All posts tagged: plans

7 Things To Do With Your Plans


A few weeks ago I came under fire from one of my critics for telling him that I had planned several months ahead of what I felt the Lord was leading me to share with our congregation. This individual took my words and twisted them, and began to spread in the community that I had no place for the leadership of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the Word of God in our Church. If you’ve read “My Beautiful Tension,” you can see how ridiculous it is for any pastor to plan sermons without the help of the Holy Spirit or even do ministry for that matter. Even though I have addressed the subject here, I feel the need to talk about it again. There is school of thought in certain circles about the subject of planning that I believe is out of sync with scripture. A lot of well meaning people believe that planning is of the devil. I am not one of those. I do not believe planning is of the devil. …

Future


The scripture under discussion today is one among many that changed the course of my life forever. I want to talk about the future – but allow me to go back about twenty-five years to when I first met the Lord and understood that He had a plan for my life. It was an eye opener – a treasured discovery that sparked in me a curiosity to understand all the things God had planned for life and my future. The first passage that really got the ball rolling for me is found in Acts 13:36 For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. This passage blew my mind. So if God had a purpose for David’s life in his generation, does that mean that God has a plan for me in my generation? I went-really? That God has a purpose for me in my generation. What is it? The first sermon I ever worked on was based on a …

Let the Lord do the Planning


Jeremiah 29 for those who think they can do a better job This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.”When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. Jeremiah 29:10, 11, 12,

Practical Suggestions for Ministry


Thirty-seven practical suggestions for easing life in ministry. To prevent clergy burnout, try the following: Breakfast out with your spouse once each week. Put it on the family calendar and make it a permanent, needed getaway (And don’t carry a cell phone with you; the whole point is to get away!). Exchange house keys with another couple. When you and your spouse need a breather, skip town. Stay overnight at your friend’s house. They can have the same privilege as your home. A phone call to the friend prior to landing on the front porch would be helpful. This kind of reciprocity works wonders for all concerned. Organize your weekly responsibilities. Often burnout results simply from haphazard work plans. Start next week’s sermon early enough to prevent a stressful pileup the night before it’s supposed to be delivered. Schedule each day efficiently, so as not to overlap duties. Prioritize your responsibilities; differentiate between majors and minors. Fellowship with clergy of other denominations. These persons cannot harm you ecclesiastically, because they are not of your official …