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My New Year’s Desire for My World

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My New Year’s Desire For The World

This is my dear and treasured  Friend, Pastor Jonathan Aparre from Bohol, Philippines.   As you read my “testimony” today, I want you to see the people that  I see when I visit Countries, as an Ambassador of Jesus Christ.  Look at his smile!   Look into his eyes and see the joy of Jesus Christ that he has!  Feel the love that exudes from this godly man!   He was one of hundreds just like this!

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In less than three weeks my ministry will lead me to spread the Gospel in two North west African nations.   I have many Friends from Benin and Nigeria.  I will be honored to preach the wedding service of a godly young man from Nigeria,  Abraham Adeyemi.    Look into this man’s eyes and notice the love of Jesus that is written all over his face.

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How can we remain with yet another year of prejudice?  Of fighting, and killing, and war?    How can we NOT support missions?  What if Missionaries would NOT had been able to take the Gospel to Countries just like these?

I have been thinking a lot about my family and my Facebook family the last few days, more so than usual. Just thinking about the friends that I have in my life, people that I honestly, sincerely feel, that we are good friends on 6 of the 7 continents, in well over 70  countries.

The thought that continues to strike me is that IF everyone in the world were  like  my Facebook friends,every war would be over;  people would truly be looking to meet the needs of one another countries and families;  they would do away with the racial prejudices that so many countries have of another country. God and I have no time for Prejudice!   I have been to many countries in my lifetime, and do you know what I have discovered?.

My Personal Discovery as an Ambassador for Jesus Christ

Every Family that I have ever met, loves their family,  just as much as I love mine.   Every family has accepted me as part of their family. No racial barriers, no feeling of superiority, just complete acceptance and Christian love..

I have even found in each country visited, that I have been treated with complete respect, even among non Christians..

I am fully aware that in every country, including my own, that we have some that do not behave like this towards people from other countries.  This of course breaks my heart and must certainly grieve the heart of God.    Why?  Because God created man!  Why? Because God loves Every Person from EVERY Country and Tribe in this world.

The Love of God IS the Difference-Maker

God loves you dear Pakistani person! God loves you in Australia!   God loves you that has experienced so many issues from the natural disasters my precious Filipino Friends!   God loves my Friends in Germany!   God has not forgotten about you, my Friends in Cambodia and Vietnam!  God loves you Zimbabwe!  God loves you Benin and Nigeria!  God loves you Ethiopia!   India, you the second largest Country in the world, God loves you!  China and Indonesia, the Largest and fourth largest Countries in the entire world, God loves you to!  America, the third largest Country in the world, God loves you!

Yes,  God loves You! He loves each Country so much that He robbed Heaven of it’s brightest jewel when He sent His precious Son, Jesus Christ into this world of woe, and sin, and hopelessness,  in order that Jesus would become sin for EACH of us (Hebrews 2:9; John 3:16; and I Timothy 1:15), and shed His Blood as the ONLY payment for our sin!

During the past four weeks,  I have been privileged to see Jesus Christ, take the Word of God which I had the privilege of sharing and He has saved hundreds of Filipinos; God forgave a lady by the name of Shamsa, in Pakistan,  that has in less than 4 weeks, taken the Gospel to MANY Pakistani People.  Look into her sweet face as she is teaching how to be saved, from the Facebook notes I used while winning her to the Lord.    Sharing the Love and Compassion of Jesus Christ IS making a difference!!

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He allowed me the honor of winning a lady from Bangalore, India to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior.  Yes,  I KNOW that God loves the World!

Yes,  I have even been so blessed as to be adopted as a father and  as a grandfather of people on several continents..

I’m thinking about the Christmas gift given to me by my international friends. You had  given my present throughout the year.  You have given me your love, your respect, your friendship, and in some cases, you even made me a part of your treasured family. What more good I hope to have for Christmas than these things?

I am so thankful for each of you. Many people I have not met face to face, yet I KNOW of your character through your comments on Facebook and through our Skype planning meetings.

My New Years wish for our world is that the world would  treat all Countries, all tribes, and People in the way that you and I have chosen to treat one another.  My great desire is that Churches would increase missionary support to get God-called Families into all Countries to spread the Gospel, which has the POWER to change lives; remove prejudice, eradicate the hatred Countries have for one another.

