|Posted on April 9, 2010 at 9:17 AM||comments (3)|
Always a strange feeling when you see your name in print. And then to have a picture (a bad one at that) along side is quite humbling. Today the Altoona Mirror did a brief bio of the new pastor in town (just so happens to be me). They did a good job of representing who I am but they left out so much more. But then again how much can really be put into a newspaper article.
Here is the link to the page on their website.
|Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM||comments (0)|
WOW! What an incredible two weeks that just went by. New Life you never cease to amaze me. I am so glad to be a part of what God is doing through this church.
Our Eggsteme Egg Hunt was just that. With over 500 kids and adults showing up the New Life team did a phenominal job of ministery.
We expanded our Living Lords Supper to include a Saturday evening and Sunday performance. Renee did such an awesome job (as usuall) putting the whole drama together. Thank You. Men, what can I say, I thought I was right there 2000 years ago at the Last Supper. Our church is so blessed to have so many dedicated men that get involved. Guys your Rock!
Fingerprints Youth Ministry took 50 teens and 13 Adults to this years NEXT Penn-Del Youth Convention in Hershey. They left on Thursday and came home on Saturday. From all reports they had a great time and the Spirit of the Lord really touched many of them. Can't wait to hear from them next Sunday. Also so proud of Aubrie and Jessica for their participation in Fine Arts. They are amazing.
Easter Sunday. UNBELIEVABLE!!! The choir was outstanding! Thanks Sandy for directing them. The Roman Soldiers did great carrying Jesus to the tomb. Just glad you didn't drop him. The video and sound team of JR & Deean were right on and the Illustrated Sermon was powerful (if you missed it be sure to watch it on the video link).
Once again, God is truly blessing and moving at New Life. I can't wait to see what's around the corner.
|Posted on February 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM||comments (0)|
In Just 3 days I will be on my way (along with 11 other pastors) to Jaipur India. I am so looking forward to this trip and the experiences and opportunities that await me. Thank you New Life family for making this all possible and for the gift I will be sharing with the local church who is just getting started.
I hope to report back here each day with updates and possibly even some pictures.
Please keep me and the team in your prayers as we travel (30 hours in the air one way) to and from India and as we minister the Good News of Jesus Christ.
|Posted on January 7, 2010 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Today is day #5 of our 21 days of prayer and fasting. Today the myself along with the church leadership board are taking the entire day to pray and fast for New Life. God has richly blessed our church in so many ways. With those blessings come added responsibilities and challenges. We are seeking the Lord for his guidance and direction as we move forward into 2010.
Please join us as we pray for God's will about building on to our existing building or whether we need to relocate.
Pray that in the transition time of a new building, we do not loose any momentum. That we are able to adapt and change and use our current facilities to their fullest potential.
Pray that the Lord will continue to pour out His Spirit upon the people of New Life. That lives will be changed, hearts will be transformed, healing will come, and a great renewal will break out.
I’m excited to be pastoring New Life as we head into 2010. I believe with all my heart that this is going to be a breakthrough year for so many of you and especially for New Life.
|Posted on May 6, 2009 at 8:22 PM||comments (0)|
Aristotle said, “The mind thinks in pictures.” And we know that the
postmodern mind of the 21st century is strongly influenced by a
tsunami of visual media. Given that reality, we want to focus on four
images Jesus connected with ministry.
The first face of leadership is SHEPHERD — our CALLING.
Jesus used this metaphor in John 10. Our pastoral leadership
should foster a nurturing environment rather than a bureaucratic
culture. Nurturing cultures have a serving loving DNA, while bureaucratic
cultures are power driven and selfish. One of my concerns
is our tendency to professionalize the ministry. It is a calling not a
career. We must ask the question, “Is this decision motivated more
by career advancement than a Holy Spirit led calling?”
In their book, The Way of the Shepherd, Dr. Kevin Lehman and
William Pentak identify seven ancient secrets of managing productive
people by unpacking the shepherd leadership model. In my
opinion it is a must read for every person who believes they are
called to ministry.
Now we turn to the next face of leadership SERVANT — our
CHARACTER. This metaphor comes from John 13. It’s the only
time in scripture Jesus uses himself as an example. He washes the
feet of the disciples and then instructs them with, “I have set you an
example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15)
A servant is one who handles power in word and action as though
he/she does not need it. Someone has calculated that the word
servant is used over 1300 times in Scripture. Frequency of use
should send a strong signal of importance to us.
I haven’t always been a good servant, but one experience stands
out in my pool of memories. A pastor in the Potomac District and
I resolved an estrangement that happened as a result of a church
conflict. Since I was his District Superintendent, he invited me to
speak at the church to demonstrate to the congregation that the
matter had been settled. God had used him to initiate a godly
resolution to this legal dispute. On the day I ministered I felt led to
kneel before the pastor and use a towel to wipe off his shoes. The
spontaneous weeping and embracing that ensued in the congregation
was very heart warming. A couple of years later when I returned
to preach again the spirit of reconciliation was still very much in
The third face of leadership is STEWARD — our COMPETENCY.
