It depends. I want to give you a pros and cons look at this subject. It is obvious by the dwindling number of church attendees that the institutionalized church is not effective in many ways. I was a part of the political machine for many years. My observations were disturbing. I was disturbed by the … Continue reading What Good Is the Church?
I worked for a pastor several years ago who loved to assign me to visit people he didn't necessarily want to visit. I always knew I was in for a treat when either he or the secretary contacted me to visit a particular person. I went to the local hospital to visit this lady, so … Continue reading Do I Really Love God?
My wife and I were discussing something this morning that made me evaluate myself and my blogging. By nature, I love to encourage people. My writing is geared toward helping people find restored hope. The struggle I have is that I believe what I write but I have moments when my faith isn't as strong. … Continue reading Easier Said Than Done
On our third Sunday of Overcomers Church, I believe we experienced a day of release. I preached on the subject of "How Do I Forgive THAT Person?". It is first an act of surrender to the Holy Spirit who will produce His fruit in us. It also requires an understanding of God's love: an impenetrable, … Continue reading A Day of Release
The first message I preached at our church plant was from the life of Joseph. I could relate to some principles from his life, though I never experienced the level of oppression he did. I want to share with my WordPress audience what God gave me to share on the first week of Overcomers Church. … Continue reading Understanding God-Given Dreams
My blog name, formerly known as "Matthew Winters Ministries", will now be called "The Comeback Pastor". In 2013, I honestly had given up on preaching again but had not given up my call to ministry. The fire God put in me 20 years ago never quit burning, so I resolved in my heart to not … Continue reading The Comeback Pastor
Amazingly, I have not had anyone negatively speak against what I am doing in planting a new church. However, I do know that the negativity exists. Sadly, many churches or pastors are trying to build a personal kingdom. That kingdom may range from a small group that doesn't want change to a large church with … Continue reading It’s His Kingdom!
Last Sunday, we had our first service for Overcomers Church. It was an exciting day that I have waited for longer than I realized. When you start from scratch, you never really know what shape the church will take on. All I knew is that I wanted to target those who were considered outcasts in … Continue reading The New Journey