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“i am n” Video Series: Part Four – Joy

“I have found truly jubilant Christians only in the Bible, in the Underground Church and in prison.”
Richard Wurmbrand, Founder, Voice of the Martyrs

We continue this video series, produced by The Voice of the Martyrs from their “i am n” campaign. This video features “joy.”

“Joy” is defined as “a feeling of great happiness; a source or cause of great happiness; something or someone that gives joy to someone; the emotion evoked by by the prospect of possessing what one desires; a state of happiness; a source or cause of delight.”

Image if you lived, everyday, with the danger of losing everything you have-including your life, and the lives of your loved ones-just by making the decision to convert to Christianity … or if “word got out” that you were a follower of Jesus …
“Is it possible to find Christians with joy in the midst of these types of trials? …
The words of God, the words of Jesus, are different from the words of people … All of this is nothing compared to the reward that you will be receiving in Heaven with Him.”

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Real Look at a World “N” Need: Same Family, Different Block-The Video

Whether it’s our business, our ministry, our writing, or our personal life, it is our primary desire and purpose to bless, edify, encourage, and inspire. There’s just no better way to do that, than to share stories of individuals, who, with God’s help, overcome great obstacles and difficulties, even great tragedies, to “make it out.” I try to write much about the reason we are allowed, through God’s great mercy and grace, to “make it out” … so that we, then, can “go back” and help others “out.” Paul wrote that we are delivered, that we go through trials and tribulations, in order to, yes, build our faith, but also to be in a position to best help and understand others, during their trials and tribulations.

There’s just no better way to illustrate all of this, than to share with you real stories, of real Christians, around the world, who are going through, and have gone through, things that we just can’t possibly imagine. The horror … and, the hope …

The last couple of weeks, we’ve focused on our Christian brothers and sisters, facing the most horrendous of circumstances … unimaginable to most of us … just because they profess to be followers of Christ. They, literally, make a life and death decision … when they make the decision to follow Christ …

I’d like to share with you a new video from The Voice of the Martyrs, whose work and ministry we are proud to support. This is to promote a new book, which features stories of those who made the decision to follow Christ … the same decision made by our brothers and sisters for centuries …. To follow Christ … at any cost …

Are you “N?”
Hebrews 13:3, 6.

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From Pastor Appreciation Gifts: New Designs/Sizes for “John 3:16” Plaque

Hi Friends:

We’d like to share with you the new designs of our popular “John 3:16 Personalized Plaques,” over at Pastor Appreciation Gifts.

We have made this available in 6 different designs, and 4 different sizes.

The Plaques feature the words of John 3:16 with the name of a special loved-one added, to make this a most unique, deeply personal gift, in recognition of the greatest Gift ever given!

A personal gift.
A personal Savior.

Here’s a look at the new Plaques.
If you’d like more information, each picture will have a link to that page over at our online store.

This is the Glossy Mahogany, with Gold Plate (Silver Plate also available)

This is the Glossy Mahogany, with Gold Plate (Silver Plate also available)

Cherry Finish with Black Plate

Cherry Finish with Black Plate

I love her too! This is Cherry Finish w/Gold Plate.

I love her too! This is Cherry Finish w/Gold Plate.

This the Cherry Finish W/Silver Plate.

This the Cherry Finish W/Silver Plate.

Here is the Glossy Mahogany Finish W/Black Plate

Here is the Glossy Mahogany Finish W/Black Plate

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“Period” Art Words: “Begin a New Day”-Part Three

Hi Friends:

Here we are, writing again about “Beginning,” and I just realized, after all of this time … that when I write to you … I never include a greeting to open … I don’t know if having a greeting is considered to be proper in cyberspace, but, if I was writing a hand-written letter to friend or family, or even a “business” letter, a greeting is always the mandatory way to start. So, since I really do consider everyone who honors us by “stopping by” and reading our posts a friend, as well as a tremendous blessing to us, I’ll try to always start our writing to you in the personal, “proper” way. I do try to always end with my own, personal standard “closing” of “Blessings,” or “Blessings to you, and your family.” When I am writing business correspondence to customers over at our online business, I always close with “Blessings to you, your Pastor, and your family,” or, “Blessings to you, your family, and your business.”

The reason I do this is because it reinforces our business motto, our business mantra, and our core belief, taken from Genesis 12:3, that God will bless those who bless you.
Period.
I know this to be true.
Period.
We have been so blessed, so privileged to serve customers all over the world, and to hear from readers from every land.

