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I normally create content for this blog specifically but I chose to mirror my social media post here. It bears repeating and may serve as a reminder to thank, hug or shake the hand of the pastors in your life. Where I may only be a month into my first assignment, I have a clearer image and understanding of what goes through the mind of a pastor. The loss felt by a member who chooses to leave to the pain and agony of a community of
people I have yet to meet. The hours spent in prayer by each spiritual leader out there cannot be counted as they are like the grains of sand on a beach or as numerous as the stars of the night. Give thanks for those that live their life in a transparent bubble. I once read an article that they feel like everyone’s pastor and no one’s friend. On a side note, check out the sermon page as it is updated constantly as I look to start a “Midweek Minute” and post other sermons there in the near future. I am a rookie at editing so keep that in mind and feel free to leave feedback on the video page!
That said, this post is for those that have helped, guided, directed, corrected and prayed for me in this journey of service. Here is the social media post:
Bear with me, this may be a little longer than expected – yes I typed this after I finished!
I struggled whether or not to post this. I did not want this to be seen as self-serving. Then I thought about those that have sacrificed hours and hours in my path I am currently following. I asked myself if I would do this if I was working in retail, fast food or even a certain call center. I would never hesitate because I have been given an inside look into these people’s lives, the expectations they face daily and the pain the feel alongside the many they love and care for. That said, this is not about me, but about those that have been obedient to God’s call in shaping me.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month and it actually gets me into reflecting on all those people and prepares me for the best month of the year- Thanksgiving!
There are many I cannot remember the names of that aided in my salvation and track to obedience. That Church of God pastor in Southern California whos sermon led me down that aisle. That United Methodist volunteer youth leader (BB I believe was his name) that encouraged my young growth. There was my late uncle (Kurt – Suzie Huth) that spent numerous hours in prayer as he watched me walk away from the life God called mt into. That first Nazarene pastor (Tony Miller) that set the stage in his staff to encourage my wife and me to be plugged into service. The late Pastor Gary was there to encourage and is a huge reason I have a library! Pastor Joe brought me into the world of a pastor in stress and the inner workings of a church. Pastor Angela was there to overcome that final objection and Pastor Jon to give me the level of standard to shoot for. Jon did not expect less because of my status as a volunteer. He brought me into his world of slow-moving restoration and taught me what real patience looks like. He reminded me that we can still have – let’s say a quirky – sense of humor and be a man of God! The late Pastor Kenneth was there to hold my feet to the fire and if any of you knew him, you know he was not a man to argue with at well over 6 foot tall! Pastor Terry has become more than a mentor to me. He has encouraged, corrected and been there as a friend to listen. He has taught me (and others around him) what true compassion looks like. He can correct in a way that keeps you feeling loved and walk away with a deep desire to correct those actions! My brother from another mother, Joe walked with me as I with him through our educational experiences and has been a true confidant in times of need and in times of rejoicing.
I apologize if there are those I have missed. But note that there is a great level of respect and love for all that have had a part in shaping this servant pastor’s path. Thank you all for being there. Thank you all for your prayers. Thank you all for your obedience. Thank you all for the countless hours spent on me. Thank you for your sacrifice that often goes unnoticed. Thank you for serving the multitudes you have and currently serve. Thank you for those that will shape this rookie in the years to come.
You are loved by a servant that prays daily for you and your ministries.
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
I know it has been a while, but in all fairness, I have been a little busy. I have recently accepted the call to lead a congregation in the small town of Washington Indiana. These people are a great group of folks that are easy to love and they have a heart for their community. Now that is out of the way, I have a few thoughts to share as I have been preparing the latest sermon. I honestly wrote this last week but did not want to publish until the sermon titled “Never Alone, the Sequel” was given. Now, back to the previously scheduled post! That said, my intended audience is the fellow believer – male and female. The Word calls us “brethren.” This is not intended for the non-believer as I believe those of faith have a higher standard. We are supposed to hold each other accountable – society thinks that would be “judgmental.” To fellow believers, its accountability. Continue reading Me, Me, Me!
“Hello, my name is Darrell and I am calling with BR Interviewing…” It is this phrase I uttered thousands of times in the last two and a half months. I had placed my life on hold for the possibility of God placing me in a lead pastoral role. Seems, He was not ready to move me just yet. With most of my savings fading away, I looked for a temporary job
until He decided to place me. I found one working at the local convention center, but the hours were scarce. Then I was hired by a company that makes outbound calls. It is not sales but that does not make the job itself any easier. You push a button, the computer dials a number and you wait to either hear someone yell, listen and hang up, listen or a voicemail pick up. There are a variety of surveys they do here, and I will not go into specifics, but needless to say, it is not a job one dreams of when they are a child! There are a couple of life lessons I have learned while I was there. Continue reading How about a survey?
As a guy who loves to eat hates to exercise this saying makes absolutely no sense to me! In my honest opinion, whoever said this originally needs a serious mental evaluation! I mean who wants to be put into pain? Anyone? So, I started to investigate where this little tidbit of crazy talk came from. A simple google search shows Jane Fonda made it popular in one of her workout videos in 1982. If one were to dig deeper, you may find out that Benjamin Franklin coined that phrase almost 300 years ago! I have heard it applied in business as well. Ever hear the phrase “it takes money to make money?” How about “feel the burn” that was later changed for a political slogan? Again, I think these are all crazy talk, don’t you?
Or are they?
There is a post going around social media that tells of a child praying the alphabet. When an adult asked why this child just prayed her ABC’s, she replied: “I didn’t know the words to say so I figured God would put the letters in the right order.” I will pause here while everyone’s heart melts just a tad! Around Easter, I wrote of that difficult prayer. What about the one we cannot frame into words?
This got me thinking about that “unspoken” request we often hear in church. It has become more popular or it may just be my take on what stands out to me. I used to be against such thoughts. I mean, the Word tells us to present our requests to God (1 John 5:14-15) and to be specific in doing so (Philippians 4:6-7). James 5:16 tells us to do so to one another. That we are to confess our sins so that we may be healed. I mean, “real” Christians would confess their sins to one another, right? Continue reading Unspoken Request
Every VBS we have done at our church involves the part of searching for God Sightings. I like this focus so much it is something we do on a weekly basis in Children Church. I believe it is a great habit to look and see where God is at work around us. With me, I have found that He will often point something out so He can have a chat. For example, take these simple train tracks. Continue reading Keep it on the tracks!