Ministerial Meanderings

God centered theology in a man centered world.

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I was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland. I served in the United States Air Force for 20 years then retired. Then God led me to become a pastor. I was converted to Christ in the summer of 1966. I enjoy the company of my wife, children and grandchildren. I live with my three cats Hobbs, Taz, and Chloe.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Praying For You

That is the title of a book I read some years ago. Tryon, Howard A. Jr., Praying for You. Kregel: Grand Rapids, 1996. It was a good book that opened up my thinking about ways God might use me to minister to people in my community.

The heart of the book is the simple question "Is there anything I can pray about for you?" Or some variation of that question. If you're in a restaurant, before blessing your food, turn to the waitress and ask "We're about to pray. Is there anything you'd like us to pray for?" Immediately, many other opportunities come to mind. Just asking people if you can pray for them seems to open them up to want to talk. That talk can lead to many ministry opportunities.

Once, as I pastored in Nebraska, our Director of Missions took us to a town in Kansas to go door to door. The stated purpose was to gather canned goods for a newly opened food pantry. We were also feeling out people as prospects for a new church start in the area. Unknown to us, the night before was the town's prom night. One of the young high school students, having made a bad decision on his way home, tried to pass an SUV where he should not have and met a tractor-trailer head on. It was a small town and everyone was either related or very good friends with everyone else. As we stepped into the town that morning, eternity was close to everyone's heart. As we asked the question, "is there anything we can pray about for you?" People opened their hearts and we did real ministry work that day in that town. One question opened up a world of ministry.

I have found that many times people want to talk and this simple question is a way to open up lines of communication. Ask a friend this week ... "I am headed for prayer meeting tonight. While I am there, is there anything you'd like for me to pray for?" Or how about "I take time every evening to spend a few minutes alone talking to God in prayer. Is there something in your life I can pray for?"

God is good oftentimes to use these encounters to open the doors of people's hearts to eternal things. People open up and we get the chance to tell people of the importance of a life changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Keep it in mind my friend, as you go out and about your daily routine. You never know who is waiting for you to pray for them. Maybe God brought you into their life at the very moment they need you. So find out. Ask them ... "Can I pray for you?"

Friday, February 13, 2009

Where Am I (Part 2)?

I am in Springfield Missouri. We left Davenport last Saturday morning and arrived here near 8 at night. We unloaded the truck until 10:30 pm. I have been sore in places humans ought not to be sore. I have spent the week moving boxes from room to room and establishing ourselves here. I had forgotten how much work was involved in moving.

But the house is starting to look like a house. We attended our first prayer meeting Wednesday night. I have my internet connected again (Praise God!) ... not like I am addicted to the Net or anything. We are alive again.

So I will be back to blogging again tomorrow and look forward to serving Jesus here in Springfield. Pray for me and our church if you happen to think about us.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Where Am I?

Things have been crazy around here. last week I had the flu. It was a good reminder of why I hate being sick. This coming Saturday, the day after tomorrow, I am moving to Springfield, Missouri to take up my new pastorate at Victory Baptist Church of Springfield. So, I have been packing up my house this week. Usually, I have people who do this for me and now I am having to do it for myself. Now I know I hate moving as much as I hate being sick.

I told my wife we aren't moving again, except under one condition. If I am at home one evening, perhaps reading over the latest Piper book or a treatise of Jonathan Edwards, and I get a phone call, and one of the elders at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London England is on the line telling me they need a pastor and they want me to come right away ... I will move. But only under those circumstances.

Now it is back to work. I will blog again from the other end.