Hebrews 6:10: 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.
It’s June, and vacation that is much needed and well deserved is just ahead for most people in ministry. This is a good time of year to pay attention to your own soul and look to the treasured Scriptures and disciplines that have sustained you thus far in your service to Christ and His church. I am writing to encourage you today.
Every preacher has a few seldom-heard, high-impact verses. We tuck them away in our hearts, and use them in the deepest valleys with people facing the darkest of times. Some we discovered in sermon prep and have simply held on to. Others we needed ourselves in a dark night of the soul, and share, from our own experience, the comfort these Scriptures have brought us. Hebrews 6:10, written above, is such a verse for me—God’s promise not to forget, which I have to be sure I remember.
It’s not just what you have done for the Lord and His church, it is what you continue to attempt for His kingdom and His glory that God won’t forget—be sure you don’t forget that assurance either. God sees it all. He knows your weaknesses and shortcomings better than those who oppose your ministry, and He knows and rejoices over your strengths with singing that is louder than your greatest supporter. God Himself is looking down upon your life and ministry today, fully aware of the promises He has given in His Word. He is expecting you to embrace those truths as your reality, believing His promise: “I am watching over My word to perform it” (Jeremiah 1:12). Read More
May 31, 2013
A few years ago a TV network news program did a five-night feature on evangelicals. I just had to watch and find out what they think about me and my friends. As you might guess, they totally didn’t get us. Read More
May 15, 2013
I am so excited about our worship department and the second live recording this Friday night for Vertical Church Band. They are such a gifted young group of artists—and we are so passionate about our adoration of Jesus Christ. Read More
May 08, 2013
This is a blog for pastors and ministry leaders. It’s meant to be an open-hearted conversation about things pastors think and feel— Read More
May 02, 2013
It’s the National Day of Prayer, and our country and its president have never needed our prayers more. Please pray for my friend @GregLaurie, and for his courageous stand in the face of intimidation not to pray before the nation at this event in Washington. Read More