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04/13/06
Very insightful, and a good lesson for us all. If the ministry we are involved in is not working, could it possibly be our pride holding it back????
04/14/06
At first, I thought this was Paul the Apostle - but THAT Paul never despised his congregation; so I surmised it must be a discouraged modern-day minister. Satan constantly reminds us of our past, but our best weapon is to REMIND him of "his" future! Aha! That should do it everytime! Nicely written, good point and great job!
04/14/06
A few shifts in tense in the first paragraph gave this a bumpy start...but you did a good job showing us Paul's spiritual battles. Interesting story.
04/14/06
I thought you accurately portrayed the pastor's anguish. Tis story carried me all the way to the great conclusion. Nice job!
04/15/06
I thought at one point that he was going to have an epiphany and decide to stay. Glad you didn't do it that way. This was realistic, but also gave a real message of hope. Good job
04/16/06
Might have been clearer if "The vision ended his ministry" was a separate paragraph. Nice job.
A good point about pruning and refinement. The tense shifts in the first paragraph got me off to a slow start, but I soon got into the plot! Nice ending; I was left with a hopeful sense of trust in God no matter the circumstances. :-)
Hhhmmmnnn, where DO we get the idea we're supposed to DO things FOR God without HIS Power? Not funny how I can relate though I am not a pastor. But it is only in coming to the end of ourselves and learning to depend completely that we are empowered to fulfill our commission, isn't it?