God's Calling Into The Ministry

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  1. Thousand Hills

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    I know that we are all called to serve/labor/evangelize as Christians. However, I would be interested in hearing from pastors and youth ministers on how God called you into these positions.

    I may be taking this out of context, but when I think of God's calling I'm reminded of this passage.

    1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)

    11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
     
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    I'd Love to Share my Calling!

    However, it is lengthy, and I'm not able to make it fit in the room provided here. That is why I spent a complete chapter in my first book sharing it. For it to make sense, there are a lot of particulars that have to go along with my testimony, and it would be toooooo long for this forum post.

    Believe me, it was a special, spiritual event. One that could not be denied, over time. And there were several other events that came with it, down the line, to re-enforce the initial event!

    It was so spiritually enlightening, that I know, that I know, whom it was who called me and to what it was I was called. And that is the most important part of any calling to the ministry. At least, I hope you agree?

    Shalom,

    Pastor Paul :type:
     
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    Thank you Pastor, yes I agree was just trying to get some discussion on this topic, as I try to work through some things myself.

    Here are a few verses that might fit in with this topic.

    I Corinthians 7:17-24 KJV

    17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. 23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

    And commentary from Matthew Henry on these verses:

    The rules of Christianity reach every condition; and in every state a man may live so as to be a credit to it. It is the duty of every Christian to be content with his lot, and to conduct himself in his rank and place as becomes a Christian. Our comfort and happiness depend on what we are to Christ, not what we are in the world. No man should think to make his faith or religion, an argument to break through any natural or civil obligations. He should quietly and contentedly abide in the condition in which he is placed by Divine Providence.
     
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    I'm not trying to peddle my books, however, I spend more than a chapter sharing about my call to the ministry. I believe you may be inspired with the "supernatural" events that transpired around my calling.

    If you are interested in getting the book contact the following site(s) for additional info: http://www.removethehaze.com/ -OR-
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_ath...ias=books&field-author=Rev. Paul G. Zimmer II

    It is my prayer that you find what you are looking for, as this is an important step in your life!
     

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