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“i am n” Video Series: Part Two-Faithfulness

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

“Faithfulness” is defined as “full of faith; steadfast in allegiance; loyal; firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty; keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do.”

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 …

“Anyone who follows Jesus faithfully will pay a price for following Him, and holding fast to the truth of God’s Word … We need to be encouraged by the faithfulness of our Brothers and Sisters …”

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A World ‘N’ Need: It’s Us!

Here on our Blog, I don’t remember ever featuring 2 videos in a row … but, I must.

For the past few weeks, we have been writing about things “over there;” How our Christian Brothers and Sisters-“Same Family, Different Block,” have been suffering at the hands of those who oppose the Gospel of Christ … how the decision to follow Christ makes the difference between life and death …

But … what about here? In the United States? Where “religious freedom” is supposed to be one of the major reasons … if not THE major reason this country came to be in the first place?

This is a video which explains … which explains a lot … about us … as in “US.”
I thought about many titles for the intro, such as “This explains it,” or “What’s wrong?”

I realize that “Religious Freedom” means that we have the right to “not have a religion.”
I get that.

What strikes me, as I write the intro to this video, is that we’ve been writing about how “Religion” continues to shape world events.
As I thought … and thought … and thought … about this video … God revealed something astounding to me … amazing to me …

Here we are, focusing on “religion” around the world … how that “religion” is responsible for so much death and destruction, ruined lives, hopelessness … yet, in this country, it is the lack of religion in our lives … the lack of religion in our lives … which is responsible for so much death and destruction, ruined lives, hopelessness …

Think about that … and, please … think about that again.
As I thought about the situation in our country, and the situations around the world I have been writing about … the word “paradox” came to mind. Again and again.
Religion is responsible for so much despair, death, and destruction around the world.
Yet … the lack of it … is what is responsible for so much despair, death, and destruction in our own country. What a paradox!

Please keep in mind the context of this message:
There is a big difference between “religion” and a “relationship.” Through Jesus, we have a relationship. Through religion … well … we see what happens … Religion can’t save … we see that all over the world … Only Jesus can save …

I also thought about the title, “Why Democracy Works.”

Allow me to introduce Clayton Christensen.
He is a Professor.
At Harvard University.
Harvard Business School.
At Harvard.
Harvard University.

This is not a “local yokel” from down the street.
However, it is a known fact that Jesus uses “unlearned men” (from the world’s perspective) to get His message across. I think of Acts 4:13, yes: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” So, the difference is that these men were not “religious;” they had, just, “been with Jesus.”

Jesus can also use “learned” men. Agreed?

So … we introduce Clayton Christensen … I’ve got to learn more about him!!!
Something else rings clear from this message … that Jesus can “use anyone” to get His message across …

This Harvard Professor … at Harvard University … Harvard Business School … at Harvard … would learn “The reason why democracy works” from a fellow Scholar … from China …
He would learn what I, also, have learned … that “I had no idea how critical religion is to the functioning of democracy” …

Here’s the video:

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Hello, Bless you, and Welcome to our Pastor Appreciation Gifts Blog!

Hello, Bless you, and Welcome to our Pastor Appreciation Gifts Blog!

We are so blessed, and encouraged, to have dear friends visit us from all over the world, and we’ll continue to be blessed by every visit. God is so awesome to have blessed us, allowing us to share and minister, here, through our blog, literally, all across the globe. Just yesterday, as an example, we had new visitors from Africa, Australia, Italy, Canada, and here in the States. We gained a precious, new follower to our blog, from England.

We have had the honor and privilege of serving so many, over at our Christian Gifts website, Pastor Appreciation Gifts, which initially sprang from the writing of “Why, Pastor, Why.” As our online business grew, taking so much of our time, we realized that, yes, our products did uplift, inspire, encourage, and witness … but … the whole idea behind our business, our writing … our very lives … was to minister … we had to find a way to reach people, and bless them …

This is where the Blog came in, and then, we expanded, over to our Facebook page. There are people we can reach through our Blog, which don’t “do Facebook,” and there are people we reach on Facebook who wouldn’t follow a blog. So, that’s how this began, strictly as an online ministry outreach of Pastor Appreciation Gifts.

We have been blessed to feature videos we’ve discovered along the way, or videos that have been shared with us. For that reason, we began Our YouTube Channel, where you will find, in one place, all of the videos we feature on the blog. Our YouTube Channel has become one of our most successful ministry outreaches, and we invite you to follow us there.

We are Ted and Carol, the same Ted and Carol from Pastor Appreciation Gifts.
We live in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire, USA, and both of us work outside of the home, as well. I am a certified Library Media Specialist, and, yes, I work in the Public School System. God needs people there, too. Carol, after many years in the Medical field, works as an adviser in an assisted-living community. Yes, God needs people there, too.

