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On Not Dying A Pastor (via Alistair Bain)

From Alistair Bain, reflections on pastoral life flowing from the life of Muhammad Ali:

I hear some church leaders say things like “it’s better to burn out than rust out” and “there’s no such thing as retirement for a preacher” or “preach until you drop” and I think I know what they are saying. They want to make sure that pastors in their twilight don’t become self-centred shell-collectors who are putting down their crosses and taking up their travel guides.
But I want to say that sometimes people need to stop. And they need to be allowed to stop. Even when it looks as though they have decades left in them.
Sometimes pastors need to be told that it’s OK to retire and to find contentment in being a quiet, encouraging member of a local church. Someone who sweeps the paths on a Saturday, pours the coffee on a Sunday, prays for his family and his neighbours and his church each morning, reads the paper every day, spends time in the garden each afternoon, preaches rarely, if ever, and leaves the running of churches, and “the church” to others. I can’t think of anything wrong with a life that looks like that.

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Arrogance arrives. Humility is pursuit. (via Leadership Freak)

“Leaders who pursue humility are always just beginning, regardless of their attainment.”
More at Leadership Freak.

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Come Ye Sinners – Sunday Songs

This version of Come Ye Sinners by Fernando Ortega and Amy Grant has more verses than those featured below.
It’s a really solid song.
“In the arms of my dear Saviour
O there are ten thousand charms.”

Some of the lyrics:
Come ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love, and pow’r.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Ev’ry grace that brings you nigh.
Come ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.
Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 17

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 17

Q & A 61
Q Are all they saved who hear the gospel, and live in the church?
A All that hear the gospel, and live in the visible church, are not saved; but they only who are true members of the church invisible.*1

Q & A 62
Q What is the visible church?
A The visible church is a society made up of all such as in all ages and places of the world do profess the true religion,2 and of their children.3

Q & A 63
Q What are the special privileges of the visible church?
A The visible church has the privilege of being under God’s special care and government;4 of being protected and preserved in all ages, notwithstanding the opposition of all enemies;5 and of enjoying the communion of saints, the ordinary means of salvation,6 and offers of grace by Christ to all the members of it in the ministry of the gospel, testifying, that whosoever believes in him shall be saved,7 and excluding none that will come unto him.*8

Q & A 64
Q What is the invisible church?
A The invisible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the head.*9

Q & A 65
Q What special benefits do the members of the invisible church enjoy by Christ?
A The members of the invisible church by Christ enjoy union and communion with him in grace and glory.*10

*1 John 12:38-40; Romans 9:6; Matthew 22:14; Matthew 7:21; Romans 11:7.
*2 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 15:9-12; Revelation 7:9; Psalm 2:8; Psalm 22:27-31; Psalm 45:17; Matthew 28:19-20; Isaiah 59:21.
*3 1 Corinthians 7:14; Acts 2:39; Romans 11:16; Genesis 17:7.
*4 Isaiah 9:5-6; 1 Timothy 4:10.
*5 Psalm 115:1-2, 9; Isaiah 31:4-5; Zechariah 12:2-4, 8-9
*6 Acts 2:39, 42.
*7 Psalm 147:19-20; Romans 9:4; Ephesians 4:11-12; Mark 16:15-16.
*8 John 6:37.
*9 Ephesians 1:10; Ephesians 1:22-23; John 10:16; John 11:52.
*10 John 17:21; Ephesians 2:5-6; John 17:24.