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The Pastor

These ARE the days of Elijah........let him who has an ear, hear.


With a year behind us and a new year in front of us, it is important for us as Pastors to look at all that has happened over the past year. There have been good times and there have been bad times. Bishop Blanton recently prayed over the opening of one of our services and he thanked the Lord for all the hard times that we experienced over the last year; whether they were of an individual or corporate nature.

To many of us that seems so foreign to bring up the negative things and not the positive. Many of you that read this probably have jobs that you go to on a regular basis. Think about going to your job one day, giving a speech regarding the state of the company and telling your employees and shareholders how thankful you are of all the loss of business you’ve had this past year, the turnovers, the failures, etc. I think it is safe to say that we would never be asked to speak again on our job … if we still had one.

But with the Lord, we must give Him thanks during the good and especially during the bad. It is during those rough times and failures that the Lord help us get to the wonderful victories we walk in today. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Apostle Paul shares how Christ is strongest when we are weakest. This is the same attitude that we should have when we give thanks to the Lord.

So as 2008 begins, reminisce about the rough times and failures that you or your congregation have experienced over the last year. Then begin to think how the Lord brought victory and greatness out of those situations. Remember that whatever the enemy intends for bad, the Lord can always turn into good … we just have to get “self” out of the way and let Him.

To everyone that reads this article I pray that the blessings of the Lord will be over you and your congregations. May He be your strength in the midst of your weaknesses, may your failures become victories, and may you find peace in the midst of the storms of the world. Do not be weary in well doing, be encouraged and march toward the vision that He has written on your heart. Amen.

Your friend and brother,

Pastor Michael Porter



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