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The Perils of Doing Ministry

As a church planter, I have been warned many times by mature Christians in the faith that Satan would do his best to derail our ministry.  He would somehow try and subvert our marriage.  He would entice me to sin.  He would disrupt relationships and do his best to cause chaos in our community.  I’ve experienced all of these things to some degree or another.  We’ve even felt particularly “under attack” recently as we’ve had to deal with the life-changing allergies that Daniel has.  I’ve felt like Satan was attacking me and my family in an effort to discourage me from continuing in ministry.

And so far, I’ve been able to persist.  It’s been hard, but for the sake of the call we’ve endured.  We’ve persevered and pressed on despite difficulty.  But now I think things may be going too far.  Satan has taken over my iPhone:

(It did this after taking it to the Genius Bar and doing a software reset restoring system defaults. Before the software restore, it would go into my phone and call people listed in my favorites list.   They suggested the display is broken.)

For those of you who know how much I love Apple products, and in particular, my iPhone, you know how big a deal this is.  You know that ministry just might not be worth doing if the cost is losing my iPhone. ;)

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do.  I can receive calls, because when I answer my phone and put it to my ear the display is disabled.  But it’s really hard to place calls.  I’ll probably use Google voice to make calls for a while and replace my phone later.  Until then, I’ll daily be reminded of the cost of carrying my cross for Christ.

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2 Responses to “The Perils of Doing Ministry”

  • Frank Kim says:

    Can you do an exorcism on the iPhone?

  • John says:

    HA! I wish. It’s gotten worse. I can’t even make calls on it now. I’ve actually been thinking about getting rid of my iPhone and just getting a really simple voice only phone…this might be the catalyst.