Pastor Search – Pastors Don’t Grow On Trees

Pastors are crucial to God’s work.  As we endeavor to plant churches, we must have more men of God.  But where do we find them? 

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Have you ever considered where pastors come from?  It may seem like a weird question at first glance, yet it is vital that we know the answer.  

Pastors are crucial to God’s work.  They are the under-shepherds of local assemblies leading in the stead of Christ.  Pastors are called to lead, feed, guide, and protect the flock of God.  

Faithful pastors are worth more than their weight in gold.  (And for some, that's a lot of gold!) Click To Tweet

A Church’s success in obeying the Lord is significantly affected by her pastor.  Churches tend to take on the personality, passion, and position of their pastors.  This is a blessing with a Godly, faithful, and committed man of God.  Also, it can be a curse with an ungodly, unmotivated, or unfaithful pastor.  

A church that lacks vision, clarity, doctrine, energy, etc. usually has someone at the helm who isn’t providing them.  A church that has drive, sound doctrine, passion, urgency, soul winning ministries, baptisms, etc. has a faithful pastor leading the way.  

A critic may complain that we are placing too much emphasis on the pastor. “What about Christ?” they ask.  Of course, the Lord is the head of the church.  He is the founder, builder, and protector of His Bride.  But don’t forget that it was our Lord’s idea to commission pastors to lead the flock.  

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Compelling Reasons Every Preacher Should Exercise

Preaching God’s Word is a priceless privilege. Also, it is one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. Spiritual battle, mental strain, emotional stress, and physical neglect create a devastating recipe for bad health.

Compelling Reasons Every Preacher Should Exercise

1 Samuel 4:15–18
“Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son?

And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.

And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.”

Many preachers struggle with their physical health.

There are two stereotypical extremes of preachers. The first is the “plastic preacher.” He looks like a Ken doll with every hair in place, six-pack abs, and way too much emphasis on his appearance.

The second is the “plump preacher.” He is overweight, unfit, and gives way too little thought to his appearance.

Both extremes should be avoided like the plague.

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How To Write A Compelling Author Bio

Your author bio can help make or break your writing career. Follow these simple steps to write a compelling bio that will not only help sell your current book but also create interest in future projects.

How To Write A Compelling best-selling Author Bio

An author spends countless hours working on a project. There is joy and relief when the main content of the book is completed. Yet, there is still much work to be done!

The finishing aspects of your book will require the same focus and attention to detail as your content. Don’t overlook the importance of cover design, front book material, back of book synopsis, sales copy, etc.

Unless you are being published by a traditional publisher, you will have to do much of this work yourself. Paid access to our Christian Writer’s Club will walk you through the process of writing a book from start to finish with coaching along the way. Access is limited. Sign-up here for updates.

One of the most underestimated, elements of the book writing process is the author biography.

The author bio allows people to get to know you, establishes your authority, explains why they should listen to what you have to say, and helps you sell your products.

A well-written bio (with minor changes) will be used on your website, in sales copy, and in future products.

These principles can be adapted for use in projects other than books as well. Compare your existing biographical information on websites, brochures, etc. with the tips below.

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Biblical Success

How would you define success?  It is vital that you adopt the Biblical definition.  Without it, you are wide open to Satanic attack.  If you can’t define true success, you can’t achieve it!

WHAT IS BIBLICAL SUCCESS

Joshua 1:8“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Everyone wants to be successful. No one is born desiring to be a failure.  When asked what they want to be when they grow up, children don’t say, “I want to be unsuccessful!”  They usually dream of meaningful careers like a fireman, policeman, doctor, lawyer, businessman, superhero, etc.

Thoughts of success usually include money, influence, fame, or transformation.

What do you imagine when you think of success?  An executive in an expensive suit working in corporate America?  A large ministry with a national platform? Someone who owns their own business making tons of money?  A large, expensive home?  A few high-end cars sitting in the driveway?  Large numbers of people who adore you?

These are the typical images of success. These earthly ideas of success are imprinted on us from birth.  

They are NOT Biblical success.  We must reject these carnal ideas of success and search the answer in God’s Word.  Why?

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If You Shave, This $2 Tool Will Save You Heartache

Have you ever cut yourself shaving and couldn’t get it to stop bleeding? This $2 item will save you some embarrassment and heartache.

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One of our ushers came to a church service with a piece of toilet paper on his face. I knew what happened even before I asked him about it. He cut himself shaving and it wouldn’t stop. Every time he took the paper off, it would start bleeding again.

I’m not criticizing. It has happened to us all. We spent the next few minutes exchanging stories of our similar embarrassing moments.

I told him of an item that would keep him from ever having to face this stressful situation again.

It’s called a Styptic Pencil.

It is a simple item that IMMEDIATELY stops bleeding from shaving cuts. It burns for a second, but it is worth the momentary pain. It is a lifesaver.

Why write about this cheap item?

I cut myself this morning shaving. I don’t do it often, but I was in a hurry today so I nicked my face. I could barely see the cut, but the blood started flowing. 🙁 I took out my styptic pencil and stopped the bleeding immediately. I was thankful to have this simple tool.

As I thanked the Lord for a quick solution to the problem, I thought back to a situation a few years ago. I was out of town getting ready for an important meeting. As I was shaving in the hotel, I cut myself. I looked for my Styptic Pencil in my travel bag, but it was not there. Oh no!

The only thing I could do was try to stop the bleeding by pressure. I held a tissue to the minuscule cut thinking that it would clot quickly. It didn’t. After several minutes, I had to keep getting ready so I did what we all do – I put a small piece of tissue paper on the cut to stop it. I tried to take the tissue paper off a few times, but the microscopic cut started to bleed again.

I had to leave the embarrassing white tissue stuck to my face until I arrived in the parking lot. Thankfully, I remembered to take it off before I walked into a meeting with sharp-dressed business executives.

All of that drama would have been avoided if I just had my Styptic Pencil.

I was so thankful for the quick remedy this morning that I thought I would share this pro tip. You never have to face the panic or awkwardness of a shaving cut that won’t stop bleeding again.

Pick up a Styptic Pencil this week. I recommend the 3-pack. You won’t be sorry. Keep one anywhere you shave. Put one in your travel bag and leave it there so you never forget it.

You can get one HERE or at your local department store.

Do you have a similar embarrassing shaving story that you would like to share?