August 2018 Pastors Partner

Ain't God Good?

Dear Pastors and friends,

A note of encouragement to each one. . . . .

 

What do you weep about? What breaks your heart? Where is your burden?

I could write pages. I found this prayer from Sir Francis Drake for the days of rain:

The days present and those gone by. When I find it is no use and I'm up against the wall (or someone), Hosea says to walk around that of which is unproductive and move ahead (my own paraphrase) but helpful.

I have owned some property of which I could grow a garden and plant. Part of which I could grow nothing at all... you understand I owned it all but only certain places would grow anything, just weird grass, weeds etc...etc.

Now for you who think this is about me. . . . it's not.

So, in spite of, I grew other things on the same property. The other, well it died for a lack of not getting the attention it needed. It kind of watched and soon wanted in on that which eventually, after a long wait became that of which could be useful.

The workable got water, fresh nourishment, fertilizer. The sore spot got worked, pruned, and as time went on, eventually, it wanted the love and attention. But only in time has become part of the only. Yes, in a healthy way.

"Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord."

Moody said," I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And, that of which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

There are some obstacles that may keep you at bay. But there are others that need you.

So plant and move ahead with what you have. The rest will bloom. See the harvest. It will come. Pray. Get some partners in prayer. Start with one, then two. More will come. They prayed and added to the church daily!!!

The Prayer...

Disturb us, O Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, O Lord when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the Water of Life, we have ceased to dream of eternity. And in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.

Disturb us, O Lord to dare more boldly, to venue on wider seas, where storms will show Your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back the horizon of our hopes, and to push us into the future with strength courage, hope and love. Look to the field.

I hope some of this makes sense to someone, maybe even me. Three people are in the midst of where you are sitting now. Yes, the one who you are, right now, the person you could be if choosing to live in the flesh and fail to press ahead. Or as Hosea, for God and God alone, "put your hands to the plow and never look back.

 

Oh those weeds in the back part of the yard. I just kept planting and moving around them. Planting, watering, fertilizing, planting, watering, fertilizing, season after season. It crept in on them. God did the rest. You, (we) cannot settle for less than God's best

The good does come and the balance revived. That's my prayer.

Now is the Time,

Jack Slade

Pastoral Ministries Director

 

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