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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Great Skinny Recipes


These tasty protein pancakes can be eaten for breakfast or a daytime snack, and they’re packed with protein!  Protein pancakes are a great alternative to the traditional breakfast option, especially if you are trying to reduce your carbohydrate intake. This recipe allows you to enjoy the taste of pancakes without overloading your body with calories and sugar. Healthy pancakes are an option your entire family will love.
Not only do these pancakes provide a healthier alternative to most of the traditional pancake recipes, they have added health benefits because they contain blueberries and oatmeal. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which are associated with preventing cancer and a variety of other health problems related to inflammation. They are low calorie, but sweet, so you do not need to smother these pancakes in high-calorie syrup because they are already juicy and delicious. Finally, the oatmeal in these oatmeal blueberry protein pancakes fills you up for hours after eating them. It provides soluble fiber, which satisfies your hunger and keeps your blood sugar in balance.

Pastors Mental Health


Written by Thomas Rainer
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing suicide. And many wonder how such a tragedy could happen to someone whose life was committed to serving the Lord.
I love pastors. Indeed I converse with pastors via a variety of means every day. I know many of them are struggling. Many of them are depressed. And, sadly, many of them are reticent to say anything about their depression lest they be viewed as unfaithful to God and unable to help others.

Possible Issues

I noted in an earlier post some of the issues that may cause depression or at least exacerbate it among pastors. While not all of them are unique to pastors, they are certainly pervasive among these servants of God.
  • Spiritual warfare. The Enemy does not want God’s servants to be effective in ministry. He will do whatever it takes to hurt ministers and their ministries.
  • Unrealistic expectations. The expectations and demands upon a pastor are enormous. They are unrealistic. But if one person’s expectations are not met, that person can quickly let the pastor know that he is a failure.
  • Greater platforms for critics. In “the good old days,” a critic was typically limited to telephone, mail, and in-person meetings to criticize a minister. Today the critics have the visible and pervasive platforms of email, blogs, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Failure to take time away from the church or place of ministry. Workaholism leads to burnout. Burnout leads to depression.
  • Marriage and family problems. Too often pastors neglect their families as they care for the larger church family.
  • Financial strains. Many pastors simply do not have sufficient income from the churches they serve. That financial stress can lead to depression. Some pastors do not know how to manage the money they do have, leading to further financial strain.
  • The problem of comparison. Every pastor will always know of a church that is larger and more effective. Every pastor will always know of another pastor who seems more successful. The comparison game can be debilitating to some pastors.

Some Thoughts for Struggling Pastors

Pastors are often told that they need to stay in good physical health. Indeed, I documented my own struggle with obesity in a recent post. The message of good physical health does not need to wane.
But pastors also need to guard their mental health. Unfortunately, too many pastors have been unwilling to share their plight. Allow me to offer a few thoughts for both pastors and the congregants who love these servant leaders.
  • You are not alone. To the contrary, the problem is pervasive. I recently cited a study that shows depression among pastors to be higher than that of the general populace. Pastors should not think they are the outliers. There are many in this company of fellow strugglers.
  • You need not be ashamed. Mental illness is just that—it is an illness. If we have cancer, we freely acknowledge our physical illness. Pastors should not be ashamed to say they have a mental illness.
  • Get help. Get trusted recommendations of professionals who can help you. Most of the time, someone will also advise you to see a medical doctor to see if there are physiological reasons for your struggle. Others will counsel you about seeing qualified persons for those struggling with depression or other mental health issues.
  • Make the recommended changes. Once struggling pastors get help from professionals, they will be advised about next steps. Listen to them. Heed their advice. Make the necessary changes.

We Are Available

My team and I are not professionals in this area. We readily admit we are not equipped to help with some of the more serious needs pastors have both emotionally and mentally.
But we also realize some readers who really need help may be visiting this blog. We want to be available to get you help. Please let us know. We will do our best to get you help. Just email Jonathan.Howe@LifeWay.com. He will work with our team to find you the help you need.
Thank you for serving Christ and His churches, pastors. Very few people outside the pastoral ministry world understand all you do and all you experience. I hope we can minister to you as well. You deserve nothing less.

2 Corinthians 10:5

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Failing Forward

Where Is God In All Of This?

We all have prayers! But there are times as a pastor's wife after going through betrayal and being stabbed in the back with lie laced stories, I think a prayer for her is much different!

