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Pastors Who Love Us . . .

Pastors Who Love Us . . .
 
President Theodore Roosevelt was a unique, interesting, and passionate individual.  He was a cowboy, politician, author, warrior, trustbuster, and conservationist.  I discovered more recently that Roosevelt also believed in attending and participating in church.
 
In 1917, the Ladies Home Journal published an interview with President "Teddy"Roosevelt in which he offered ten good reasons for going to church.  One of these was as follows: "He may not hear a good sermon at church.  But unless he is very unfortunate, he will hear a sermon by a good man who, with his good wife, is engaged all the week long in a series of wearing, humdrum, and important tasks for making hard lives a little easier."*
 
When I read that, I thought, what insight and compassion.  None of us do what we do perfectly, but pastors do what they do publicly and consistently.  Expectations are high, but pastors do not preach and shepherd their congregations for personal acclaim.  Even the Apostle Paul was accused of being a "babbler" because he preached the good news about Jesus and the resurrection (see Acts 17:18).  Paul admitted his verbal shortcomings in his letter to the Corinthians without apology . . . "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power." 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NIV)
 
Our pastors love us or they would have chosen other professions . . . and in return, we love them for loving us.  Their highest goal is to bring the lost to Jesus to be saved into Heaven's glory. Please express your appreciation throughout "Pastor Appreciation Month" and beyond.  Their day will be brightened.
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
Ray Newbold
 
Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico
 
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