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New Website!

IMG_0192In just three days we will launch the new website for the evangelistic work God has called us to do. Scottpauley.org will be available beginning Monday, February 1, 2016. I am excited about the resources that we will be able to provide on this new platform.

  • Get better acquainted with our family and the burden God has given us for revival. Pictures and regular updates will be posted to the site.
  • Share a special gospel presentation with friends through your social media. A brief video and written gospel message will be available for you to view and share with others.
  • Follow our itinerary for the coming months. Our family would love to see you at one of the meetings very soon.
  • Listen to Bible preaching. A video sermon archive will be available. Additional audio and video messages will be added over time.
  • Read my blog, Enjoying the Journey, in a new easy to use format. A full archive of over 180 posts will be available. Articles cover current issues, church ministry, evangelism, books, personal growth, prayer, the devotional life, preaching, and much more. New weekly posts are coming!
  • Find ways to partner with us in the work of evangelism and revival. It is our hope that a host of friends will sign up to join our prayer team. We need your prayers!

There are several special features and ways for us to stay connected. Tammy and I look forward to hearing what you think of the new site.

Thank you for continuing to pray for us. Please visit scottpauley.org on Monday to see more.

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10 Books to Read This Year

One of the men who works in our ministry came to me a few days ago.  He has determined to do more reading this year.  Personally I believe this is a worthy goal for all of us!  As I have done so many times to others, my friend asked if I could recommend several books that would be worthwhile to read.

old-books-11281939505MsrnHere is the list that I gave to him.  Perhaps it will be of some encouragement to you as well.  Solomon was accurate when he observed, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecclesiastes 12:12).  You cannot read everything.  You should not.  Recommendations have often helped me to know what books to read, what books to skim, and what books to avoid.

There is no substitute for the Bible.  Yet books are helpful tools for personal growth.  (Read more about the discipline of reading and the developing of a library here.)  Paul asked Timothy to “bring…the books” (2 Timothy 4:13).  Choose the books that influence you carefully.

While I have learned that what affects others does not always affect me the same way, the following books have been used of God in my life and I pray they will be in yours…

  • They Found the Secret by V. Raymond Edman.  This biographical sketch of men and women who learned the secret of the Spirit-filled life has been a special blessing to me.  Edman was a missionary statesman and a spiritual man.  This book will instruct and inspire.  God used it to open my eyes to what I have in Christ.
  • Disciplines of a Godly Man by R Kent Hughes.  A pastor friend gave me a copy of this book several years ago.  It is a book to read and reread.  Discipline touches the inner man, relationships, character in every area of life, and Hughes shows the connection with each.  This is not exclusively for men but it is especially applicable to them.
  • 50 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren W. Wiersbe.  This volume combines several earlier books written by Wiersbe.  It contains a wide variety of people and provides a wonderful overview of their lives and ministries.  One distinctive of this book is that it serves as a resource for other good books.  Wiersbe highlights both the authors that influenced these men and women and writings that they themselves produced.
  • Tally Ho the Fox by Herb Hodges.  Few people know Hodges or this powerful book, but it is one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. It is a call to return to the New Testament pattern of making disciples as a way of life.  It is not just for preachers; it is for every believer.
  • The Making of a Man of God by Alan Redpath.  While most contemporary literature is consumed with making leaders and making success stories, Redpath’s study of the life of David reveals how God makes His men.  This is a heart searching book and must be read prayerfully.
  • The Example of Jesus Christ by James Stalker.  Stalker was a a Scotsman and a prolific writer.  His best known work is on The Life of Jesus Christ.  The Example of Jesus Christ examines how Christ serves as the perfect example for believers in every area of life.  Stalker writes thoughtfully and he makes the reader think.
  • In Tune with Heaven by Vance Havner.  This collection of Havner’s articles for the Charlotte Observer is one of the finest devotional books you will ever read.  Havner uses Scripture, history, nature, and life experience to teach deep spiritual truths. It is a pleasure to read and very convicting.
  • Point Man by Steve Farrar.  Anything written by Farrar is helpful to husbands and fathers.  He writes to strengthen the home and is enjoyable to read.  This book is a classic on a man’s God-appointed responsibility to lead his family.
  • Power through Prayer by E.M. Bounds.  There are many books on prayer that I have benefited from but none have warmed my heart like Bounds.  This little book should be read again and again.  It will keep your soul stirred to seek the Lord.
  • The Saving Life of Christ by Major W. Ian Thomas.  One of my dear friends gave me a copy of this book years ago.  It is a powerful read for every Christian.  Thomas’ book on The Indwelling Life of Christ is also very helpful.

