Someone asked me one day, "How much do you earn a year?" I answered him, "I earn about $750,000." He was shocked! "I didn't think they paid pastors that much!" To which I replied, "They only pay me about $40,000, but you asked how much did I earn." There can be a great difference between what a person earns and what he takes home. A pastor has the weight of maybe hundreds of souls on his mind and his heart. He councels them for marriage, he helps them grieve over a death, he supports them when there is illness, when they lose a job, when there are other tragedies in the family.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.