At the end of the parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16:10-12)
Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be
trusted with much...if you have not been trustworthy in handling
worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?....if you have
not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give
you property of your own?” Paul reminds the Corinthians, “Now it is
required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
(I Cor. 4:2)
Competency in ministry especially in pentecostal circles is a tricky
subject because we place a strong emphasis on the anointing. It’s
a mistake to believe it must be either/or. We know it can be both
competency and anointing. I love what Barry Black, the current
Chaplain of the US Senate, says about preaching, “Study until you
are full...think until you are clear...pray until you are hot...and deliver
The final face of leadership is SEER — our process for
CHANGE. Jesus was often called a prophet. (Matthew 21:11,46)
As a minister, God calls us to be voices for change. Effective
leaders not only call for a course correction but also know how
to get people there. Too often we believe changing personnel,
programs or products is the place to start. Real change begins by
clarifying our purpose. Next we chart the course that tells how to
get there. And remember, it always takes longer than we envision.
So underpromise and overdeliver. Trust me when we overpromise
and underdeliver it erodes our credibility.
So how do we know which face of leadership to incarnate. Our
relationship with the Father will guide us.
I don’t fear failure as much as I fear that I might succeed in doing
things that don’t get people where they need to go. As a leader
I can be a good servant — wash feet, but if I am not a shepherd
who guides or a steward who manages well or a seer who calls for
change I may not be getting people where they need to go. If we
focus on any one of the faces and neglect the other three, I believe
our leadership is missing what Jesus modeled.
We are to say to the people we serve, “Your potential is my mission”
and then lead them with the face of a shepherd, servant, steward
Preached by Pastor Robert Rhoden
|Posted on January 15, 2009 at 7:07 PM||comments (0)|
Missed the last couple of days. So let's get caught up.
Tuesday was a blessed day. It ended with a wonderful meeting with the board, as we discussed the future for New Life.
Wednesday - Breakfast was a slice of Ezekiel toast with organic peanut butter.
Lunch was a wonderful salad with oven baked fries on top.
Dinner was an incredible potato leek soup (see Suzannes blog for recipe).
Late night snack - 1 large Fuji apple
Sorry we had to cancel services last night. The weather made for some dangerous driving conditions for the bus and van. See you all Sunday.
Thursday - Breakfast was a slice of Ezekiel toast with organic peanut butter.
Lunch - left over potato leek soup and a box of organic raisins.
Dinner - tofu and vegitable stir fry (something I actually like to eat all the time).
As I write this I am sitting in front of my nice warm wood burning stove enjoying some peace and quiet with Suzanne.
For the past week our family (mostly me, because I love them) has been puting together a 2000 piece puzzle of a collage of The Wizard of Oz. It has allowed me some great time alone just to pray and consider all the blessing the Lord has given to me and my family and all the great things he has in store for New Life. At the rate I am going the new church chairs will probably be in before I finish the puzzle. So, if any of you are puzzle wiz's feel free to stop by and put in a couple of pieces (just leave the last one for me).
|Posted on January 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM||comments (3)|
Day 2 of the Daniel Fast.
Breakfast: Banana, brown rice cake and mint flavored water.
Lunch: Garbonzo bean soup (YUMO!), water.
Dinner: Oven baked fry's, cooked spinach in onion and garlic, 1 slice Ezekiel sprout bread, mango juice.
It is such a blessing to know that the Lord is constantly leading and guiding us. I am making it a priority during this fast to pray for a great harvest of souls for the Kingdom. I am praying that the Lord would use each and every one of us at New Life to change the course of one soul.
Ask yourself this question. When is the last time I talked to someone about the Lord, who was not already a Christian? If we don't tell them, know-body will. I have posted a video clip, Are you ready, on the web site. Take a look at it and then ask yourself that same question again.
|Posted on January 11, 2009 at 7:13 PM||comments (4)|
Today is the start of our 21 day Daniel Fast. As the Lord leads you, join with us in seeking the Lord and praying for His leading in our lives and our church.
Although the snowy roads kept some from being able to be at church this morning, we had a wonderful time in the presence of the Lord. I am truly grateful to each of you who put so much into making our service great.
|Posted on January 1, 2009 at 11:33 PM||comments (1)|
Happy New Year to all of my church family. May God's richest blessings be yours this year.
Be sure to join us Jan. 11 - 31 in our Daniel Fast.
I am truly looking forward to what the Lord has in store for New Life in 2009!
|Posted on December 16, 2008 at 6:24 PM||comments (1)|