Pastors: Be Encouraged!

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This blog post is dedicated to pastors and church staff who creatively communicated the Gospel this weekend and may be feeling a bit drained this morning.

Mailers, flyers, cards, and tweets went out to draw people to Easter Sunday services.  A lot of creativity went into producing services that conveyed the joyous resurrection of Jesus Christ and the wonderful gift of salvation that He brings.  Churches will follow up with people who raised their hands, checked a box, stood up, or bowed their heads. 

Whether you had thousands or are still waiting on the one, the thing that matters most isn’t how creative your marketing collateral or relevant your message or quick your follow-up.  On this day after Resurrection Sunday, can you say this?

I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
    I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly
    of your unfailing love and faithfulness. Psalm 40:10 (NLT)

Because really, when it comes down to it, God just asks us to tell others about Him.  It helps others to receive the message if we are creative, relevant, and persevering, but God has called us to talk about His faithfulness and saving power, to tell everyone that gathers about his unfailing love and faithfulness.  If you didn’t keep the good news of his justice hidden in your heart, but declared it yesterday, God is pleased with you.  It’s your job to tell everyone.  It’s God’s job to produce fruit.

It is the same with my word.
    I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
    and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11 (NLT)

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