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A FERVENT Church Member (2 of 4)
Series: The Handbook for Church Members
Pastor Steve N .Wagers
July 25, 2010
The PURPOSE that DEFINES our Work
The Priority of Finding It
The Pursuit of Following It
The PASSION that DESCRIBES our Work
God Deserves that we Do our Best
God Desires that we Be our Best
The PERIOD that DETERMINES our Work
One Chance to Take
One Choice to Make
1 Timothy 3:15
"…Thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
A professor, before handing out the final exam, stood before his class of organic biology students. He said to the students, "First, I want to say that it’s been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you all have worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school at the end of the summer. I know you are excited that the semester is over. So that no one gets their GPA messed up because you might have been celebrating a bit too much this week, anyone who would like to opt out of the final exam will receive a "B" for the class."
Many of the students clapped their hands and cheered and took the professor up on his offer. Those who took his offer, he dismissed from class. He looked at the handful that was left and said, "Anyone else? This is your last chance." A couple of more took him up on his offer. They were dismissed from class. He looked at the few that were left and said, "I’m glad to see that you believe in yourself. You all have "A’s."
All too often we settle for "B’s" when we could have "A’s." We often settle for the good rather than the best. As a Church or as a Christian, we should settle for nothing less than the best. God wants us to enjoy and experience the best. Now, if we are to have the best, there is a simple requirement. To have the best, we must give our best.
Abraham Lincoln said, "Whatever you are, be a good one. I do the very best I know how ...
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