Reversing the Curse

When you hear the word “work” what thoughts and emotions do you have? Are they positive? Are they exciting? Are they restful? As Americans, the word we use to describe our work is “labor.” Well, Webster’s Dictionary defines labor as: “exertion which causes weariness.” We associate work with weariness. Do you feel weary today? That is a direct result of the fall. And today, God offers you a way out of your weariness.

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How to Honor My Pastor

Religious scholar, Martin Marty, wrote that in earlier American life, the minister was the most powerful and important person in the community. He could even arrest people and put them in jail. Even as recent as fifty years ago, pastors were regarded as the best educated and most competent people in town. And they generally were. They were often called upon by Washington DC to actually consult on government policy. Today, however, pastors are viewed in a much different light. So many pastors today find themselves in an almost impossible situation because they have been so attacked and torn down and they are not granted the authority God intends them to have.
As a result, 70% of pastors today exhibit a damaged image of self. 75% of pastors today seriously consider leaving the church. Pastors are twice as likely to seek counseling as the general population. 80% of clergy believe pastoral ministry affects their families negatively. And for every 20 pastors who go into ministry, only 1 retires from the ministry. Pastors are the only hope for our situation today. They have the knowledge and the position given by God to make a difference and meet the desperate human need. If we would honor and support and uplift our pastors, our churches would once again become places of light and power and love that would transform our world.

How to Honor My Pastor

Religious scholar, Martin Marty, wrote that in earlier American life, the minister was the most powerful and important person in the community. He could even arrest people and put them in jail. Even as recent as fifty years ago, pastors were regarded as the best educated and most competent people in town. And they generally were. They were often called upon by Washington DC to actually consult on government policy. Today, however, pastors are viewed in a much different light. So many pastors today find themselves in an almost impossible situation because they have been so attacked and torn down and they are not granted the authority God intends them to have.
As a result, 70% of pastors today exhibit a damaged image of self. 75% of pastors today seriously consider leaving the church. Pastors are twice as likely to seek counseling as the general population. 80% of clergy believe pastoral ministry affects their families negatively. And for every 20 pastors who go into ministry, only 1 retires from the ministry. Pastors are the only hope for our situation today. They have the knowledge and the position given by God to make a difference and meet the desperate human need. If we would honor and support and uplift our pastors, our churches would once again become places of light and power and love that would transform our world.

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An Opportunity to Make All Things New

It’s been said a human being is like an iceberg, about a tenth of us is visible. And it’s in that invisible area that we want to do the work that will enable us to be transformed. Think of all the time you spend on your body – exercising, putting on makeup, eating, fixing your hair, picking out clothes, brushing your teeth. Imagine if you spent the same about of time on your soul.

Today, we have the opportunity to find new life for our souls. And we don’t want to miss it. Often, we think we are waiting for Jesus to work – to answer a prayer, to fix something, to change our circumstances. The truth is we are not waiting on Jesus, Jesus is waiting on us. He’s waiting for us to step into the newness of life He wants us to have.

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