Thursday, May 24, 2007

Reflections on the Ministry

Today marks 20 years since I was “set apart” or formally “ordained into the ministry” by my home church in Three Oaks, Michigan. I’ve been doing a lot of reminiscing about the things that God has allowed me to do for Him over the past two decades. I don’t deserve to be saved, let alone serve as one of God’s messengers. Yet, because of His grace, the Lord grants me the wonderful privilege of proclaiming the Good News.

In 1987 I never could have imagined that I would have the privilege of serving a wonderful church in Virginia for 12 years, winning many to the Lord, developing deep friendships, and ordaining several young men into the ministry. Nor did I have any idea that I would come to Fort Wayne, Indiana to serve with another great church. God has blessed me with the privilege of preaching in many places, (Revivals, Campmeetings, etc.), meeting some great saints along the way. Thank you Jesus!

I’m just as “fired up” today as I was 20 years ago. Like the prophet Jeremiah, I can say, “His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot!” With the apostle Paul, I say, “I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”


David H. Willis said...

Congratulations on 20 years of faithful ministry. Here's to many more!

Keith Wood said...

I add my congratulations as well. You are a blessing to the Kingdom. May God continue to bless you and your family as you serve Him faithfully.

john dobbs said...

I love you brother Mike! I'm so glad we have become friends. I am "gladder", though, that He has used you to bless so many people.

Mom said...

Congratulations Son. I'm remembering when you first asked me what I thought about you becoming a minister. I was washing dishes. I never dreamed the blessings God has given you and the blessing you have been to others

Frank Weller said...

Nice picture . . . Too bad that after twenty years you haven't managed to get a decent tie.

Man, I am just kidding. Twenty years is something, brother. A lot of late night hospital calls, a lot of tears - happy and sad. A lot of seeing God do some amazing things through you and in you.

Here's to twenty more.