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Promises of God

So…it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. A year has flown by and lots has happened around the Bice household. Amidst the small everyday happenings, we have relocated Greenbriar Church {our church} into a permanent post and added a new addition to our home. Baby girl #3 is healthy and just perfect in our eyes, but has wrecked my 8 hour sleep schedule {don’t feel sorry for me…she’s worth it!}.

I have something I want to share with you. Our ladies at church are going through The Patriarch by Beth Moore and we have been looking at the promises of God, focusing now on Abraham and Sarah. Inspired by our small group discussion, I created a printable of a few of God’s promises. It’s been very encouraging to me to have this visible in my home. Feel free to print it and enjoy hanging on to HIS promises daily.

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How to pray for your Pastor

Yesterday I had my monthly Virtual Small Group (with other PW’s) and one of the girls shared this. Her husband tells his congregation, “This church does not exist for you. It is for those who aren’t here yet.”

What are we doing to prepare for those who haven’t yet walked in the door?

I am convinced; the best thing we can do is cover our church body and its shepherd in prayer. I’m continuing to read and learn about the importance of praying for our Pastors. Our prayers are crucial to the ministry we are involved in and to its leader.

John Maxwell, in Partners in Prayer (Thomas Nelson, 1996), encourages people to pray for the top seven needs of a pastor:

Sunday Rest and strength    Psalm 23
Monday Intimacy with God    2 Corinthians 13:14
Tuesday Family    Ephesians 4:32
Wednesday Ministry effectiveness   Ephesians. 4:11-13
Thursday Obedience to God    Luke 9:23-24
Friday Leadership    Romans 12:6-8
Saturday Wisdom   James 1:5

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

Be Blessed…

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Praying for your Pastor

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, & giving thanks be made for all men. 1 Timothy 2:1

John Maxwell says this, “Leaders need prayer partners. When we pray for God to change leaders, we affect them and everyone who follows them. Praying for our leaders results in an atmosphere conducive to the spreading of the gospel.”

I think many people don’t pray for their Pastor because they think he’s already covered. What we must all realize is that ministers fuel off of the power of our prayers. No matter how big or how small the calling, they all operate off of the prayers of the people. Some of you may be a part of a mega church and you don’t even know your Pastor. You don’t have to know him on a personal basis to pray for and encourage him. Here are a few tips below that I hope you’ll act upon.

Offer Encouragement

The most important way to uplift your pastor is to be encouraging. Give your pastor words of encouragement. Most people offer their pastor encouragement such as “good job”, “nice sermon” etc. However, very few people take the time to write a letter with detailed encouragement. Unfortunately the reverse is true, many people detail their complaints to the pastor with very specific reasons they are upset and very specific ways they believe their pastor should “improve”, but very few people detail the specific ways a sermon has encouraged them or the pastor’s counseling was beneficial to them. When you offer encouragement, be specific. Believe it or not, a pastor hears more detailed criticism than anything else. This constant criticism tears down his ministry and his effectiveness. Be detailed in your encouragement and cautious about approaching your pastor with a complaint. If you are an encourager, there is a chance your pastor will hear your suggestion. Please realize that complaints run rampant throughout the church. This makes it hard for a pastor to hear them and for a pastor to remain positive. Please offer encouragement more than complaint. (Sarah Holmes)

Be Blessed…

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Do you pray for your Pastor daily?

“Our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12

As a PW, I can’t stress to you the importance of keeping this man lifted to Jesus. I would like to encourage you all to continue to pray for your pastor. I found these words/suggestions from others who clearly see the importance of this act. I want to take some time to share with you these words of encouragement and in following posts “how to” pray for your pastor.

“Many people often ask a pastor to give of himself and his time without offering to give of themselves. Pastors are also often expected to have super-human capabilities. This creates a distressful situation for a pastor. On one hand they are expected to be perfect and give everything they have in their life to the ministry and on the other hand they are clearly human with limited capabilities. There is good news. You can be a source of encouragement and friendship to your pastor. (The pastoral role is often very lonely.)”

“Last Sunday night, not this past one but the one before, our Pastor preached a message entitled “The pastor’s MVP”. He stressed that the most important person in the congregation is the one who prays for him. At the end, he requested for everybody that wanted to be pray for him to come forward and fill out a form and turn it in. As I was musing and deciding if I was going to do this, the Lord spoke to me, clearly as I’ve ever heard His voice. The Spirit said, “to the degree that you pray for your pastor is the degree that I bless you”. WOW! What a revelation it was to me. As I have begun to pray for him everyday, I have already noticed a greater anointing in my ministry of preaching and teaching Bible Studies. Praise God. I think it would be awesome if everybody would agree to begin to earnestly and fervently pray for their pastor everyday.”

“ABSOLUTELY!!!! On a daily basis!!! The vision of a true Pastor is part of the Divine Purpose for his life. If the members of the Church or Churches that he presides over is upholding their Pastor in prayer on a regular basis, it gives room for the vision to only grow stronger, and for God’s Will to be accomplished!”

Begin praying daily and watch in your congragation, his messages, and in your own life what the Lord will do.

Be Blessed…

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Awakening

I can see the light…day 17 of the church-wide 21 day Awakening fast has arrived. I’m not complaining. The eating hasn’t been too difficult; however, I am celebrating the purchase of a Krispy Kreme doughnut that is in my near future, lol. So if that’s all that’s on my mind has this fast been in vain? Absolutely not! My prayer through these 21 days has been for God to align me with His will. It’s mind boggling the doors that have been opened. Our 218 Group is really about to be taken to another level, and I’m so excited about all that God is going to do in our lives. I hear the testimonies from others throughout Greenbriar Church, and I know that God is lining them up as well. Tim said something a few Sundays ago that has played continually in my mind. “If you are spiritually sleeping, Jesus will nudge you in order to awaken you. However, if you continue sleeping then the enemy will eventually awaken you when he comes in like a flood, and you don’t want the enemy to awaken you.” He referred to Matthew 26:36-46 when the disciples slept while Jesus prayed in the Garden. When the enemy attacked, Jesus was calm and ready to endure what was to come. The disciples on the other hand, were startled and not prepared for the attack. Have you ever felt like this in you spiritual life? All seems to be going well and then out of nowhere the enemy knocks your feet out from under you. I urge you to take the time to fast & pray for God’s alignment. Awake, be prayed up and ready…“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Be Blessed…


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