"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Friday, September 20, 2013


“But we request of you, brethren that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the LORD and give you instruction and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.” I Thessalonians 5:12, 13 (NASB)

We are to respect our pastor and his family for the countless value they are to the church and also to the community.

The flock is to know their pastor well enough to have an intimate appreciation of the many hours and sacrifice’s he makes to pastor and to spiritually nurture each of his sheep.  No one but God knows how many hours our pastor studies the WORD and prays for his flock.  There are many nights he is awakened in the wee hours of the morning with a heavy burden on his heart to pray and intercede for a church member or a member of the community.

His work in God’s chosen vineyard for him and his family is continually laboring and working sometimes to the point of exhaustion; he is “on call 24/7”.  He stands before his flock to lead them in the way of righteousness, and instructing them in the truths of God’s WORD.

The pastor’s calling is from the Throne Room of God, and there is no backing out if the going gets tough.  That is why the prayer warriors of each church are to hold their pastor and his family on their priority list of prayer.  Satan is always out to try to make a pastor slip and fall, because the world is always watching and looking for something to use against the church.  Please never, never let a day go by that you do not pray and intercede for your pastor and his family.  Just as Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses in a great battle against the enemy, so that a great victory would be won, we must hold  our pastor’s hands up through prayer and fasting. He cannot do it alone but must have all his sheep holding him up to God for strength and guidance.

In addition to knowing our pastor well and to remember to pray for him and his wife and family daily.  (Not just an “I lay me down to sleep, oh yeah, Lord remember my pastor, I’m sure he had to do a little something or other today for the church.) But to earnestly, wholeheartedly, shed some Holy Ghost felt tears for the heavy burden he carries for each of his sheep.  A true pastor feels responsible for the welfare and well being and the salvation of each one of us.

We are to esteem our pastor highly as a true servant, called by God.  Congregations are to think rightly and lovingly of their pastors. Not because of their charm or personality or preciousness, but because of the fact that they work for the Chief Shepherd as His special shepherd to his flock of sheep that God has entrusted to him..

This Pastor Appreciation post is dedicated to my Pastor, Dr. Thomas Batts and his wife Lynda,  and their son Todd, who are Pastor’s of Welcome Assembly of God Church in Dellwood, FL (just down the road from Two Egg, FL.)

We are having Pastor Appreciation Day service this Sunday, September 22, with a lunch after the am service. If you live close please come and share the lovely service and the lunch after, come and bring lots of your favorite foods to share.

Love and Blessings Gloria (one of my Pastor’s fat happy sheep)

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing, Know that the LORD Himself is God, It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.  We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name, For the LORD is good, His loving kindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100 (NIV)

This well known psalm declares the universal nature of God’s Kingship.  Most of the psalm is a call to worship Him and to praise Him, and thank Him for His goodness and lovingkindness to us.

The psalmist asks us to come before Him with joyful singing, because we know that the Lord himself is God. It is He and only He that has made us, we did not have anything to do with it.

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. This indicates that not only are His chosen people, (the Jewish Nation), but we who have been washed in the Cleansing Blood of His Son Jesus Christ are also counted among His sheep; and; we can feed freelyand with His Blessings in His pasture.

He is our God, Jesus Christ has freely shed His Blood for our sins and that joy should never ever,  leave us.  Yes, there are trials in this daily living, but these trials will pass; but we should choose to let the joy of the LORD overwhelm us and be aware of our NEED to thank and praise Him continually.

The psalmist asks us to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, I think that indicates that we should be spiritually ready to enter into His gates and into His courts with praise, and thanksgiving;  meaning that when we enter the parking lot of the church we should be prayed up and ready to praise. We should come into His House with a thanksgiving praise on our lips and a thanksgiving song in our hearts, in other words we should be ready to praise Him. 

Yes we come to His house to worship in singing and in hearing the WORD from our Pastor, but we should also come to bless those at church who are down and out spiritually and need a word from God, that is why we should pray continually to be a spiritual blessing to our church, not to just go and get a blessing, BUT TO BE A BLESSING.!  Let us ask the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes to see the needs of others, we do not have to know their need, we just have to be aware of the need to pray for them, and to ask Gods’ blessings on their lives and their needs.

God is the source and perfect example of  His lovingkindness, and His faithfulness in keeping His promises. to us.

Blessings on you my dear Readers,

Love Gloria

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