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365 Days Exactly!

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I cannot believe it! It does not seem real to me. But exactly one year ago today, my family began our work with the Wynnewood Church. 

This year has been a blessing. It has been a blessing in so many ways. When we began our work here Feb 13th 2011 our daughter was just little bitty and now she’s… not much bigger, but a whole lot older. She is walking/running, talking, singing, giving kisses, and putting herself to sleep at night. 

We welcomed our newest addition to our family. Our son, Jagger Troy Rogers. He is growing fast! Jacy is not going to hang on to the “big” sister title very long.

Like all families, within a year’s time, we have had a tremendous amount of struggles, and a great deal of good times as well. But most importantly, we have been blessed by God to be able to work with such great people!  The church in Wynnewood is not perfect (call me when you find one) but they are truly family to us. They have accepted us, and loved us as if we have been here for years.

As I reflect back on this first year of ministry here, I have a few questions.

Have I Glorified God In My Preaching?

As preachers, as Christians we share a common goal, We wish to bring honor and glory to our heavenly father in everything that we say and do (1 Corinthians 10:31) this includes preaching! There are sadly, many preachers who are better promoters of self, than promoters of God. Better, orators than preachers. Better politicians, than proclaimers  of truth. It is my prayer, that I am not one of those preachers. I believe many who preach are tempted in many of these areas, and it is a constant prayer of mine to remove myself, so people can see Jesus. 

Have I Edified The Church?

(Ephesians 6:22) speaks of the importance  of edification. I wonder how good we are at that? How much time do we spend seeking ways to build someone up? We live in a world that it is the norm to be broken down, laughed at, come upon hard times, and to be rejected. How much effort am I truly making to edify those that I work with? Do they know I care about them? Do they know I love them?

Have I Challenged The Church?

Have I spent time challenging members of this congregation to better themselves spiritually? Have I been the bringer of the messages that they need to hear? Have I challenged them to leave behind sin(1 Timothy 6:11)? Have I encouraged them to do better than they have been doing(1 Thess 4:1)? Most importantly, Have I modeled that before them(1 Timothy 4:12)?

Have I Been A Good Husband?

(Ephesians 5:25) God knew what he was doing when He sent Meagan my way. He knew I needed a woman who loved Him, loved others, sacrificed of herself, and served others whole-heartedly. Meagan is exactly that. However, I must ask, have I been a good husband? Have a honored her with my words? Have I shown gratitude for the work that she does? Have I told her I love her, with my actions (not just words) ? Have I treated her with kindness/ have I thanked her for bearing with me during the days that I am “stretched too thin?” Does she really know, how special she is to me?

 

Have I Been A Good Father?

(Proverbs 22:6) My children are still very young. However, anyone who believes that young children cannot learn, has never spent time with young children. Do my children see me read from God’s Word? Do my children hear me pray? Do my children see me do all of the things listed in the previous question? Do my children know that I love them? Do my children know, that NOTHING in this life is more important to me than they are (video games, functions, sports, friends, social status, money, reputation)?  

All of these questions, I believe are good “bench mark questions” to ask yourself on a regular basis. But I also know, that none of these things matter, if I don’t get this last question right.

 

Have I Been A Good Son? 

I thank God every day for my parents. I feel tremendously blessed to have the mother and father that I do. I want to make them proud. But this is not what I mean by the question that I have asked. 

Have I been a good son to my heavenly Father? EVERYTHING hinges on my walk with Him. If my preaching is struggling, I must ask, “How is my walk with God?” If my relationship with my wife is struggling, I must ask, “How is my walk with God?’ If I am distant from my children, I must ask “How is my walk with God?” 

One of the biggest struggles that I have faced in my ministry, is forgetting to work on myself. I spend time with God’s Word to build lessons, but what about personal study? I spend time talking with others about their souls, but how much time do I focus on mine? How much time do I focus on my families? 

 

This past year, has been a tremendous year! filled with blessings! It is my prayer that God blesses me to preach for many years to come. I hope that I can always examine these questions with an open and pure heart, so that one day.. I can stand before our Father with confidence. (1 John 4:17

 

 

 

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Why We Can’t Live In A Cave

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As is my nightly routine, this evening after Jacy (my daughter) had her bed time story and bed time milk to drink, I took her to her room. I lay next to her for awhile holding her hand, as she twirls her hair with the other.

I held her tight. Thinking of how I would give anything if moments like that would never go away. It was then that I felt like the wind got knocked out of me. As I began to think about all of the troubles that she will have in her life. She will know pain, she will know loss, she will know fear, she will know… So many things that I wish with all that I am, that I could keep her from.

So, I began to contemplate ways that I could keep her from ever knowing some of these things, and I came up with some interesting thoughts, such as going to live in a remote cave somewhere for the rest of our lives 🙂

But I remember, that this is not the first time I have felt this way. As I was growing up, I attended Church camps in the summer. Those camps had a tremendous impact on my life. One camp in particular (reach week) was especially helpful in shaping my relationship with God. I remember the “spiritual high” that would come from those camps. I also remember the bone crushing lows that I would feel as soon as I went back to school, around so many who did not seem to care about God and His Word.

I asked the director of the camp at that time (Tony Hall) in a joking manner, “Why can’t camp just never stop? Why do we have to end on Saturday morning?” Tony looked me right in the eyes and said “Because, as Christians, we have work to do. And we can’t reach the lost of this world, if we stay away from them.”

I will never forget that response. This is what I had to remind myself this evening, as I began to think about Jacy not always being able to be with me, and protected by me and my wife. You see, I can raise healthy young children who love the Lord. But if I am not doing my job as their father, which is training them for spiritual warfare, I am failing as a parent.

Here are just a few things that are on my heart this night that I want to instill within my children:

1. There is absolutely nothing, more important than their walk with God! (Matthew 6:33)
2. There is only one way to get to heaven! (John 14:1-3, Matthew 7:13-14, Acts 2:38,1Peter 3:21)
3. There will be times that they have to stand alone. (Matthew 26:56, Daniel 6)
4. The Lord’s Church MUST be part of their lives! (Hebrews 10:25)
5. They do not belong in this world! (Phil 3:20)

Just the other day, I was talking to Jacy, and she repeated everything I did and said. I said “Hi” and she said “Hi” I said “nose” and she touched her nose and she said “nose” I spun in a circle, she did the same. I winked at her, she winked back. I stuck my tongue out, she repeated to action (her mom loved that:)

She is at such a fun age! My question now becomes this. If She read her Bible just like daddy how much would she read? If she prayed just like daddy, how would her relationship with the Father be? If she spoke to as many people about Jesus as her daddy, how many souls would she reach? If she let her light shine just like daddy, how bright would her world be?

Mothers, and fathers, we have a tremendous blessing in our children. We also have a tremendous responsibility! How are we doing?

Psalm 127:4-Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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