The idea certainly sounds appealing, but you ought to be warned that it will wipe out one of our favorite pastoral activities——making plans for other people. The result could be a radical revision of your, concept of what it means to be a pastor.
Both Jesus' words and His actions demonstrated that the natural, spontaneous fruit of faith is genuine obedience and victory in the Christian life. But this is a work that we can no more do for ourselves than we can save ourselves.
The needs of those who have lost someone close in death do not come to an end at the cemetery. Indeed, the days and weeks immediately following the funeral may be the most precious opportunities for ministry to these grieving members of our flocks. If we would truly be shepherds to them, we cannot let these moments slip through our fingers.
The Sabbath expresses God's best news to the human family: the news that He has created us perfectly, that He has redeemed us completely, that He
loves us immensely, and that He will restore us ultimately.
Crossing t's and dotting i's alternate at the church's yearly planning session with bold commitments to a comprehensive program of continuing
education for ministers and absolute priority for evangelism.
The clay tablets in Ebla's archives have been hailed as "one of this century's most important archeological discoveries." Now two recent publications give the English-speaking world its first detailed look.