Each time we hear about another disaster or culture clash, it’s easy to find our faith shaken. Many of our listeners are asking questions. You may not have answers to share, but you always have encouragement. As a storyteller and person of faith, you are natural voice of encouragement into your listener’s life. Showcase the stories of helpers and encouragers. Be an intentional light to your listener as you live life alongside them.
Here’s a few ideas you can keep in your files the next time you start your show after a disaster hits:
Josh Hayes from Relevant Magazine has a great article shedding some light on the discussion of “why does God keep letting bad things happen?”
Max Lucado says: “This is the time to “stand up and lift up.” Lift up prayers. Lift up hope. Lift up your hearts. God is above this storm. The storm is coming, but God is with us. Look ahead and chart a path to safety. Look around and see who you can help. Turn your attention away from the crisis and, for a few minutes, celebrate God. It does you no good to obsess yourself with your trouble. The more you stare at it, the bigger it grows. Yet, the more you look to God, the quicker the problem is reduced to its proper size.” This was the strategy of the psalmist:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills-
from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1, NKJV)
“Do you see the intentionality in those words? I will lift up my eyes. Do not meditate on the mess. You gain nothing by setting your eyes on the calamities. You gain everything by setting your eyes on the Lord.”
Jon foreman of Switchfoot shared this after the attack in Charlottesville and it’s just as relevant to this month’s tragedies too: “We sing these songs of hope because we believe hope deserves an anthem,” he said. As the band launched into a song offered as a tribute, Foreman remarked, “I imagine on days like today and yesterday, the Maker looks down on us — this crazy, tired planet — with tears in His eyes. But He sees us as little kids.”
Life isn’t easy. We experience problems and setbacks everyday. But during the hardest parts of life, when the bottom seems to fall out, where do we turn for peace? Although God doesn’t offer any easy solutions, he does offer himself and his cross as an anchor of hope. – Louie Giglio
There’s a lot more here from Louie:
Conquer fear by seeing God. Jon Piper says there’s always something that will make the timid speak, the cowardly stand, and the weak strong: a sight of their God. http://www.desiringgod.org/labs/conquer-fear-by-seeing-god
October is pastor appreciation month. Justin Barrett from Christianity Today explains why we need to take it seriously this year. A recent study reveals why relational ministry can leave our inner circle empty. That small inner circle affects our pastors in even more drastic ways.
Arms held high. Like Moses with his trembling and sore arms, there’s a good chance that your pastor grows weary at times. We need to be like Aaron and Hur, first becoming aware of the struggle and then coming alongside our church leaders with support and encouragement.
Here’s a list of ideas for pastor appreciation month.
Puerto Rico had an unprecedented disaster that affected every family on the island. Now Puerto Rico needs and unprecedented response:
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