Church Press Newsletter
August 2012

The disadvantages are removed when God is for you. The obstacles become stepping
stones when you and God team up. The mountains that today are stopping you
become little foothills with God's help. There are possibilities galore when you
know that God is your Friend and Christ is your Savior.
Possibilities Galore
by Pastor Don Ginkel   


Jesus Christ had Paul write Philippians 4:13. These words are classic. They are phenomenal. "I can do everything through Him (Christ) who gives me strength." Matthew Henry comments on these words as follows: "This denotes a present and continued act; as if Paul said, 'Through Christ, who is strengthening me and does continually strengthen me; it is by His constant and renewed strength I am enabled to act in everything; I wholly depend on Him for all my spiritual power.'"


But many Christians still live in an impossibility world: limping when they should be walking strong, crying when they should be laughing, defeated by problems. Some folks, including pastors, are bored with life, tired of living, struggling every day, and failing when they could be succeeding.


Dr. Robert Schuller calls them impossibility thinkers. Schuller says, "Impossibility thinkers are people who make swift, sweeping passes over a proposed idea, scanning it with a negative eye, looking for the distasteful aspects. Impossibility thinkers come up with ideas and reasons why it can't be done or why it is a bad idea or how someone else tried it and failed and (this is usually their clinching argument), how much it will cost." [complete article]


The Facts on Islam
Next to Christianity, Islam is the most influential religion on earth with over 1 billion followers. It is the fastest growing religion in the world. Here are a few of the questions this book addresses:
  • What is Islam? Why is it important? 
  • What are the basic Muslim beliefs?  
  • How do its teachings affect Muslim's lives? 
  • What does Islam teach about Allah?
  • What does it teach about Jesus Christ?
  • What basic problem does the Qur'an present to Muslims? 
. . . plus much more. 150,000 copies sold. 4 1/4 x 7, 80 pages, #367 $5.99. We can ship Media Mail to save on shipping costs. To order go to our website: under "Other Religions" or email us or call 888-772-8878.

Stack of Stuff
HOME SCHOOLING 101 will help potential and current parents caught between a proverbial rock (the expectations of the world when it comes to education) and a hard place (honoring God through the raising and teaching of their children). Veteran home school couple Mark and Christine Field write from personal experience why home schooling is best for children and how to make the process a complete success at every step. 9 x 6, 294 pages,  $14.99. Click #310 to order.

Mike Huckabee on Facebook from 6/29/12: "As if the soda ban didn't prove this already, there is nothing too small for the government to regulate. CBS reports that the Justice Department's new regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act have gone into effect. Among them: All amusement part rides must have at least one seat built for someone in a wheelchair. The slopes on at least 50 percent of all miniature golf holes cannot exceed a steepness ratio of 1 to 48. And all businesses must accept miniature horses as guide animals for the disabled. So remember, you can't bring a bottle of shampoo onto a plane, but you can bring a horse. The Justice Department may not be able to keep weapons out of the hands of Mexican gangsters or even try to keep gangsters out of America. But at least it's good to know that they're out there working hard to protect our right to play miniature golf with a miniature horse."
Overcoming Those Little Frustrations in Ministry. Great article by Rick Warren. When every little thing that can go wrong does go wrong. Click frustrations

Organ leading singing at worship is great. Piano leading singing at worship is great. Put the two together and its fantastic!

At the Seminary our homiletics prof continually reminded us: "Boys, preach the text! Exhaust it!" Pretty good advice for us today.

Someone said: "Always take the high road. Walk in integrity and honor people, especially when it's hard to do."

7 Ways of Dealing with the Torment of Criticism. Kurt Bubna writes: "Why is it that the most gifted among us are sometimes the most insecure? Why is it so easy to become discouraged by criticism. His "7 Ways" hit a home run. Click 7 Ways

"Many are disappointed - even shocked by the Supreme Court's decision on ObamaCare. But the ruling should inspire us to be more involved in electing people who reflect our views, not deflate us to the point of giving up. It's up to us to take responsibility for the electoral process - to register to vote, and then educate ourselves about the issues that matter to us" - Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family.

For pastor's eyes only: The Prophets - Who they were and what they are by Norman Podhoretz. It's a new hard cover and retails for $30.00. This single copy is available to the first pastor who emails us and asks for it. There is no charge. We'll send it to you by Media Mail.

