Friday, June 29, 2012

Retreat and Revival

I've been through a revival and a vacation since my last post. I have felt like I need a vacation to get over those two events! Which is the topic of today's post Retreat and Revival. These are concepts that need to go hand in hand.

Like many in my profession I don't know when to take a vacation. Usually it is when my wife picks up the phone and makes the arrangements and tells me we are leaving town. Quite often I am on the verge of exhaustion which she can see but I can't. As believers we need to follow the example of Jesus in all things, this includes time off.

Matthew 14:23 (NASB95)
23After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

If Jesus took off time then what makes us think that we don't have to? I believe that it was part of his regular discipline.  John 6:15b [Jesus], withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. Not just a day off but to be alone with God in prayer as the scripture tells us. I think that we have to schedule this time or it won't happen.

As I can attest to, without retreat revival won't happen. Without retreat the weight of ministry or work builds up to the overwhelming point. Take time to get alone with God and enjoy His presence.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

I need your help

I have a question for you today; What can be done to increase the faithfulness of the flock during the lazy days of summer? All of my pastor friends have the same problem of summer lethargy. I know that this is vacation time but I don't think that a vacation should include vacating God's house.

Hebrews 10:24–25 (NASB95)
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

So I am open for suggestion how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Anyone?