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Church Marketer – Tychicus

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I am really intrigued by the staff that Paul had around him to help him serve the many churches that he ministered to.  One of the guys that Paul speaks about is a faithful church marketer.  Now he isn’t going around making billboards or t-shirts, but he is promoting Paul’s ministry by going around to churches sharing what God is doing in Paul’s ministry.  He would of probably been a guy Church Marketing Sucks would have highlighted on there papyrus blog.  The marketer that I am talking about is Tychicus.  He is mentioned five times throughout scripture, but let’s focus on a couple of those scripture to take a window peek at his life. 

Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. Colossians 4:7-8

Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.  I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.  Ephesians  6:21-22

Acts 20:4  2 Timothy 4:12    Titus 3:12

Tychius was not only a marketer, but he was an encourager, a great communicator, administrater and someone that Paul could trust and depend on.  This marketer had multiple jobs within his area of ministry like many of us do today. 

When I see who Paul had surrounding him in his ministry, it makes me ask myself, who do I have on my ministry team?  Most of us have a couple great leaders that are working with us, but for others it is time to begin building your ministry team. We limit ourselves and our ability to do things with excellence when we choose to do things by ourselves.  We all need administrators – those who can organize, marketers, encourager’s, and those who have great communication skills to help us get the message out about what God is doing within our ministry.  This doesn’t happen overnight, we must first begin by identifying who we already have on our team, all we need to do is find the ministry area that fits them, and help empower and equip them to be affective.  When we do this our ministry will begin to reach people we could have never reached alone. 

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Steve Harvey’s Introducing Christ

If you haven’t seen Steve Harvey’s video on how he would introduce Christ if he had the chance, you’ve got to check this out!  To me that’s worship!  Great job Steve!

Demas

no Turning Back

One of the hardest parts of ministry for me is investing into a person’s life for a season and a couple years down the road they make a choice not to follow Christ.  They begin connecting with wrong relationships that lead them astray or they just choose that the pleasures of this world is more valuable then following Christ.  So today let’s look at Demas who was one of Paul’s followers who abandoned him after ministering with him for 2 years. 

 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. Colossians 4:14

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.   Philemon 1:23-24

Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.  2 Timothy 4:9

Many of us have heard Bible stories of the rich young ruler who had to chose to follow Christ and he didn’t, but I found a guy named Demas who was a co-labourer with Paul.  Demas went through many difficult situations with Paul, we know this because Paul held Demas in high regards, and was even imprisoned with Paul for the sake of the Gospel.  What is so hard to comprehend is when a person has been exposed to the miraculous, has sat under personal teachings of Paul and even stood up for his faith; he chose to deny Christ and follow after his own fleshly desires.  I’m sure Paul was sadden as he shared the news of his once companion in the good fight of faith and now has been deserted. 

The thing we must always remember is that Demas didn’t deny Paul, he denied Christ and made a personal choice to follow the world.  We in our ministries must not take the choices of those serving with us personal, it is spiritual.  The enemy would like nothing better than to make those who are serving in our ministries to stumble and follow after their fleshly desire, we must never stop believing in prayer that God would keep our people strong and do our best to equip each one of them. 

Epaphras

Today we are going to focus on Epaphras who was a minister of the gospel for the church of Colosse.  He is a little person – someone we only see mentioned once or more in scripture. We see in scripture that he was a fellow minister with Paul and kept Paul connected to what was happening within the church of Colosse.  We also learn that he is a Jewish minister who stood beside Paul in the good and even while he was in prision.  Here are the three passages that reveal who Epaphras was.

 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.  Colossians 1:7

…These are the only Jews among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.  Colossians 4:11-13

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers. Philemon 1:23-24

The church of Colosse was a church that was full of faith and love for believers.  It all sprang forth from the scripture that was thaught to them by Epaphras.  This faith and love was reproduced in the people by the ministry of Epaphras, who was a man  of contagious love for the people of God. I think it is important to reflect and see what type of believers are we reproducing in our ministries?  When we look at the people who are working with us in our ministry, it reveals to us who we are and the type of fruit we are reproducing through our ministry. 

The other important fact about Epaphras is that he was a man of prayer.  He fervently prayed and believed for the people he was ministering to.  He desired for them to grow and to be fruitful – reaching full maturity in their walk with Christ.  I have met many a minister who preached a good sermon and even prayed for people when needed, but we see that he had such a passion to see his people grow, that he spent time wrestling in prayer for his people.  I spend time in prayer for those I minister to, but I can’t say that I wrestle in prayer for my people.  What are we willing to fight for in our ministry? 

Many of us are fighting to see our churches grow, others for change in ministry styles, but at the core of all ministry is a person who is in need of someone to fight for them to grow and mature to be the people of God that will live out their faith and be the church that contagiously loves everyone. 

