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54 YEARS! HE OUTLASTED THEM!

 

This is Pastor Charles Simeon.

 
He was one of England’s greatest preachers of the late 18th Century. But his congregation didn’t agree that he was!
 
Charles pastored a difficult and turbulent Holy Trinity Church (Cambridge) for an amazing 54 years!
 
They were amazing 54 years because some of his congregation wanted him fired. They did not appreciate the un-watered down Word of God which he preached.
 
At first they removed all of the pews from the church hoping that no one would come on Sundays without a place to sit.
 
 Undaunted, Pastor Simeon brought in chairs for persons to use instead of pews!
 
You may not be a pastor. But as a Christian you have your own unique ministry. And ministry of any sort, by its nature, requires great persistence.
 
2 Timothy was written to a young pastor named Timothy.
 
But we have the book in our Bibles because it’s message is pertinent to all 21st-century servants of the Lord.
 
“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, for fill your ministry.”
(2 Timothy 4:5)
 
To God’s glory, outlast your opponents. Don’t quit.
 
Bring in some chairs, if you have to!


DESIGNED

This is a gorgeous stone wall & archway in Eleuthera.

It’s sure didn’t get there by random chance!

It was designed to be both functional & beautiful.

Christian, God has made and remade you to be both functional & beautiful too!

In Psalm 139:14 it is assured that:
“I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made … “.

So you are PHYSICALLY- designed: Your body
functions .

But you are also MINISTRY-designed!

Ephesians 2:10:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them.”

The Greek word which is translated into the English word “workmanship” is POEMA. We get our English word “poem” from this Greek word.

As no two poems are the same, the specific good works which God has ordained for each of us to do are utterly unique to each of us!

Remember: God has designed you both to function and to minister to His glory.

That makes you a one-of-kind design!  

Really it’s not your designer jeans that are important, it’s your designer YOU which is most important!



STRATEGIC LIVING

This is my dear friend Mr. Joe Sweeting.

He has been involved for many years in the leadership of a service club called Toastmasters.

This club helps young adults to learn the skill of public speaking.

Joe is truly a master speech-giver and he takes the longest few possible to want to train a new generation to have this skill.

Many lives have been improved over the years.

All this reminds me of a biblical which is found in 2 Timothy 2:2 –

“And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

Are you mentoring anyone?
It’s work that will have a benefit that will outlive you!



IRONY

The irony of the scene is obvious. A seemingly poor woman playing her instrument for donations outside of the world-renown Concert Hall in New York City.

No doubt Concert Hall patrons would have a variety of reactions: Some compassionate, others indignant.

How would you have reacted?

Proverbs 28:27 states a startling principle:

“Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”

Let us not hide our eyes.



BE A WINDSHIELD, NOT A REARVIEW MIRROR BELIEVER!

Why are we more inclined to dwell on the past than to consider the future:

Perhaps the reasons to get stuck on the past include: Fear, Un-Forgiveness, Blaming, Procrastination, Trauma, Self-Pity, Sentimentality, Anger, Doubt & Unfinished Business.

Perhaps the reasons to avoid forward thinking about the future include: Lack of meaning, pessimism, laziness, perfectionism, pride, insecurity, confusion, lack of direction, debt, regret & failure to be in the Word &/or to pray.

Whatever your reasons might be, the Lord Christ calls & commands you to forward, faith-filled thinking!

When I was learning to drive my instructor urged me to look through the windshield & only to glance at my rearview mirror about every 6 seconds!

Rearview mirror over-looking causes accidents!

Eyes front! Drive safe!