In “The Press” devotional, Pastor YPJ teaches on how to overcome the things that get in the way of the spirit of worship within us — tough circumstances, trying to do things alone, the feeling of condemnation, and perfectionism.
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Pastor Jonathan Miller, aka “YPJ,” is the pastor of Faith Apostolic Ministries (F.A.M.). He served as a youth pastor under his parents, Bishop Eddie L. and Pastor Diana Miller for 10 years, and has served as senior Pastor of F.A.M. since 2011. He was also nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for Gospel Song of the Year for his songwriting contributions on Fred Hammond’s song, “I Feel Good.” His innovative leadership style and willingness to bridge the gap between generations is catapulting his ministry to higher heights.
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Hardship doesn’t discriminate. On this side of heaven, we’ll all encounter trials and tribulations. So how do we continue to pour ourselves out in ministry when we feel like we have nothing left to give? Sometimes, the answer is to step back and heal. But there are also seasons when God calls us to keep being engaged – not because He wants to wear us down but because He wants to lift us up. Pastor YPJ digs into this concept more over the course of the next devotional.
Sometimes, we become too familiar with our surroundings – especially in a ministry context. We get so used to showing up and completing the task at hand that we forget to pause and connect with the people serving alongside us. In this next devotional, Pastor YPJ discusses the value of supporting and investing in one another.
Worship is always going to be a presentation of some kind. We’re either presenting God with our praise or we’re presenting our congregation with a performance. It’s up to us, as a team, to decide which type of performance we want to offer. If we place the worship experience on a pedestal, we’ll end up idolizing the production and striving for perfection. Pastor YPJ gives us permission to take the pressure off in this week’s video.
Condemnation can stifle the spirit of worship within us. It can spread lies like weeds in the soil of our souls, and we can doubt ourselves out of a ministry role, simply because we conclude our past makes us unworthy. Pastor YPJ offers an exhortation and calls us to use the things we’re most ashamed of to build a future God’s most honored by.
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