Something Great Is Beginning To Happen

IMG_0224.PNGI was taught by my father in law many years ago about the power of faith. He told me once that if a person truly believed that anything is possible. As I think about that talk that we had sitting in his living room on a Friday night, I realize that is true.  Charlie was a man of deep conviction and faith and he always acted out on that faith.

As I look ahead at the future of our church, I truly believe that something great is beginning to happen. When I say that, I want you to realize that I am not trying to say that we as a church can sit back and wait to see what happens. Instead, I am saying that we must act out on that faith by stepping out. This is exactly what we will be doing in the weeks and months ahead. I am not expecting immediate results for I believe that what we do will take months or years before we see the effects. However, I do think you will see the results in the lives of our people as they step out in faith. The results I believe that you will see will be joy, unity, and happiness. The reason is because we as a body of believers are choosing to be obedient to our Lord by “going” and “reaching” others for His Kingdom. This in itself fills the believers with joy, unity and happiness.

I would like to encourage those who read this to pray for us as we go forward for the Lord.  Also, if you are not involved in a church, then come along with us. Maybe there might be some that are members of our congregation but have not attended in a while. Come on back and be apart of something great. God is good!!!!

All For The Kingdom Of Christ,

Bro. Henry Shelton

Matthew 28:19-20

 

Can’t Wait Till They Come

IMG_0227“And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23 ESV

There are many of churches who are struggling when it comes to attendance. For some reason or another it seems that people will not come. Why is that? I believe the reason is based on myths that we as a church have chosen to believe. Allow me to list a few of those myths here: 1. If we build it they will come, 2. If we have sound preaching, then they will come 3. If we change the music they will come 4. If we have fantastic programs they will come and 5. If we have younger leadership with a family then they will come.

While these myths sound factual, they are not for if we are putting our hope in this for people to come then it will not work. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that sound preaching is important and I believe it is important for churches to be open to some of the newer music. However, that alone will not cause people to come our church. A church can have the best preacher and the best music but still be empty.  So the question arises, what can we do?

I believe what we all as churches must realize is that we can’t wait for people to come to us, we must go to them. Jesus never meant for us to wait till people darken our doors, instead He always wanted us to go where the people are. Jesus illustrated this in the scripture mentioned above for this is exactly what He did. Jesus was always among the people, so should the church be also.

The more we outreach to people in our community, the more we will see the effect in our church over time. It will not be overnight, in fact it will take a long time. It might even take years. However, that does not really matter for if we are doing what we should be doing then in God’s time He will grow His church.  So what we as a church must choose to do is to be faithful to our Lord by reaching out to others just as He wants us to do.

I Miss Mr. Henry

keep it simpleToday I wished a young lady who I taught in children’s church over 10 years a Happy Birthday. She responded with…Thank you Mr. Henry.  I have not heard Mr. Henry in a very long time because now most people either call me Bro. Henry , some Pastor Henry, even few Rev. Henry and some just Henry. To be honest, I have missed being called Mr. Henry.

The reason that Mr. Henry is so special to me, it reminds me when God gave me the opportunity to teach the kids not only about His Word but what church was all about. Those group of kids that would come faithfully saw something in me that I could not see in myself at that time–my calling as a minister. Now I am sure they did not understand all of that but they knew that I was their leader, “Mr. Henry”.

Teaching those wonderful kids was a beginning in me for it stirred the calling of God in me that He would use later in my life. None of those kids will probably really know how influential they all were in helping me become what I am today. I am so thankful to God for each one.

Yes I do miss Mr. Henry but I am thankful for those years that I was Him

Be encouraged today!!!!

Pastors

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“It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.” 1 Timothy 3:1

Yes I am a pastor and have been pastoring for several years now, so what I am about to say comes from the experience I have gained during my pastorate. My desire is to encourage people to be their for their pastor and to encourage the pastor not to give up or quit. 

Many times when we think of our pastor, we think of someone that is suppose to be super close to God, has it all together, and never struggles. We often put our pastor on this pedestal and when they fall off we become devastated but the reality is this truth: PASTORS ARE PEOPLE TOO. They struggle with depression, they get discouraged, they need encouragement, they want things, they feel lonely, they need friends and they don’t have it all together. Pastors are not more special than you or better than anyone, they just have been given a task to take care of God’s people through preaching, teaching the Word and equipping the saints. Pastors need your prayer. Pray for and encourage your pastor today

Purpose Of The Church–Bearing Each Other’s Burdens

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“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

We truly are a forgetful people. What we do one day,  it is easy for us to forget tomorrow. For us as the church we know what Scripture teaches that relates to loving each other and bearing one another’s burdens but we have also easily forgotten it.

The reason to this forgetfulness is because we have got use to church just being a place that we go to every week, sing a few song, hear a message and then go home. While that is what we do at church, the reality is that we have forgotten that the church is a place that we bring our burdens too.

Scripture plainly tells us that we need to bear one another’s burdens and the best place to bring those burdens is at church. The church should be a safe place and a comforting place. The church should be a place where we know we will find strength and encouragement to go. The church should be a community of believers helping each other and loving on each other.

The question is–how do we get back to that purpose? It begins by getting back to the Word and discovering what the Lord expects out of us as the church. It begins by confessing to the Lord and asking for forgiveness for not being that place that is willing to help others. And it begins by making a commitment once again to be the church that is willing to help, love, and bear one another’s burdens.

This purpose begins with you!!!!

 

Have a blessed day!!!

 

Church–A Place For The Brokenhearted

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30broken-hearted

Our world is filled with broken people and so are our churches. The truth is even though we realize that the world is filled with people who are broken, we never associate that with people who come to our services. We think those people should have it all together but the reality is that don’t and neither really do any of us if we are to be honest. 

When that brokenness is revealed concerning that person that attends our action are often that in a form of judgment and condemnation. We are kind of like those chickens who discover that one of the chickens has a wound on its head and all gang up and begin pecking till that chicken is dead.

This my friends is not the way it should be in the church. When we discover that one of our brother or sisters are broken we should not gang up and stomp them instead we should be willing to show them the love that Christ would show them.  Jesus always cared for the brokenhearted and so should we. The broken person that is attending your church is there for a reason, not to be judged or to be looked down but to be loved.

Lets stop judging and start caring. Let’s stop condemning and start loving others for who they are. The church is a place for the brokenhearted and it is time that the church wakes up and realizes that

 

 

Getting Back On Track

img_0068…Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:29-30

It really is amazing how quick one can lose their way in this life. Their is so much distraction happening in this world that we can take our eyes off of Christ so easily.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible has to do with Peter walking on the water. Remember when Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, he asked for Jesus to allow him to come and Jesus told him to do it. As Peter began walking on the water, all of a sudden he began to notice all that was happening around him and before you know it Peter was sinking.  Peter in desperation began to cry out to the Lord and the Lord lifted Peter out of the water, putting him back on track once again.

Peter represents all of us for we all have gotten off track sometime in our life. Those things that have taken our eyes off of Jesus might have been our family, people we are having trouble with or just life in general. What do we do when we realize we are on the wrong path and find ourselves sinking?  Some of us might feel hopelessness or despair but the truth is the answer is found in Jesus Christ. When we come to realization that we are truly off track, the best answer is to cry out to Jesus as Peter did and Jesus through His grace and mercy will put us back where we belong.

My friend, don’t give up for the Lord is truly there

Wishing you all a great weekend
Henry