Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Serve strong (Biblical Encouragement to Sustain God's Servants) by Terry Powell

Book Description:  Serve Strong helps volunteers as well as vocational Christian workers combat discouragement, persevere through weariness, and cultivate endurance for the long haul.
Serve the Lord long enough and discouragement or some form of opposition is inevitable. Joy-sapping workloads, feelings of inadequacy, lack of fruitfulness, or battle fatigue from spiritual warfare often spurs God's servants to quit or sabotages their passion. The purpose of this book is to infuse them with biblical perspectives that buoy flagging spirits, boost motivation, and cultivate endurance.

My Thoughts:  Pastors and their wives are some of the first to become weary in well doing.  Christian workers (i.e. Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and others who serve in any capacity in the church) are some of the most "worn out" peoples in our church groups.  Why? Because we must give and give and be on call, sometimes without ever seeing the results of our labors.  Working for God is not a nine-to-five job.  It's a job of all times.

Even the great preachers like Spurgeon and Flavel became weary because people did not seem to heed God's call for salvation.   Like Flavel I have wearied of going to church Sunday after Sunday, teaching a Sunday School class or seeing people sit in their pews and never respond to God.  And like Flavel I've wanted to respond with, "How can I dismiss you with a blessing since many of you will be accursed when the Lord returns because you didn't love the Lord Jesus Christ." (p. 36)  This, however, is not, the end.  

God is the only true source of comfort and love. And He alone is working on "that" man, woman or teen to come to him.  They must respond and seek God with their whole heart.

If you are a weary servant of the Lord then this encouraging read is for you.  If you are a worker for the Lord then you, too, need to read how to Serve Strong.

Mr. Powell not only encourages but gives scripture and examples from God's word on how to serve strong and be all that you can be in Jesus.

*This book was provided for review by Leafwood Publishers*

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891124322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891124320

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