Archive for October, 2013

October 21, 2013

From an appreciative pastor

by pastortimfowler

October is Pastor appreciation month and this past Sunday my church had a lunch in celebration of it. As the recipient of the appreciation I thought it would be fitting to say a few words about it. I felt the love and appreciation. I know that I am not taken for granted and know that my church is full of very special people. I only wish that there was an appreciation month for the congregation.
I have been a pastor for about 20 years now, and the last 11 years at the amazing church called The Body. When I asked God years ago to allow me to serve a church that would understand what it truly means to know Jesus and serve Him, I never dreamed that He would grant me this privilege.
On any given Sunday, my church serves people. It does not matter what your background is or what you think about religion, these folks want to serve you. Serving is an act of love. Jesus came to this earth to serve others and told the church that if it wanted to be great, it would serve all who graced its doors. Needless to say, my church has achieved true greatness.
If you are hurting or lonely or in need of a helping hand, The Body is there to help. Not with just kind words or a prayer, and those are plentiful, but with the actions to back every word.
As a pastor, it is not uncommon to have to do the hard work and lowly tasks that are required to make a church function. No pastor should ever think that they are above cleaning, fixing, or getting down and dirty to make things work. But when the people of the church are true servants, like at The Body, the pastor can be free to dig deeper and pray harder and follow God in the amazing quest of teaching those in need of a Savior how forgiveness and freedom from oppression are available to all who ask.
A pastor and his family are often lonely for much of their ministry. Building close friendships can be difficult and are often avoided because you don’t want to be hurt when circumstances require unpopular decisions to be made. But when the vision of the pastor is accepted and taken personally by the members of a church, those friendships blossom and are so very precious. I have that freedom and my family does too. For that I am very appreciative. I don’t have people who are just friends, I have friends who are family who stick it out through thick and thin.
One sure way to know if a church is doing the will of God is when people are finding the love and forgiveness of God on a regular basis. At The Body it is a weekly event to have people accept Jesus as their Savior. This happens because they meet people who have already experienced God’s grace and love it so much that they share it with others. This year we have already seen nearly 100 people meet Jesus for the first time. Many of those are well on their way to becoming the great servants of Jesus Christ and stewards of His great love.
So without taking up pages and pages of text to rant and rave about how blessed I am, I will simply end with this. THANKS FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY HEART!!! I am a grateful and very appreciative pastor and I thank God for you, my church and my family and fellow servants. May God continue to bless each one of you with His love, mercy, and riches in heaven.

October 1, 2013

Government shutdown

by pastortimfowler

I remember as a little kid hearing the story of Chicken Little and the screams of “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” As the story goes, the sky did not fall. And so we have yet another government shutdown. Yes, I said another. There have been many in the past. Lately all we have heard is the threat that it was coming if congress did not act. Last time I checked though, there were three branches of government, so I hold them all responsible. We did not elect these people to go to Washington and try to scare people by yelling their own version of “the sky is falling!”. It is time that they acted like leaders and not spoiled brats. I think that the people, democrats and republicans and independents alike, should rally together and not vote for any of them next election unless they get their act together and work as Americans serving the public good, not their own.
So far, and just like the last times the government shut down, nothing bad has happened. They did turn off the “panda cam”; those rotten scumbags! But they are still collecting my taxes and paying themselves. Perhaps they should really shut things down that matter, like the bank that pays them. If us normal people’s jobs are shut down, we don’t get paid. Let the president and senate and congress have to file for unemployment…oops, they couldn’t…the government is shutdown.
I don’t worry about these silly political games. It bothers me because they are not doing their jobs, but I am still working and I don’t need them to do anything to help me support my family. I do worry about how the USA is looked upon when our leaders act like dictators and we say we want to spread democracy throughout the world.
I guess there is some benefit to having a king. No one can tell them to compromise and shutting down the government because people don’t work well together is not gonna happen. But kings and dictators are why the USA was started. We wanted out from under tyranny. We wanted a government that was for the people and by the people. We wanted something different and better.
Through it all, I know that some great act of diplomacy will save the day and we will all get our government back to tell us how wonderful they are, but not those other guys. You and I will probably never notice a change in the things that matter. But the media will tell us how the sky was stopped from falling and how us poor slobs known as citizens can now live in peace and love and comfort because the crisis was averted.
I am happy to say that I find my peace and love and comfort in another King…Jesus. He never shuts down, never gives up, never lets me down. He always provides and always does what He says He is going to do. He truly cares for me and truly cares for you. I don’t need to worry about Him ever shutting down on me. I hope you have this same King. If not, seek Him out. He is just a prayer away.