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  • Practice Proverbs 4:23. Solomon went from being the wisest man on earth to history's biggest fool because he failed to heed his own counsel: "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of life." Leaders must guard against parchedness and pollution, and bring to discernment purity.
  • Practice Proverbs 17:22. "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Though discernment is serious business, it is no gloomy enterprise. Leaders must approach it with joy and expectancy.

We strive to incorporate these principles into our discernment process. Do we get it right all the time?

Of course not. Do we often reach decisions that "seem right to us and the Holy Spirit?" (Acts 15:28).

Every day.

Mark Buchanan is pastor of New Life Community Church in Duncan, British Columbia.

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Mark Buchanan is pastor of New Life Community Baptist Church in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada.

From Issue:Ministry's Core, Fall 2012 | Posted: December 3, 2012

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inayatkhan

December 04, 2012  8:37pm

most respected sir "I CAN ONLY SURMISE WHENEVER THE GOD'S PRANKISHNESS IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE AS YOU SAY IT WILL BEAR FRUIT ELSE IT IS ONLY GUESSWORK--TILL THEN THE BEST YOU CAN DO IS TO I AM AT A LOSS TO EVEN THINK

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Charley Blom

December 04, 2012  3:06pm

Mark Buchanan is one of my favorite authors. great article on discernment. i agree it is central to the life of a pastor. i also like his focus on our character as an issue in discernment. Charley Blom, Genesee Home

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Ed Flamboe

December 04, 2012  2:38pm

Your PRACTICE - PRACTICE - PRACTICE - PRACTICE is quite good, and gives a shepherd leader a real focus. May I also suggest he three phases of Pray, Discover, and Obey from Officers Christian Fellowship. Check it out at www.ocfusa.org.

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