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Are We Mentoring the Young?

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Life ChangeI remember – in my younger days – watching my dad and the young men and women he trained along the way in his ministry. Many of them began as church hires – working with the youth – working with visitation – working with the general ministry of the church. Some came to our church as conference appointments. At Seat Pleasant (now Gethsemane) and Trinity in Annapolis – he had several young people enter the ministry through their joint ministries. I remember well these young people who were entering ministry and how my dad mentored them and gave them many opportunities to serve and learn. Several were at his funeral six plus years ago – others sent letters and cards expressing how much dad meant to them.

I remember the young men and women who came through the churches I have served and still serve. I even began as a young pastor myself. Being young is something I don’t have to worry about any longer. There is still time though to pass along some wisdom and insights in ministry to those who are beginning the journey. I have worked with numerous staff members over the years – several are now elders in our conference – and it has been a blessing. I have also used social media of late as a way to connect with other young pastors and have enjoyed working with others. I hope they have enjoyed our interactions as well. Continue reading

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Can We Remember When We Were Young?

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Can we remember when we were young? I had a dream the other night of when my wife and I first met – back when we were dating. Sunday – we sang a song that we sang in the Soul Searchers back in the day. I’m pretty nostalgic so the memory brought nice feelings.

Can we remember when we were young? As we age – memories from our younger days can bring back good or not so good memories. If we had a good childhood or young adult years – our memories might be good. I remember being in great shape when I was younger. I officiated sports year round and all of that activity kept me in good if not great shape. If I could return to the 1970’s – that would be one thing I would tell myself – to keep officiating sports or at least to remain active. That activity burned lots of calories. I even had a chance to be a profession baseball umpire. Continue reading

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Witnessing Our Faith

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Today I wanted to write about setting an witnessing our faith. Witnessing our faith is not about the words we say but the life we live. Actions often speak louder than words – you’ve heard that before – right?

Timothy was a young pastor – a product of Paul’s ministry. Paul was writing to him and those Timothy was leading to give him encouragement and teaching. Part of what Paul wrote we are using as our base passage in this morning’s devotional.

As Paul was telling Timothy to not let anyone look down on you because you are young – he also encouraged him to be a good witness. Think about these words for a moment this morning – set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. How do these words speak to us this morning? Continue reading

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1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

profileI remember watching my dad and the young men and women he trained along the way in his ministry.  Many of them began as church hires – working with the youth – working with visitation – working with the general ministry of the church.  Some came to our church as conference appointments.  At Seat Pleasant (now Gethsemane) and Trinity in Annapolis he had several young people enter the ministry through their joint ministries.  I remember well these young people who were entering ministry and how my dad mentored them and gave them many opportunities to serve and learn.  Several were at his funeral last fall or sent letters and cards expressing how much dad meant to them.

I remember the young men and women who came through the churches I have served and still serve.  Being young is something I don’t have to worry about any longer.  There is still time though to pass along some wisdom and insights in ministry to those who are beginning the journey.  I have worked with numerous staff members over the years – several are now elders in our conference – and it has been a blessing.  I have also used social media of late as a way to connect with other young pastors and have enjoyed working with others.  I hope they have enjoyed our interactions as well. Continue reading

July 30, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Young Christians Can Be An Example!

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

I can remember a season of my life when I took this passage to heart.  I received the call into ministry at a young age – when I was a rising senior in college.  I was serving a church that fall and since in some form or fashion as a pastor.  At 25 I was the sole pastor of a church while attending seminary.  At 25 – sitting by the beside of a 90 something person who was dying.  Trying to serve God and the people of that church even in my youth.

These words to a young pastor – Timothy – from Paul – no longer fit me as I am anything but young.  At 57 – 36 years after my call to ministry – I am seen as one of the older generation of 1st career pastors with 5-15 years of full-time ministry left depending on my health and God’s call and anointing.

Because I am no longer one of the young pastors in the conference – doesn’t mean that the rest of this passage doesn’t fit me – set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.  While Paul was encouraging Timothy to set an example that people could follow and praise God about instead of seeing his youth – all of us should model such a life.

I see this life or example in the lives of some young pastors and some young lay persons today.  Young Christians come in all shapes and sizes – but their love for Jesus is still clear.  When I read this passage I can think of several young men and women at Mt. Oak and others I know that set a good example for Christ.  Some of the young Christians I know set an example that some older Christians need to watch and emulate.  These young people take their relationship with Jesus seriously in their speech and life – showing it in love – faith and purity.  Their faith is real and authentic in their lives.  They look beyond some of the things that older people in some churches get hung up on like appearance and look at the heart – a heart for Christ.

How’s our walk with Jesus?  Whether we are old or young – a new Christian or a mature Christian – how’s our walk?  Are we walking out our relationship with Jesus in a way that will let our light so shine before others that they see Jesus in us? (Matthew 5:17) Or are we dimming the light of Christ by our failure to walk fully for Jesus?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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