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A reader described me as having "basic nuts and bolts
Christianity." I like that -- it's much better than being called "nuts."
Have you seen the old movie, Support Your Local Sheriff -- it's
funnee. Have you been involved in Support Your Local Pastor?
If you have a close relationship with any pastor, you have to know
what a very difficult task it is in today's world. In response to
yesterday's E-Cheer, I heard from pastors and/or spouses telling of
some of the woes they face -- many of them simply because
so-called Christians are unkind. Unkindness is not a Christian
virtue -- I guess you knew that..
When you are through reading this (unless it is 6 a.m.), call your
pastor(s) and encourage them, and tell them you pray for them --
you do, I hope. Unless you are in their shoes, you have no idea
how much of an uplift your encouragement will be. They get
"down" just like we do, in fact, maybe more so. Wouldn't you get
down if you listened to complaints all day? Have you ever
encouraged your pastor's spouse? They are usually the sounding
board that gets much of the grief. Unfortunately, a pastor's spouse
is usually expected to be absolutely "perfect." Why?
I've used Romans 12:8 (nlt) before, but is so appropriate for today's
discussion that I'm including it again -- "If your gift is to encourage
others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has
given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And
if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly."
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29 Jul 2002
This article made a great point. We really need to support our pastors more. They need us as much as we need them. I'm going to call my pastor right now, to encourage him to press on.
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