Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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It’s troubling to see a gifted and talented leader give up a lifetime of ministry for a moment of temptation. We all face temptation, and saying no is not always easy. None of us as leaders will escape this challenge. But how you handle your temptation will determine, to a great degree, the effectiveness and longevity of your ministry.

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Last summer I spent a couple thousand dollars cutting down and stump grinding nine trees that I spent hundreds of dollars planting about ten years ago. Seems dumb I know. But sometimes that’s what it takes both in your landscape and in your church.

Perhaps you’ve seen these trees, they are called Cryptomeria. They grow extremely fast and easily reach 35-40 feet and more with a 20 foot spread at the bottom.

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You can have anything you want, just not everything you want. That’s the mantra our staff hear me say every year as we begin the process of budget construction. It’s a true statement, and yet loaded with tensions.

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I was returning from San Diego to Atlanta. Having arrived at the airport early, I decided to get some work done. I was in search of two things. First, a wall socket to plug into so I didn’t drain the battery in my laptop and end up unable to work on the 4-hour flight home. I was willing to sit anywhere if I could have an outlet, including the floor. The second thing I was in search of was a chocolate chip cookie. The cookie I quickly found. However, I made the mistake of reading the label of ingredients. It contained 38 grams of sugar! What?! I’m proud to tell you that I ate less than half! But I couldn’t find a wall outlet anywhere.

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