“Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
By the Grace of God…
1. I will be an example in speech.
“The tongue has the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21
2. I will be an example in life.
“It is God’s will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations.”
3. I will be an example in love.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1Corinthians 13:1
4. I will be an example in faith.
“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.” Habakkuk 2:4
5. I will be an example in purity.
“Do you not know that you body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 1Corinthians 6:19, 20
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
“Everywhere preach the Gospel, and if necessary use words.”
Unknown (wrongly attributed to St. Francis)
"Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate"
William Arthur Ward
"Sometimes religion can be the greatest roadblock to true spirituality."
“Religion is man’s attempt at God; the Gospel is God’s attempt at man.”
"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
"A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves."
"If you don't have a sense of humor; you probably don't have any sense at all."
“Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly…Leave the rest to God”
“In real fellowship people experience authenticity. Authentic fellowship is not superficial, surface-level chit-chat. It is genuine, heart-to-heart, sometimes gut-level, sharing. It happens when people get honest about who they are and what is happening in their lives. They share their hurts, reveal their feelings, confess their failures, disclose their doubts, admit their fears, acknowledge their weaknesses, and ask for help and prayer.”
Toothpick – pick out the good qualities of others.
“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1Peter 3:8-9
Rubber Band – remember to be flexible.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purposes.” Romans 8:28
Band Aid – heal hurt feelings.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14
Pencil – list your blessings everyday.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
Eraser – remember everyone makes mistakes.
“But where sin increased grace increased all the more.” Romans 5:20
Motivation Stickers – remember to stick with it.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Candy Kisses – your words should always be filled with sweetness.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6
Tea Bag – relax daily.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Ibuprofen – expect headaches.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Noah: 120 years of preaching experience, but no converts
Moses: He stutters and his former congregation says he loses his temper a lot.
Abraham: We heard he got into trouble with the authorities, and tried to lie his way out.
David: Unacceptable moral character.
Solomon: Fails to practice what he preaches.
Elijah: Folds under pressure.
Hosea: Family life in shambles.
Jeremiah: Too emotional
John: Lacks tact, dresses like a hippie, and brings grasshoppers to potlucks.
Peter: Denied Christ publicly.
Paul: Too harsh and preaches far too long.
Timothy: Much too young.
Jesus: Tends to offend church members, too controversial.
Judas: Very practical, co-operative, good with money, cares for the poor, dresses well…We all agreed that he is just the man we are looking for!
A church had to hire a new pastor.
Over the protests of one vocal male member a woman was hired as the new senior pastor.
After the new pastor had been there a few weeks, a member of the congregation offered to take the new pastor fishing.
The vocal objector reluctantly agreed to allow them to use his boat and to go along.
The trio got into the boat and motored out on the lake.
When they got ready to fish, they realized that all their tackle had been left on the dock. One of the men commented that they would just have to go back and get it.
The new pastor said that wouldn't be necessary, and she got out of the boat and started walking across the water toward the dock.
The old grouch said, "See I told you we never should have brought her fishing.
She can't even swim!"
A pastor friend put sanitary hot air hand dryers in the rest rooms at his church and after two weeks took them out. I asked him why and he confessed that they worked fine but when he went in there he saw a sign that read, "For a sample of this week's sermon, push the button."
Mom and Dad were trying to console Susie whose dog, Skipper, had recently died. "You know," Mom said, "it's not so bad.
Skipper's probably up in Heaven right now, having a grand old time with God."
Susie stopped crying and asked, "What would God want with a dead dog?"