I am tired of war, of terrorism, of prejudice,  Our blood is ALL the same color.  Each Countries People have a heart.  Let us choose to use our hearts this year for more than just pumping our blood.   Let’s use our hearts to live for others, for in so doing we will fulfill the main law of Christ, which is to love one another (All Countries) EVEN AS Jesus hath loved us!  I love you very much and I value your friendship.

What do you think?  Can we not All commit to this?  I’d love to hear from you from all over the World!

Let us CHOOSE to become a Difference-Maker during 2014 for the Cause of Jesus Christ! 

 

My Life’s verse I Corinthians 7:29:  Brethren, the Time IS Short.”  Let us therefore do ALL that we can While we can!

Ten Principles Used in Pastoring God’s People ( Principles 9, 10 )

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Principles of Pastoring (Principles 7,8)

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Written by:  Jim Kilgore, Missionary Evangelist / Church-Planter

People want a Pastor.  Throughout their time in your Church, they will NEED a Pastor, several times in fact.   Will you be there for your People when they need you?  People will need their Pastor to call them at times to rejoice with them, or at times to pray with them over a tragedy in their lives.  Sometimes just a letter such as I received from Dr. Jack Hyles, who many years earlier, while my first wife was suffering with cancer, wrote me a note just to say that he loved us and had been praying with us during this season of life.  My how that letter, which I still carry in my Bible meant to my wife and I.

 

To be a Pastor that communicates the love and warmth to your people, you will need the following two principles

 

     The Seventh Principle of Pastoring  

 

Walk with God!    I have learned over the years that if I must guard my walk with God.  NOTHING must take the place of my personal time with God.   I am busy, very busy.   I fill my schedule with work that normally lasts 16 – 20 hours a day.  Many of you do the same.  But we must never crowd Jesus Christ out of our schedules.  Again, if you Walk with God, you will never Stumble before Man.  

 Then, on Sunday morning, I cannot wait to share what God and I had discussed during the other six days of the week!  

           

 

    The Eighth Principle of Pastoring 

 

The next principle is closely associated with the sixth principle:  Create your own  “Personal Growth Plan,”  (PGP)”  Do you have a plan to continually grow as a Preacher, as a Christian?   Every single person I have asked this question to has frankly admitted that they did not have a personal growth plan  (PGP). 

            

 

·         Most people I surveyed had read their Bibles; many had spent some time in daily prayer; some were even memorizing Scripture.  Yet nothing was strategically planned.  By this I mean, nothing which would lead them to a certain, specific result after three months, six months, a year into the future, or even in five years.

 

·         There was no specific plan to overcome habits; no plan to create new positive ones.  I have learned, that most simply do not have a plan for growth in their lives which would place them in the best possible position to be used more effectively for God.  Preachers, we must have one ourselves and then teach our people how to develop a growth plan as well.

 

·         We all know that “If we want something, then we must do something.”  You see, Failure just Happens; but Success is Planned.  Success comes as a result of doing several things on purpose. 

 

·         If you go after the growth that you need, you could spend the rest of your life settling for what you have become.  The question is, will “settling” provide you with the new skills necessary to lead you to the top of your mountain?

 

 

 

   If you need help with a sample Growth plan,  please email me at: JimKilgoreMinistries@gmail.com, and request the FREE personal Growth Plan that I have now used for years, I will gladly send it to your email with-in 24 hours.

     This is a must for any pastor of any sized Church to keep him focused on growing as a Christian and as a Pastor.

 

     You may also visit my website at: www.JimKilgoreMinistries.com for help as we have over 60 articles which will encourage and produce growth in your personal life.

Ten Principles in Pastoring God’s People (Principle Six)

Ten Principles in Pastoring God’s People  (Principle Six)

Written by Jim Kilgore, Missionary Evangelist

www.JimKilgoreMinistries.com

 

 

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     There have been two Preachers that have GREATLY influenced my ministry as a Pastor

throughout the years, Dr. Jack Hyles from Hammond, Indiana, and Dr. Harris Steurmer from Danville, Illinois.  I had already mentioned Brother Hyles.  Now I would like to introduce you to another “Genuine Pastor, Pastor Steurmer.” 

