I AM The Bread of Life – January 2, 2017

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoJesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst (John 6:35).  The “bread of life” is a person and his name is Jesus.  He is the source of eternal life.  Jesus uses the metaphor of eating his flesh and drinking his blood for a faith that is relying on him alone for LIFE !

I AM The Bread of Life – August 15 2016

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoJesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst (John 6:35).  The “bread of life” is a person and his name is Jesus.  He is the source of eternal life.  Jesus uses the metaphor of eating his flesh and drinking his blood for a faith that is relying on him alone for LIFE !

Self-Care For Spiritual First Responders

Tracy & Debra Marriage Life

Self-Care For Spiritual First Responders

First Responders are vulnerable to “compassion fatigue” – emotional exhaustion caused by the stress of caring for others. As spiritual first responders, we can fall victim to the burnout of constant ministry. The primary casualty is frequently our marriage.

The recent resignation of T.J. Addington (EFCA) due to moral failure illustrates Paul’s concern that after ministering to others he, himself, would be disqualified (1 Cor. 9:27).

Debra and I suggest making a date with your spouse and discussing these three Life giving rhythms to care for your marriage and enhance your long-term ministry effectiveness.

Life-giving words – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov 18:21). Impart life through words of praise, affection, and understanding.

Life-giving actions – Communicate thoughtfulness and intentionality through serving each other. Complete a project or write a note.

Life-giving time – Debra and I try to schedule one Saturday morning every six to eight weeks for a mini-retreat to fuel our souls and plan our calendar.

The vision of ChurchNEXT is helping leaders and churches succeed. Caring for our marriage is foundational to the success of that vision.

(Written for ChurchNEXT)

Additional MarriageLife Resources:                                                                    

Casey and Meygan Caston – Marriage 365 – Marriage365.org

Curt and Rhonda Hamner – Between Two Trees – BetweenTwoTrees.org

Mark and Pam Taft – Bethesda House – PastorRetreats.org

Tracy’s website: ServantLeaderLife.com

Debra’s website: Sovereigndipity.com (soon to be active)

Recognizing Compassion Fatigue – http://www.compassionfatigue.org/pages/symptoms.html

(Book) Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It – by Jerry Jenkins

 

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Blogs that appear under the MarriageLife category will be addressing this crucial area of Servant Leadership.  The bible identifies a leader’s marriage and home life as a primary indicator of his leadership effectiveness and influence.  MarriageLife posts will bring hope and refreshment to marriages by ministering the life of Christ to practical marriage issues.