Last night, we were supposed to have small group Bible study at our house. We were without power, so I went ahead and cancelled a few hours before due to the challenges we would face with the power outage. 

When I made the call, I knew I could not just go through the night without a spiritual recharge. I decided to ask my Facebook friends which churches in our area had a service with music and rock-solid preaching on Wednesday. I received a few suggestions before services would start. I knew I didn’t want to go to the typical Wednesday night service where it’s 15 minutes of hearing about everyone’s ailments followed by a cut-and-dry sermonette. I like substance and passionate presentation. My administrator at work recommended her church, so I went. The pastor was on fire, the music was Spirit-filled, and the atmosphere was uplifting. 

Unless you minister on a regular basis, you don’t realize how you need to hear from someone other than yourself. I love to preach, but I needed to hear this man who had a fire in his bones as described in Jeremiah. 

Do you need re-fueling? You cannot run on empty. You must daily feast at the Lord’s table. He ministers through your personal time in Scripture, in prayer, fasting, corporate worship, small group Bible studies, through teaching you hear or watch. One day per week is not enough, no matter how great the preacher is.

Set the time aside. Re-fuel. Your family will benefit. Your church will benefit. You will benefit. And God will be glorified.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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