You might serve in a large city or a small, rural setting. Whatever your context, you need to be aware of the ways pastoral ministry can kill.
If you don’t have a trusted leader/mentor from another church to speak to, lean on, and seek counsel from, you run the risk of walking away from it all.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the pastors’ housing allowance, reversing a ruling that found the provision unconstitutional.
From Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening”.
“Without the shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22
This is the voice of unalterable truth. In none of the Jewish ceremonies were sins, even typically, removed without blood-shedding. In no case, by no means can sin be pardoned without atonement. It is clear, then, that there is no hope for me out of Christ; for there is no other blood-shedding which is worth a thought as an atonement for sin. Am I, then, believing in Him? Is the blood of His atonement truly applied to my soul? All men are on a level as to their need of Him. If we be never so moral, generous, amiable, or patriotic, the rule will not be altered to make an exception for us. Sin will yield to nothing less potent than the blood of Him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation…
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Matthew 10:5–42 also Mark 6:8–13; Luke 9:2–6, 12:2–10
The Twelve Apostles are Instructed
5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.
11 “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 And when you go into a household, greet…
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Let’s not allow a few people leaving to cause our hearts to grow cold. Let’s continue to serve, love, and live for His glory, even if the crowd thins.
When you compare the principles of God’s way of doing things to the principles of the world’s way of doing things, everything will seem backward.