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Greetings one and all :} In today’s blog post I’ll talk about another class my classmates and I are taking. Its called Congregational Ministry. Actually it is a track class. Most of my classmates are in it, but a few are taking classes on Family and Youth Ministry.

In the Congregational Ministry course we are learning more indepth about the work of the preacher/minister. We’re learning about balancing your schedual with all the many activities of the ministry, planning family time, days off, and vacation. It is very important to plan a week off to attend a lectureship once a year. Your family has to be your number one priority. I remember hearing some time ago God created the family before He created the church. Always be sure to take care of yourself spiritually and physically. Read and study the Bible on your own (and I don’t mean to prepare for a lesson, Bible study, etc), have your own prayer and devotional reading time. Take time to read some good books (biblical studies and other things you like) for your own leisure time. Always see yourself as a learner. That doesn’t mean you have to keep going to school all the time. Just have the mindset “I don’t know it all or have all the answers, I’m still learning”.

One class session I have really enjoyed was when the director of the Family and Youth Ministry department came and taught class. He talked about developing something for the families and children of all ages. Youth doesn’t mean just the teenagers, but children of all ages. We need to include and imcorporate adults and especially parents into the teaching and encourage them to host activities, come along on youth activities. In fact if there is inadequate or no adult help, the activity that was planned should be canceled. We have to include all of the family into this .

I really liked that! I may have said this, or perhaps not. My ministry goals are not to preach. I hope to be involved in community outreach, or college campus ministry, or young adults, or singles, or member/new convert involvement, or a combination of any of those. Also church planting in large city around a university/college setting.

I invite your comments or questions. Thanks for reading. God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Widom Literature

Greetings everyone! First of all, I apologize for not writing a blog post in such a long time. I didn’t mean to go this long between blog posts.

I thought I would write a post about the classes my classmates and I are taking together this term. One of them is called Wisdom Literature. We have been learning about Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs.

Job is an interesting book. In it we see a behind the scences look at spiritual warfare. God seems to brag about His servant Job. “There is no one on earth like him. He is blamless, and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (1:8 & 2:3). Later in both of these chapters Satan attacks Job. He takes away all of his earthly possessions and all of his children in chapter one. In chapter two Satan attacks his body. Job’s wife is morning as well and sees her husband suffering to such an extent that she advises him to just “curse God and die” (2:9). In this case, we must remember the children that were lost where her’s too, all the possessions that were lost were her’s too. Job is her husband and it must have pained her greatly to see him suffering so. But Job makes a great statement of faith, “shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (2:10). Through out the rest of the book Job’s three friends come to him and pretty much tell him that all of this trouble that has suddenly fallen on him is because he sinned pretty bad. In essence, he’s getting what he deserves. If he would just fess up, it would all be over. But Job knows he didn’t do anything to “deserve” the disasters that have come upon him so quickly. We can never explain why bad things happen. God allows them to happen for His own purposes. He is God and we are not. We must learn to trust Him that He’ll work it all out for good in our own lives and in the lives of others.

The Psalms are great to study. It is the Jewish song book they sang all throughout the Old Testament. They sang them in the New Testament. Even in our song books today, several of them are about the Psalms. In fact a song we learned at Buckingham Road church of Christ (brchurch.org) a few years ago I just discovered is a Psalm. It is the 124th Psalm. The song is called If The Lord Had Not Been On Our Side or something like that. I never knew it was a Psalm. It’s a really cool song!

This past Wednesday we started learning about Ecclesiastes. It is a bit of a depressing book. It seems like the Eore (Winnie the Pooh character) complex. “Oh woe is me!” the writer seems to say throughout the book. He had all this wisdom, all of these possessions, and houses, etc. But he did it all for himself and left God out of it. At the end of the book, he says “… fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole of man”. If you don’t have God in your life, all you did in life doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have a purpose. If you have God in your life, everything matters. Everything has a purpose.

We haven’t covered Proverbs yet. I’ll be sure to write about it when we get to it.

I’ll close with that. I’ll make sure and write more oftan on here. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! Today in the Sunday morning Bible class I go to our teacher was talking about the termology we use about ourselves and/or what the outside world says about us. Shoud we call ourselves “Christians”? Some people outside of Christ are put off by “Christians” because of the we sometimes act, the “holy wars” that some have ingaged in the past, and so on. He also refered to Donald Miller and his book Blue Like Jazz, in which he (Mr Miller) talked about an interview he had with a woman on her radio program. She was interviewing Mr Miller about a book he had written. She asked him if he was a Christian, and Mr Miller said he was not. Then he said he was a follower of Christ.

I have read other blogs in the past who have talked about this to some length as well. Some of them have called themselves disciples. I assume it is because they liken the term “Christian” with just a causal follower of Christ. They call themselves disciples because they want to be on fire for the Lord and be out there doing His work.

I would like to think these terms would be synanomous, but more than likely they are not.

I hope and pray I am a deaply committed follower and disciple of Christ. I invite your comments on this subject. What do you think? Comments? Questions?

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Unchanged?

Greetings everyone! The following post is something I just started thinking about today. So please tell me what you think about it on the comments page here. OK. Here it goes.

During our lunch break at school today, I walked into the level two classroom and watched a music video that my classmates where playing on the wall. It was a song called Everything by Lighthouse (or is it Lifehouse?). The lyrics to the song are powerful! Here is part of they lyrics:

“How can I stand here with You and not be moved by You? Could you tell me, how could it be any better then this?”

As I listened to it, I started thinking about Judas Iscarriot, one of Jesus’ hand-picked twelve disciples whom He would train and set up to lead His church after He ascended back into heaven. All tweleve of these men (and then some) spent a better part of three years to three and a half years with Jesus. Walking with Him. Talking with Him. Learning from Him. Working hands-on with Him. Judas was even charged with keeping the money bag of what was contributed to help the Jesus and the twelve. Yet over those three plus years Judas made choices to defy his since of right and wrong. He was a thief and helped him self to what was put into the money bag. In the course of the four Gospel accounts Judas would go to the chief priests of the Pharisees and sold his soul to them and the devil himself to betray Jesus to them. They have him 30 pieces of silver to do this.

Judas lead the Pharisees and their cohorts to the very place he knew Jesus would meet with the disciples at. Eventually though, Judas came to his sinces and realized what he had done. He took back his “reward” and wanted to give it back to the Pharisees, but they essentially threw it back in his face with all his guilt heaped on it. Judas went out and hanged himself.

As I think about all of this, I think about that song: how could Judas had spent all that time with Jesus and not be moved by Him?

And I think about myself. Jesus; how can I stand here with You and not be moved by You? Could you tell me how could it be any better then this?

Comments please.

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