July 4, 2015

The Shepherd's Corner

THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER

To be a pastor is an honorable calling. The honor lies in two facts. First, the calling is from God. It is always an honor to be called by God to do something for Him. Secondly, the calling is to the people. God calls us pastors to minister the people of God. As your pastor I have been fortunate to be awarded this privilege.THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER

To be a pastor is an honorable calling. The honor lies in two facts. First, the calling is from God. It is always an honor to be called by God to do something for Him. Secondly, the calling is to the people. God calls us pastors to minister the people of God. As your pastor I have been fortunate to be awarded this privilege.

It is an honor to be called to your home when you have something to celebrate. It is an honor to be invited to be a part of your family. I also consider it an honor to be called to your home when you have something to cry about. And, I take it as an honor to be confided in—when you share your deepest secrets with me, and no one else.

Today after the service two members of our church family, Oom Ping Tiauw and Tante Ansy will receive holy baptism in their home. They have been a part of our church family for quite some time. So, we thank God that they are now ready to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus. In the words of Tante Ansy, “I am now ready to fully surrender!” Now both call Jesus, “Savior.” Amen!

Words like that really made my heart leap for joy. During the course of Oom Ping Tiauw’s illness many have come. Many have prayed for them and encouraged them. Through the words of many—but especially through the love of many—they have been strengthened and made ready to take a bold step. It is truly an honor to be an extension of the grace of Our Lord Jesus.

All this reminds me of the reality that in our church I am just one of the many pastors. God has used you to become pastors for each other. You pray and strengthen one another; you call and visit one another. And, you lead others a step closer to Jesus and His love.

Pastor Paul

It is an honor to be called to your home when you have something to celebrate. It is an honor to be invited to be a part of your family. I also consider it an honor to be called to your home when you have something to cry about. And, I take it as an honor to be confided in—when you share your deepest secrets with me, and no one else.

Today after the service two members of our church family, Oom Ping Tiauw and Tante Ansy will receive holy baptism in their home. They have been a part of our church family for quite some time. So, we thank God that they are now ready to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus. In the words of Tante Ansy, “I am now ready to fully surrender!” Now both call Jesus, “Savior.” Amen!

Words like that really made my heart leap for joy. During the course of Oom Ping Tiauw’s illness many have come. Many have prayed for them and encouraged them. Through the words of many—but especially through the love of many—they have been strengthened and made ready to take a bold step. It is truly an honor to be an extension of the grace of Our Lord Jesus.

All this reminds me of the reality that in our church I am just one of the many pastors. God has used you to become pastors for each other. You pray and strengthen one another; you call and visit one another. And, you lead others a step closer to Jesus and His love.

Pastor Paul

More Shepherd's Corner Articles

The Shepherd's Corner - April 26, 2020
THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER In his book, Open Doors, Pastor Rick Warren shares this poignant reminder, “Your pain often reveals God’s purpose for you . . . . The very thing that caused you pain, God wants to use for good in your life . . . . he will use your pain to bring life […]...
Read More
The Shepherd's Corner - September 11, 2016
The Race of Life Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 1 Corinthians 9:26...
Read More
The Shepherd's Corner - May 12, 2019
I often say that in heaven those who will get to sit next to Jesus are women.  Actually, I am not joking; I really believe it. The reason is, on this side of heaven women are under-appreciated.  It is therefore necessary that on that side of heaven, women are appreciated. But we don’t wa...
Read More