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  1. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Old joke: The difference between a layman and a pastor is that a pastor is good because he's paid to be good. The layman is good for nothing.

    Good for a laugh, but not true.

    Hebrews 10:24-25 says we need to be thinking how we can help others in the fellowship.

    Eph. 4:11-13 says the pastor's work is to build up/equip the saints to do the work of the ministry.

    Thanks again, Terry
  2. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    LOL!!

    Good verses, too, BlackEagle!

    For today:

    Since there is some confusion in the matter about exactly what ‘the church’ is, I thought this list might prove helpful:

    The church is not:
    * An ark for the saving of a select few.
    * A ferryboat to take effortless passengers to the shores of heaven.
    * A life insurance company, with no obligation on policy holders except the payment of a small annual premium.
    * A social set, welcoming certain people and excluding others from its fellowship.
    * A Sunday pleasure club for providing a pleasant distraction on the day of rest.

    The church is:
    * A lifeboat for the rescue of sin-wrecked and perishing souls.
    * A family, in which love and service are expected from each member to each member.
    * An organized community, with constant activities and continual growth and development.
    * A company of believers who have found the one way of life and obey the one Lord of life.
    * A union of those who love for the benefit of those who suffer.
    * A center of social worship, in which the spiritual life of each is helped by the spiritual life of his neighbor.
    * The representative -- the "body" -- of Jesus Christ on the earth, reflecting his spirit and controlled by his will.

    Ephesians 1:22-23 (TLB);
    “And God has put all things under his feet and made him the supreme Head of the Church which is his body, filled with himself, the Author and Giver of everything everywhere.”

    May God richly bless each one of you -
  3. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The Church is solidly built from Living Stones...

    1 Peter 2:4-6
    The Church is the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ...composed of God's People who build each other up, strengthen, encourage, help, challenge one another.

    Amen to that, Terry. Thanks.
  4. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Great points, BlackEagle!

    For today:

    If you are a King Of The Hill fan, as I am, you remember the episode where Dale is working at Stick-Tech in personnel as the official firer, a job no one else wanted. There actually are special services that do nothing but help employers to gracefully get rid of people that are no longer needed!
    This article, written some years ago, was found in a church bulletin, and you might find it of interest to you. It's written by a Pastor, and titled, "How to Get Rid of a Pastor."

    Not long ago a well-meaning group of laymen came from a neighboring church to see me. They wanted me to advise them on some convenient and painless method of getting rid of their pastor. I'm afraid, however, that I wasn't much help to them. At the time I had not had the occasion to give the matter serious thought. But since then I have pondered the matter a great deal, and the next time anyone comes for advice on how to get rid of a pastor, here's what I'll tell him:
    * Look the pastor straight in the eye while he's preaching and say "Amen" once in a while and he'll preach himself to death.
    * Pat him on the back and brag on his good points and he'll probably work himself to death.
    * Rededicate your life to Christ and ask the preacher for some job to do, preferably some lost person you could win to Christ, and he'll die of heart failure.
    * Get the church to unite in prayer for the preacher and he'll soon become so effective that a larger church will take him off your hands.

    Hebrews 13:17 (NAS);
    “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

    May God bless each one of you, guys!
  5. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    In his book Harvest of Humanity, John Seamands told this story:

    A German soldier was wounded. He was ordered to go to the military hospital for treatment. When he arrived at the large and imposing building, he saw two doors, one marked, "For the slightly wounded," and the other, "For the seriously wounded."
    He entered through the first door and found himself going down a long hall. At the end of it were two more doors, one marked, "For officers" and the other, "For non-officers." He entered through the latter and found himself going down another long hall. At the end of it were two more doors, one marked, "For party members" and the other, "For non-party members." He took the second door, and when he opened it he found himself out on the street.

    When the soldier returned home, his mother asked him, "How did you get along at the hospital?"

    "Well, Mother," he replied, "to tell the truth, the people there didn't do anything for me, but you ought to see the tremendous organization they have!"

    Does that story remind you of anything? Does it sound a bit like a church you might have attended? Great organization – but it is hollow; there is nothing there for you; you leave in the exact same condition you arrived in.

    Revelation 3:1-3 (KJV);
    “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

    May God bless each one of you!
  6. BlackEagle

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    Thanks, Terry;

    I do like those letters to the churches. They describe the situations of churches today so well. The letters reflect the historic, cultural, political, geographic situations of each church.

    Ephesus was still doing the work, but had forgotten why they were doing it.

    Dad compares churches to garages. Some, you park in to store the car overnight and it comes out the next morning as it went in. Others, you park your car, the mechanics work on it and fix it, improve it. It comes out changed for the better. As yo say, the key is to bring people into a closer walk with God, help them to become what God wants them to be.

