Entries by billholdridge

How Do We Stay Motivated?

I’ve been involved in pastoral ministry since 1976, and in a full-time capacity since 1979. Recently, I’ve been thinking about pastoral motivation. What is it that keeps us pastors going? By that I don’t mean, what keeps us going professionally, as though our motivation were derived from statistics, budgets, salary, and benefits. What I do […]

Is Jesus Coming … Soon?

When I began seriously walking with the Lord in 1973, there was much talk about Jesus coming back. Hal Lindsey’s The Late, Great Planet Earth had been out for a few years by that time, and had created quite a stir among many Bible believing Christians. The signs seemed to be everywhere. Matthew 24 prophecies […]

Lessons From the Asphalt

NOTE: I wrote this back in July, 2006 for “Bill’s Musings.” But every time I re-read it, I smile. Oftentimes, I draw on its lessons. So with that as a background, I share this with you today. ________________________ Tonight, I’m in pain. It’s 11:43 PM (7/11/06) as I type this. My left palm is aching, […]

Our Identity in Christ

One of the primary emphases of my teaching ministry as a pastor has stemmed from my own personal need and study to learn about my identity in Christ, and of God’s love for me personally. It’s been quite a journey, indeed. Last year  I had the blessed privilege of sharing this message with the saints […]

Waiting When God Is Silent

A while back, while reading through the book of Job once again, I found Job speaking these words: Job 23:8-10 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him; when He works on the left hand, I cannot beholdHim; when He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows […]