Happy New Year!
One church (one that I don't pastor) asked me for books that I would recommend for their book club so I decided to put together a list of books that I recommend and put it here on my website.
Over a year and half later, I got a phone call.
The other night I saw that I logged 2,020 hours so far this year.
I keep a work log of the amount of hours I work each day and have a running tally. I do that because I have a tendency to feel like I'm not working enough. So by keeping a log I know when I am doing too little or doing to much. That way when it is time to relax I give myself the permission.
So yesterday when the day was over, I added in my hours from the day onto my excel sheet and I saw "2020". At first I was confused because I thought was seeing the year. Then I realized "Oh, that's my total." Haha
People ask me "what do pastors do?" To many I guess it seems like we work one day a week.
Last month I finished an evangelistic series where teams of two visited contacts in the community.
This series was completely different than others I did in the past...
I’m double my age!
I was 16 years old when I got baptized. Today marks 16 years since that day.
The amount of years I have lived unbaptized I have lived as a baptized individual.
Many think they are born in a church, but we all must be born again.
I think about the events that led to my baptism. At rock bottom, a new life was born.
As I look through these past 16 years, I think about the ups and downs in my walk with God.
I have been preaching seriously since the age of 16. I have preached many sermons. Once I even preached daily for 90 days straight. But in terms of recording a sermon and having it posted online I finally reached 100 sermons that are featured on my YouTube channel. I should have recorded more, but 4 years ago I started uploading sermons. I downloaded some of my sermons from the Livestream website that Jackson Heights was using. I then had it re-uploaded now to YouTube. I have always had mixed feelings about Livestreaming. I didn’t like Livestreaming at first because I rather have people there in person. I rather have things archived in case people miss, want to re-watch, or want to share that sermon with someone else. My fear has always been that people would just stay home because they can watch the service online
It’s the first time I am having a birthday when I have this website up and running. I started this site at in the beginning of the year. I started it so I can have a place to share messages and connect with people. There are a number of reasons I started this site. Little did I know that a pandemic would hit and I would need it all the more.
Technology is a tool that can either be used for God or Satan.
And while the war started in heaven it has continued down here on earth and it is raging all over the internet. How many websites contain things that lead people away from God, but how many people would never heard the message if it wasn't for these online platforms.
Yesterday I called one of the pastors I work with in order to pray together for the series. I was convicted to pray specifically for the technological side of things. Anything can happen when you are streaming. Glitches, loss of signal, getting blocked, and trolls.
I find it interesting that yesterday the live stream froze. Its a good thing it was already basically at the end of the program. It could just have been a technical difficulty, but I don't count out spiritual warfare.
I got into a discussion on facebook about how long a service should be, because they were mentioning how short people’s attention spans are.
I have heard it said multiple times that youth sermons should be shorter. I took a class where they advocated 20 minute sermons when preaching for youth.
Are people’s attention spans really that small? I don’t think so.
Take a look at these statistics: