Why Protestant Pastors Need a Sabbath

by Pastor Curt on March 23, 2015
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Apparently pastors are growing in the wrong way. This from the current issue of Christianity Today: A third of US Protestant pastors (34%) are now obese—but not because of church potlucks. According to new research by Baylor University sociologists, it’s because pastors are stressed and need to take a Sabbath. It’s especially true for bivocational [...]

Help for the Feeling Ineffective Blues

by Pastor Curt on March 18, 2015
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I get these sometimes. I suspect most leadership-types do. You struggle feeling very effective at what you do. You wonder what kind of real difference you make. You suspect you lack something significant for making a greater impact. I’ve learned over the years in pastoral ministry that evaluating effectiveness often boils down to gaining perspective [...]

Bulletin in a Bag

by Matt West on March 14, 2015
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Hopefully you know that we are making every effort to make church real and relevant for our young ones. We have had a vibrant ministry for the youth (Anchored Youth) for years, and we could not be happier with where they are going with Colby Wilkins at the helm. Before they get to that age, [...]

Nearest When Most Needed

by Pastor Curt on March 10, 2015
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Yesterday some of us from Orlando Grace stood watch at the hospital. One of our own waited in suspense while her husband, a much treasured servant in our church, underwent a heart catheterization procedure. She got “bad” news. Even as I write this, her man faces bypass surgery in a matter of minutes. After the [...]

A Very Special GraceKids

by Matt West on March 7, 2015
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We think Every GraceKids week is fantastic, and we are excited about the great things that God is doing in it. Because our schedule is for four Sundays a month, a few times a year, we get to do something special on the 4th Sunday of the month. March is a 5 Sunday month, which [...]

Envy’s Everywhere

by Pastor Curt on March 3, 2015
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I can think of a lot of sins of the flesh which seem more prevalent in the body of Christ than the green monster. Perhaps that has something to do with its capacity, more than some, to fly under the radar in our churches. Other faults tend to rear their ugly heads publicly; envy hunts [...]

A Dead Guy’s Take on Idol Smashing

by Pastor Curt on February 24, 2015
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In our Resolving Everyday Conflict class last Sunday, the video lesson made mention of a helpful resource for ridding ourselves of the idols that often lie at the root of our conflicts. I promised I would post a link to the sermon manuscript by Thomas Chalmers entitled “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection.” A bit long [...]

Family Night Highlights

by Pastor Curt on February 23, 2015
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If you couldn’t make it last night, here’s what you missed! “Operation Beautification” Property Work Day and Pancake Breakfast – set for 8 AM, Saturday, March 21. Subdue the south wilderness beyond the playground and exercise dominion! Financial Snapshot of 2014 – total income up 10% and $44,601 extra applied to mortgage debt. Praise God [...]

No Comparison, No Way, No How

by Pastor Curt on February 21, 2015
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I enjoy Fridays. Unlike a lot of pastors who take Mondays off, I work that day. Keeps me out of trouble. I started taking Fridays off years ago.  I never looked back. One of the things I look forward to that day of the week, among others, is reading the paper with more leisure than [...]

How Do You Spell “Family Night?”

by Pastor Curt on February 17, 2015
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God help me, I know of no other way. F = Fun. That’s right. We’re going to have fun. Yay! A = Adventure. Un huh. Working on it. Pray for my favor with a certain band of recruits I’m wearing down with pastoral guilt to coerce their participation. M = Ministry. Hear about what God [...]