Daily Prayer for November 22, 2022

Daily Prayer for November 22, 2022

Prayer: Father, each Lord’s Day, you call your redeemed people to your presence to worship you. Each week we have the great privilege and opportunity to enter together, publicly, to sing your praises with hearts full of thanksgiving to you. In these times, we are called by you because you delight in meeting with us. We come knowing that you are a great God and a great king. You have overruled our sinful hearts that we inherited from our first parents. You have brought us from darkness into your marvelous light. You have put a new song in our minds and hearts, and we can, with joy, praise you for your excellent work of redeeming us. Therefore, with glad hearts, we should kneel before you, our Maker. We should, with joyful hearts, praise you for being a Good Shepherd who leads and guides us through the various twists and turns of this life. Yet, we confess that we often come with cold hearts. We confess that we are often thankless when we enter your presence. We confess that we often lack the affection demanded by your marvelous work of rescuing us from sin. Therefore, Father, please forgive us. Please grant us renewed minds and hearts that we would enter your gates with thanksgiving and sing with joy to you. Please give us more of your Spirit so that we will praise you and listen to you as your Word is preached. These things, we know, are designed for our good. Therefore, be kind to us, your people, and help us we pray through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Ps. 95, 100

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: October 2, 2022

Daily Prayer for the Lord’s Day: October 2, 2022

Prayer: Grant, almighty God, that we, as your redeemed people, would not harden our hearts and stop up our ears as we hear your Word today. Grant, we pray thee that we would not be like those who left Egypt, brought out by your mighty hand, who saw your works and heard your voice yet rebelled against you by not trusting you and died in the wilderness. We know our frame, and we know that we are prone to disbelief. We know that your Word is a light to our path, but we often fail to use it as we should. Instead of listening to your Word, we argue with it. Instead of heeding everything it says, we, like sheep, go our own way and suffer the consequences of our actions. Please forgive us, Father. Please cause us to be doers of your Word and not mere hearers, thus deceiving ourselves. 

We thank you for giving us the Lord’s Day, knowing that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. We thank you that this day reminds us of the eternal rest secured and guaranteed by the work of your Son and our Savior. On this day, we are reminded of that eternal rest from sin, spiritual warfare, temptation to sin, anxiety and worry, suffering and sorry, pain, misery, and death, and all those things that entered your creation due to sin. Please help us recall our Savior’s words, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Grant, we pray thee that we would draw comfort from these words and find our hope in Jesus Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.

Scripture Mediation: Heb. 3:7-19; Jas. 1:22-25; Isa. 53:6; Mk. 2:27-28; Matt. 11:28-30

Shepherding the Shepherd

Shepherding the Shepherd

Most presbyteries have what is known as a “shepherding committee.” That committee is tasked with shepherding the pastors and churches. Each presbytery determines what it will look like practically, and their task is contained within the by-laws of the presbytery. I have noticed over the years that this committee, though operating within its directive, does not do what its name implies. Shepherding is proactive, not reactive. 
I am working on an article that will hopefully offer biblically guided suggestions to presbyteries that may be employed for the church’s good and the pastors of those churches. My intention is not to criticize but to offer suggestions born out of my experience. 

Lord willing, I will have that article completed over the next few weeks. 

The article will be posted here on The Parchment. 

Daily Roundup for October 10, 2019

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I know the ministry isn’t supposed to be easy. There are burdens and anxieties that are particular to pastors (see 2 Corinthians 11:28). Mary Winslow reminded her son, Octavius of this, when she wrote: “When you accepted the pastoral office you commenced a life of trial both from saint and sinner. Oh, do not be surprised at all you meet with.” A good shepherd will bear many of those trials in silence (1 Peter 2:19-23) and endeavor to let love cover a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). But it’s a painful reality. Pastors are only men, and just because they’re public servants doesn’t mean they don’t have private anguish. It hurts when sheep are meticulous fault-finders in everything a pastor says and does. It wounds when sheep lay all the blame only on a pastor’s shoulders. It’s traumatic when sheep hold their pastor to their unbiblical and unrealistic expectations. It aches when sheep neglect the material needs of a pastor and his family. It’s painful when sheep hold things like time, money, and talents hostage unless the pastor does what they want. It’s miserable when sheep secretly round up the opposition failing to go privately to the pastor. It’s abusive when sheep have no regard for a pastor’s emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Yes! Sheep can hurt, wound, abuse, and torture the shepherd.

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