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Gotta remember deputation is about learning

I think I’ve said it before but while in Bible College.  I didn’t study, pay attention or learn as much as I should.  I got credit for prior college so I graduated early.  I also backslid a bit and didn’t grow the way I should.  I know I’m not where I could be if I had really put in the effort I should have.  I really have no idea why God has asked me to be a missionary/preacher/pastor considering how little I know.  Yet He has.

I often say that deputation isn’t about money but about learning what God has for me to learn and meeting the people I need to meet.  However, I still feel inadequate with my knowledge and pray I will never say anything dumb or Biblically wrong.  I also know that as a Pastor, I can never expect my people to rise higher than I do in their knowledge or standards.  I know I have a responsibility to study to show myself approved.

Yet, I still feel like a little kid sometimes and am so fearful of getting scolded.  I’ve gotta remember that deputation is about learning and faithfully do what God has for me to do.  I’ve gotta stop worrying about things I can’t control if I’m doing what God wants me to do to the best of my abilities.

Sermon idea

I will never understand why I have such a hard time putting a sermon onto paper.  I can preach the whole thing in my head including Bible passages and examples but when I sit down at the computer to type it up, it all dries up and it’s some of the hardest work I’ve ever done.

Here is a sermon idea that keeps bouncing around in my head.  I’ve cant really seem to get it fleshed out in any form.  I’ve typed up a sermon based on it and it’s just horrible.  It has no flow to it, it wanders and jumps around and eventually goes no where.  So I give you my idea.  Maybe you can do something with it for me.


Heaven is a wonderful place.  As saved people we never have to worry about hell or eternal damnation.  There are many things written about it and we all look forward to the day when we are reunited with loved ones and no longer have to worry about pain or sadness.  The world we live in is getting darker and darker and the end is getting close.  We have a tendency to look towards and pray for the Rapture because of how dark and unfriendly this world is becoming.

Yet we have

Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 

For those of us who are saved and on our way, the Rapture will be an amazing event.  We will finally be with Christ and get to see Him face to face.  However, after the Rapture comes the Tribulation.  For those left behind, it will be a horrific time of pain and suffering that for most won’t end with death.  When we pray for the Rapture, do we truly understand what it will mean for everyone else?


So there you have it.  A sermon idea I can do nothing with beyond this shell.  Soulwinning, Soul awareness, discipleship, love for the lost.  It’s all there and more yet I can find no way to make it come out in anything meaningful to anyone but me….

Encourage yourself in the Lord

One of the most important things a Christian must learn how to do is to encourage themselves in the Lord.  We see David do this over 1 Sam 30 when everyone is against him.  We all have people we can turn to that will encourage us when we are down.  Spouses, friends, our pastor.  This is why church attendance and fellowship is so important; to build those relationships and for encouragement.  Even Pastors have friends they turn to when they have problems and just need a person to listen to them.

However, there are times and places in our lives when we won’t have anyone to turn to but the Lord and those are the times when it’s most important to have a relationship with Him.  We must be able to not only talk to Him but hear Him when He talks to us.  Often times we are too busy, too cluttered or just too distracted to hear Him when He talks to us.

Offense is going to come into our lives.  We will get discouraged, offended and hurt.  We need to build a strong and firm relationship with Christ so that when they do, we can turn to Him and encourage ourselves through Him.

A New Year

When I started this, my plan was to make a post about once a week to keep people involved in what we were doing, where we were going, our prayer needs and just as a way to jot down some thoughts.  Unfortunately, I got busier than I thought I would (deputation really is a full time job) and it was one of many things that fell by the way side.  Well, here we are.  A brand new year and with it all the hope and promise that comes with new beginnings.  So I’ll try again and see where it goes.

I would like to ask for prayer for my Father-in-Law, Ralph Brand.  We visited Sheila’s dad back in September when we were presenting at a church near where she grew up.  He was in good shape and we had a really good visit.  He had a couple “senior moments” but at 79, those seemed normal.  Over the next couple of months he started having some health issues and was hospitalized three times for severe disorientation that seemed to be from dehydration.  The last time he was hospitalized he was diagnosed with dementia.

We visited him the week before Christmas and he was having one good day followed by one bad day.  He was very disoriented and had trouble with people and places on his bad days but on his good days, he seemed normal.  He went into a physical rehab hospital to see if he could get some strength back into his legs to help him get around and maybe the physical help would help on the mental side of things as well.

Two days ago he had three bad days in a row and had to be sedated because he was getting physical with the people around him.  He woke up and had another good day.  However, yesterday, he got very upset, dumped out his wife’s purse and struck a friend who was talking with him to try and calm him down.  He has been moved to a facility that deals with people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and they are evaluating him to see if they can help him.

Please keep Ralph, his wife Shirley, his daughter Sheila, his grand daughter Alana and everyone else in your prayers.  This seems to be moving so very very fast and it’s hard to get a grip on what is happening.