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This Sunday at Church: Pray for those who recently got married in your Church

Our church doesn’t have any newlyweds. The last two were two years ago. They did listen when I said to not focus on ministry but on each other (Deuteronomy 24:5) and studying the Bible (with groups us good!)

Though, having officiated hundreds of weddings, this has been on my heart for a long time.

Let us remember our newlyweds!

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray for those who recently got married in your Church. Someone in our Tuesday Bible study recently got married!  It got me thinking: We as a church should pray for those who recently got married! We should pray for their direction of […]

This Sunday at Church: Pray for those who recently got married in your Church

This Sunday at Church: Pray for churches you know looking for a Pastor

As discussed before, we have sent one of our elders to pastor a small local church looking for a full-time pastor. I know of four churches whose pastors will be leaving soon, and, just in our town, six churches looking for a youth pastor or other leader. (Fortunately, we are a close-knit community of youth leaders. E help each other out.)

We need more men to step up to lead, getting educated and pastoring local flocks.

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray for churches you know looking for a Pastor. In 2021 I was guest speaking at a church that lost the two pastors that they had.  This church had a Chinese Senior Pastor and an associate pastor for the English ministry.  I […]

This Sunday at Church: Pray for churches you know looking for a Pastor

This Sunday at Church: Praying for your Church’s Outreach Effort

I happen to be presenting an outreach plan (among other plans) for our church. Our annual meeting is in a month, and we will be pushing more outreach work for our congregation.

It can be intimidating and even scary, but we know it is our calling as Christians. It is not as scary as dealing with an attack, but we must remember it may happen to us, too.

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Praying for your church outreach effort.  It might mean someone’s eternity with life and death (read to the end).   Yesterday our church had an outreach for Asian Lunar New year.  It was all day event (hence I haven’t been on […]

This Sunday at Church: Praying for your Church’s Outreach Effort

This Sunday at Church: Pray for your church’s future guest speakers

Our little congregation is blessed with a few elders who all preach (giving our Pastor Scott a Sunday off each month.) Our church tends to get guest music leaders!

I happen to be the guest preacher for a couple other smaller churches every so often, one of which we sent one of our elders to when their pastor of 35 years retired and they needed someone.

I don’t think many people realize the unique stress guest preaching can cause. The speaker can offer a one-off message (possibly even one preached before somewhere else), but the faithful preacher wants to know the hearers were blessed, that spiritual growth was offered, and that the home pastor is honored.

I was the fourth guest for our old elder after he took over that little country church. Apparently, the first three made that congregation very hesitant to have new people come in! They were either arrogant know-it-alls and/or spiritually abusive. Praise God I have been asked back seven more times already! (They even offered to have me step in to replace our guy when he needs to move on, especially as they hope to bring on a full-time pastor. He is currently paid as a missionary by our congregation.)

Of course, we also have to think about the hearers when a guest preaches. So let us pray for the guest, the congregation, and the pastor while he is gone!

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray for your church’s future guest speakers. Last few years it seems its been harder to find guest speakers for my local church. There’s many reasons for that.  I think many fellow alumni from the Seminary went to are also also busier […]

This Sunday at Church: Pray for your church’s future guest speakers

This Sunday at Church: Letting your pastor know you appreciate the years he’s devoted to ministry

I was ahead of the curve on this one, as last week on New Year’s Day I thanked our pastor for the years in our church (started 12 years ago this past October.) I had happened to see some of his former college ministry students the day before, people he worked with about 20 years ago.

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Letting your pastor know you appreciate the years he’s devoted to ministry. Today’s post is inspired by a special event for our church this Sunday: Celebrating the 40 years our Pastor has been in pastoral ministry.  That’s longer than I have […]

This Sunday at Church: Letting your pastor know you appreciate the years he’s devoted to ministry

This Sunday at Church: Repenting of sins from the previous year

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Repenting of sins from the previous year. I think the Christian life means constantly repenting of our sins.  The battle against sin isn’t easy! When we think back of our last year we should think about our weakness and also go […]

This Sunday at Church: Repenting of sins from the previous year

This Sunday at Church: Talk to a Youth about the Incarnation

This was the lesson at our Youth Christmas Party.

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Talk to a youth about the incarnation. Incarnation can sound like a big theological term. But it simply means God the Son as the Second Member of the Trinity, has become fully man in the person of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is both […]

This Sunday at Church: Talk to a Youth about the Incarnation

This Sunday at Church: Give a book on the Incarnation or the Birth of Christ

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Give a book on the Incarnation or the Birth of Christ. This idea isn’t just only during Christmas time.  It should be something we can do even other time of the year especially since the truth of God becoming man in the […]

This Sunday at Church: Give a book on the Incarnation or the Birth of Christ

This Sunday at Church: Pray for the Church Security Team

We are fortunate that we have a police officer who helps us run our security team (and I help, too!) Our team includes military veterans and former security guards.

And they are great men. (I just remembered I said I am on the team! I am definitely talking about them. They may have their own opinions of me.) They seek God and to protect His Word and His Church.

We live in a pretty safe area, but we have had a few issues even here, so their work is much appreciated. Join us in thanking God for them and that He keep us all safe.

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray for the Church Security Team.. These days there’s the concern for mass shooters.  There’s also other dangers. I imagine churches that have a church security team might not have information public. You don’t need to know everything about the church security […]

This Sunday at Church: Pray for the Church Security Team

This Sunday at Church: Express Gratitude for those who pick up the elderly to Church

I started my walk in a church that had two vans: one for kids who came from poorer and/or working parent homes and one for elderly.

Our current church, we don’t have vans or specific ministries, but there are a few people who get picked up for services by a few others. My wife and I often help, too, especially with getting one woman to prayer services on Wednesday nights. (She likes being able to grab a slice of pizza and some water from the youth dinner, too!)

I tell our families who pick up these folks regularly “Thank you,” because my wife and I have done it at so many churches, and we are too involved (kept busy?) at this church to be available most of the time.

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Express Gratitude for those who pick up the elderly to Church. Our church use to have a ministry where the church van would pick up members from the elderly homes to church.  I think those who do such a ministry should get […]

This Sunday at Church: Express Gratitude for those who pick up the elderly to Church