Personal Insights from the Preacher

Here’s my article from yesterday’s bulletin. I thought some of you preachers might appreciate it:

Personal Insights from the Preacher

One of the hardest things about the preacher’s “job” is the personal side of it. It’s a job where we have to personally get personal without getting personal. We are expected to meet the expectations that say we are to get personally involved in the lives of people while still meeting the expectations of avoiding the personal areas where we’re not wanted. We are expected to preach sermons that have practical and personal applications yet we are expected to not personally step on any toes. On top of those personal problems, we have our own personal problems to deal with…and you’d know that if you personally knew any preachers! It’s not my job to know the details about your life, but your life is in the details of my job. And I do my best to avoiding preaching about certain topics when I know that a person knows that I know about them personally, but everyone else doesn’t personally know this. My point in saying all of this is not to rant; not even close! My point is to remind you that sermons that sound personal are not always personally directed toward you. So I’d love to get to know you personally, but remember that means I’ll have to get personal if I do.

P.S. This isn’t personally directed at anyone 🙂

Sound like a personal sentiment to anyone else?


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Appreciation To My Many Christian Friends

As most of you know, today is another birthday for me. Actually, I’m celebrating the third anniversary of my 22nd year + 1. 🙂

There are many Facebook friends that I wrote personal notes to this morning, thanking them for their well-wishes for me on this day.

A person can never have too many friends. I pray that I’ll be a true and faithful friend in return.

Thank you TFR friends for your friendship as well. You are a bright light in an otherwise dark world. May God richly bless you and your work in the kingdom. I’m reminded of the encouraging words of the apostle Paul:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).


Mike Riley

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A Personal Development Truth – Taking A Risk

The personal development truth that I chose is: “There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’ Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.”

Indeed true.

There’s even a “risk” in being a disciple of Christ:

The question is, Are we willing to take the “risk”?

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Organize In 2011?

How will I organize in 2011? The same way I organized in 2010. Keep my bills organized as to date due, my personal files in alphabetical order, and prioritize my many other duties, one day at a time. I don’t use a planner, pda, or anything else. Mostly, just keep it in my head.

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A Person I’d Like To Get To Know?

The answer to this question is the obvious one. I’d like to personally meet and get to know each one of you brethren on TFR. You have a standing invitation – If you are ever out El Paso way, know that my wife and I have a bed and a fold-out couch for you to sleep on. And I promise that our little dachshund dog, Abbie won’t bother you! 🙂

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