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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 5, 2000
Life will sometimes hand you a magical moment. Savor it.
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
THE PASTOR'S PLIGHT - Author Unknown
The pastor of a church is in a precarious position; he can't please everyone! It has been said:
If he is young, he lacks experience; if his hair is grey, he's too old for the young people.
If he has several children, he has too many; if he has no children, he's setting a bad example.
If he preaches from his notes, he has canned sermons and is too dry; if he doesn't use notes, he has not studied and is not deep.
If he is attentive to the poor people in the church, they claim he is playing to the grandstand; if he pays attention to the wealthy, he is trying to be an aristocrat.
If he suggests changes for improvement of the church, he is a dictator; if he makes no suggestions, he is a figurehead.
If he uses too many illustrations, he neglects the Bible; if he doesn't use enough illustrations, he isn't clear.
If he condemns wrong, he is cranky; if he doesn't preach against sin, he's a compromiser.
If he fails to please somebody, he's hurting the church and ought to leave; if he tries to please everyone, he is a fool.
If he preaches about money, he's a money grabber; if he doesn't preach spiritual giving, he is failing to develop the people.
If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation; if he drives a new car, he is setting his affection on earthly things.
If he preaches all the time, the people get tired of hearing one man; if he invites guest speakers, he is shirking his responsibility.
If he receives a large salary, he's mercenary; if he receives only a small salary, well-it proves he isn't worth much anyway.
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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
DICTIONARY OF MEDICAL TERMS (A - D)
Part 1 of 3 [May 5, 16, 26]
Compiled by WITandWISDOM(tm) 2000
Anti-Body . . . against everyone
Artery . . . study of paintings
Bacteria . . . back door to a cafeteria
Barium . . . what to do when treatment fails
Benign . . . what we want when we are eight
Bowel . . . letters like A E I O or U
Caesarean Section . . . a district in Rome
Cardiology . . . advanced study of poker playing
Carpal . . . someone with whom you drive to work
Cat scan . . . searching for ones lost kitty
Cauterize . . . made eye contact with her
Chiropractor . . . an Egyptian doctor
Colic . . . sheep dog
Coma . . . punctuation mark
Congenital . . . friendly
D/C . . . where Washington is
Dilate . . . to live long
Do you have a "medical term" that could be added to the section A - D? Mailto:Richard@witandwisdom.org?subject=Medical_Terms
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Having lost weight over the past few years, I was discarding things from my wardrobe that no longer fit. My seven-year-old niece was watching as I held up a huge pair of slacks.
"Wow," I said. "I must have worn these when I was 183."
My niece looked puzzled, then asked, "How old are you now?"
By Judy R. Steel
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) www.readersdigest.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
A 1991 INTERDENOMINATIONAL SURVEY OF PASTORS
by Fuller Institute
90 % of pastors work more than 46 hours a week.
80 % believe pastoral ministry has affected their families negatively.
33 % say that being in the ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
75 % report a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
50 % feel unable to meet the needs of the job.
90 % feel they were inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands.
70 % say they have a lower self-image than when they started in the ministry.
40 % report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
70 % do not have someone they consider a close friend.
From "Partners in Prayer," by John Maxwell, p. 80