We often spend so much time looking back that we forget to look forward and trust what God is doing in our lives. Listen in as Pastor shares how to look forward from four different segments. Of course, Fridays include your favorite Smarty Pants segment.
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Life can become incredibly difficult, often making it easier to focus on the things that have happened that seem to illustrate how unfairly treated we are. However, there is a text in the Bible that expresses just how fair life is because of the bad, indifferent, and wrong happening to all of us at the most inconvenient times. Solomon says in so many words, life happens to us all. Listen, it is our job to stay focus on what matters to God while letting specific actions go. Remember to subscribe to our podcast.
With all that has plagued our world in 2020 nobody really desires to face another problem but there is one, one that is so old it's intertwined with the foundational fiber of the church. Unfortunately, most don't speak out about it they just run from it only to find there is some form of the problem in every place of worship that doesn't deliberately tear down the culture of abuse by addressing it and saying not on our watch, not at this church. Listen in as the pastor speaks candidly about it and how to eradicate it for good.
People think because you are called to lead people that you don't get offended by some of the subtle, deliberate offenses people seem to hurl at you; however, the pastor assures us this is not the case. As a matter of fact, leaders get offended all the time, but they are called to have a different response; they are trained to handle the offense and the offender differently. Listen in as the pastor shares his personal experience with managing an awful moment in ministry.
Selfish people can be frustrating, especially when they pretend like what they are doing is for others when we know they do not do anything that does not benefit themselves. Today there is a scripture that brings fresh insight on how to handle selfish speaking people. Do not react to their behavior because this is too much energy to give it; call it out and keep it moving.Today's lesson is taken from these scriptures Matthew 16: 17-23, Luke 8:33, John 4: 1-4, and John 7:17.
In these difficult times, we focus a lot on the problems rather than the promises. But many have begun to see how God's promises never fail. Jobs fail, people forget, leadership fails, but God never fails. Listen in to this worship experience as the prophetic word is still reigning true amid our current world pandemic.
When destined to redefine how we operate in ministry, one must hold to the fibers of faith. However, the message must never change. Our approach, our integrity, our ability to deal with people must remain saturated in God's truth. Listen as the Pastor answers the query of what are you communicating.
It can be a great thing to find shelter in the storm, especially when it's an emotional or spiritual storm, but what do you do when that comfort caves in on you. Do you keep trying to make it work, or do you run for sanctuary somewhere else? What residual effects does the traumatizing situation carry as it pertains to the new position? Listen in as a few callers share what they did.
The numbers are falling in comparison to a few years ago how people are enduring God instead of enjoying Him. The reason for our burnout is due to the god complex. We think we have to solve all of our problems rather than leaving those problems for God. We don't know how to enjoy Him, so we tolerate Him in our lives. Solomon says apart from God; there is no life, or everything is vanity. We should fear God, fellowship with God, and have faith in God after all this is the chief end of man.
Have you found that people often give backhanded compliments trying to shrink or marginalize your work? Do you realize people who do that are dealing with their inability to live up to their potential? What if I told you God doesn't want you dealing with their shame but rather overcome yours. Our goal should be to increase where we can whenever we can.
In life, people do not think about the things they try to force others to do. One question prompted a reply. Do I have to do something that I do not feel comfortable doing because my Pastor said so? Listen in for the answers that are biblically-based since God gives us a choice, so should spiritual leaders; anything else is manipulation.
It is becoming difficult to define what essential means in this particular climate. We all have made decisions about what we would and would not consider being necessarily based on relationship, kinship, fellowship, and friendship. I would even say some have put their life on the line because they don't desire to fall on economic hardship. Our world is finding out that this pandemic is not concerned with who we are in the pecking order of worldly life. So as we define essential in these unprecedented times, may we do it by getting back to the basics.
1. Prayer is a basic necessity of life.
2. My mentality is healing people rather than hurting them.
3. Cherish every opportunity you have to minister authentically from your story.
4. Make the Word of God evident. Take every opportunity to be as plain as you can.
5. Embrace social media, technology, and the avenues where people are. Social media is the new basic.
6. Love on people.
So many have contemplated the subject of what great leadership should do when dealing with their depression. Somehow it's become some heroic chest bump to bleed and lead people, but what happens to the people being beaten up and suffering instead of built up, helped up, and loved? In this episode, the Pastor deals with something that transformed his Pastoral approach a maxim from his Pastor "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar."
