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Are you familiar with the concept of Pastor Appreciation Month?
The month of October has been designated as pastor appreciation month. Pastor Appreciation Day falls on the 2nd Sunday of October. Our pastors deserve special recognition. They need our prayers, support and encouragement.
“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NKJV).”
Why not make every day a pastor appreciation day?
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Is your pastor a man of integrity?
Are you praying for him?
Since giving my life to Christ (in 1967), I’ve had the privilege of being a member of Bible believing Southern Baptist churches. I am grateful for each of our pastors. Many have passed on into eternity.
I appreciate the dedication of Brother Eddie Fuller; our bi-vocational pastor at Epps Baptist Church, Epps, Louisiana.
“I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
In the great assembly;
Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You Yourself know.
I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
From the great assembly (Psalm 40:9-10 NKJV).”
As the countdown to Thanksgiving Day heightens anticipation, it gives me reason to offer prayers of appreciation. I am prone to pout about what I feel God has left out; instead, I ought to shout for what he has brought in! Christ has rewarded me richly for my daily walk with him throughout this past year.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7 KJV).” I pause to express my appreciation to all pastors who have encouraged and lovingly helped in equipping me for service.
Many have gone on to their heavenly rewards; yet, their works follow them. (Revelation 14:13) I pen a roll call of recent pastors who diligently spoke the undiluted word of God. The Bible passages confronted me with my sins, convicted and challenged me to confess the wrongs to the Lord. They opened my heart to passages of comfort and peace.
Pastor Joe Fain:
Pastor Donnie Linson:
Oak Grove, LA
Pastor Johnny Smith:
Present Pastor, Rayburn McLarrin:
Oak Grove, LA