by Ernest Easley

Three Musts for Every Minister
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
September 25, 2005

Jonah .. this ordination .. this setting you aside for full-time ministry began long ago ... 23 years ago when your Mother and I dedicated you to the Lord.

I know it has not been easy nor fair at times being a preacher's kid. But God has used all those experiences .. good and bad .. to teach you some things along the way. Discerning God's will for your life is not easy .. especially when you don't want to go into ministry because your Dad did.

In fact .. for that reason .. I seldom brought up the subject over the years not wanting to add any additional pressure. But I'm not surprised. You have always had a tender heart. You have your theology straight. You are passionate about ministry. You have a wonderful supportive wife. Your future is as bright as the promises of God. And as you keep your eyes on Jesus ... there is no limit to what you can do.

Now this afternoon ... I want to talk to you about your calling into ministry. Now I am a little further down the road than most of you. This past May I completed 20 years of pastoring. I served 5 years before pastoring as a Student Minister. So .. I am about 25 years further down the road than many of you.

Now if we were taking a road trip from South Carolina to California .. and the mileage was equal to 40 years ... that would put me .. let's say in Texas (about half way) and you in South Carolina .. right? Because you're just getting started.

Now being a courteous driver .. I would call back to you about any detours .. closed roads .. downed bridges .. or major pot holes that I come across so that you could avoid them and make your trip a little smoother.

That's what I want to do tonight. I want to call back having been traveling 25 years down the Ministry Highway and report back to you a few closed roads and major pot holes to avoid as you make your way my direction.

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