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The Pastor's Wife

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My wife and I spent an evening this past week doing a little counseling with another married couple. During the course of our conversation I mentioned to them that couples should never stop dating each other. Married couples need to set aside time each week to go out. I mentioned that when they go out they should ask each other what they needed to do to be a better husband or a better wife. Who better to tell you how to be a better husband than your own wife? Who better to tell you how to be a better wife than your husband? The truth is we might be surprised by our mate's answers.

I've been thinking about that conversation for the last few days. There are lot's of people who offer up opinions on what makes a great pastor's wife. The Bible says nothing really about the role of 'Pastor's Wife' but it is very clear about what a wife should be. I think the best person to define what makes a great pastor's wife might be the pastor.

God has blessed me with a wonderful wife. I can't imagine doing ministry without her by my side. What is expected of her as the pastor's wife? It's very simple really, just be my wife. She fulfills that role expertly. She is my best friend, my counselor, my honey, my confidant, the mother of my children, she is my everything. I'm sure that she is very special, there is no doubt in my mind that God gives special grace to some women that enables them to be great pastor's wives.

A few days ago I woke around 6:00 a.m. to the sound of quiet voices. Kathy and Beth were huddled near the wall furnace outside our bedroom door reading the scripture and praying. A warm feeling came over me as I listened to my wife gracefully fulfill her role as 'the pastor's wife'. Later that night we went for a drive and grabbed a cup of coffee and I shared some burdens I was carrying. She lovingly assured me that God would show me what to do and would make a way. Again, she was fulfilling the role of 'pastor's wife' and doing a great job.

It is very important that we understand that the pastor's wife is just that, she is the pastor's wife not the churches' wife. Pastor's must passionately protect their wives from being pulled in too many directions. God gave our wives to us and we are to love and protect them. Our ministry must never come at the expense of our wife or family.


Fullness of Joy

Pop!Joy is one of the keywords of the Christmas season but it should be a keyword in the believers life at all times. I spoke from Psalm 16:11 last Sunday and if nobody got anything out of my talk at least I did. I'm still thinking about the idea that fullness of joy can be found in God's presence.

The presence of God is a very special place. Adam and Eve enjoyed being in the presence of God while they were in the garden (Genesis 3:8). Moses took off his sandals and entered God's presence when God spoke to him from the burning bush (Exodus 3:4-6). Isaiah was in the Lord's presence when God called him to speak to his generation (Isaiah 6:1-6). The scripture says that Enoch walked with God. The accounts of men being in the presence of God are always exciting.

How do we move into the presence of God? How do we find that place where we can experience 'fullness of joy'? I'm convinced that God would like for us all to be found in His presence more than we are. God wants His children to experience 'fullness of joy'. God is indeed omnipresent, but the idea of being in his presence in Psalms is more of an intentional intimate encounter with God.

The most obvious place to find ourselves in the presence of God is God's House (Psalm 27:4). There are times when we are down and discouraged and don't feel like going to church, but we go anyway and when we leave we rejoice and are glad that we took the time to go to the House of God.

A second place where believers can find themselves in the presence of God is in thankfulness. The scripture tells us to enter into God's presence with thanksgiving in our hearts (Psalm 100:4).

A third place where the believer can place themselves in the presence of God is when we are with other believers (Matthew 18:20). I can enjoy spending time with all sorts of people but there is something about being with my brothers and sisters in Christ that brings me into the presence of God and helps me to experience true joy.

Find time this week to spend intentional intimate time in the presence of God. It is there that you will experience fullness of joy!

God Bless!


Staying Full - Great Post

Rss_boite I read several blogs pretty regularly. It's fairly easy to read an enormous amount of relevant material quickly with today's technology. The whole RSS feed thing is just pretty amazing to me. It's so cool to be able to set up your own personal newspaper/magazine/devotional, choose your writers and content, and then be notified in your web browser or email application as new content is available.

If you are not using an RSS Reader it is definitely something you should look into. The most recent version of Internet Explorer has a RSS Reader built in, Firefox has a couple plug-ins that are really nice, and the new Mail for Leopard has RSS built right in. I read a lot and books can be very expensive. The internet is such an economical way to get information that would normally be found in expensive books.

Steven Furtick is one of the RSS feeds that I subscribe to. This guy is wise beyond his years. I've been very impressed by his writting and with what God is doing through him at Elevation Church. HERE is a recent post to his blog that was very good. Sounds fairly simple, but it's not. I really struggle to discipline myself to block enough time for this. There's always so much to do and not enough time to do it.


Thank Heaven For Little Girls


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...I'm not sure who to thank for boys. My second daughter turned 16 last month and the boys started calling to ask permission to date her. One called the night before her birthday and asked if he could date Alyssa and I just flat said "NO" to which he responded "why?". I told him that she wasn't sixteen yet and so he asked if he could call me back in the morning. I managed to avoid the punk for two more weeks but finally caved in and scheduled an appointment for him to meet me in my office to talk. Now THAT was fun! My evil sadistic side was allowed to be released for a few short minutes that must have seemed like an eternity to this young man.

Being a father is one of the greatest things in life. Our children are a blessing from God and one of our greatest responsibilities in life. Time has a way of getting away from us so it is so important to make the most of every moment with our families. I have three lovely daughters and I'm very proud of all three of them. It is not easy growing up in the pastor's home but they have not only survived, they have thrived.

I have had people praise Kathy and I for our parenting and others who have strongly criticized us for being too strict and sheltering our girls. I'm honestly more concerned with what God thinks. He trusted them to us and it is our job to deliver them back to Him as healthy young adults on a mission to serve Him. So far, so good. I want to stand before God one day, as a steward of these beautiful young ladies, and hear Him say, "Well Done"!

Alyssa's Sixteenth Birthday Photos


Dr. Robert Picirilli Speaking at Harvest This Weekend!

Dr. Robert Picirilli will be speaking at Harvest Church this Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. This will be a very exciting weekend. Dr. Picirilli will be covering two very important topics for todays church.

Friday evening's session will be held in our main chapel and then Saturday morning's session will be in the fellowship hall in our upper building.

Looking Forward To Seeing You There!

Pastor Mike


Turkey Bowl 3


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Our teens were humiliated by the adults for the second straight year in Turkey Bowl 3. The final score was 22-11 which was a bit closer than the 77-7 blow out last year.

Today...The stock for Motrin climbed significantly.

Check out all the photos HERE


Having Done All To Stand, Stand!

Jeremiah 17:8 (English Standard Version)

He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit."

One of the greatest things about serving and trusting God is the fact that fear and anxiety are not necessary! We can trust God when the heat is on, and we can depend on Him to supply our needs when times are lean.