I have been asked why we don’t, very often, make a point to promote our business on our blog, or our Facebook page. So far, that’s the only 2 “social network” type efforts we are involved in. After all, I am questioned, isn’t that the reason a business would have a blog or Facebook page? To promote their business? A purposeful attempt to send potential customers from one place to the other? Etc.

To answer those questions, I must go back to the only reason we started the blog/Facebook page to begin with. Our business was doing well; we were receiving visits and serving customers from every part of the globe. But, the whole idea behind the business was to bless others. Our products would serve as a vehicle to bless others. Period. Our business motto, for Pastor Appreciation Gifts, was “To Honor Those Who Honor Him.” Yes, this all came about, the online business came about, really, because of “Why, Pastor, Why.” We needed an avenue to get “Why, Pastor, Why” into the hands of as many Pastors as God would allow. We had no idea how much work was involved in an online store, nor did we realize how many people the business would attract. You must also realize that, after writing “Why, Pastor, Why,” God gave me, very personally and directly, specific promises regarding the poem, and the future. I have done my best to honor those directions, and the promises behind them.

Yet … the whole idea behind the business was to bless others, to encourage, witness to, and inspire. I just didn’t want people to think we were “in the business” for the “business.” We felt strongly that, yes, a Christian business is great, but … the underlying reason for all of it was to minister to others. How best to do that? So, this is where the blog originated. Then, we decided to “mirror” the blog over to Facebook, because some people like blogs, others liked Facebook. It gave us the opportunity do what the whole idea was to begin with … To encourage, witness to, and inspire. We are able to do more on the blog, with photos, history, and so forth, but we have been blessed by our contacts on Facebook, as well.

That is really the reason we started the blog, and our Facebook ministry. I pray every day, and that’s how I describe them as I pray, as a “ministry,” asking God to bless them both, and to help us minister to, encourage, bless, inspire, and to lead people to Jesus.
Period.

Well … yet again, it looks like we’re not going to be able to get to that artwork of “Begin a New Day” which was the whole idea, and of which I began the first paragraph of what would become “Part One” with the intention of describing … But, that’s ok. I started this writing with the sole intention of going directly to the artwork, but, as is often the case, God led me in a totally different direction. If I can “Begin” everything I do, including each and every day, being totally open to His guidance and direction, I’ll be ok with that.

It also takes a lot of time to fulfill my self-made commitment to write every third day (I do love that “3rd day” idea, though). It really is a commitment which I try to stick to. It is difficult, but a real joy. We are so blessed to have friends all over the world, and we are “blown away” so often by the reach of these online ministries. I could give a story each week, of how faithful God has been to our writing, and reaching out, as we used to call it in radio, “across the airwaves.” Here’s one from just this week: Recently, we shared a video of a commercial that centered on “Friendship,” and featured players involved in Wheelchair Basketball. I just heard from a Wheelchair Basketball League team in Great Britain, south of London, who liked the write-up about the video. What an honor to have made so many friends in England! Great Britain has been so good to us, and we are so grateful!
We have featured stories about the author of certain hymns, which is a favorite subject. Shortly after sharing the history/author of a famous hymn, I heard from the grandson of the author, who, himself, was thrilled by the story about his beloved Grandfather … which someone had shown him, while at church that Sunday morning. There have been so many stories like that.

We also have a “YouTube channel,” where we feature the videos from the blog/Facebook pages, and we are constantly blessed by those who write to us about that. Just this morning, one of my favorite people from the entertainment world, from a very famous “acting family,” wrote to say they enjoyed one of the videos. You just never know … you just keep on … keeping on …

Every letter which we send out will always have the two “by-words” of our ministry:
“Honor” and “Privilege.”
It’s because it is such an honor, and a privilege, to be allowed to serve you, and to share our writing with you.

The “Begin a New Day” was started to go with what we had shared about the “Beginning” of the New Year. In a couple of weeks, it’ll be February … I’ll try to end the series before then …

I hope this explains why we don’t often promote Pastor Appreciation Gifts via this source. It’s not because we’re not proud of what we do over there, but, the ministry must always be first. It must never be about “us.” We are really excited about the future of the business, and what direction it will be taking in the near future. We can’t escape the fact that the business is as much a part of us as the writing, etc. I also notice I haven’t mentioned the book yet. I have also had people ask me why I don’t go all-out to promote the book over here. Well, I do mention it on occasion, only when a particular work from the book is shared. The book is also something, like the future, which is not in my hands.

