Words of Truth - November 9, 2011

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"The Pastor"

"This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work."  I Timothy 3:1

The pastor teaches, though he must solicit his own classes.  He heals, though without pills or knife.  He is sometimes a lawyer, often a social worker, something of an editor, a bit of a philosopher and entertainer, a salesman, a decorative piece for public functions, and he is supposed to be a scholar.  He visits the sick, marries people, buries the dead, labors to console those who sorrow and to admonish those who sin, and tries to stay sweet when chided for not doing his duty.  He plans programs, appoints workers when he can get them, spends considerable time in keeping people out of each other's hair.  Between times, he prepares a sermon and preaches it on Sunday to those who don't happen to have any other engagement.  Then on Monday, he smiles when some jovial chap roars, "What a job--one day a week!"  -- Source Unknown
    The office of a bishop is a “good work.”  It is good and it is work.  It’s a good work because it is God’s work.  To be a bishop is to oversee God’s flock, and to feed, guide and protect them.  A preacher is a voice; a pastor is a shepherd.  To pastor is such a great joy.  Any man who has the fortune to be given the desire for this good work by God is a blessed man.  He should receive his duty with a glad and willing heart.  A pastor must accept his work from God and rejoice in it.

Study verses - I Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:7-8

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Previous devotions

"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011
"Anger" - October 26, 2011
"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011
"Barking or Pulling" - August 31, 2011
"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011

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