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top_10Continuing on from Monday and Tuesday

5. Ministry without passion is just you going through the motions

  • Seriously, if you are not passionate about what you are doing, you are not really doing anything!
  • God has gifted each and every one of us to do something that only we can do for Him… that comes with a passion.  If you do not feel that passion, maybe you are not doing what God has gifted you to do!
  • I am not talking about waking up in the morning and wanting to stay under the covers… or even just wanting to call in sick for a day.  I am talking about when you wake up in the night, your first thoughts go to what you do, and how it excites you!  I am talking about you standing in line in a store, and you hear someone talking about church or Jesus, and you light up, knowing that what you do for Him fires you up!
  • As servants of the most High God, how can we be more passionate about trips we will take, games we will play and sports teams we follow than we are about the God we are called to serve that changes lives and does things that only He can do?

Ok, again, think about it… God has called us to serve Him… how cool is that… how humbling is that?!!?

With all of that in mind…

6. If you are not passionate about what you are doing, you are cheating yourself, God, and the people you serve.

  • God deserves better than a half-hearted attempt to serve Him.  Jesus went ALL THE WAY to the cross, the least we can do is go all out in our service to God.
  • You need to be totally sold out to what God has called you to do.  People can tell the difference between someone who is passionate about serving God and others and someone who is just doing something because it is either their job or because it is a religious exercise.
  • How can we expect others to be passionate about serving God if we are not?  If God has placed us to lead or serve beside people, we need to exhibit a passion and fire what God has called and gifted us for.  The passion is contagious!

7. It does not matter if you are traditional or contemporary as long as you are following what God wants you to do for your church

  • I get so ticked off when I hear stories about guys that spend hours preparing articles and writing papers like, “Why such-and-such church is an abomination to God,” or “Why this version of the Bible is of the devil,” or “Why this music is wrong because if you play it backwards is says, ‘Read the NIV'” or something like that.
  • I seriously think when God sees this stuff He shakes His head and just says, “I said you should redeem the time because the days are evil, this is not redeeming the time, it is wasting it!”
  • I am glad there are all kinds of churches because there are all kinds of people.  If someone down the street wants to wear a suit, have services 6 times a week and sing nothing but hymns, that is fine.  I hope they reach people for Jesus.  I am not in competition with them, and it is certainly not my job to judge or critique them.  What they do is between them and God.  Again, I am not competing, they are trying to reach people for Jesus, so I am grateful for them.
  • Seriously, we should spend more time reading our Bible (whatever version it may be), praying, and building relationships with people so we can lead them to Jesus.  All that other stuff is junk, and does not do anyone, any good.

We will finish the top ten up tomorrow.  Man, writing all this stuff fires me up!

Giving Thanks

Jason Petermann  —  November 27, 2008 — Leave a comment

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I know everyone else will likely have posts on their blogs about the things they are thankful for.  There is nothing unique about me posting my “Thanksgiving List.”  But this week, as I was contemplating everything and making my list, I was just overwhelmed by God’s goodness.  There is so much that we could and should list.  God is a great God, and does so much for us that we just overlook every day.  My list should just go on and on… as should yours!  So, here is a part of my list of things that I am thankful for:

  • I am thankful that God loves me so much that He wanted to be involved in my life.  Not just in the big things, but in every detail.  That love was made visibly evident when He allowed Jesus to take my sins as His own.  Then, Jesus died for me so that I could come into a relationship that God longed to have with me.  To this day, I cannot wrap my mind around why God would do that for me… but he did!
  • I am thankful for my wife.  She is the most important person to me in the world.  I love spending time with her.  I love watching her.  I love her now more than I ever have!
  • I am thankful for my children.  With five kids, it gets hectic and crazy.  But each one of them has brought a joy into my life that I would not have known without them.  They are precious to me.
  • I am thankful for God’s call on my life.  I literally have no other desire or passion in my life other than to serve God in the capacity that I do.  I love being able to serve God by serving people.  It is awesome to see lives changed as people take their next step towards Christ!
  • I am thankful for my church.  It is such a blessing to serve with a people that are interested in loving God, loving people and serving both.  There is something happening at our church… and I cannot wait to see where it leads us!
  • I am thankful for the team I get to work with.  My pastor and the staff are just that… a team.  It has been refreshing to come into a church that has that spirit and approach to ministry.  They are awesome to serve Christ next to!  Gotta say that I love all the volunteers I get to work with as well.  They are part of the team!  Without them, the ministry would just not work at Glenville!  You people rock!
  • I am thankful that God takes care of us the way He does.  This has been an unusual year.  Though we did not understand why God was doing what he was doing while we were going through it, we are so thankful that we were led to the place we are now.  His ways are higher than our ways, and for that I am thankful.

Yes, there are other things that could be mentioned, but this is a good start for my list.  I hope you have taken the time to contemplate what God has done in your life.  Today is a day that we set aside to give thanks.  I am glad that we have this day and the things that go with it, like food and football, but I hope that each day we practice a little thanksgiving to the God that loves us!