You see I am a natural born fighter! I will not be a door mat to anyone or sit back and be run over. So, when we had a church split, caused by a few in a large family and the others allowed themselves to be manipulated, happened to us a few years ago, I wanted to DEFEND!  I was so sick of my wonderful husband being attacked. He did nothing but love this group of people and wanted the best for them. He invested time, a lot of personal money and emotion into this church. He really did believe that they had learned their past mistakes and was ready to move onto a Whole 'Nother Level. But being controlled by a few in that group who were master manipulators, they followed the cult around to new pastures. Not long after that we had to fire the Children's pastor who got into their family affair and with her past patterns, we learned very quickly she also was a betrayer who would go around painting herself as a victim, pulling people aside and sewing seeds of discord. She would manipulate situations till they were all blown out of proportion. What followed, after all these people left with all their friends and anyone who would listen to their poison, was proven to us who they really were. They would visit businesses in town and run down the church trying to scare off anyone who would listen. We had razors in our tires. Word got back to us saying If you mess with our family, we will run you out of town!  People would just yell at us in the store's for no reason at all. People we never even met. But they would always let us know who sent them. We would get ugly letters, phone calls, faces and list just goes on. All stemmed to only a handful. It was weird how they would continue to keep stirring each other up with stupid stories. I didn't understand this and was a little miffed at God. I got up one morning and ask my husband how could God allow these same people to abuse pastor after pastor, destroy new born Christians and cause trouble in church after church and get by with it? I said Where is God in all of This?   Later that day I went to Springfield, MO to pick up a car and got in and turned on the radio and the man on the radio said exactly this..."So, you want to know where God is in all of this? Paul was ship wrecked and robbed(continued to talk about all that Paul went through in the ministry, then he said) God never promised that ministry would EVER BE EASY! But When he gets through, IT WILL BE WORTH IT! I just had a HOLY MOMENT!
In my natural born way I wanted to fight! I wanted to defend! I wanted everyone to be aware to and know about how they were so mean, using religious garble for their own cause .  That maybe after us being the fourth pastor and again they had a house full of trouble, we were not the problem! 
I remember the same thing happened to a pastor friend of ours years ago and is now pastoring a very successful church. He said Do Not Fight! What? He continued to say that a man of God will not strife. So my husband told me, give it to God. He will be our defense! It was soooooo hard not to defend our character. I stopped! I read every scripture on strife I could find. My prayer was bless them Lord. I have to admit, it took a long time to get to my heart. I have moved on and have forgiven. Now I see for every time they come against us God turns it into the biggest blessings. Every door they try to shut for us God opens an even bigger door. We are still here and we are blessed!

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. Romans 12:19

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Brighton Ladies Night Out

One Night Ladies Conference
You will not want to miss this night out ladies! We are going to enjoy the ministry of Kerry Clarensau.

It will be a time of fellowship and fun! Get ready to be filled up with the Spirit. It's going to be a night to remember. April 11th Carthage Ladies only $30 for hotel for four to a room. We have reserved rooms ready. Come see me asap. You don't want to miss out! Plan ahead! We will be leaving at 4:00 p.m. Will not be back until Sat. afternoon. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Revival Time!!!!!

For eight years Anthony and I traveled full-time as an evangelist couple. With only our travel trailer and our little baby boy, life was full of adventure. We covered 38 states, Germany, Italy and surrounding areas together. Anthony covered much more than I including crusades India and other countries. It was a happy yet challenging time for us. God called us to pastor and with that came more adventures and challenges. As pastors of a new church plant to which we are called to and love it! It will be great to use the other gift every once in a while when God opens the doors. Pray for Anthony as he is being used under the mantle of an evangelist using what God has given to him.  People being saved, healed, Lives being changed, people being filled with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and new souls added to the kingdom.

A Call to Stop and Listen Well

Maybe you have seen the word " Selah" in the Psalms and wondered about it. It appears in 39 of the Psalms. It is an interesting word found in Scripture, no so much a part of the text of Scripture but an instruction to mark the Scripture/Psalm with a point of emphasis.

It is thought to be a marking of emphasis for the conclusion of a major thought. In a way, it would be an instruction to " stop and listen" - break, a rest, an interlude, so that the preceding thought, important as it is, is heard and given consideration.

In June, my wife, Jean, and I took part in a pastors' retreat at a ranch in Texas. The ranch is named "Selah". It was a mountaintop experience: That is to say, it was a truly uplifting time and an experience of God's grace. For five days we took part in a fast, but this fast didn't have anything to do worth or without food. This was a media fast, an invitation to unplug from all the electronic devices that we are regularly connected to. No Television,(cell phones,Lap Tops, computers, internet, radio or Ipads.)(for update)
We went through withdrawal for a day or two, struggling to do without that which we were so used to, that which was regularly so much a part of our lives. During these days we spent a great deal of our time reading, including scripture. We spent time in prayer and time in dialogue with other pastors. There was time spent playing, fishing, resting, and so much more. How good it felt to fish again, and to top it off, I caught a nice bass.

In the course of five days new friendships had taken root, and when we left, we realized that we shared in a grace-filled moment. God was in the midst of those days: The conversations and time spent unplugged form the world were restful, like a rest that I haven't experienced in a long time. It was a holy time, s God was in those days and in the ranch named" Selah" It was a point of emphasis, a " stop and listen" moment, a time to drink deeply from the well of God's peace-filled presence.
Psalm 46 begins with these words:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, 
Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

A man named Martin Luther found such inspiration in those words that he wrote a powerful hymn based on those words that we continue to sing today:
" A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" No doubt Luther read that Psalm, stopped and listened, and then, in a moment of profound inspiration, wrote that stirring hymn. Take a media fast: unplug from the world and drink deeply from the grace-filled presence of the living God. Selah
The Rev. Time Carey is Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hutchinson

Pastors and Mental Health

An excellent article written about pastors and Mental Health
In today's world Pastors and their spouses are facing horrific things.
Suicide is just one factor here lately that seems to be prevalent in the news papers.
This is a must read!