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An excerpt of Pastor Parsons' article Remember Your Leaders:

 

Remember Your Leaders

 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. 18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. (Hebrews 13:7-8, 17-18)

            This portion of Scripture recently served as one of our readings in a service. It was a service focused on having good, Godly leaders over God’s flock. There was a strong emphasis that the shepherds God uses to tend his flock live and teach according to his will. This, coupled with sharing the true message of Scripture, is an amazing blessing, but can also be taxing on us pastors and other leaders in the church.

            Of course, we must speak the Law as needed, but praise God, we also must speak the Gospel! And not only that, we must live according to it, too! As leaders, we are

called especially to be above reproach. (1 Timothy 3:2) This is difficult at times, because just like all of you, every one of us is also a sinner.

            But, also like every one of you, we have heard God’s call to repent and to know the full righteousness that Christ has made ours! We rejoice in the work God has called us to do and take pleasure in the life he has called us to live.

And note Paul’s encouragement to you, the flock, that helps us to joyfully carry out our duties. 17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. We pray that our work will always be a joy. And it usually is. It’s a wonderful blessing to have the opportunity to serve you, to work with you, and to grow with you in faith.

As I and other pastors carry out the work God has in store for us, we ask that you would continue to pray for us. Pray for our well-being, both physical and spiritual. Pray for the work we do. Pray for that we may always find joy in service to God.

                                                                                                In Christian love,

                                                                                          Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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