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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Can God Use Men Who Are Not Natural Leaders?

Can God Use Men Who Are Not Natural Leaders?

We tend to think of born leaders as just aggressive, overzealous, and ambitious people, always whipping out their sword at the wrong time (John 18:10) or taking matters into their own hands (Luke 9:49, 54; Mark 3:17), but…

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Preaching Is Pure Restraint... Of Myself

Preaching Is Pure Restraint... Of Myself

So, how much do I "nail" things from the pulpit? Well, I'm afraid that "nailing" things is based on the presumptions that people don't get it, the Holy Spirit is incapable of telling them, and they can't come to the right conclusion without me telling them exactly what they need to do practically. Those seem like arrogant and uninformed presumptions. Some men just get enjoyment from straightening other people out.

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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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