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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: God's man of the hour
By Sandra Smith
11/17/07


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Well...there's so much that can be said for people who have been given a pulpit or platform to speak. Many receive encouragement and life-giving "bread" from the Word of God as the minister responsibly opens the Word and explains it. Behind the scenes there are stories of courage and soft and tender hearts even when outwardly he appears to "have it all together".

There is a Pastor who has played such a big role in my life. He is a man with a very big desire to please God. He willingly involves himself in the lives of his parishioners and is often getting his "hands dirty" by stepping away from abstract Theological arguments and listening to their stories. After hearing me out for two years, he has willingly stayed in touch with me for over ten years and if I need to discuss anything with him, he will make himself available. God has used him to mould me and shape me into the person I am today. He has his personal relationship with God, his family issues and general issues which make his life complicated... he's made of flesh and blood. The power of God is that He uses human weakness to prove His strength.

Having stated all of this... I thank God for pastors... people willing to step into leadership and take the "slings and arrows" that come with it. May all of us be reminded to pray often and fervently for our pastors, to treat them with respect and be kind in holding them accountable in their leadership positions. God is building His church and "the gates of hell will not prevail against it".


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Laury Hubrich 11/24/07
This is a nice tribute to Godly ministers everywhere. Thank you for sharing!
Laury
Jan Ackerson 11/24/07
How blessed you are to have this pastor in your life!

Consider taking your middle paragraph and writing it as a story, complete with dialogue and descriptions of the actions of the characters. It would help us to get to know this man so much more than just a description of him can.

I'm sure he'd appreciate reading your gracious tribute to him.
lucie buchert11/25/07
I especially liked how you stated that we all need to appreciate and pray for our pastors, they do have slings and arrows coming at them at all different directions! How true. God bless you.

Lucie