Archives For November 2012

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Many churches are in the process of nominating committee. Many others are frustrated by the lack of involvement of their members. This message can let your people know the importance of having a clear purpose, and why that makes all the diffference in the world.

You can’t:
Bribe people into serving
Scream people into serving
Scare people into serving

Whats the solution? Help people discover and develop their God-given purpose.

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En este power point encontraras 5 sugerencias para hacer tu culto familiar mas efectivo. Un tip: Recuerda que los ninos tienen un periodo de atencion corto. Piensa en UN minuto por anio.

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Espero que lo disfrutes, y que el culto familiar sea una prioridad en tu vida y hogar.

Este powerpoint esta hecho por Kathy Hernandez.

A friend of mine said: “Grace is free, but ministry takes money”. Although God is not limited by our lack of resources, the church is able to minister more effectively in the community when not strapped for cash to pay the light bill. The end of the year is a great time to help people understand where we have been, how their giving has impacted and changed lives, and what hopes and dreams the church has for next year. In order to be successful at increasing the level of giving in your congregation, remember three words:




Here are some practical ideas you can use this year:

1. Inform.

People give more to vision than to need. One church is doing it this way, this year:

            a. On Sabbath morning, they will ask everyone to please stay home that afternoon.

            b. The elders and the pastoral staff, will visit the members that afternoon.

            c. They take with them a short questionnaire that has three components:

                        1. What’s ONE thing we are doing right?

                        2. What’s ONE thing we must improve in 2013?

                        3. They then share 3 specific, measurable, reachable, clear goals for 2013.  

2. Invite.

The above mentioned church continues the process this way. At the end of the visit, they hand the family the paper with the goals for 2013, as well as an envelope, and invite them to prayerfully consider how they will participate in the vision of the church, which includes giving. 

Some pastors feel a little reservation about this. I believe if it’s done tastefully and not with a high-pressure attitude, it can be very successfully. I’ve personally done it in two different churches, with positive results.

3. Inspire

People want to be a part of something meaningful, life-changing, and greater than themselves. It’s your job, pastor, to paint that picture to your congregation about how your church will do that next year. Crying about money, using guilt trips or spiritual coercion doesn’t work. Be specific with your dreams. Have testimonies of life-change in your congregation. Paint a picture of what could be, tell them how the story of redemption is been played out in your church. That is done through the worship services, especially the sermon. Once again, inspire them by:

            Being specific

            Setting a goal

            Using stories more than numbers

Extra tip:

Make the year-end offering a month long affair. If you make the offering a ONE Sabbath affair, you might miss 30% of your people. The closest to Christmas that you do it, the more possibility that people are away. DO THIS INSTEAD- Start on the first Sabbath of December and share the total the first Sabbath of January. SET a goal.

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Shortcuts- Part 2 —  November 6, 2012

In my twenty years in ministry, I have seen people fail in three areas because of impatience and shortcuts:

            1. Relationships. Loneliness can mess with your mind. I understand it’s tough to see all your friends getting married while you are still single. But rushing into a relationship can be devastating. If you feel lonely, get a dog. Don’t rush into love.  

            2. Finances. There is no such thing as a get-rich-quick strategy. In fact, a study of lottery winners demonstrated that many were left without a penny only a short time after winning millions. Trying to invest in pyramid schemes, or lacking research before beginning a financial venture, can leave you penniless and distraught.

            3. Moving. Later on I’ll go into more detail about the desire that some have to leave a situation every time things get a little rough. For now, let me just say that the temptation to flee is a real one, especially when things aren’t going so great. Be careful that you are not running from what seems like an external situation, when in fact the problem might be internal. No matter where you run, an internal problem will follow you there.

            Only God’s power can sustain you for the long haul, so be patient.

            Underneath impatience lies a desire for control. The reason we take shortcuts and end up failing is that we think we know best. The truth is, we don’t. Relinquish everything to God.

            In your life there are things that

·          you will never change—leave those alone.

·         will change slowly—have patience.

·         need changing now—have courage.

The key is to have the divine gift of discernment, to know which is which.

