The Fishing Story

Pastor and I used to fish quite often.  At times we actually caught fish.  Fishin’ when there was time in his schedule; usually on Tuesdays since that was his day off.  Suited me.  We even named it “Typical Tuesday”.
. . . “Another Typical Tuesday?,” one of us would say and the other would follow with a time,
“How ’bout 6:30?  We can try to wake them up as the sun rises.”
“Sounds good to me.”
“I’ll pick you up.”

We always had a great time.  Even a little sprinkle did not dampen our spirits.  Thunder storms always put a real big K-I-N-K in the plans, though.

Of course when the haul wasn’t too big we would remind each other that, “the active feeding time for catching the most fish would be on Sunday morning.”  You know, just the time we were not able to get out on the water because of our impeccable attendance at church.

. . .Kinda wondered if he might “put a line” in a sermon about how many we caught, or more likely, how many we did not catch, which might be embarrassing.  Truthfully, I have been relieved that none of this “zero-catch stuff” has been declared from the pulpit for all to hear, and thereto, for all to comment upon when the urge might hit them.  Usually at inappropriate times as when a person, I will not mention any names, is trying to make themselves look good.  But, I am glad that has NEVER happened to me. . . Continue reading “The Fishing Story”

60-Years

Today I turn 60.

Actually, 60 doesn’t bother me.  But the idea that a 70th birthday is less than a dozen years away catches my attention.

I see an Earth that belongs to the Lord in all its fullness!  I see a God that set the stage — the Universe — in all of its vastness, splendors, wonders, and I know God made us to question and appreciate it.  From all of the supernovas and SMBH’s ( that is, Super Massive Black Holes); down to the dirt beneath our feet and our shoes touching blades of grass.  And God made a creature, humans, as like to Himself.  Male and female to somehow be like God.  Having an intelligence and the ability to question why and  how things are.  Like a child taking apart a toy watches to see what makes it “tick”; adults still seek how and why.

It’s easy to say that God has been there the whole time.  Even times I didn’t realize that He was masterfully crafting people and events: molding me, effecting my internal struggles as I was trying to make sense of life.  God who cares for people, all of us, but again singly as the one-and-only individual you are.  Remember that during the tough times.  God loves you!

In my late teens and 20’s I knew the answers needed for life.  Then ambling along in my 30’s, I realized I did not even know all the questions.  As time goes on you will see and understand more.  Each day is a given blessing with events and happenings to help you to grow.  Welcome the growth.

I would tell you younger people to follow your dreams.  But do not just fly off on your own, but tether your dreams to reality.  And find a confidant or two to share with and obtain guidance from their wisdom.

As you grow older share your experiences and “wisdom”.  Seek to be a mentor, although it be tougher than you might passively think it would be.  Teach, share the wisdom.  Then teach it again.  Have patience.  Humans are trainable, and we need to guide each other.

Have a Merry Christmas however you celebrate it.

It’s fun to think everybody in the whole world gets a gift on my birthday. 🙂 🙂 🙂
(Not because of me, though).

And a great 2018!

Jeff

 

 

Illation on Leaders 4

Illation on Leaders 4, December 2017

Consider Paul’s Concepts of our Faith as presented in the Book of 1st Corinthians

I calibrate how the church should define itself by using scripture, prayer, meditation, and study.  In contemplating the roles of leadership in the church, I have been looking for verses in the New Testament Letters, searching for offices, duties, and topics; to gather information and, therefore patterns and inferences that can be gleaned.

Going book by book, 1st Corinthians, alone, amounted to more than 2,000-words. Continue reading “Illation on Leaders 4”

Illation on Leaders 3

Illation on Leaders 3, November 2017

Meditate on the Leadership positions:

Apostle

Prophet

Pastor

Teacher

Evangelist

Leader

Deacon

Elder

Overseer

Shepherd

Bishop

 

Other positions to kick around (not necessarily Biblical):

Counselor – various kinds

Cardinal

Pope

Father

Music Director

Father

Mentor

Illation on Leaders 2

Illation on Leaders 2, November of 2017

Now to negate some of the first post on this topic.

While Leaders are to be servants, God has certainly given Leaders the right to make decisions and give instructions.

Give some thought to:

  • What kinds of decisions are shown in the New Testament texts
  • Is there a strict hierarchy of power
  • How does the Holy Spirit figure in
  • How do we evaluate a person’s leadership skills

Jeff

 

Illation on Leaders

Illation on Leaders 1 – October of 2017

I am seeking to review the New Testament verses teaching about Leadership in the church.  I have realized my assumptions, however dear they are to me, are not organized enough to begin a detailed writing.  In creating space for writing these thoughts, I am critically asking:

“Why?  Why do I hold these assumptions?”

Unraveling and sorting them for this blog requires more organization and details.  Read through Paul’s letters picking out verses that talked about aspects of Leadership: Titles (Pastor Deacon, etc.) and job descriptions (duties).  But I soon captured more tags:  a leader’s character, relationships to other people or positions, demeanor.

So I gathered, as I read through each letter, a list of verses bearing a pertinent aspect of leadership.  After reviewing a good chunk Continue reading “Illation on Leaders”