So, we work full-time, write full-time, and all the time, try to help and minister to as many as God will allow. It is a pretty guarded “secret” that I write and perform under a pen name … a name God chose for me, to honor my parents, and Carol’s parents. I took time off from performing and speaking to finish up School, get the business started, and some other projects I had to complete … including the new book. With a lot of new writing projects … I don’t think it will be long before I am “back out there” again …

It is such a blessing to have you visit us. Our main purpose won’t change, to edify, uplift, inspire, and encourage. Enjoy, and be blessed through our Blog. Of course, you have the open invitation to follow us as we go, and send us any comments, thoughts, or stories to share.
Above all, please pray for us!

Blessings to you, and your family,
Ted

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Richard. Vincent. Rose.: Personal Thoughts on Pastor Appreciation

Pastors: We have so many reasons to bless them, and do all we can to help them:

Their dedication, their support, their devotion, their love, their sacrifice, and their leadership.

I use the word “their” because they never act alone, yet they are alone so much. They feel alone, because they are human. I know … isn’t it amazing that we actually feel strange admitting that Pastors are human? After all, we expect them to be super-human. And, in many ways, they are: They are super, and they are human. Let’s face it: We feel that way because we expect them-yes, expect Pastors to do things that we either couldn’t do, wouldn’t do, or don’t think we can do. Or, to put it more bluntly, things we are afraid to do. We forget that they are called to do exactly the same thing we are: To do all we can for the Lord. Are we? Do we? We expect them to. One of the Pastors I most admire told me, “People don’t understand, and would not believe, just how discouraged Pastors get.” We must take every opportunity to express our dedication, our support, our devotion, our love, for their sacrifice and leadership.

I heard this from a Pastor, at a memorial service, in his effort to comfort those who were mourning: “Jesus understands how you feel. He knows what it’s like to be sad, to mourn, to hurt, to be hungry, to be cold, to be alone.” By understanding how Jesus felt, we can understand how Pastors feel.

It’s interesting that we could add the word “to” to each phrase: Their dedication to God, their support to God, their devotion to God, their love to God, their sacrifice to God, their leadership to the church on His behalf. And, what they do for Jesus and His Gospel, they do for us: Their dedication to us, their support to us, their devotion to us, their love to us, their sacrifice to us, and their leadership to us.

We could also add the word “of” to each phrase: Their dedication of, their support of, their devotion of, their love of, their sacrifice of, and their leadership of. They are a living example of Jesus, doing all these things for us, just as Jesus did all for us, on our behalf.

It is always “their” because the Pastor is always the under-shepherd, Jesus’ representative as Shepherd. We are His sheep, His Flock. Jesus commanded Peter to “Feed my sheep,” not “your sheep.” The Pastor never, ever forgets just whose sheep he is watching.

My prayer is that, as we remember their calling as Pastor, we also remember our calling. Only then, can we truly understand what the Pastor goes through each day … not just on our behalf … but on His behalf.

I must close by adding this, because I have to: People are always asking me, asking each other … asking everyone except the Pastor … “What is the most important thing I can do for my Pastor?” I know, they mean well, and usually, yes, their heart is in the right place. I am always asked for my answer to this question. First, I believe the most important thing you can do for a Pastor is to be faithful to pray for them. Pray for your Pastor, your Pastor’s family, and your Pastor’s ministry. Because, trust me, all three are constantly under attack. Allow me to repeat that: Pray for your Pastor, your Pastor’s family, and your Pastor’s ministry. Because, all three are constantly under attack. Did I mention that all three are constantly under attack? They are, so please pray for all three.

Next, the most important thing you can do for your Pastor is be faithful to their calling, and faithful to their ministry. This means go to services, and help your Pastor-yes volunteer in any way you can. Be faithful in attending your church services. Money, gifts? No, the best way to support your Pastor, in a physical sense, is to be faithful to attend services. And, yes, this means special services.
Do all you can to show that you are “with” your Pastor in every way; that you are on the same page as your Pastor. Show that you believe in what your Pastor is trying to say, and trying to do. Be faithful.

There is one common thread that runs throughout: The word, “faithful.”
The first sentence of my answer began with the phrase, “The most important thing you can do for your Pastor is to be faithful …”
This is absolutely true, and every Pastor would agree. The most important thing you can do for your Pastor is to be faithful. Faithful to Jesus … faithful to your calling … faithful to do exactly the same thing which you admire the most about your Pastor: To do all we are called to do for the Lord. To be Jesus to those whom we meet. To be like Jesus in every area in our lives. To be completely devoted to Jesus, to express Jesus in our hearts, our minds, and our actions.
To fulfill the words to the poem, “When I look at you, it’s Jesus that I see.”