            I like to work around the house. I like to repair, rebuild, restore, demolish, rearrangeyou know, your weekend-warrior type of remodeling. There’s only one problem. I’m not good at it. If I had to earn a living as a handyman, I would die of hunger. That’s the reason I invite my brother-in-law to come work with me in my “projects.” After all, I introduced him to his wife, so he owes me. He is really good at remodeling. You could say he was born with a hammer in his hand and probably remodeled his own crib. He is very detail oriented (I’m not), likes to take his time (I don’t), and doesn’t take shortcuts (I do). One of my favorite expressions I say to try and get him to work faster is “You can’t see that detail from a helicopter.” He just ignores me and continues to work. When it’s all done and I look at the finished product, I’m glad we took our time. A couple of times, however, we’ve done it my way, and some sections of my house are a constant reminder of the fallacy of shortcuts. In life, as in construction, it’s better to measure twice and cut once.

Stay patient. Give up control. Move at the speed God tells you to.


“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,

but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”

Shortcuts are a method people use to try to accomplish more tasks in less time. But there are some things in life that we can’t rush. Patience is not like fast food; it is more like Thanksgiving dinner (unless you have fast food for Thanksgiving, and in which case, skip this section!).

            I am an impatient person by nature. Can you relate? I despise waiting in line, I hate the three-day waiting period, and being stuck in traffic elevates my stress levels. The temptation for people like me, and I suppose many others, is to take shortcuts to accomplish our goals. I want things to move faster, people to change quicker, problems to be resolved in an instant.

            Inventors are coming up constantly with new contraptions to make our life easier. Awhile back I read a study done decades ago, which projected that in the 1980s, people would work fewer hours, have more free time, and have an easier life because of all the coming time-saving inventions. The exact opposite has happened! Even with all our advances, we are still looking for less complicated lives but find disappointment instead.

             There is a direct connection between impatience and taking shortcuts, for taking shortcuts is the external manifestation of an internal reality. A biblical principle that has helped me deal with my impatience is this:

You can’t do much to accelerate God’s blessing,

but you can do a lot to delay it.

            The  Bible speaks about “the appointed time” and “a time and a season for everything.” Timing is everything as we deal with spiritual issues. One of the clearest examples of this principle is the journey that the people of Israel took from Egypt to the Promised Land. A reading of the last chapters of Genesis as well as the book of Exodus will show the danger of impatience. A journey that should have taken days took decades. Why? Impatience and a bad attitude. Every time the Israelites said, “We don’t like our leaders,” God said, “One more time around the desert.” Every time they complained about the water, the food, or anything else, God said, “One more time.” The truth is that one of the fastest ways to delay your blessing is a bad attitude. It makes us say things like

·         Why couldn’t I have married her/him?

·         Why won’t God bless me?

·         Why don’t my kids behave like those children?

·         How come he’s in that position and I am not?

·         Why did she get married and I’m still single? I mean God, have you seenher?

            You know how God responds? “One more time . . .” If your life seems to be stuck in the desert, and you are moving but not really going anywhere, one of the first things to check would be your attitude. If your attitude is one of impatience, a correction needs to be made immediately. Don’t get me wrong. There are times when we must act decisively, when we must go forward in Jesus’ name. But a lot of damage has been done because

·         we moved ahead without godly consensus

·         we left before it was time

·         we started a project without God’s blessing.

            Don’t confuse activity with progress. We confuse movement with advance, action with success, and program implementation with personal growth. The question is not whether we have things going on, but if God is leading.


ESPANOL- Los Celos —  November 6, 2012

Los celos

 “El que ama, cela” es un refrán que oí por primera vez cuando era joven.  Este dicho puede parecer ingenioso, pero es falso. Los celos afectan tres áreas de tu vida.

1. La mente

Los celos son irracionales.  La mayoría de los celosos viven en un mundo que solo existe para ellos.  Las personas alrededor tuyo no pueden ver los peligros y problemas que ves tú.  Ellos pueden consumir tu vida hasta el punto que, todo lo que haces, piensas y planificas, está contaminado por ese monstruo llamado “celos”. 

