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Shepherd’s Conference (a conference for Pastors and Preachers) was a few weeks ago with the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the theme of “We Preach Christ.”  Some of you who were not there still was able to enjoy the General Sessions because the Conference graciously livestreamed them.  However the various seminar sessions are what some people are looking forward to whether you were in the conference or not since they were more specific and occurred simultaneously with other seminar sessions.  Since there are 19 of them they are something that’s going to take some to time for me to listen through!

I know the official Shepherd’s Conference website says “Media Coming Soon” but the Audio MP3s of the seminar sessions can be downloaded by clicking on the title of the sessions below:

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I’m looking forward to this year’s Shepherd’s Conference, a conference for Pastors and church leaders sponsored by Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Pastor.

They even made this neat trailer:

Seems like the theme would be on the Reformation in light of the Reformation’s 500 years anniversary.  Lord willing I’ll be blogging through the sessions on February 28th-March 3rd.

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Sometimes there’s those weeks where so many things happen all at once for the Pastor during the week.  Church members who are sick, believers who need rides, late night calls, evangelistic contacts happen, others outside of churches want to meet up with you and the business of the weekly routine of Bible studies during the week, studying and pastoral visitations.  So much happens it cuts into your Sunday sermon prep.  And its truly not because of laziness because everything else is done well during the week.  You are tired.  You are exhausted.  You have been around people with problems all week long but they don’t know…that Sunday’s coming.

But then sometimes its all these things during the week that prepare the preacher for the sermon on Sunday.  It prepares him to be pastoral.  To be practical.  To be doctrinal but in a way that desires others to also see the glory of God as it is unfolded.  To be tired and beaten up like the rest of the body of Christ during the week, lest we become like the condescending preacher Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.  It makes us rely on the Spirit and his grace.

Preachers if tomorrow is one of those rare Sundays, pray for His grace and His mercy.

Give it your all.  Because He is worthy.  Because your people need it.  Because you need it.  Preach the Gospel and apply its truth like its the last sermon you will ever preach and preach it prayerfully.

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In our age where everything is all washed with relativism I thought this clip from the TV show “E.R” was really illuminating that all the figment of imagination means nothing in light of one’s sin, guilt and death.

Watch it:

For those of you guys reading this and are in the ministry, what we are doing is important folks.  We’re playing for keeps.  Don’t forget we have the Gospel, the hope of forgiveness!

Don’t ever, ever compromise with the Gospel.

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If one were to open up their Bibles to 1 Timothy 3:1 you see the office of overseer mentioned.  Some people might read that and wonder when was the last time someone was called an overseer at their own church.

Some versions translates it as “bishop” while others translates it as “elders.”  Still most translations in the English stick with overseer.

Whatever you migth call it, biblically what is the office of an overseer?

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care of pastors

Pastor Jack Hughes preached a two part series on “Care and Maintenance of Faithful Preachers.”  He’s planning to write a book on this topic.  As he said in the beginning of the message, it might be awkward for pastors to preach on what the Bible teaches of how the church should treat its pastors.  But the church’s relationship to her pastors should be given some thoughts and biblical examination.

I was blessed listening to it although I must admit Jack Hughes’ voice sometimes sound whiny.

Here’s the two messages that Hughes preached in London this summer:

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The need of decision for the truth Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon. The Need of Decision for the Truth. Scriptura Press, December 11th 2015. 23 pp.

This was originally a chapter in Charles Spurgeon’s classic, Lectures to My Students.  Although it was originally preached and written in the 1800s the content of The Need of Decision for the Truth is relevant even for the twentieth-first century.  In the beginning of the book Spurgeon talks about how people in his “present age” seem to think “Some things are either true or false, according to the point of view from which you look at them.  Black is white, and white is black according to circumstances; and it does not particularly matter which you call it.”  I was amazed to read these words in the book’s opening paragraph for that describes our time so accurately as well!  It reminded me that the attack on truth is nothing new, and truly the Bible is right when Ecclesiastes says that there is nothing new under the sun.  The rest of the book is focused on the importance of truth and the manner of Christian truth-bearing.

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