A Word From The Pastor . . .
*I recently received in the mail a brochure that told me of seven proven principles to guarantee my financial prosperity. To receive these “principles of wealth”, all I needed to do was send a check for $29.95, and I’d soon be on the way to becoming a prosperous man. No, I did not send for the principles, but it did make me think on the flip-side of this proposition . . . specifically, seven proven principles to guarantee financial poverty. These principles I will share with you at “no charge”, and I promise you if you follow them you will find yourself in the poorhouse.
1.Poverty is promised if you buy things on credit you cannot afford, or you carry large multiple credit card balances over from month to month! Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
2.Poverty is promised when you co-sign on a financial contract for someone else guaranteeing payment!
Proverbs 17:18“A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and becomes surely for his friend.”
3.Poverty is promised when you steal God’s tithe and use it for anything else! Malachi 3:9 “You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed the Lord.”
4.Poverty is promised when you become a thief, stealing from others! Zechariah 5:3 “Everyone who steals shall be cut off . . .
5.Poverty is promised when you refuse to work a job, no matter how low the position or wage! Proverbs 13:4 “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing.”
6.Poverty is promised when you are wasteful with your money, buying “junk” or spending money on vices, addictions, or schemes! Luke 15:12-13 “the younger son wasted his possessions on prodigal living”
7.Poverty is promised when you become anti-semitic toward Israel and the Jewish people! Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you”
A final thought on all of this: if you are practicing these “principles of poverty” in whole or part, stop right now. There is still time to “right yourself” financially, but you must act now. Start tithing, stop charging, stop wasting, stop dishonesty, and stop supporting the laziness or wickedness of others.
*As we head into 2013, there is much going on in the way of ministry events, opportunities, and re-structuring.
Ministry Events (Just A Few)
January 18-21 Senior High Winter Retreat
January 19 Sportsman Classic
January 20 “Sisters” In Concert
January 10 Men’s Bible Study Resumes
January 12 Family Life Center Workday
TBA Two-By-Two Visitation Beginning
Most of this will be behind-the-scenes, but the staff will be adjusted in areas of responsibility. Also, changes in missions, ministry teams, and worship services will be ongoing as well. Again, most of this tweaking, adjusting, and changing will be “invisible to you but it will greatly add to excellence and efficiency of ministry.
*As you may know, I “mentor” to a total of 41 fellow pastors across the nation. Most of these are young in age and experience in the work of God. Part of this mentoring is going to spend time with them in “revivals”. This time is more than just preaching to their people, but it is time to spend with them in inspiring, edifying, encouraging, and helping. I tell you this because in February, I’ll be away for three of the four weekends. First, in Michigan (Feb. 7-10), then in North Carolina (Feb. 16-25). Please pray for me to have “wisdom” in all I say and “honor” in all I do. While I’m away, the pulpit will be admirably filled with Steve Bice, Scott Eadie, Norman Fortier, Sam Knight, and John Palmer. These men are God’s gift to Miles Road and me, they will be a blessing.
*In closing, keep sending the encouragement cards, passing out the tickets and tracts, and inviting people to church. Your efforts are not in vain. Also, “THANK YOU” for your on-going support in this ministry our Lord has given us. You are wanted, needed, and loved . . . more then you will ever know.