Most of these books for the new year are not new at all.  Many of them have been proven over time to be a continual blessing.  The list is not exhaustive and the recommendations are not endorsements of every thing these men have every written.  It is my prayer that you will join me and my friend this year as we seek to “give attendance to reading” (1 Timothy 4:13) those things that will make us more the men God saved us to become.

For additional recommendations see Pastor Clarence Sexton’s recommended book list here.

Resources Just for Youth Workers

Today we had the privilege to host a number of youth directors on our campus at Crown College.  In the luncheon we discussed plans to begin a new youth fellowship for East Tennessee, the Smoky Mountain Youth Fellowship.  I am excited about the possibilities and encouraged to know so many youth workers with a heart to reach and teach Teens for Christ.

We shared with these fine people a number of resources that have been designed to help youth workers in local churches.  I wanted to share them with you.  Take advantage of all that you can and feel free to share them with others.  We don’t have all of the answers.  (The longer I work with teens the more questions I have!)  Yet Pastor Sexton and all of us who help him sincerely desire to encourage and equip as many people as possible who are trying to make a difference in this generation.

I would be happy to hear from you with questions or ideas…

Teens For Christ International

“And of some have compassion, making a difference.”  Jude 22

It is no accident that young people live in this present hour; this is the time God chose for teenagers.  Young Christians have a heavenly assignment.  God knew when they would be alive and when they would have the opportunity to serve Him.  He knew when and how teenagers would be equipped to do the things He has for them to do.  All of this is in God’s plan for their lives.  Teenagers can “make a world of difference.”

This website has been designed to provide resources for parents, youth workers, and teenagers.  Resources include helpful Bible messages, good music, devotional guides, training materials, recommended reading lists, and a directory of Bible colleges and Christian camps.

  • Youth Congress

America’s Christian Youth Congress convenes each year the week following July 4th on the campus of Crown College in Knoxville, Tennessee.   The Congress is a gathering of representative young people and youth leaders from across the country.  Pre-Congress activities are planned for youth groups to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains on Monday-Wednesday.  The Congress begins on Wednesday night and continues through Friday night.

Day sessions are designed to teach young people on a variety of issues related to serving the Lord in this generation.  Special training and encouragement is provided for youth workers in the School of Youth Ministries each day.  Evening services feature powerful preaching and a 200-voice Youth Congress choir.  Friday night concludes with a patriotic rally and fireworks display by world-famous PyroShows.

Regional Youth Congresses are also conducted throughout the year in different regions of the country.  Visit youthcongress.us for more information.

  • Crown Christian Publications

Crown Christian Publications offers audio and video lectures for youth workers on every facet of youth ministry.  Several Bible message series to teenagers are also available. The Solid Answer booklet series addresses issues that young people face answered from the Word of God.  Christian Life Journals, chorus books, and over 40 different Sunday School series are also available to help young people and those who work with them.

Visit CrownChristianPublications.com or call 1.877.AT CROWN.

  • Teens for Christ School Bible Clubs

Teens for Christ is a well established program for student Bible clubs on school campuses.  Young people gather for Bible study and prayer, and are equipped to reach and teach their friends for Christ.  Teens for Christ clubs are being established in every region of the U.S.  A notebook is available detailing how to start and conduct Teens for Christ clubs.  Duplicable teacher and student lessons are also provided.

Call Tony Sengmany at 865.938.8186, extension 229 for more information.

