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The Best Advice I've Received

The man who led me to Christ in 1936 became my pastor, and at a time when nobody talked about discipleship, he discipled me through two years of college and three of seminary.

Once when discussing the pastor's administrative responsibility, he gave me this counsel: "Use ideas like seeds, not bullets."

When you have a good idea, plant it in the hearts of a few people and be patient as it grows there. Later, at some official meeting, one of those people will likely present that idea as though it were his own, which puts you in the enviable position of supporting a great idea with all your influence without it seeming a personal crusade.

The only price you pay: someone else gets credit for your good idea.

-Richard C. Halverson

Chaplain, United States Senate

Washington, D.C.

My preaching professor, Gwyn Walters, was reviewing a video taped sermon I'd preached to the class. I'd worked hard on the manuscript, and the tape clearly showed my dependence on it.

Carefully commending my preparation, he then ...

April
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