Encouragement For Those in Ministry

Pastor shared a great devotion in staff meeting. Here are the notes.
Exodus 18:13-27

1.Be Knowledgeable. Ministry is a never ending task, it can consume your life. (13)
God cares more about you than about the ministry.

2. Be Thankful and Accepting. God brings people into our lives to protect us. (14) Service in the flesh is not service.

3. Be Wise. Sometimes our enemy uses our willing hearts to misguide and distract us.(15-17)

4. Be Dependent. God consistently reminds us that we need Him, we are not super servants! (18)

5. Be Courageous. Our task as faithful ministry leaders is to lead & represent God to the people and the people to God. (19-20)

6. Be Selective. There is a difference in people who are faithful & able from those who are just nominal. (21)

7. Be Patient. God blesses different people with different levels of spiritual giftedness & ability. (21)

8. Be Obedient. The result of being an equipper is God’s direction, endurance, & peace. (23)

What is Truth?

Pilate asked Jesus the question what is truth? I doubt he was sincere, but nonetheless, it is a great question to ask. Here are some things to ponder on about truth:

Truth corresponds with the facts, it matches its onject, and it tells it like it is. All truth claims are absolute, narrow and exclusive. Even the claim that “every religion is true” excludes its opposite. The thought that 2+2=4 is narrow minded. Of all of the infinte numbers there is only one answer.
Truth is discoverd, not invented. It exists independently of anyone’s knowledge of it. For example gravity existed prior to Newton.

Beliefs cannot change a fact, no matter how sincerely they are held. I can sincerely believe the world is flat, but that only makes me sincerely wrong.

Truth is trans-cultural. Being raised in a given cultural doesn’t make their beliefs true. For example being raised a Nazi doesn’t make Nazism true. One’s attitude doesn’t change the truth. Objective truth can’t be denied.

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