  • Summer Camps

Youth groups may choose from two exciting camps: Mount Moriah Christian Camp in Powell, Tennessee or Lake Texoma Baptist Youth Camp in Pottsboro, Texas.  A full camp season is planned in both locations.  Each week consists of exciting adventures and strong Bible preaching designed to help local churches and encourage young people to “take the high road.”

Visit mountmoriahcamp.com or call Roger Hilliard at 865.938.8182, extension 287.

Visit laketexomabaptistyouthcamp.com or call Dan Knickerbocker at 817.367.0455.

  • Baptist Friends

The annual meeting of Independent Baptist Friends International is a weeklong conference held in April.  This gathering of likeminded Christian workers is built upon the principles of: truth, friendship, and world evangelism.  A special series of youth rallies is held for young people in conjunction with the conference.  Youth workers have training sessions each day conducted by leading youth ministers across the country.  This meeting provides something for the entire family and wonderful fellowship with friends.

Visit BaptistFriends.org for more information.

  • Crown Education

The Crown College and Seminary provide online course offerings for both young people and youth workers.  The “Early Advantage” program allows juniors and seniors in high school to take Bible classes in the Foundations for Christian Life program.  Youth workers may pursue a Master of Ministry degree online.  Specific classes in youth ministry are now being offered for credit or audit.

Call 1.877.MY CROWN or visit thecrowncollege.com/online.

Follow Teens for Christ on Twitter: @TFC_Intl for additional resources.

Teens for Christ

One of the greatest privileges of my life has been the opportunity to work with young people. Youth ministry is not a stepping stone to another ministry. It is the work of a lifetime!

D.L. Moody said if he had his whole life to live other he would give it all to working with children. I truly believe that the greatest work on earth is influencing the next generation with the truth of God’s Word and pointing them to Jesus Christ. When I was 12 years old God changed my life at a summer youth camp. I have never been the same.

There are more young people alive at this moment than there have ever been. The majority have never heard the gospel. Those who have are largely unengaged by any local church. This is our moment. We must not waste it.

For the last several years it has been a blessing to work in the youth ministry of the Temple Baptist Church and help to train youth workers at Crown College. In addition I have enjoyed working in our camp ministry and helping to coordinate public school Bible clubs. I am truly privileged to work under a pastor who has a passion to make a difference. My heart is burdened to see more done. Is yours?

1. Let’s pray for each other and for this generation.

  • Pray for a spiritual awakening among teenagers.
  • Pray for an army of laborers to enlist in this great work.
  • Pray for Christian young people to begin aggressively witnessing to their friends.
  • Pray for youth workers and parents not to give up.

2. Visit TeensForChristInternational.com to see helpful resources.

ImageWe don’t have all the answers but we are trying to do what we can to help youth workers, parents, and teenagers. You will find Bible messages for young people, Christ-honoring Christian music, Bible reading schedules, recommended Christian camps and Bible colleges, youth worker training sessions, and much more.

Additional content is being added. We would love to hear your suggestions and thoughts.

3. Subscribe to my blog scottpauley.wordpress.com.

I intend to post regularly on the subject of family and youth ministry and hope it will be a source of encouragement to you. It would also be great to hear from you personally. You can reach me at scott.pauley@thecrowncollege.com.

4. Join us at this year’s Youth Congress.

I know there are a lot of great meetings to choose from and the summer is only so long. This congress is a group of representatives from churches across the country who come to cast their vote for revival in our generation. We have a great time but the purpose is serious business. You will not regret bringing your teens to this meeting.

The Youth Congress is held on the campus of Temple Baptist Church and Crown College in Powell, TN. This year the gathering of teens and young people will be Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 2013. Kenny Baldwin, Kurt Skelly, Pastor Sexton, and others will be speaking! It is going to be a great meeting and I would love to see you there.

You can find more information online at youthcongress.us.

5. Follow @TFC_Intl on Twitter.

This will give us an opportunity to stay in touch about upcoming opportunities.

Thank you for your desire to reach and teach another generation of Teens for Christ. May God use us all to make a difference while we can.

