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Risk and Reward

Risk and Reward
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My Dear Shepherds,

One time a large and wealthy church invited me to interview for a senior pastor role. My good friend attended the church so I called him and asked (facetiously), “If I was pastor there would I have a Mercedes in my driveway?” “Yes,” he replied, “till the Elders left.”

Pastors have always wryly observed that we didn’t get into this for the money. Maybe money doesn’t pose a temptation for you, but all of us are susceptible to covetousness—wanting what others have. Paul’s last words to his beloved Ephesian elders were:

I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:33-35)

I think I was most prone ...

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