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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Is Church Just Another Social Club or Is It Where We Gather to Hear God's Word?

A pastor friend of mine is in trouble.  His church has been dwindling in numbers over the years and now a handful of pillars of the church want to fire him.  Although he is not perfect, I have heard his sermons many times.  He does preach through the biblical texts, and as far as I can tell he does a fine job of it.

Preparing to preach every week is hard enough work.  But managing the administrative end of a church is just as taxing, not to mention the pastoral care side of things.  Visitation has to be done, funds need to be raised.  Evangelism and outreach ministries must be done.

None of this happens overnight.  People have to believe in you and support your ministry if the church is to grow spiritually and add new members on a regular basis.  

On top of all this, the pastor must maintain a healthy relationship with his wife and his children.  Few people in the churches understand how stressful the ministry can be on a minister and his family.  

Please pray for my friend.  I will not call his name or name the church.  But God surely knows, and God does hear our prayers.  (James 5:16 ESV)

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16 NKJ)

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. (Psalm 34:15 NKJ)


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