A Few Thoughts on Books

As a boy my parents encouraged me to read.  Without such encouragement, television, video games, and other distractions are apt to keep a young person away from the riches found in a good book.  My sixth grade teacher took a special interest in me.  Mr. Hess would often have me stand before my classmates and read aloud a book that he had chosen.  Little did I realize at the time that he was both instilling in me a greater love for books and helping to develop the skill of reading publicly.  This has served me as well as any class I ever took.  My uncle who has been preaching for many years has always been a lover of books.  I remember as a young man walking into his library and being enthralled with the massive collection of both new and old books.  Through the years he has constantly challenged me by his example not just to buy books but to read them.

For the last 17 years I have been under the ministry of a man who is a voracious reader.  Pastor Sexton has recommended more good books to me than anyone. He is always reading, always digging.  This has been a source of inspiration to me to not be content with what I have learned.  Early on, I made the mistake of buying books just to buy them.  I have learned that it is not the size of the library that matters, but the careful, well chosen one.  Reading has become a favorite pastime and one of the means of keeping my own soul fresh.

With the surge in internet resources and ebooks it can be overwhelming to wade through the number of books on the market.  Many of our Crown College students have no doubt taken as their life verse, “Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Ecclesiastes 12:12).  It should be remembered that books are tools, resources available to aid us in our journey.  May I offer a few thoughts which have been a great help to me…

1.  Never allow reading books, no matter how good, to distract you from a daily time of reading the Scriptures.

There is no substitute for the Bible and the Bible should not be read like any other book.  When the Apostle Paul was about to die he sent for Timothy.  In 2 Timothy 4:13 he requested that Timothy bring three things with him.  He asked for his cloke (something for his body).  He asked for his books (something for his soul).  It has always intrigued me that a man nearing the end of his journey still wanted to read and study.  But finally, he asked for the parchments – “especially the parchments” (something for his spirit).  The books were important but the Word of God was paramount.

2.  Measure every book by the Word of God.  Do not accept everything as truth simply because it is in print.

3.  Ask God to help you discern which books to read ponderingly, which ones to breeze through, and which ones not to read at all.

4.  Keep books accessible wherever you are so that you can read whenever you have a few free moments.

5.  Look for the great emphases of each book.  Glean all you can.

6.  Read with a pen in hand.  Mark great truths and jot down thoughts that come to your mind as you read.

7.  Read books on a variety of subjects.  Be as broad as possible.  Remember, there is a difference between reading for hobby and reading for help.  Avoid the temptation to only read about the subjects that you enjoy.

8.  Read several books at one time and you will likely read more.

9.  Learn authors – who to read, who to read carefully, who not to read.

10.  Read old books and new books.  Do not discount the benefit of either but remember that dead authors do not change their positions.

11.  Ask others to recommend good books to you.  Just because it is their favorite book does not mean it will be yours but it will save you a lot of time and money.

12.  Read books that really speak to you again and again.

13.  Learn to enjoy reading by simply doing it.

14.  Be careful about giving a wholesale recommendation  of a book or author.  Remember that authors may be strong on one subject but weak on another.

15.  Make a list of good books or authors on frequently studied subjects.

16.  Put your name in the front of your books and keep up with them.

17.  Write down when you loan a book and be sure to get it back.

18.  Catalog your books for easy reference.  Keep them organized and you will always know where to find them.

19.  Keep a list of books you want to get when you can.

20.  Take care of the books you have.  Be a good steward and you may be able to pass them on to others someday.

In addition to our College Library, we have a Pastor’s Study on our campus with several thousand books for preachers to use when they visit.  One bookcase is filled with the private library of Dr. Lee Roberson.  Recently I took a few minutes to look through many of his favorites.  They were well used and well marked.  It has been often said that readers are leaders.  This is not always true.  But it is true that effective leaders are always growing, always working on themselves.  Few things accomplish this like a good book.

Perhaps the best recommended reading list I could point you to is one that my Pastor has compiled.  You can access it at http://faithforthefamily.com/resources/pastors-book-list/.  If you have a good book to recommend I would love to hear your thoughts.