Pastoral Thoughts...




BY Russ Hobbs M.A.


 It is important that we realize that not everyone who attends our churches are there for the same reason!  Some people come into our group(s) and worship experiences to criticize and disrupt the peace of others.  You can spot them quickly and easily.  These folk never contribute anything of value.  But they are argumentative, angry, belligerent and put others within the group on edge.  Further, they dampen the spirit of the study or worship by acting silly, asking foolish and argumentative questions and attempt to draw attention to themselves and coerce the group to their point of view or should we say, their dysfunction.  Sadly, these individuals or persons often prevent others from growing spiritually.  That’s just WRONG and an affront to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word.


WE need to be very wary of people who join our groups, I’ll call them “drama seekers” who attempt to infiltrate our ministries and all they do is to week after week:


  • Put others on edge
  • Dampen the spirit of the study, group, worship, etc.
  • Prevent others from growing spiritually
  • Make fools of themselves
  • Embarrass the fellowship


When these people enter our churches, groups and ministries the leadership must bring them into immediate subjection or REMOVE them quickly!  Yes, it is quite OK to remove trouble makers from our groups and functions!  Let’s get real, angry, vindictive and sour people are walking time bombs.  Get rid of the poison or your ministry, group and all of the hard work that you have or are accomplishing may just go up in smoke.  Watch people carefully. 


According to Galatians 5:22 the “Fruit of the Spirit” is


  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Long-suffering
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-Control


 If these attributes are not being produced within the ministry or group you have members or participants who are exhibiting a worldly and pagan view of life.  They are and they will be trouble.  Count on it AND deal with it!  Bitter and vindictive people exhibit the flesh with all of its passions and desires.  This affronts spiritual growth always. 


  • If we live in the spirit, let us walk in the spirit
  • Let us not become conceited, big shots provoking and envying one another
  • Immaturity is a BIG problem and inhibits (interferes) with healthy relationships and the progression of family, friend, ministry and organizational goals
  • Immature people are insensitive to the needs, hopes, desires and feeling of others








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Lititz, PA. 17543
(717) 626-6933


Rev. Russell E. Hobbs


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