings on Freedom

Dec 30, 2008 by

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Paul’s words to the Galatians ring loud in our ears today – or do they? When we look about and notice how many churches and denominations seem to enslave their people with a variety of ideas, programs, requirements and expectations that, at times, seem extra-biblical, I can’t help wonder if many of us are missing the boat on freedom. Coming into relationship with Christ is supposed to be the greatest liberating experience we have, yet for many, including pastors and ministry leaders, freedom in Christ has become a-burnout-experience. To those who become angry, disillusioned, and cynical, freedom and church are two words that don’t belong in the same...

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The Infinite Supply of The Lord...

Dec 30, 2008 by

By Chip Brogden of The School of Christ The following article by Chip goes well with our articles about “Resting in the Spirit”. The New Covenant relationship is all about what Jesus has done and wants to do for us, yet we still try to do so much for ourselves. Enjoy this excellent article, rest in His Spirit and give God ground to perform a miracle. “In [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). These writings are meant to convey something of the depth of the Lord Jesus, that is, the Lord as INFINITE SUPPLY. Although material needs are important, what we have in mind here is not an earthly wealth or resource, but a spiritual treasury of blessings, all found in the Person of Christ. Not too long...

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Tree of Life – Part 10

Dec 27, 2008 by

Holiness, Character & The Tree of Life I have no doubt some will have trouble with the idea of resting in the Spirit of Jesus as taught in our earlier chapters. The flesh has a real problem with the totally free expression of Father’s grace. In fact, our flesh wars against it. We want to do, to achieve, to overcome, to say “I did it!” Some will say, yes, but, what about holiness and building Godly character? Isn’t that important? Shouldn’t we be striving to do those things? No! True holiness, not just a form of church culture, should be a product produced by allowing the Holy Spirit to flow and do his work in us unhindered by us. When we rest in the Spirit as Jesus states in Matt. 11:28, we are getting...

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