1. Practical Scripture: Psalm 27 & 37
2. Practical Point: You have more at your disposal than the hammer and nail approach.
3. Practical Advice: Learn to recognize the signs of depression.
4 Practical Purpose: God still has a plan for our lives, and we must share that good news with others.
5. Memory Scripture: Psalm 27 & 37.
DEALING WITH DEPRESSION
Written and created by K. Samuel Brannon
Episode 3 Pastoring Through A Pandemic
So many people are struggling to maintain their mental fortitude in this pandemic. Many have lost their employment, some have lost loved ones and relatives and others are just not doing well with being locked down and feel alone. So the burden of these things along with emotionally wrestling with where is God and why did He allow this to happen has honestly caused some to almost lose hope. In this episode, Pastor provides some basic content to this context and offers a few ways to deal with depression.
1. Practical Passage: Mark 4: 38-40, Psalms 3:3-5
2. A Practical Point: It’s ok to take some time out for yourself. Rest. Even the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords rested. God rested on the seventh day.
3. Practical Sound Advice: Rethink your highs and lows in a 24 hour day and do your high priority task when you’re at your best.
4. Prayer of Purpose: To help us focus in the area of rest.
5. Memory Passage: Psalms 27 & 37.
So often the man or woman of God spends so much time caring for so many people and carrying the burdens of so many they never find the right time to take mental breaks, mourn loved ones or take sabbaticals. They will frequently try to power through a situation that honestly needs more attention than a thirty minute break. Somewhere clergy has made the mistake of believing the weak-warrior mentality, which unfortunately lends itself to one being considered less than; simply because he or she may need a mental health day. In this episode, Pastor provides some practical suggestions that may help someone dealing with depression.
1. Practical Passage of Scripture: Isaiah 25:1 God has done amazing things.
2. A Practical Point: It's not over because we are circling in a holding pattern.
3. Practical Sound Advice: Trust in the Lord because this is preordained.
4. Prayer of Purpose: Increasing Faith Decreasing Fear.
5. Memory Passages: Psalms 27 and 37.
Often, we can't wrap our minds around letting go of the very awful things we've done to someone so we carry the burdens of being unforgiving because we feel unforgiven. But those issues cause problems and there is a real answer for those entanglements we willingly hope will just fade away. Listen in as Pastor gives us some practical principles to help you resolve what has already been forgiven by God. There is a requirement for what we can not repay. It's called repentance.
God's Forgiveness is available. So we must take 3 steps:
I. Acknowledge His forgiveness is available for our sins Lamentations 3:22, Daniel 9:9
II. Acquire His forgiveness by confessing and repenting (asking for forgiveness) I John 1:9
III. Accept forgiveness. Don't reject it with thoughts of doubt.
In this life it can be quite difficult when you are known for being the bad person who has had a change of heart. But in this segment, that's exactly what happened to Saul who later becomes Paul. Sometimes, not even changing your name can help you escape the attempt or assassination on one's character. Paul was literally about to be killed for his past and so the disciples decided to help him escape. Often, people will help you get away to get you away from them. This proved to be merely an exchange or transaction-not because of trust but rather because of fear. So after being shunned someone spoke up on behalf of Paul. No matter where you find yourself remember all you need is one. One friend, one encourager, one chance, one person to vouch for you. Listen in Acts 9:27-28.
Often we get so overwhelmed with self that we base our friendships on how people treat and respond to us rather than honestly evaluating how we might be treating others.
John 15:11-15 I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy and your joy mature fully. This is my command: Love one another the way I love you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinkin and planning. NO, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from my father. You didn't choose me I chose you...There is a divine purpose in our friendships and connections so take some time to make sure you aren't the one sabotaging yours.
So many people honestly desire a deeper relationship with God but don't know where to start. Today I've shared three practical steps to help jump-start your day with our Lord God and King. The objective is to develop a deeper relationship with God by creating basic yet rewarding steps that build relationship and a deeper love for devotions.
1. Read His Word this morning.
2. Pray this morning.
3. Sing or find a great song of inspiration this morning.
There are so many creative ways to begin developing a deeper relationship with God, but the first step is normally the hardest which is to begin.
So many people are struggling to maintain their mental fortitude in this pandemic. Many have lost their employment; others have lost loved ones and relatives. People are just not doing well with being locked down and feel alone. Some have almost lost hope because of their emotional struggles. Wrestling and wondering where God is and why is He allowing this to happen are becoming an enormous burden for them.
In this episode, Pastor provides some essential context to this issue and offers a few ways to deal with depression; never overlook what people are facing and how they are feeling.
1. Practical Passages of Scripture: Proverbs 18:14, Psalms 9:12 & 38:9.
2. A Practical Point: Remember, God has not forgotten about you.
3. Practical Sound Advice: Partner with strong believers.
4. Prayer of Purpose: Defeat the spirit of depression with a sound mind.
5. Memory Passages Psalms 27 and 37.