2. El cuerpo

Nuestro cuerpo no puede distinguir entre peligros percibidos y peligros reales. Es probable que no esté pasando nada indebido entre tu pareja y alguna otra persona,  pero tú piensas que sí y comienzas a crear un cuadro en tu mente.  Sin haber comprobado la infidelidad de tu pareja, tu cuerpo comenzará a experimentar  síntomas, afirmando que lo que estuviste pensando es cierto.  Te dolerá la cabeza, no podrás dormir bien por estar pensando en ello, tendrás problemas al comer, y lo poco que comas te caerá mal.  Tendrás estrés, y dificultad para concentrarte en el trabajo. Cuando leas la Biblia, tu mente no la asimilará, por consiguiente, no disfrutarás de los cultos de la iglesia, especialmente si la persona que celas está presente.

3.  Las relaciones

¿Cómo crees que se siente tu pareja cuando la vigilas constantemente, acosándola con mil preguntas? ¿En verdad crees que eso va a hacer que te quiera y valore más?  ¿Así piensas que vas a recuperar la confianza en tu hogar? ¡Por supuesto que no! 

Nunca he oído a alguien decir: “Pastor, gracias a Dios porque mi pareja es celoso/a. Sus celos y sospechas han salvado nuestro matrimonio”. Los celos promueven lo opuesto a lo que deseas alcanzar. La base del matrimonio es la confianza. Si no hay confianza es muy difícil que el matrimonio sea feliz. 

Cómo mejorar

2 Corintios 10:5 nos da la clave: “Destruimos argumentos y toda altivez que se levanta contra el conocimiento de Dios, y llevamos cautivo todo pensamiento para que se someta a Cristo”.  

Cuando sientas que tu mente comienza a formular pensamientos negativos acerca de tu pareja, toma el control de ellos.  Ora a Dios diciendo: “Señor Jesús, por tu autoridad y en tu nombre, tomo cautivo este pensamiento y lo someto a tu voluntad”. Hazlo todas las veces que sea necesario, hasta que puedas controlar tus  pensamientos, no ellos a ti.

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Lead Like You Mean It! —  November 5, 2012


John Maxwell loves to say: “if you are leading and no one is following, you are only taking a walk”. The first component of LEAD is Leadership. I grew up in a church where leadership wasn’t taught, explained, modeled, mentored, preached, or practiced much. It got a little better in my formal education, but most of the leadership concepts I learned came about in two ways:
1. Personal interest in the subject.
2. Personal mistakes that taught me leadership lessons.

I remember arriving at my first church (some might identify with what I am about to share), and having my first board meeting. I was coming in with all these plans, dreams, and was absolutely sure who the leader was. Me! After all, I was the pastor! That lasted about 30 minutes.  My plans and ideas went out the window faster than you can say “I’m in charge”.  I remember feeling very discouraged. I survived, but noticed immediately my very present need to grow in the area of leadership. It took me a while to understand that I am none of these three things:

*I am not the man. In other words, I can’t make ministry be about me, because it isn’t.

*I am nor the Messiah. I am not indispensable. There is only one Messiah and his name is not Roger.

*I am not the manager. I am not called to just maintain the status quo, to just run programs and keep everyone happy. I was called to lead, not manage.

Here are some leadership concepts that have been beneficial to me. They are keys to successful leadership:
1. Relationships. People follow leader, then the vision. You first connect, then convince.
2. Innovation. The enemy of future success is past success. Just because it worked in the past, does not mean it will work the same way in the future.
3. Connections. I decided to have three people in my life. A teacher I can learn from. A companion I can share with. A student I can teach. Those were my choices. God brought me a 4th person- An antagonist that will keep me on my knees. (There is one of those everywhere!)
4. Purpose. It’s easy to confuse activity with progress. What we do, when we do it, and who we do it with, has to fit in the overall purpose that God has for our lives. The clearer the purpose, the easier it is to say no and yes to invitations, requests, and demands for our time.

So, leader, would you lead please?

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