We will try to write more about the business in the future, perhaps. And, the artwork we feature at Pastor Appreciation Gifts. Especially as we do more. We have been so blessed to hear that some friends visit the website just to read the messages on the artwork, as it blesses and encourages them. Well … that’s what we’re “in business” for.

I will include a direct link to our YouTube Channel, as we will be doing more with videos in the future, as well.

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
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New From Pastor Appreciation Gifts and Richard. Vincent. Rose.: “In Praise of Pastor’s Wife”

It is finally here! For the first time, put into writing, there is a definitive work to explain all of the reasons why your Pastor’s wife means so much to you, your faith, and to your church. Her personal leadership, defined by unselfish service, example, and life, are models of kindness, love, and dedication:

To Jesus, her husband, and to you.

Written by Richard. Vincent. Rose., in praise of, and in honor of, all Pastors wives, we believe this to be the very best way to show her … to tell her … just what she means to you, and why.

Also notice the poem is written in the form of a chalice, to represent the “pouring out” of one’s life in service to others.

Here is a look at “In Praise of Pastor’s Wife,” only available from Pastor Appreciation Gifts.
In our next post, we’ll hear directly from the author, with the story behind the poem …
In Praise of Pastor's Wife

In Praise of Pastor’s Wife
 It seems every day, you’ve had to wear a different hat
And the last thing you’d want is a pat on the back
You’ve stood so tall, with Jesus and our Pastor both at your side
You have fulfilled every role, as friend, wife, mother, and bride
You and your husband are the models of one accord
And that’s just one of many reasons you are so loved and adored
Serving us as unto the Lord
You have given us more than we could ever deserve
You have been the most cherished role model of all
By showing us how best to answer God’s call
You have personally been there in good times, great times, and bad
You have been the mother many have wished for, or never had
You made a decision a long time ago
A decision to allow others around you to grow
The kindness and love you have shown
Is the best living example of the Word we have ever known
You have given your life to be a Pastor’s wife
The Pastor’s wife you chose to be
The image of the Bride of Christ
You’ll always be to me
What you mean to this church, and to each and every life
We are so thankful that you chose Jesus, and to be our Pastor’s wife
You just want to be a blessing, and, that you have been
If the Pastor, or us, had to choose, we’d both choose you again
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
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Open Invitation: Visit Our Pastor Appreciation Gifts Store

Hi All:
Since we began the Blog back in the Summer, we have been so blessed to have so many of you join us here. We began the Blog as an online  ministry outreach of our Christian Gift Store, Pastor Appreciation Gifts, which we have been operating, online, for several years.
The idea was to never have the Blog “go commercial,” as a vechicle just to send visitors to our business, and we won’t ever do that.

However, we realize that when we meet new people, the talk always turns to the business, because that’s such a part of “us.” People always ask “What do you do?” and so forth. We are proud to have been allowed the privilege to serve customers all over the world. Our business motto has always been from Genesis 12:3, that “I will bless them that bless thee.”
Our goal has always been to bless as many people as God will allow. That’s really it: To bless, inspire, and encourage.
My Mom used to always say that “God will honor those who honor Him.”
Well, that’s where we got our business logo from:
Screen PrintWhile we carry a lot of unique Christian items, almost all of which can be personalized, and we can add your favorite Scripture Verse to most of our “Plaques of Praise,” most people know us as the source for our “Mini-Pulpits,” which are in the shape of a real pulpit, with exclusive plates on both the top and the front/stem of the Mini-Pulpit. A sample of these are pictured here:
minipulpitsPerhaps the first thing people think of is “Why, Pastor, Why,” which is also only available through Pastor Appreciation Gifts. In fact, “Why, Pastor, Why” was the initial reason for the first website. We’ve just added new products along the way.
Ruby MarbleIt’s still the “Flagship” product, and always will be, as we were instructed from the beginning. When we first published Pastor Appreciation Gifts, there were a very few website searches for “Why, Pastor, Why.” Last month, 1,830,000 searches were made for the term, “Why, Pastor, Why.”
groupWe are just beginning, and have many new products to develop as we go, which we will.

We are honored to have you visit our Blog, and it is a real privilege to serve you over at Pastor Appreciation Gifts. Please know that we are working on the website constantly, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Blessings to you, your family, and your Pastor,

Ted and Carol
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