In my early days in ministry I was full of excitement and passion. It seemed that my energy was boundless as I worked as a youth pastor, went to school, and managed to work another part time construction job to pay the bills. As I grew older and God blessed my wife and I with children things began to get more complicated. My energy seemed to wane and I found myself stressed out, burned out, and coasting. The passion and excitement I had in those early days wasn’t gone, but it was on it’s way. I went through a lot of pain, soul searching, prayer, and guidance from mentors before I identified the cause. I’ll admit I still find myself struggling to maintain balance in these areas. Thankfully I have men in my life who will point out when I need to step back and readjust a few things. Take a look and see if any of these are issues you struggle with as well.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Today on the eve of St. Valentine’s day I would be remiss not to post something on romantic love. If you take the time to look at the history behind the day, it is just as scandalous as Halloween or Christmas. According to this article, Valentine’s Day was preceded by an ancient pre-Roman pagan festival held on the 13th-15th of February called Lupercalia. This festival was related to fertility and involved sacrificing a goat for fertility and a dog for purity in the mouth of a sacred cave. Then they would skin the goat, cut the hide into strips, dip the strips into the sacrificial blood, and then smack women and crop fields with the blood soaked hide to ensure fertility. I’ll take a box of conversation hearts over that any day! Then to cap off the festivities the names of the available young ladies would be put into a bowl to be drawn out by the eligible bachelors and the newly formed couple would then cohabitate for the next year, apparently with marriage and children often being the result of these unions. Go ahead and take time right now to thank God for your over intrusive grandmother and E-Harmony because those are both much better than the draw-your-name-out-of-the-hat method the pagans employed.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Our church is one of over 4,500 that are participating in the 40 Days in the Word campaign. One reason I believe this campaign to spend 40 days focused on God’s word is both timely and needed is because America has a Biblical illiteracy problem.
In the land of the Gideon's, people aren’t getting the Good Book,
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Recently in our town a movement to help the rising number of homeless has began to sprout up. It is currently estimated that in Lebanon alone we have around 60 homeless families living in tents and other homemade shelters in the wooded areas in and around the city. Homelessness is a topic that many of us who grew up in rural communities had little to no experience with. It was something that seemingly only occurred in New York and L.A. The reality is that today with jobless benefits running out and many Americans living pay check to pay check the issue of homelessness has become a reality that is no longer relegated to the big city.