Did Jesus Have a Job?

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended in him..                Mark 6:3 ASV One fact that has constantly amazed me about the heroes and heroines of films is that most of them are rich…

The Forgotten Commandment

We Protestants are often pointing out the second commandment but are quite short on remembering the fourth. The phrase “Protestant work ethic” has come down through the years for a reason. We are big on work but sadly short on rest. When a visitor appears in our church we often show them all the ministries…

Lay Ministry -Our Second Shift

Maybe you start at four or five in the afternoon or maybe late enough for the street lights to be coming on. As lines of cars are heading home you are heading in to work for second shift. Maybe it took some adjusting or maybe you loved it from the start but you work on…

Encouragement for Lay Ministry

  As someone who has served for  many years in the position of lay pastor I want to share an encouraging word to you who serve  whether as pastors, worship leaders or unpaid secretaries, accountants, education directors or musicians. If you sometimes feel unappreciated, less qualified or unnecessary take a deep breath and consider a…

Listening at Work

Listening at Work is the second in the series Joseph Learned to Listen   So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority Genesis 39:4 Joseph prospered because the Lord was with him and his master, Potiphar noticed, however…