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WHY YOUR PAST DOESN’T HAVE TO DISQUALIFY YOU

A great post by Pastor and author Kurt Bubna!

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Self-proclaimed “recovering idiot”, Kurt has been in pastoral ministry since 1976 and now serves as the Senior Pastor of Eastpoint Church, a vibrant, growing, and community-focused congregation in Spokane Valley, Washington.

How Do We Define Success?

The following post was written by Pastor and Author Kurt Bubna.  Kurt wrote the book “Epic Grace” which I have reread several times and I find his regular posts on kurtbubna.com a true joy to read.  I encourage you to check out his website and his book Epic Grace which you can get HERE.

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SuccessIn our culture, we underrate failure and overrate success. In fact, I recently did an Amazon search for “how to succeed” and found 27,857 books listed. Seriously, that’s a lot of noise out there about success, but I fear too many insights about this issue have got it dead wrong. Frankly, a lot of pastors wrestle with this issue on a regular basis (myself included).

Several years ago, a middle-aged pastor named Tom came to me extremely discouraged. He told me, “I’ve spent my entire life trying to succeed at something . . . anything . . . but the golden ring is always just out of reach. No matter what I do, my church just won’t grow.”

I asked him an important question, “Tell me how you define success?” Without blinking, he rattled off a list of measurables and goals that “must be met” (his words) for him to feel accomplished as a pastor. Most of them had to do with attendance numbers and recognition by his peers.

I gently pushed back and responded, “What if success is different than you think? Is it possible you’ve been reaching for the wrong golden ring?” The look on his face was telling as I took just five minutes to redefine for him how God defines success.

How God defines success: read the rest of the article here

What Rejection Can Teach You

The following post was written by Pastor and Author Kurt Bubna.  Kurt wrote the book “Epic Grace” which I have reread several times and I find his regular posts on kurtbubna.com a true joy to read.  I encourage you to check out his website and his book Epic Grace which you can get HERE.

What Rejection Can Teach You, by Kurt Bubna.

I’ll never forget the Sunday years ago when a little old lady cornered me in our tiny church lobby. She didn’t say “good morning” or introduce herself. In fact, she immediately made it clear from her body language and facial expression that she was not happy! I had said something in my talk that pushed her buttons, and she was going to give this young arrogant pastor a tongue-lashing. By the time she finished, I was emotionally bleeding, and I went home that day ready to quit (again).

In my world, rejection rates right up there with having a root canal—it’s costly and painful. No one likes to be rebuked, unwanted or treated like gum stuck to a shoe. Regardless of our apparent warts and wrinkles, we all long to be loved and accepted. It’s a fundamental human need.

As a teaching pastor, every Sunday my congregation evaluates me. New attendees compare me to their previous pastor. Regular attenders measure the value of the current talk or series to the last one. Unchurched folks appraise me based on their favorite speaker or TV host (yikes!).

As an author and blogger, other writers often scrutinize what I produce, and my copy editor sometimes rips me to shreds. Then, of course, the readers leave their mark by buying or not buying my books or by liking or ignoring my posts. (I, for one, am grateful there’s no such thing as a “dislike” button on Facebook!)

Simply put, I live with rejection on a regular basis, and surprisingly, I’m fine with that reality. Yes, it’s still painful, but more importantly, rejection has taught me much.

The top 10 things I’ve learned about rejection:  read the rest here;

Church IS Important!

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It’s crazy to think that at one time in my life, I hated the church and swore I would never go back. But now, I cannot stop talking about it!!! That’s why it bothers me when I hear someone say they don’t think church is really that important.

I believe with all my heart that the church IS important. The reason I believe it’s important is because the Bible says it’s important to God. And anything that is important to Him, should be important to us, too. So if you (or someone you know) is struggling with how you feel about the church, ask yourself these four questions:

1. Matthew 16:18 says Jesus built the church. Would the Son of God actually spend time building something that was worthless?

2. Acts 20:28 says Jesus shed His blood for the church. Would the Son of God have been willing to endure the suffering He went through for a meaningless organization?

3. Ephesians 1:22 and Colossians 1:18 say Jesus is the head of the church. Would Jesus really be the head of something insignificant and trivial?

4. If church isn’t necessary for a relationship with God, why does Ephesians 3:10 say that the wisdom of God should be made known through the church?

I know that every church is not perfect. It’s filled with sinners saved by grace, and that includes me and you. Jesus died for us (the church), and He loves us all (even us crazy imperfect people).

So if you are NOT currently a part of a local church, go check one out this weekend! And whenever you find the one for you (or if you’re a part of one already), get plugged in, serve and watch how the Lord will bless your life because you’re serving his bride, the church.

Make The World More Beautiful

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Everyday the onlookers shake their head, laugh, and wonder why the young man feeds a stray dog, helps the elderly lady, gives what he can not afford to the homeless little girl, smiles to the sadden faces, tends the garden of the hopeless and forgotten. Everyday

What does he get in return for doing this every day?

He gets nothing.

He won’t be richer. Won’t appear on TV, still anonymous and not a bit more famous.

What he does receive is emotions.

He witnesses happiness.

Reaches a deeper understanding.

Feels the love.

Receives what money can not buy…

a world made more beautiful.

And in your life?  What is it that you desire most?

Better yet, “What does God desire most in your life?”

Father, let me be your feet today.  Wherever you chose to send me I will go.  In my actions and in my words let them see You! Today, through you, I will live my life for a more beautiful world.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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