Tag: Pastor

Prison’s End

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

A pastor in Communist Eastern Europe was abducted at gunpoint. He was put in prison, his identity stripped, his possessions gone, and his old life now just a memory. He lived the next part of his life in an underground prison. For most people, that would be a problem, an obstacle to ministry and God’s purposes. But the pastor didn’t see prison as a hindrance to God’s calling, to ministry, or to the purposes of God in his life, but rather as an opportunity. And that’s just what happened. In prison, he learned to worship, share the Gospel, minister, and glorify God.

You, too, may be dealing with an unwanted situation in your life. It may seem like a prison or a hindrance to God’s will, and you can’t wait for the situation to change. But don’t waste your time or your life living like that. Your ministry is not what begins when God changes your situation. It begins right now when you change your heart. Whatever your situation is, start glorifying Him fully right here and now. For then you will never know prison, only His glory.

Today’s Mission – Today, in whatever situation you find yourself in, glorify God and praise Him.

by Jonathan Cahn

I hate buttermilk!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

One Sunday morning at a small southern church, the new pastor called on one of his older deacons to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head and said, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.” The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going.

The deacon continued, “Lord, I hate lard.” Now the pastor was totally perplexed.

The deacon continued, “Lord, I ain’t too crazy about plain flour. But after You mix ’em all together and bake ’em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits. Lord, help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don’t like, whenever we don’t understand what You are doing–that we need to wait and see what You are making. After You get through mixing and baking, it’ll be something even better than biscuits. Amen.”

“Jesus replied: You do not understand now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7

“Help me, O Lord, to make a blessed use of all the disappointments and calamities of life, in such a way that they may unite my heart more closely with You. Cause my disappointments to separate my affections from worldly things, and inspire my soul with more vigor in the pursuit of true happiness. Amen.” Susanna Wesley (1669-1742), mother of John and Charles Wesley and 17 other children.

“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

by Grace Gems