God is Good in Every Season

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:3 The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In crisis, be…

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Share Christ With Someone

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I’m Wesley Horne. And thank you for taking a minute to consider how you can encourage your pastor. As a college student, an elder told me how he came to Christ. He said as a young businessman, another young businessman invited him out to lunch one day. That one time became a weekly ritual. And…

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Family is a Pastor’s Primary Ministry

Family Is A Pastor's Primary Ministry Video Screenshot

I’m Wesley Horne. And thank you for taking a minute to consider how you can encourage your pastor. The Apostle Paul is quite clear in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 that a pastor’s family is his primary congregation. In one church, I had a study in contrasts. One leader was regularly chafing when I…

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Encourage Your Pastor’s Preaching Ministry

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I’m Wesley Horne. And thank you for taking a minute to consider how you can encourage your pastor. I’m gonna let you in on a secret. Every pastor has days, sometimes even seasons, where they experience discouragement, maybe even to the point of wondering if they heard God right about their call to ministry. During…

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock Checklist - PastorServe

Even in our frantic world of task lists and digital leashes there is ebb and flow. Many if not most churches and businesses work off of a school calendar. Summer is to varying degrees the lull before the frantic opening of the season for school, ministry year, and hooray – college football! In lulls, however…

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I never thought it would happen to me.

I never thought it would happen to me

We love doing preventative care. We know, sadly, there will always be a need for crisis care and we are more than willing to do it. We have seen the same sad story too many times to count. Did I say “sad”? Sad is the wrong word – gut wrenching and soul crushing are more…

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Identity & Ministry

Identity and ministry PastorServe

Identity sorting is critical for ministry. In ministry we are constantly tempted by identity distortion. We are not fundamentally what we do, what roles or titles we carry, or even how people receive us in those roles. In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ wilderness temptation the first two of three attacks begin with Jesus’ identity, “If…

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Temptation and Head Lumps

Temptation and Head Lumps - PastorServe

There is a habit we learned at a young age that lingers. We probably don’t even remember learning it. As Christ followers, we learned to confess our sins. Most of us can rattle off texts like, “Confess your sins to one another that you may be healed.” What about our temptations? We learned early on…

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At the Gates

At the Gates - PastorServe

Being faithful doesn’t just involve what Gospel you speak. Every bit as important is where you speak it. My wife is better at this than anyone I know. Getting groceries or replacing the coffee pot becomes a Gospel opportunity. She doesn’t preach or buttonhole in stores. Normal small talk in lines sometimes leads to coffee.…

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Hearing Mary and Martha

'Christ in the House of Martha and Mary', Jan Vermeer van Delft, 1654

A great sister wrote most of what follows. It is a tragedy she needed to write it, and even worse that she took heat after she posted it. Christ’s body is a family, and all families have that Aunt or Uncle that you love, but give a wide birth. Truth be told we are all…

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