I had heard Pedro speak (I believe it was) last year, as a devotional speaker.

I liked him then, I like him now.

Also, I apologize for the scatterbrain-style note-taking – this is how I jot notes on my HTC 6800.  It’s more “stream-of-consciousness” than true notetaking.

Mea culpa.

  • Paul lived as though each day could be his last
    • Lived in absolute abandon
  • We need to be passionate about what we do
  • Conviction – with heart, with faith
  • Paul was passionate about the church, the Bride of Christ
  • I need to grow in the gift of exhortation
  • Paul tells us what time it is, & then what to do in that time
  • In light of Jesus’ soon return, it’s not time to disengage, but to engage
  • A good leader is a good follower
    • A shepherd is also himself a sheep
    • We would be foolish to ignore the wisdom of what has gone before
    • Not only look for Timothies, but also Pauls
    • We need to use wisdom in who we allow to speak into our lives
  • We (I) need the elder statesmen of the movement, & the Church at large
  • Take the time to thank those who do the work in the fellowship
  • “Ministry is the extreme sports of the Christian world. It’s for crazy people.”
    • It’s intense, pain-filled work
    • No room for lazy pastors that won’t give themselves to the last full measure to love the sheep
    • It is a labor of love – or it is nothing
    • We need to be involved with the sheep
  • We are not to lord it over the flock
    • Our authority – which is real – is for their growth, not our benefit
  • The true pastor labors for, loves, & serves the people
  • In one sense, ministry is always warfare
    • DEAL WITH IT.
  • Many times, we teach the what – but we need to teach the why.
  • We need to remember that not everybody is a pastor
    • So don’t get uptight when some don’t get it
    • Just keep plowing & serving & exhorting
  • A loving shepherd will warn those who need it
    • Firmly
    • But humbly & with a servant’s heart
  • God’s eyes are always on the timid & weak
    • …to love them
  • Be patient with all.
  • People will hurt you as a pastor – love them anyway – and don’t get a bad attitude
    • Watch out how we (I) respond when this happens
    • No, everybody does not have an agenda
    • Want to minister with the heart of Jesus?
      • Stop being paranoid
      • Love even (especially) when it hurts
  • NEVER retaliate
  • ALWAYS pursue what is good
    • Not just for yourself
    • But for all
  • Pursue the heart of Christ
  • Time is short – don’t lose focus!
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