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Apr 1 2009

Motivational quote: "Self-confident people are open to good ideas regardless of their source and are willing to share them. Their egos don't require that they originate every idea they use or get credit for every idea they originate." -Jack Welch

Thought #1: Just because you're confident enough not to worry about credit does not give people the right to steal your ideas.

Thought #2: How committed are you to this idea? Are you willing to listen to others and what they have to say? Do you have the humility to realize that you are not the be-all and end-all answer?

Prayer: Father, I thank you for rest, and I pray You will help my re-energized body to better focus on You today. Lord give me wisdom on what to teach tonight!

Proverbs 1:4(NLT) ->Wisdom brings purpose.

Proverbs 1:7(NLT) ->Yet we are foolish so often in our churches.

Proverbs 1:19(NLT) ->Greed will rob you of life. Still want to be rich?

Proverbs 1:26(NLT) ->The wise laugh at the calamity of fools. I wonder what the wise do when they look at us?

Matthew 26:30 ->I wonder what hymn they sang?

1 Timothy 3:10 ->Why do you test deacons before you let them deacon, but not elders? 2 thoughts:
Some people hold that elders=pastors in this passage. If so, it could be because elders had to change their whole livelihood to serve the church, while deacons remained involved in business. (I could be reading today's Baptist churches back on to this. But think about it: a deacon stays employed, usually doing at least decently, while a pastor has to become employed by the church, which puts him continually under the test. I'll look it up. you should too.)

Some people hold that elders are NOT pastors, but a separate office in the church. If so, then the 'elder'-ness of their position would indicate a little more life under their belts. They would have a life to show as evidence, removing the need for testing.

Either way shows that you shouldn't be constructing 'instant deacon' but also that you don't need to have only people over 60 as deacons.
Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug

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