     I was just starting my Bible College education when I was awakened at 6am by a strong, booming voice.  It was the voice of my Pastor having devotions on the front porch with an elderly woman who was no longer able to attend our Church regularly.  Yet there he was, each week, sharing God’s Word to this lady.  This man had a Church running over 600 in attendance, yet he still made this lady experience the  love of her Pastor.

     I saw this man many times lower his tall body down to shake a “Bus Kid’s “ hand or to rub a little boy head.   The impact of this on me as a very young preacher?   Everyone is important!    From the youngest baby in the nursery to the eldest person in Church,  Just  love them ALL!   Don’t treat anyone different!   This is where I genuinely developed my desire to “Add Value” to everyone.  Why?  Because EVERYONE is important to God and therefore must be important TO ME AS THEIR Pastor as well.   Once you love and value a person, the sincere expression of your appreciation of people will naturally flow from your heart.

  

Demonstrate SINCERE Appreciation

Pastor, please demonstrate sincere appreciation for what your People do to help you in your ministry.   Let them KNOW that you VALUE them for WHO they are, as well as for WHAT they do.   Don’t make the mistake of assuming the other person knows how you feel about them.   Thousands have stood at the casket of their loved one only to say, “They did not know how much I loved them.”   My advice Pastor, “Don’t Wait until it’s Too Late.” To share your love for them.

 

I want to share a poem that Brother Hyles wrote about this subject which dramatically

influenced me as a Pastor.

The Pastor’s Heart

by Dr. Jack Hyles

One day the load was especially heavy and the burdens were many. I had so many appointments that night and to be quite frank, I rebelled a little bit at having to solve the problems of others when I had so many myself. After counseling with many people, it was about midnight. As I started to go home, I had the following thoughts. Please read this poem very carefully.

 

“I have a burden, Pastor, that I’d like to lay on you.”  I listened, tho he never knew I had a burden too.

I took a tearful look toward mine; Then his came into view. ‘Twas plain to see my burden was The larger of the two.

I saw his load alongside mine, And, tho they both were real, The yoke he bore was made of wood, And mine was made of steel.

To him I said, “Come unto me; I’ll gladly carry thine”; Then whispered unto selfishness, “But who will carry mine?”

I softly laid my burden down To help him his to bear, While knowing that my heavy load I’m not allowed to share.

I’ll help him with his burden, then Regain mine after while,  When I will sigh and weep once more, While now I force a smile.

I felt the CHAINS OF BONDAGE till A CAPTIVE came to me. He bade me help him break the bands,  And aid him to be free.

I saw the fetters binding him, And felt a pity pain. For his were made of little rope, And mine of heavy chain.

I laid aside my heavy chains, So he, my help, could borrow. I’ll help free him of bondage now, And think of mine tomorrow.

A DOUBTER knocked at study door; I had an urge to groan, “Why bring your pebble doubt to me, When mine is made of stone?”

I smiled at him and listened, while Believing in my doubt. I laid it down reluctantly, And feigned about a happy shout.

I sat ALONE in darkened room, And felt a shadow’s knife. Another came to share with me Some darkness in his life.

As I compared my night with his, His dark possessed a lack. For his was just an evening shade, While mine was midnight black.

I slowly laid my nighttime down, To help him seek for light. I’ll tread my dimming path again, When I have made his bright.

A TROUBLED SOUL came to my door, A problem to confide. I had a problem, too, that day; ‘Twas hard for me to hide.

My problem was a mountain steep, And his was just a hill. My problem was an ocean-wide, And his a tiny nil.

Yet, ’tis my lot to fill his need, And put mine on the shelf. For I must lay my heartache down, And hide it from myself.

He told me of a broken heart, While mine was breaking too. I told him of a mending God Who maketh all things new.

He told me of his thirsty soul; I gave him living water. He said he was a broken vase; I told him of the Potter.

Another came when I was SICK To say he had the flu. His fever was a hundred-one, And mine a hundred-two.

Another came when I was FAINT, To say that he was weak. Another came when I was DUMB, To say he could not speak.