"Our chickens have come home to roost." Dale Jones, Nazarene researcher for the U.S. Religion Census, explaining how American emphasis on a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" has contributed to more than 80 percent of Americans claiming to be Christian but less than 50 percent being affiliated with a congregation. Christianity Today, p. 23, July/August 2012.

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When a Prospect says, "I Haven't Got Time"
by Dr. Paul J. Foust (LCMS)


I remember a busy farmer, who had barns full of dairy cows and acres of crops to care for, telling me, "Pastor, I'd like to come to your religion class because I know how much my wife gets from her church, but I really haven't got time!" Here was a man who was probably speaking his honest conviction, but he was a man with bad priorities. [complete article] 


A Miracle for Petra Anderson in the Massacre
as told by her Denver pastor


In the tragedy at the Aurora showing of The Dark Night Rises was a 22 year old woman from my church, Petra Anderson . . . You and I have been inundated with news about what happened next. A joyful movie turned into bloody, unbelievable chaos. Petra was hit four times with a shot gun blast, three shots into her arm and one bulletin which entered her brain. . . . The bullet entered Petra's face through her nose and then traveled up through her brain until stopping at the back of her skull. The doctors prior to surgery were concerned because so much of the brain had been traversed by the bullet. Many areas of brain function were involved . . . With Kim, Petra's mother (who is in the final stages of terminal cancer), we cried, hugged, and prayed. [complete article]  


The Seed-Planting Church
by Dr. Waldo Werning (LCMS)


Proposing Biblical principals, this book shows how the church can be revitalized by God's design. It displays a nurturing seed-planting model in place of a maintenance harvesting church. Dr. Kent Hunter (LCMS), The Church Doctor, writes, "Powerfully practical . . . will change your church from a bureaucracy to the movement God has called Christianity to be. I have already begun using this material in my work with churches. 168 pages. #304 $12.00. Click Seed-Planting to order on website or email us. 


Matcha Green Tea

by Dr. Oz Fans 


Matcha green tea contains the polyphenol EGCG, a thermogenic component believed to boost metabolism. Unlike other varieties of green tea, where you steep and discard the leaves, matcha tea is ground into a powder that completely dissolves in water. When you drink it, you ingest the tea leaves and all of their healthful nutrients. It has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Like other types of green tea, matcha not only speeds up your metabolism, but is chockfull of antioxidants. Matcha is available in a concentrated powder and can be found at health stores. (Note: You can buy Kirkland "Green Tea Matcha Blend" at Costco)  


Pastoral Self-Care
by Dr. Craig Loving


We pastors have a crucial stake in the matter of pastoral self-care. If we want to succeed over the long haul, we need to take care of ourselves spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

  • Spiritual self-care: We dare never become casual about our own life in Christ. Bible study and prayer in preparation for a sermon are no substitute for Bible study and prayer to feed our own souls. We must be careful to apply both the Law and the Gospel to ourselves before we carry it to others. Romans 1-8 should be the personal manifesto of every pastor.
  • Emotional self-care: A man needs to take a long, hard look about his motivation for going into the ministry. [complete article
Music Leadership Presence 
by Amy Kopecky, Creative Director of Communications and Worship 
St. Peter Lutheran Church (LCMS), Lodi, CA 

It's easy to find a book on leadership in the bookstore. It's not so easy to find a book on music leadership - especially when it comes to "stage" presence, a term I use very cautiously. While true Christian leadership demands humility, true humility results from a desire to serve. And yes, the motivation to serve can be perceived in body language, facial expressions, and voice. Think back to worship gatherings you've experienced in the past. The majesty and praise of God should be first on our hearts, but were you distracted from it for any reason because of the leaders? Did the leaders seem to want attention or were they pointing it back to the cross? [complete article


A Time to Laugh... or Cry (one free copy)

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). This ten lesson Bible study by Pastor Ginkel is free - ten lessons from the creation in Genesis to the giving of the Law in Exodus. We'll pay for shipping. Just email us and ask for #154, 80 pages. 

Good application of texts in our lives today. Great notes and commentary. Each lesson begins with a contemporary introduction, hymn, prayer, explanation of the text, probing and practical questions for discussion, plan of action, and daily Bible reading with correlates with the text being studied. A good dose of humor is also used.  


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