Monday, September 18, 2006

New Blog: Please Visit!

I am continuing my spiritual journey in a new blog. I am using the new blogger beta, and think that it will be more useful to my needs. Please take note of the new address and link below.

http://pastorfredsthoughts.blogspot.com

Thanks, and enjoy the new site!

Pastor Fred

My Personal Spiritual Journey

Well I've had a couple of really difficult years. (not much need to explain.) However, I've decided to get my life back on the right track! Oh, I haven't denied Christ or backslide, but I haven't been disiplining myself in prayer, Bible study, and Bible Reading. Nor, has my personal evangelism been strong.

This summer I had the opportunity to attend the Apostolic Conference in Madison, Mississippi, and was once again challenged, inspired, motivated and empowered! Something that needs to happen often in a preachers life, and all christians for that matter.

Now, I am weeding out the non-essentials and focusing on the essentials. This will be the start of my journey. Pray for me, and be apart of my accountability to keep focused and win the lost for the kingdom of Jesus Christ!


yours for Christ,

Pastor Fred Grothe

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Thoughts

It's been way too long since I've posted anything! Once again I'm going to endeavour to discipline myself to write something frequently.

Here is a though for you today:

How good do you think your imagination is? Good, Fair, or Not Good? I see around me every day a truck load of young people who are bored. They can't find anything to do! It would seem like we have an epidemic of laziness, which seems to be caused from a lack of imagination! I am by no means old, however, as a child growing up in the country my brother and I always found something to do. Whether it was making bows and arrows from poplar saplings, digging in our sanding back yard, or exploring around the woods we were always doing something. That is just for out door activities. Inside we would make up worlds far to intricate for mere words! Then when we moved half way acrossed country to Newfoundland, Canada we got involved in the town sports program, and we spent much time in the woods around the town. We vary rarely were bored!
Yet today, barely a decad later kids and youth are always complaining about being bored! The woods are still there, fish are still there, sports is still there, yes, everything I grew up loving is still avaiable. Yet, very few children and youth seem to be interested in these favored activities. Computer games and console games are more prominent. Could it be we have created so many fantisy worlds for our offspring to seen on the screen that they no longer have the ablility to imagine and play in them for themselves?

My concern is that we are raising children who will not be able to think for themselves, please get out, please get up, please do something and use your imagination! It is the most powerful resource that you have!

Pastor Fred Grothe
-There is more to life that gain, and more to gain than life!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Disrespect: Youth without respect

What's up with young people disrespectful other people! It really sickens me! Sorry for being so blunt. However, I work with young people everyday. I work at a youth centre. Every day I am accosted with disrespect. It doesn't matter what I say or do. I can be nice or mean, yet they will not listen. I am not writing this because I am sorry for myself, no, rather I am writing this because young people don't care about other people's feelings. I am not putting all the blame on youth, however, they need to wake up and realize that authority is in place for a reason, and when someone who is looking out for their best interests asks, tells or suggests something to them, that they should really consider listening.

Not only do youth today disrespect authority and adults, but they disrespect each other. It really drives me up the wall. Some come to me and complain that another youth is picking on them, but they where just picking on that same youth a few minutes ago! If you can't take it don't dish it!

Anyway that is enough ranting for you day! Seriously though: "STOP BEING SO SELFISH AND START THINKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE THEIR RIGHTS AND FEELINGS!"

Thursday, February 23, 2006

People.....

Have you ever been treated badly? Probably.

Well, this world is full of people who treat other people wrong. I am sick and tired of it! I think you probably are too. However, the only way it is going to stop is if we all on an individual basis make a decision to treat other people good, and kind, with love, compassion, gentleness and longsuffering. We really must change the world, but we can only do it by changing ourselves first!

Cross your line of comfort sometimes, and help out the less fortunate. I don't mean that you need to partake in other peoples sins or vices, but we must cross our comfort zones and learn to love and help others, because that is what Jesus would do!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Find a Man Discreet and Wise...

Gen 41:33-39 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. (34) Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. (35) And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. (36) And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. (37) And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. (38) And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? (39) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

First of all I would like to say to the ladies, "I'm talking to the men today, so don't be offended. I'll talk about women another time."

Ok.

"Look out a man discreet and wise..." I was reading my Bible this morning, and when I read this part of Genesis a thought crossed my mind, which I will relay to you today.

In Joseph's day God needed a man, and so did all the society. A man who was discreet and wise, someone who would do what was necessary for the next generation to survive. A man willing to stand up for what he believes in spite of what everyone else is doing and saying. Joseph grew up in a family that hated him, and despised him. His brothers sold him into slavery. Once in slavery God blessed him, but his masters wife tried to have an affair with him, and when he refused she got him put in prison. It was a life that was full of put downs, trials and tribulations. However, one thing was constant, Joseph stood for what he believed in, and in the end it landed him the greatest job in all of Egypt - second only to the king!

Alright let me get to my point. Today we are living in a society that in both a time of plenty, and a time of drought. We can get anything we want; food and meterialistic things are bountiful! However, people are dying from a lake of direction, hope, and proper spiritual relationship. Our families are falling apart, because no one in the family understands their part. Children are killing their parents, and parents are killing their children. Friends are destroying friends, and enemies are swindling enemies. We live in tumultous times.

What we need are men who are willing to be discreet and wise. Who are willing to shoulder the load, and stand up for what is right in a society that doesn't understand right and wrong. Men who will stand up for what they believe in. Men who will lead their families back to God, and in turn lead their communities back to God. Men you are very important, don't let society dictate to you what you should be. Stand up be a man! Your wife and family need you! They are depending on you! Stop the pitty party, get off the couch, stand up and be a man!

Look through the land and find a man who is discreet and wise....

PS. If anyone who like more information and/or help with stepping up to this challange please feel free to contact me.