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Farewell Message from Pastor Wells

Paul’s farewell sermon to the Ephesian elders is a moving description of what it means to be a pastor—and (I say it humbly) you almost need to be a pastor to understand.  He talks about trials (Acts 20.18-19), about faithfulness in preaching (vv. 20-21), about purity and selflessness (vv. 33-35). He talks about uncertainties and hardships that lie ahead (vv. 22-23), and his heart desire to finish strong (v. 24).  And then—and here our emotions begin to rise—he speaks the unwelcome truth: I know that none of you . . . will see my face again (v. 25). Thus the...

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Bad Battle Plans

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words. Proverbs 23:9     The press has a field day when Christian leaders fall.  And sometimes when they stand.   Some twenty years ago, a raft of ministries and denominations called for a boycott of Disney for promoting the homosexual agenda.  The media loved it—self-righteous hayseeds have decided to boycott Mickey Mouse!  The boycott never had any teeth, and a decade later it all ended.  Homosexual groups hailed its demise as “a victory for our community.”   There was no scandal here, just well-intentioned believers attempting to speak truth...

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