From the Pulpit to the Pew

Thoughts from a Pastor

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God Bless

Pastor G.W. Riddell


Tips on Council

Today, I got to spend some time with my father, he is not only my father, but he is also my friend. He pastored the same church for 43 years and has been preaching the gospel for over 50 years. He has seen a lot come and go, he has been on the “mountain top” and has had to live in the valley, and through it all he has been a man who has constantly walked with God.  Needless to say I have a great deal of respect for him!

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Who will be your Timothy

He in not tech savvy, (he just recently got an email address), he knows nothing of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Google+, but he is a man of great wisdom, integrity,  and spiritual depth. Because he is the man that he is, I was able to get some valuable insight into ministry and life. As I reflected on the time we had together, I gathered some thoughts on seeking  council. 1. Seek council from someone who loves you and wants to see you succeed. These are the people that will be honest enough with you to help you and kind enough to say what needs to be said in love. 2. Seek council from someone that will challenge the status quo in your life, so embrace the change. Usually when someone is giving you council on how to improve, it has something to do with you as a individual. 3. Seek council from someone much older than you.  I usually like to get advice from individuals who are 25 to thirty years older than my self. They have lived long enough to see things long range, (both backward and forward vision) 4. Seek council from someone who is Biblically based.  This should actually be the first qualification. Ps. 1:1 tells us that the person who is blessed is the one who does not seek council from the ungodly. So the implication is that one is to seek council from the Godly. 5. Thank the individual who took time to speak into your life. Be specific in your gratitude, say something like, ” Thank you for taking time to invest in my life, your council on __________ was very helpful.” There are not too many things more valuable then having a “friend” that is willing to take time to invest in your life. When people spend the time to invest in your life, they are in many respects giving of their life to you, and life is not cheap no matter what some would say.