A few years ago, Dale Galloway wrote a significant book entitled, Dream A New Dream. In this book, he shares the personal crisis out of which his life was dramatically changed forever. Yet, it was that very crisis that allowed him to minister to many people he would have never personally met if the book had not been written. A new dream was born. Dale has greatly impacted the contemporary Christian world.
H.B. London and Neil Wiseman quote a wise, older pastor in their book, The Heart of a Great Pastor, as saying that, "A pastor never achieves more than he dreams." If that is true, then it is important for us to shake off whatever keeps us from dreaming. We need to dust off our imagination and view life through the eyes of God. We serve the God of resurrection. Therefore, we should see that He brings life where there is death. We serve the God of creation. That means that He has purpose for our life and the power to achieve that purpose in us. If He can break through the stone of a tomb, He is a God who is able to bring life to the situation that seems impossibly dead.
We can nurture a dream back to vitality by a variety of methods.
We must hold on to our dreams, act on our dreams and commit our hearts to follow our dreams. God achieves miracles through the lives of dreamers.
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
"You should see the church they attend," Lucille said, armed with bulletin and newsletter. Creases formed across my brow as celebration gave way to comparisons a trap that had sprung too many times.