What Keeps Me Busy?

What Keeps Me Busy?

I have unsaved friends and acquaintances all over the place. I work with them, do business with them, help them when they need it. They almost all still just know me as “Pastor Tom” no matter what my relation is to them. These are people that I have witnessed to more than once, and that I continue to try to influence for Christ. I’ve prayed with them, comforted them, served them, taught them, and more.

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Book Review: The Unsaved Christian By Dean Inserra

Book Review: The Unsaved Christian By Dean Inserra

The Country Club Christian is consumeristic about church, fickle, and non-committal, and always has “one foot out the door”. This type sees church involvement as a one-way commitment. As long as the church is doing what they want they stay. They’re also selectively generous, giving to only certain missions needs but never actually evangelizing themselves. They also lack spiritual self-awareness. This means that they think they’re spiritual yet they do not grow and become more like Jesus at all.

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Don’t Speak Like The Foreman if You’re Only A Laborer (Working for the Lord of Harvest)

Don’t Speak Like The Foreman if You’re Only A Laborer (Working for the Lord of Harvest)

My point is, had we based our calling on the usually accepted conception of “need”. We might not have come. We based our mission on the call of God, not on statistics or demographics. I don’t think people have the right to say where the needs are or are not. Only God does, because He knows things we don’t. As Lord of the harvest, He moves laborers as He sees fit. Don’t speak like the Foreman of the job-site if you’re only a laborer.

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Who Has The Hardest Job?

Who Has The Hardest Job?

I’m not sure why some people get caught up in the game of trying to figure out whose job is more difficult. Do some men think that’s manly? Some full-time pastors try to act like bi-vocational ones don’t fully understand the spiritual depth of full-time ministry. Some bi-vocational men try to act like full-time ministers are spoiled, soft, golf-addicts (I may be guilty of this one in the past). Some church members try to act like pastors don’t face similar risks for evangelizing that they do. Some pastors try to act like church members have it easy because they get to punch out at the end of the day.

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The Stochastic Gospel?

The Stochastic Gospel?

The word “stochastic” is used in contrast with the word “Deterministic”. Without getting too nerdy, I’ll briefly explain their use from a purely Radiological standpoint, and how they realistically illustrate the proper vs improper setting of spiritual goals.

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Scientifically Testing Salvation Claims (Is it reasonable?)

Scientifically Testing Salvation Claims (Is it reasonable?)

John’s tests give us a means by which we can follow the trail of evidence to a reasonable conclusion with the Obedience test and the Love test, and a perfect conclusion with the truth test. Still, I must be careful to not allow personal biases or personality dislikes to skew the test results. I must be vigilant, careful, and prayerful in how and why I use this Biblical information.

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Anchor People

Anchor People

I once had a guy stop attending church because he wanted preaching that “blows my hair back.” I’m not exactly sure how to accomplish that in preaching without the supplemental use of hair dryer, and a very large one at that because he always sat on the back row. I may have been happy to oblige if he’d have picked up and extension cord.

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Are foreign missions more valuable to God?

This is why we should stop romanticizing missions to young people who may not have good discernment. Ministry, no matter where it is, is hard work. When you get there, no one will recognize you for your efforts. No one will pat you on the back. No one will come beating down your door to sit at your feet like some kind of sage. More likely, you’ll spend much time feeling rejected, isolated, marginalized, uncertain of outcomes and all the while praying for the best, usually with tears.

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