Euodia And Syntche

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Today I want to focus our attention on two ladies in the Bible that I call the little people.  They are the people in the Bible that we only hear mentioned in scripture a few times or sometimes just once.  The two ladies we are going to focus on today are only mention once in scripture.  They have been working with Paul sharing the gospel and Paul addresses a conflict that Euodia and Syntche are having with each other.

 “I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntche to agree with each other in the Lord.”  Philippians 4:2

It is very evident that there is contention and disunity among the two ladies.  It must have been an open argument among them because Paul is addressing the church to help with disunity.  If you have been in ministry long, there are times when we don’t agree with those we work with, much like Euodia and Syntche.  The key that Paul shares with us is, redirect your conflict and agree on what matters – the gospel –  “agree in the Lord.” 

This is when we choose to surrender to our differences and focus on what we do agree on.  Due to the conflict being public, Paul encourages the church to help them work through their differences.   He shares some words that could help all of us. 

#1.  Find your joy in Christ and not in people.

#2 Instead of worrying and fighting, pray and give the matter to God.  Then God’s peace will come in and guard your hearts. 

#3  Focus on God’s truth.  Scripture says when we practice thinking on right things God’s peace will be with us. (Here’s our thinking filter:  whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent, praise worthy – think on these things.)

May you be encouraged and walk in God’s peace! 

International Pirate Day

Ahoy, me hearty, today is international talk like a pirate day!  This day happens once a year on September 19th.  I know this is really exciting for some of you!  You’ve been waiting all year to be able to talk like a pirate….aghrrrr!  I found a sight to help you to talk like a pirate.  http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html I also found a talk like a pirate blog if you would like to check it out…who would have thought someone would dedicate a whole blog to TLAPD.  I might suggest not to call your wife your winch.  I know my wife didn’t really care for that. 

And yes there is a youtube to help you talk like a pirate!  aghrrrrrr!

Wonderful World

This guy is simply amazing with shadow hand puppets!  If you haven’t already seen this, you have to check it out:

Who’s Your Timothy

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I was reading Philippians this morning and thought I would share it with you.

19I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. 21For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.  -Philippians 2:19-22

 

Do you have someone in your ministry that takes interest in others more than themselves?  This type of person is very unique, and has a very special relationship with the leader that  he or she serves with.  I believe the terminology that Paul used is, his son Timothy.  Timothy wasn’t really Paul’s biological son, but he did have a spiritual father / son relationship with Timothy.  Just like a biological son looks, acts and many times takes on the same interest as the father they are raised by, so it is with a spiritual father son relationship.

 

Is there someone in your ministry that you are fathering to work in the trenches of ministry with you?  This individual is someone that we give extra time to and help develop this person’s potential in ministry.  Now this relationship isn’t a church cultivated relationship, but someone that is brought in and is part of your life.  In today’s terminology we call it, mentoring, but I believe this type of relationship is more than guiding and developing, it is reproducing who you are as a minister of the gospel into another person’s life.  It is sharing your life, ambitions and having this special son or daughter in your life to share in the ministry that God has given you.

 

I can’t say that I really have this type of relationship with anyone right now, but today I am asking God to show me who this person might be so I can begin taking steps to cultivate this relationship. 

Will It Blend?

Have you seen any of the will it blend videos by Blend Tech?  If you ever wanted to see an iphone destroyed into tiny little pieces, you will want to see this video.  enjoy!

Atlantic Beach

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Last week my family and I went to Atlantic Beach in North Carolina on vacation.  The amazing time at the beach was filled with tanning, swimming, tours – we saw Black Beard’s house and heard many crazy stories about this evil pirate….rrrrr, chasing crabs on the beach late at night and just being with the family.  It was a week full of great memories. 

For me the greatest part of the trip was spending time with my wife, Jen.  Yes I enjoyed being with my two amazing daughters, but there is something special about spending time with the one that you have devoted your whole life to!  We had so much fun together.  One night we went on a ghost walk where the tour guide would share stories of Black Beard the pirate and other happenings in Beauford, NC.  It was a great night for me because there is something in me that enjoys trying to scare Jen!  The kid in me surfaced many times as we went to visit the grave yard.  The guide would share stories of some of the individuals who died and haunt the grave yard.  They said that the person’s spirit would even touch the back of the neck of the ladies who visit the graves.  At this point in the story I would reach over and touch Jen lightly behind her neck to try to scare her.  (It didn’t work, but it was fun!)  Even though we didn’t see any ghost, the time with Jen was great! 

My second favorite thing that I did was spending time on the beach with my daughters.  We would gather sea shells that had washed up on the beach.  It is like treasure hunting, you never know if the next shell that you find is the perfect shell that you have been looking for.  The girls would get extremely excited as they found shells along the beach.  They would rush over to me, to make sure that I saw the new shell that they had found.   

Well, I don’t want to turn this into family video time.  (For those who have had to endure family videos.)  TTFN!  Life is fun when you are making memories. 

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