I believe that every Pastor would agree that what they want from us the most is what Jesus wants from us the most. Our lives, in service to Him. Which is just what we envision the Pastor to be. I have news for you: This is just what our Pastor envisions us to be.

Yes, it is a popular phrase, “What would Jesus do?” I believe every Pastor would agree that the important question is, “What would Jesus want me to do?”

Let’s do all we can to bless our Pastor, our Pastor’s family, and our Pastor’s ministry.
The greatest gift God gives the local church is their Pastor.
Let’s not wait until a special day, or week, or month. Let’s bless our Pastor and our Pastor’s family, in every way we can, as often as we can.

Blessings to you, your family, and your Pastor,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

P.S. Please … Let’s not forget about the Pastor’s wife, and their family … or the Assistant Pastor and his wife, and their family!

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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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Richard. Vincent. Rose.: Story Behind “Letter to Assistant/Associate Pastor”

It had been several years since I had held the pen for “Why, Pastor, Why.”

God had given me the idea for something just as significant for the Assistant Pastor, and I had kept the first words tucked away in a drawer. In the back of my mind, for years and years, I knew that, after writing “Why, Pastor, Why,” the natural next step would be to write something for the Assistant Pastor. I just didn’t get all of the words until sixteen years later. Yes, sixteen years. “Why, Pastor, Why” had kept us so busy, that I didn’t have the time, or inclination, to get back to something for the Assistant Pastor.

God gave me the words to “Letter to Assistant Pastor” in a variety of different locations, over those sixteen years, so I wrote the words on just as varied types of paper. I had some notes written on note cards, “sticky notes,” memo pads, and note pads. Yes, it took sixteen years to sit down and put them all together. Then, it was time.

What God gave me was not a poem, as with “Why, Pastor, Why.” I didn’t know “why” until the very end. The work to honor Assistant Pastors was not even a poem. It was a letter. I wrote the letter, written from the Pastor to the Assistant Pastor, and then … I got the ending. The ending that surprised even me! All these years, I just didn’t know. You’ll have to read the “Letter” to find out what I am talking about.

Haven’t we all known such wonderful Assistant Pastors? The words fit those I have been so blessed to have known. And, I hope those you have known.

Here’s a new quote God gave me, just for the Assistant Pastor:

“Jesus needs an Assistant Pastor. And, so does the Pastor.”

Blessings to you, your family, your Pastor …
an
d, your Assistant Pastor

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

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It Begins: The Writings of Richard.Vincent.Rose.: “Why, Pastor, Why”

We are beginning what will become a regular feature of our Blog, featuring the writings of Richard.Vincent.Rose.
As time goes by, we’ll also reveal the stories of how each individual poem or story came into being, “the story behind the story.”

Of course, we must begin with “Why, Pastor, Why,” which was the foundation of our Pastor Appreciation Gifts online store, and, most certainly, this blog which followed.
The best way to describe “Why, Pastor, Why” may be to quote from the “Why, Pastor, Why” page on the website:

“We understand the deep love, admiration, respect, and appreciation you have for your Pastor.
How do you put into words, your appreciation for someone who has given, and sacrificed so much?
In a way which can’t be explained, only felt, the Pastor poem WHY, PASTOR, WHY™ reaches the depths of your emotion-and your Pastor’s-to put these very emotions into words. This is why we feel that this is the definitive Pastor appreciation poem. It speaks to why your Pastor was chosen, and why your Pastor means so much to you.
WHY, PASTOR, WHY™ matches our commitment to honor, uplift, edify, and encourage Pastors to continue their life’s work and calling.
One of our most touching moments came from a Pastor’s wife, after her husband had received one of our Pastor appreciation gifts which contained the words of WHY, PASTOR, WHY™. She made a special point to contact us to let us know how much the words of the poem meant to her. She told us, “If you ever doubt your call, take a look upon the wall.'”

WHY, PASTOR, WHY

As I see you standing there behind the pulpit
Reading from God’s Word
I think back to all those wonderful, blessed sermons
From you that I’ve heard
No-There’s no secret why God brought you out
Oh! The many times your joy has made me shout!!!
You see, Pastor, there was a reason that God saved your soul
Because He knew that serving Him with all your heart
Would be your life’s goal
You see, Pastor, there was a reason that it was you
That God chose
Not your good looks, perfect hair, and stylish clothes
No, Pastor-the reason that God reached down
His hand and saved you
Let there be no doubt!
The reason God chose you
Is because He knew
How you would turn out!
The reason, Pastor, that you mean so much to me
Is that when I look at you
It’s Jesus that I see
For in your footsteps I so gratefully trod
Because I know that in following you
I am following God
Richard.Vincent.Rose.

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our original “Art Print” design:

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