It may seem strange, but I have to be strategic with the time between each of the services. People approach me in rapid-fire succession. There are emergency times of prayer, evangelism opportunities, quick counseling sessions, and, oh by the way, the gym commode is overflowing. Where’s the plunger? I love every minute of it, even the plunging. How do I manage the time between services? How do I make these twenty minutes strategic?
For six decades, the housing allowance tax break has been one of a minister’s best friends. The allowance, which lets pastors use tax-free dollars to pay for housing, saves pastors about $800 million in income taxes, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. But it could soon disappear.
Many of us remember our seminary preaching classes that included critique from our peers and professors. In fact, I still remember the negatives my classmates pointed out after I had preached—and I took that class almost thirty years ago! Still, I think all of us who preach regularly need to have a team that evaluates our preaching. Here’s why:
In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, we read about seven churches and the dangers they faced—the very same dangers that we still face today. It’s both a warning that…
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
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