Another WEEPING SEEKER came, For me, his tears to dry. I went alone and wiped my eyes,  Then told him not to cry.

Another came when I was TIRED, To say he needed rest. I lifted him with weary arms, And tried to give him zest.

AND NOW, IT’S LATE, and all have gone, Each one to his abode. So I must find my problems, and Regain my heavy load.

Where is the burden I had borne? I had it while ago! Where is the problem I must solve? I left it here, I know!

Where is the darkness I once knew? I now see only light. The chains, the tears, the pains, the fears are nowhere now in sight!

I cannot find my broken heart!  Where is my fevered brow? I have a song! the tears are gone!
I cannot find them now!

My sickness, now, bath turned to health! And trust replaceth fright! Assurance covers all my doubts;
My darkness now is light!

I heard a voice from Heaven say “My child, ’tis always true: When you take care of others’ needs,
I will take care of you.”

Ten Principles in Pastoring God’s People

Ten Principles in Pastoring God‘s People
Written by Jim Kilgore, Missionary Evangelist

Jack Hyles

I answered the call to Preach 39 years ago. What a privilege and honor to be a Preacher and Pastor. Little did I know how much I had to learn.  In fact, the older I get, the more I yearn to learn so I might become a sharper tool for God.   What I did learn about being a Pastor, I learned from the man in the picture, Dr. Jack Hyles. He taught me how to love your people; that EVERYONE was important, whether it be a Bus Kid or a Millionaire.  God loved them all.

This is what this message is about. I want to share ten principles of being an effective Pastor.  I am certain that other Good Men might have a somewhat different list, and this is okay, but I can assure you, that if you faithfully follow these ten principles, your ministry will be richer than it might have been.

1.    Preach the Word. Never compromise God’s Word. II Timothy 4:2: “Preach the Word…”      II Timothy 4:3-4: Preach the Word!  This is our Calling, our Challenge, and our Commission!

Verses 3-4 of this passage describe a scene that seems amazingly contemporary. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Why are we to Preach the Word?

a)   Because the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine!
The time has arrived in which people not only reject the truth, but they have even refused to listen to the truth.

b)   These men will prefer lies instead of the truth because they have what Paul calls “itching ears.” “Itching ears” are ears that are greatly desire to hear every new idea, every new theory, and every wild idea, no matter how unbiblical or farfetched it may be. People with itching ears want Preachers to tell them what they Want to hear instead of What they need to hear.

c)   Unfortunately, as Paul had predicted, the day would come, and it has certainly arrived, that  there would be many teachers who will be most happy to tickle the itching ears of their hearers. Preachers, Preach the Word!

2.   Love God’s People with ALL of your heart. This will lead you to “Being there for your People.”

•   I recently heard of a “pastor” who had a faithful member in and out of the hospital for six months and yet he NEVER visited this lady. His reason? “I don’t do hospital visits, he said. This is not my job.”  Unbelievable!  Jesus left the 99 to go after the one!  Should not we as well?

3.   Use your Ministry to Build your People; NEVER use your People to build your Name! Your job as a Preacher is to preach for Impact, rather than to Impress others! One preacher said, “You cannot be thinking about yourself and impacting another person’s life.”

4.   You WILL Pray or you WILL Fail!  A man can preach no better than he prays.

5.   A Pastor must be a Servant not a Superstar. It is not about us. It is about being used of God to serve in the very way that Jesus served. The greatest of these are the servants. (Matthew 18:1-4; Matthew 23:11; Mark 9; Luke 9; Luke 22).

By the way, you will never outgrow service!  It is not something you do until the church is big enough to get others to do it, and then you can start having others serve you. No, Jesus, God’s Son came to serve, not to be served!  So should this our attitude always be.

• Near the end of his life, General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, sent a message to his co-laborers that contained nothing except the word “others”. That was the essence of his life. Live for others, not self. The songwriter said it best for me, “Others Lord, Yes Others. Let this my motto be. Help me to live in such a self-forgetful way, that others may see Christ in me.”

Which Principle hit home with you the most?   Please leave your comment and the reason why.  It will help many Readers.

(The second five principles of Pastoring will be posted on 12-6-13)

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