By the Book

            It continues to amaze me how the books I have written make such a wonderful contribution to the ministry to pastors.  “What Does God Expect of Pastors,” “Spiritual Warfare,” and “Marriage and Ministry” are the 3.  We give them out at each of our  pastors conferences. Throughout the year they are being distributed.  They are wonderful resources for those who have very little Christian literature available.  The books help reinforce what we talked about and allows them to go even deeper.  Books can be given to those who aren’t at the conferences as well.

            Almost daily I hear accounts of how the books have helped pastors, how they have changed their lives or ministries.  It is a trill to go into a church or pastor’s home and see my books setting right there with the pastor’s Bible.  Throughout the year I hear reports of how helpful they have been to many.  It’s time to reprinting the first book for pastors for supplies are running low.

            Now they are asking me to write other books.  They want one on an overview of the Bible, a summary of each book and a flow of the history from beginning to end.  It will be like a Bible survey book.  After checking they found there is nothing like that in their language, and they would find it most helpful. They also want a short book on Bible Prophecy, for there is no teaching on it and pastors seem totally ignorant about it.  These certainly sound like an interesting challenge for me, something I’d enjoy doing. 

            I’ve been thinking about working on another book when I had time.  It would be about how to study the Bible and preach. It would take a pastor every step from when he opens the Bible until when he sits down after his sermon on that passage.  I’d really like to develop that as well.

            All that is needed is time and money, two precious comedies for all of us.  New books have a one time for translating and preparing to print.  Once that is done the cost is about a dollar a book to print  them (if the order is for 5,000 or more).    Pray that if God wants me to do this He would provide the time and money.  If this is something God wants me to put my time into I know He will provide the finances for it. Thanks! (Vijayawada to Hyderabad, Saturday, January 25, 2014)

2 Timothy 4:13   When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.

Think of which books have most influenced your life.  Thank God for those who provided them for you.

Pray God would continue to use the books that are being distributed here.  Pray He would provide the time and money needed reprinting old books and developing new books for the pastors in India.

by Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer, Christian Training Organization

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