Archive for September, 2021

There Is No Honor For Pastors

Posted: September 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

I remember fighting the calling of God to be a pastor when I was 14 years old. I made an inner vow, “I will never be a pastor”. My father was my pastor when I was a child. He led me to the Lord and baptized me in the pacific ocean. During my teen years, he was deceived that divorce was the answer to his marriage problems. Growing up in high school, my house was often empty of parents. My mother worked two jobs and went to college full-time. When God reminded me, in my mid thirties, He called me to be a lead pastor, I couldn’t help but weep because I knew some of the sacrifice that was set before me. Today, I volunteer for one of the greatest churches as lead pastor for the last seven years but to say the journey sacrifice wasn’t difficult, would be lying.

Teachers, police officers, politicians, and pastors, just to name a few, are a target for “no honor” for serving their community. The history of these roles are tainted by the sins of the fathers of the past. All of these vocations are needed and many pay a sacrifice, to sustain in their community, for the sins of others in their field. As a teenager and the only man in the house, I paid the price for my father’s decision. I was the only one left in the home to receive the pain of my mother’s hurt from men and marriage. As a pastor, I have received the “no honor” from members coming in who have been hurt from other fathers and spiritual leaders. Sometimes I grieve I have responded in my own pain to their pain.

The reason I continue pastoring is not for the money or honor. Very few pastors I know lead churches for the money or honor (Yes, I know there are some that do). I volunteer as a lead pastor, the same reason I volunteered in the local church the past 20 years before becoming a lead pastor, because Jesus loves His bride. You see Jesus took all her mistakes, paid the price for her and calls her righteous. If I never pastor or volunteer I also know that God loves me and He is well pleased with me. This kind of love is what sustains me to constantly lead and hear the hurt of others and offer the hope of Jesus. The bride is worth investing in.

God has sustained this small local church in the last seven years through a global pandemic, through landlords forcing our congregation to relocate, through a partnering church pastor committing adultery and then divorcing. Those are just some of the things truly felt….to say there has been no sacrifice in leading a church through drama would be a tremendous lie. Many husbands and fathers are tempted to give up when the drama is high and the reward seems low. This is possibly the reason Paul said to early church believers, “you have 10,000 instructors in Christ, very few fathers” (1 Corinthians 4:15). Often we have heard from believers, “we don’t do drama” and they disappear down the street to hide from being known relationally. However, I see a glorious bride that is victorious, a family that is transparent, and a chosen generation relationally known in their drama, that is worth the blood of Jesus for her drama. Her beauty may not be revealed until Heaven but her beauty will be felt on the earth. All three of our teens love the local church and know that it has been a tremendous blessing to see God’s family stay together and do life even through drama. As of today, our family has been able to be the greatest financial support to help sustain our local church through our family real estate business. Why would someone pour their time and money into something that doesn’t return honor? Why don’t you ask the parent, teacher, police officer, politician, or pastor who feel truly honored and loved by Jesus.

Falling In Love Again!

Posted: September 9, 2021 in Uncategorized

Roller coasters are so fun-packed with excitement but always the first time on one is the scariest. Especially the ones that are in the dark, where you don’t know where you are going but then once I ride it the second time, I find it way more enjoyable. I want to begin with a question, “Why are roller coaster’s more enjoyable the second or third time around?” Is it possible that fear leaves once we know what to expect?

Did you know that God’s perfect love casts out fear? How does He often do that? He shows us in His word what to expect as believers!

1 John 4:15-18

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

How does God cast out fear with you as a believer in Jesus? He shows you what to expect in the future, the day of judgement, for you to have confidence in His love! The Father shows you how it’s going to end with your time on earth and His thoughts toward you. As Jesus is so also are you in this world! Is the Father pleased with Jesus? Then He is pleased with you! Does Jesus carry favor with the Father? Then so do you!

In the natural, if we knew that we could apply for any job and get it, I think we would apply ourself to some really great paying jobs. Why? We would have confidence in the future that we would receive the job. Well, in the kingdom, this is the only job where the end pay is the same regardless of the hours you put in. “That’s blasphemy!” you might be thinking. No, that’s grace! The religious people struggled with the stories of Jesus and the parable of the workers getting paid the same. “Brandon, are you saying Christians can just do nothing after getting saved and get to heaven?” Only in our western culture do we make everything about “getting to heaven”.All who call upon the name of Jesus will be saved. Getting birthed into Eternal life is knowing the Father and Son. When we know the King, we become all about His kingdom and will on earth from a place of identity, not for a place of identity.

Falling in love with Jesus again is to be intentional to know His thoughts toward you and others. When I married my wife 23 years ago and said “I do”, from that point on I couldn’t get any more married. I could, however, get to know her more, date her weekly, and support her dreams. When we don’t “feel in love” we have to recognize the roller coaster of our feelings and make every effort to pursue each other. My wife and I are intentional to still dream and talk about, “the ending”, growing old together. With our walk with Jesus ,we could fill up on so many worldly things and find that we aren’t even hungry to know His thoughts about others or think He is only there to serve us. The answer is to be intentional to know His goodness , meditate on the ending He showed you and other Christians to have confidence in His love. As Jesus is, so are you in this world!

Equipping Disciples of Jesus To Receive, Give and Serve In Grace,

Brandon Pollard