Pastors' Partner March 2018

Been Devoted But Destroyed?


But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: "God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Therefore, submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

1 Peter 5:9 "Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world."
Gordon McDonald Wrote in his book, Restoring Your Spiritual Passion, the following. I hope it encourages your ministry. I hope it keeps you truly devoted to Ministry.

“I have many passionate people. They come in all ages, from all backgrounds, with all sorts of personal capacities. No two look alike, but you know them when you see them. They are not hurried; they are not shrill; they are not out to impress.
You know them because when you come into their presence, they make you think of Christ. Somehow you feel that you have just understood a little more of what it was like to be in the presence of Jesus.
The energy that pushes them along is not the thunderous noise of a jet, nor the pressure of a Niagara. It's a quiet energy that you sense if you can’t see it.

I suppose what I am talking about is best seen up at Pearl Lodge, our New Hampshire retreat. An enormous rock is in the woods. Rather, two rocks. There used to be one, but it is split in two. And it is clear why there is a split.
Long ago water seeped into a crevice, froze and created a deeper split. Then a seed blew into the deepened crevice and germinated. From that tiny seed, a tree began to grow. Now there are two rocks and a tree right in the middle. There is quite a passion, quite indefatigable, powerful.

That kind of passion quietly splits apart the hardness of greed, hate, and intemperance. It lodges in the crevices of the home, the church, and society. It breaks up things and starts something new. That is the kind of passion we need in this passionless world of ours. And it comes from people who have decided to take the time and go to the places and establish themselves among the people who can help us hear God speak."We have become a nation of strangers characterized by isolation and disconnection The soul of American society is empty and lonely. We find ourselves grasping after the 'toys' of life with the hope that something will make us happy. Our consumer indulgence mentality has us craving every new gadget and devise that technology can provide and yet there remains an empty hole.”

Steve Hale, author of Truth Decay, wrote, and will speak to you also....

“The Path of Destruction in the heart. We have every convenience conceivable to make our lives easier. Jet airplanes speed us across the world in a matter of hours and satellite television brings the world into our homes within seconds. Yet, the fact remains that most people are so busy these days they can't sit still long enough to enjoy the life they have."
So now you have it...March 8th at our Pastor's Breakfast let's talk about some very subtle steps that effect and lead us to a ministry or a life of destruction.

From James 4: 6-10, Arthur Levine, wrote, 'Today's student mentality as that of going first class on the Titanic." They view society as a sinking ship that will never reach its ultimate voyage since they can't get off, they simply clamor for the first class seats on the top deck so they they can enjoy the ride until disaster strikes." Author Levine is an educator and writer.

Pastor, see you March 8, 8:00 a.m. at Two Sisters, Lockwood. If you know a pastor not receiving this correspondence, please let them know and invite them to our time of refreshment together in God's Word.

Now truly is the Time.,
Jack Slade, Pastoral Ministries, OPBA
Cornerstone Church, Lamar