Praise and Thanks

Thank you for your prayers last week. I could definitely tell that I was being prayed for as I was working with youth-aged pastor kids last week. God is continually faithful, and I give all my praise to Him for the good work He did last week at Pastors School.

I would encourage all pastors to take part in some type of school for pastors like Beeson Divinity School offers. It was such a joy to see pastors and their families come for a week of teaching, encouragement, studying, growth and relaxing. Stories are told of pastors coming to Pastors School ready to quit the ministry, but by the week’s end they were encouraged to continue in the work of the Lord. I encourage you, if you are a member of a church, to check and see if the church provides a week of learning and studying for your pastor each year. Your church will reap the benefits of a pastor who has been given a week to be taught, encouraged and challenged by other pastors and renown biblical scholars. Every other profession sets aside time for continued learning. Why not pastors?

In regards to the articles mentioned in my last post, you can read them by going to http://www.thealabamabaptist.org and by clicking on “Alabama News” in the sidebar on the left-side of the page.

Thank you for reading this blog and for your encouragement, even if I have never met you. I read all your comments. My prayer is that we would continue working together for the kingdom of God and His glory.

Until next time…..

Gloria a Dios!

Prayer requests

Good Sunday morning friends! I hope you will be worshipping the Lord somewhere in a local body of believers this morning! Great is the Lord and worthy of praise!

This blog is intended to be a place for me to offer up reflections on Scripture passages. However, I am making an exception today. Today, I write asking for a little prayer. 
First, this coming week I will be directing Beeson Divinity School’s Pastors School youth. Beeson has an annual “school” for pastors, basically it is a week where pastors can take classes from some great scholars so that for once someone can be teaching them the Scripture; they have times of worship; they get encouraged; they learn how to handle situations in their church; etc. Many pastors bring their wives and their children. There is a separate track for their wives, their young children, and their children who are youth age. I have the youth age children from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. I have been planning for a long time, but I have never done this before. Please pray for the youth who will come, for me and others as we teach in the mornings and in the evenings, and that God will do a good work. 
Secondly, I ask for prayer about something else that will take place this coming week. I work for a state-wide Baptist newspaper, and I will have several articles come out in next week’s issue – the July 23rd issue. The articles, though very truthful and revealing, may cause an outbreak of anger against me or the paper. Please pray that they are received well and that they help people who are affected by this situation. I won’t dive into much detail, but the articles are about a self-proclaimed church which has many characteristics of a cult, the church/cult leader, and the non-profit foundation which came out of this church/cult. Please pray that the truth will set people free and for the protection of the paper and myself.  You can see these articles online on Thursday at http://www.thealabamabaptist.org. 
Lastly, I ask for prayer as I continue to look for a full-time job. God is providing for my needs and is giving me opportunities of ministry, for which I am thankful. I have an article assignment due at the beginning of August for WMU’s http://www.mymissionfulfilled.com. Please pray that I will do God’s work with excellence and diligence. 
Thank you for your prayers for me. I believe in the power of prayer. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.