Christian, you’ve been enlisted  

The letter of 2 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy, a younger gospel worker.  Paul was in a dungeon in Rome because of his faith in Jesus and awaiting execution.  Paul’s final instruction was to encourage Timothy to devote his life to the communication of the glorious gospel about Jesus, despite any hardship, suffering or persecution.

The Apostle Paul said that Timothy, and by implication all those in gospel ministry, should be like soldiers.

Interestingly, according to Forbes magazine, these are the top 5 most stressful jobs:

  1. Enlisted military personal: soldiers
  2. Fire Fighter
  3. Airline Pilot
  4. Police Officer
  5. Event co-ordinator

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Six reasons not to serve in ministry in 2018

Before you sign up as a volunteer at your local church, please consider these sobering thoughts from 2 Timothy 2.

The letter of 2 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy, a younger gospel worker.  Paul was in a dungeon in Rome because of his faith in Jesus and awaiting execution.  Paul’s final instruction to Timothy was to encourage Timothy to devote his life to the communication of the glorious gospel about Jesus, despite any hardship, suffering or persecution.

Here are 6 reasons, according the Apostle Paul, not to serve in ministry in 2018:

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Gospel ministry probably isn’t for you

Last words are important.

It’s a common and good practice to have a Last Will and Testament where you express how, after your death, you want your assets to be distributed and any other instructions that are important to you.

It was surprising when a Manhattan woman who died in 2015 left R1.4 million to her 32 cockatiels, her cat and her dog, along with specific instructions on how her beloved birds should be fed – which included popcorn.

However, that’s small-fry compared to a German-Shepherd named Gunther (a dog!), who was bequeathed R1.2 billion from his owner, a countess, when she died in 1991.

Your last words can tell a lot about you, your priorities and your concerns.

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What I learnt at the clergy conference

REACHSA logoAs an ordained minister in REACH SA (Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa) I was invited to our clergy conference from 13-16 April 2015.  We had the privilege of having Phillip Jensen from Australia as our speaker.  Phillip’s expositions in 2 Corinthians about the church and ministry were very helpful and encouraging.  Below is a summary of some things I learnt.

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