    Have you read The Lost Art of Disciple Making by LeRoy Eims?
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have read parts of it; very good!
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    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    We all know what has happened to oil prices, so I want your help in seeing to it that your church does not consume excess energy in heating the building next winter. These suggestions will help keep you warm in church:

    1. Rush right to the front to avoid the draft around the doors in the rear.
    2. Invite your neighbors and friends and sit 10 persons to the pew.
    3. Seat yourself near the pulpit; much hot air is emitted from that area.
    4. Bring something up during sharing time that will get some folks cranked up; that will bring even MORE hot air!
    5. Fuss and fume when you don't like what the preacher says.
    6. Tell me that you’ve been thinking about it, and really believe that we came from monkeys. That’s good for several minutes of heat.
    8. Call out a hymn that no one knows; that makes lots of folks hot under the collar!
    9. Remind me of how long it has been since I gave a hell-fire and brimstone sermon; they ALWAYS warm things up!
    10. Leave all your coldness at the door – things will be a lot warmer inside without it.
    11. Let the Holy Spirit fill you, it will warm your heart and body, and spread to everyone around you.

    Ephesians 5:18-20 (KJV);
    “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

    I hope these suggestions will help to warm you one way or the other:
    Either the humor warmed your heart, or:
    You didn’t like it, and you got hot under the collar.

    May God bless each one of you -
  9. BlackEagle

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    The humor warmed my heart.
    Thanks again.
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    Along the same line:
    You Never Hear in Church :p
    1. Hey! It's MY turn to sit on the front pew!
    2. I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went over time 25 minutes.
    3. Personally, I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.
    4. I've decided to give our church the $500.00 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.
    5. I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.
    6. Forget the denominational minimum salary: let's pay our pastor so s/he can live like we do.
    7. I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!
    8. Since we're all here, let's start the worship service early!
    9. Pastor Terry, we'd like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.
    10. Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!
  11. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Another thing you will never hear -

    In response to number 9:
    Oh I couldn't possibly attend that and be away from my flock for so long - -
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    The basic idea for this devotional is in several places and versions, so I modified also.

    2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV);
    “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

    We, as Christians, must follow this advice. We all need to sow a BIG garden, like this:

    First, plant five rows of peas:
    Presence.
    Promptness.
    Preparation.
    Purity.
    Perseverance.

    Next to these plant three rows of squash:
    Squash gossip.
    Squash criticism.
    Squash indifference.

    No garden is complete without turnips:
    Turn up for the meetings.
    Turn up with a smile.
    Turn up with new ideas.
    Turn up with determination to make everything count for something good and worthwhile.

    And then, in the fall, we do the freezing and canning;
    Put a freeze on backsliding
    We can draw closer to God
    Put a freeze on the decline of morality
    We can restore dignity through our example

    If we would just all follow these garden tips – we would have a bountiful harvest indeed!

    May God bless you, guys!
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    I usually scan right down to the centerfire pistol section and browse.
    I will now stop here before continuing dow the forum.
    I hope you know your work is truly appreciated.
    God Bless you Terry.
  15. BlackEagle

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    I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 1 Cor 3:6.

    Very good.
    Thanks, Terry.
  16. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you, BlackEagle and Jericho, for those very kind words!
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    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Driving past the ravages of a forest fire in Alaska revealed something interesting about the trees there. The roots barely get below the surface, then spread in all directions; there is no ‘taproot’; nothing going deep into the earth. The reason for this is simple; the permafrost under the surface is frozen year around, and the roots cannot penetrate it.
    The Sequoia trees of California have similar root systems in order to gather maximum surface moisture. They have a root system that spreads out just beneath the surface also. These trees can grow up to 300 feet tall! And, you almost ALWAYS see them growing in groves; if they stood out by themselves, their very shallow roots would allow the tree to fall in the first high wind it was exposed to! That's why they grow in clusters. Their roots grow over and under their neighbors roots; the intertwining roots provide support for one another against the storms.
    Suffering comes to all of us, and no one can suffer for us. Even so, just like those giant Sequoia trees, we can be supported in those difficult times by the prayers and understanding of loved ones and friends. It's when we are too proud to admit our needs to others that we are in the greatest danger.

    2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (TLB);“What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement. We are in deep trouble for bringing you God’s comfort and salvation. But in our trouble God has comforted us—and this, too, to help you: to show you from our personal experience how God will tenderly comfort you when you undergo these same sufferings. He will give you the strength to endure.”

    Share the burden, guys.
    TAKE ON some of the burden of others.
    ALLOW OTHERS to take on some of yours.
    We will ALL be stronger for it -
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    God is truly good!
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    So true, and so good to know and hear.
    Thanks, Terry.
    I see that happening on a daily basis here on TFF, and in the church family.

    Galations 6:2 came to mind:
    Reading Galations 6 I immediately thought of Jack.
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    First off let me say I would love to attend a place where you were the pastor.I love and miss hearing the word of God from the likes of you and Blackeagle.When I lived in Alabama I was a member of the Munford Baptist Church.I went on an invite from a friend and was so moved because I could feel the Word of God in there.When I lost my leg the Pastor came and visited me.He and I were so moved by the presence of God.I became a member and have never felt more joy in my life.I loved sunday school and the programs we have to help the needy.I know God needs funds andI have no problem with tithes.But is is used to spread the Word.That small Ala. town has missionaries in Africa where they build for communities and a program that feeds the local families.I have been trying to find one like it when I moved home but most seem to be invaded by Satan,cause it seems to be about ME not Him.I know the right one is there but I still have the Word to read alone.Thank You Sirs
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