Battle with the Flesh (1 Timothy 6:11-12)
There are a couple of things we can do when it comes to this battle:
Be a bridge-builder, not a wall-builder.
Definition of an Evangelist (Wendell Calder)
- Blows in
- Blows up, and
- Blows out.
I’ve learned that the older we get, the less we like change… but change is inevitable. Who would want to go back to horse and buggy now that we have modern transportation? Here are some differences I’ve seen between the 60’s and Today:
|Long Hair||Longing for Hair|
|Acid Rock||Acid Reflux|
|Getting Out to a New Hip Joint||Getting a New Hip Joint|
|Rolling Stones||Kidney Stones|
Not that we endorse all the above, but we must remember to be careful that our “landmarks” do not become “land mines.”
- God wants people to think like Jesus (Philippians 2:5).
- God wants people to feel like Jesus (Colossians 3:15-17).
- God wants people to act like Jesus (WWJD).
What Does the Bible Say I Should Do and Not Do (Lysa TerKeurst)
- God’s Word addresses the approach I take with my activities (Matthew 11:28).
- God’s Way addresses the attitude I have with my activities (Matthew 11:29).
- God’s Wonder is the assurance that not every activity is my activity (Matthew 11:30).
- First I was dying to finish high school and start college.
- And then I was dying to finish college and start working.
- And then I was dying to marry and have children.
- And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school so I could return to work.
- And then I was dying to retire.
- And now, I am dying … and suddenly I realize I forgot to live. – Anonymous
Check out these interesting sites:
http://www.careynieuwhof.com – Daily blog on leadership
http://www.dtbm.org – Word-filled resources from Dr. John Barnett
Time to Ask Myself… Am I Protecting My Heart and Ministry from an Affair? (Part 4 of 7)
Ron Edmondson / ronedmondson.com
It seems every day we hear of another big name celebrity, politician, or pastor that has fallen into the temptation of lust and had an affair. I think it is dangerous for any leader to assume this could never happen to him. Speaking as a man, I understand that temptation is very real. When the mind begins to wander in a lustful direction, it is very hard to control. The failure, I believe, comes more in not protecting the heart and mind. I know that I must personally work to protect myself, my wife, my boys, and my church from the scandal and embarrassment of an affair. Here’s the fourth of seven rules I have in place that serve to protect my heart and the fourth of seven attempts I have to protect my family from the stress of ministry:
- I try not to stare at women. When an attractive woman catches my eye, I try to quickly bounce my attention elsewhere. Yes, I notice a pretty woman in the room… often. God made some beautiful women. I just know my heart and mind too well to allow myself to stare. Trust me… I can’t.
- I don’t work many nights. Now it’s just a habit and my boys are grown, but when my boys were young, I also wrote on my schedule nights at home. The bottom line is that I’m a professional. You wouldn’t want my time if I weren’t. Have you ever tried to meet with your attorney or banker at night? Of course, there are exceptions, and life has seasons that alter this somewhat, but as a rule I work six full day-time hours a week and that’s enough.
If a pastor is not careful, the weight of everyone else’s problems will take precedence over the issues and concerns of his immediate family. I see it frequently among pastors I encounter. There have been seasons of my ministry where this is the case, especially on abnormally stressful days. I decided years ago when I was a small business owner, serving in an elected office and on dozens of non-profit boards that my busyness would never detract from my family life on a long-term basis.
Ask yourself this question: How healthy is your family? What are you doing to protect it?
[Dale Flynn and his wife, Liz, are Word of Life Local Church Ministries missionaries in Eastern MD. Dale is a Local Church Ministries curriculum editor and is the editor of this Ministering to the Minister E-Transfer national electronic Pastor’s newsletter. The Flynns make their home in Elkton, MD. Questions or comments about this article may be addressed to Dale at: DFlynn@wol.org. ]