Missionary/Pastor to Pastors – Why Is It Needed?

Pastor Matthew has begun a new blog, Wounded Yet Healed. And, he has begun a new ministry to minister to the needs of pastors of churches. Pastors get wounded and they need to be encouraged, too. Thank you, Matthew, for listening to the Lord, and for reaching out to help meet the emotional and spiritual needs of pastors.

Wounded Yet Healed

One of the last sermons I preached before I stepped away from the church I started

In October 2018, I began reaching out to pastors. I was coming out of a season of burnout and depression after giving nearly two years to the church I started. Because of that, I knew other pastors and ministry leaders were experiencing what I was on varying levels. I didn’t want them to walk the road alone, so I started sending messages to the ones I knew, asking them how I could pray for them. The responses confirmed what I already knew. In my heart, I knew I wanted to minister to those in ministry.

Why would this be a necessary ministry? Don’t pastors and Christian leaders have homies they hang with all the time (gotta love the word choice😂)? Often, the answer is no. Ministry leaders are often competitive and are out to…

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TRUST

This is very good on the subject of suffering and trust in God.

from a spark to a flame

Have you ever wished God would just plonk down on the end of your bed and give you a straight answer to whatever your heart is wrestling with? Have you ever wished that God would give you a five-year plan so that you could know the right choices to make, when to say Yes or No, when to stay put and when to walk away? Yeah?! Me too.

Don’t get me wrong, I do feel God’s presence and I see God’s goodness in so much. I get to witness his provision and protection over my family and me in the most incredible ways. I’ve seen friends make 60-mile journeys on an empty tank and with a dead battery.  I’ve heard of cheques being posted through the door, for exact amounts needed, at the right time. I have had encounters where I’ve bumped into the right person and a conversation has…

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Lipstick on a Pig

Very effective analogy regarding sinful habits and covering them up with lipstick.

Valerie Cullers

pngkey.com-lipstick-clipart-png-491215Have you ever seen a photo (a real one) of a pig with lipstick on? If you have, you know that it just looks bizarre. We all can agree on one thing, you just don’t want to put lipstick on a pig.

You know though, it is something we do all the time. There are things, habits, in each of our lives that need to be dealt with. We need to change them, stop them, do something different, but instead of doing what we need to, we just accept them, put a little lipstick on them and keep on going.

For instance, do we harbor some ill will towards someone? Instead of forgiving them and moving on, we just secretly hold on to it and make excuses for it. Do we take pleasure in gossip about someone we are jealous of? If so, we are enjoying our pet pig and…

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Lifting our Burdens

Caught in Sin Galatians 6:1 ESV “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted." Who is this referring to? It is speaking of our fellow believers in Jesus Christ. If any one of our … Continue reading Lifting our Burdens

Time Tells

An Original Work / January 22, 2020 Tick Tock, hear the clock. Days are passing by. What’s your status? What’s your practice? Can you them deny? Time tells, speaks the truth, Does not tell a lie. What’s your coping? Are you doping? Godliness defy? Ink well, write a spell. What is that you think? Pretty … Continue reading Time Tells

Aborted Life

Rendered Ineffective Matthew 13:1-23 (quoting vv. 18-23) NIV “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling … Continue reading Aborted Life

Calm Reassurance

Have you ever gone through something that you felt was just too overwhelming for you, and you didn’t know how you would survive? Something, perhaps so devastating, that you just didn’t know which way to turn next? You wondered how you would make it. Perhaps you even wondered if God was with you, and if … Continue reading Calm Reassurance

A Pile of Manure

This writing is from March of 2018, first posted on Run With It blog, but the message fits well on Walking Wounded, as well.

Run With It

I read Isaiah 25 for my quiet time with the Lord today. From this passage of scripture, the Lord has given me an illustration of how this is being lived out today in the church and in the world.

A nation of people, though certainly not every individual within that nation, is depicted here as being flagrant enemies of God, i.e. of Jesus Christ and of his followers. These enemies of God, although many of them claim allegiance to the One True God, in our day and time, truly worship the god of this world, the god of the flesh, and of pride, pretense, lies, manipulations and deception. And, they use these fake personas, the manipulations, and the lies to deceive naïve minds, and to bear false witness against God’s servants and messengers who are daily fighting this battle against the enemy of our souls, utilizing the armor of God…

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Dependence on God

Are you weary? Are you troubled over any circumstances in your life? Is your heart heavy over any of life’s situations? Are you being ill-treated? Abused? Rejected? Hated? Persecuted for righteousness’ sake? Do the troubles in your life seem to outnumber the hairs on your head? If so, there is hope! Rest in God Psalm … Continue reading Dependence on God

Unjust Suffering

Do you ever just want to run away from your circumstances? Or, do you call out to God in your suffering, and beg for deliverance from it all? The pain of all you are going through just seems so overwhelming, and so you want relief. You want it all to be over, gone, done away … Continue reading Unjust Suffering