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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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Special Video: Billy Graham and Every President Since WWII

Billy Graham.
“America’s Pastor.”

Here is a special video which was shared with us, highlighting Billy Graham’s work as advisor and friend to United States Presidents, and leaders around the world.
Note that every President since World War II has “had occasion and reason to call on Billy Graham.”  

Featuring comments from several U.S. Presidents, we think you will enjoy this remarkable look at a remarkable man.

We are also including a link to the Billy Graham Library, in Charlotte, NC. Just click on the image below to go directly to the Billy Graham Library.


Here is the link to the Billy Graham Library, in Charlotte, NC. Just click on the image below to go directly to the Billy Graham Library:

Billy Graham Library

 

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.

Here’s an advance look at the poem with
our original “Art Print” design:

Why, Pastor, Why Art Print Design

WHY, PASTOR, WHY™  exclusively available from
Pastor Appreciation Gifts

 

Guest Post:vWHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY? – THE S. G. ELTON EXAMPLE

“Investing in people is a costly and risky business; in fact it’s plain hard work. But as I have come to know that’s where the real joy and fulfillment in leadership comes from. Only your deposit in people’s lives is what will endure after all is said and done.”

WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY? – THE S. G. ELTON EXAMPLE.

Excellent!

 

How Should Christians Feel Towards their Pastors, and Vice Versa?

What a great title for an article:
A short article, highlighting quote from Calvin:

How Should Christians Feel Towards their Pastors, and Vice Versa?.

Guest Post: “A LOVE NOTE TO MY WIFE!”

“I think if we make appreciation a regular occurrence in our relationships, especially the significant ones – our spouses, our children, our parents, and our close friends – the quality of those relationships will increase …”

A LOVE NOTE TO MY WIFE!.

What a great way to start the Second Half of 2012! To tell those we appreciate … that we appreciate! Think about this: What better way for us to be appreciated?

 

Guest Post: “Pastors: Recharge Your Batteries!”

“I suggest that if the leader is not adequately concerned for his/her own family and well-being, s/he will not last long enough in life to be able to last long in ministry. “

Pastors: Recharge Your Batteries!.

This is a very thought-provoking article, and certainly gives us all reason to think about how we view our Pastor’s humanity and service … and the costs to be counted … by all parties.