Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 19:20Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be wise the rest of your life.

There is nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know it all. There is always more to learn and understand about life and ourselves. Get all the advice and instruction you can. Seek out sources that can help you. The beginning point is on your knees before God. The Word tells us that it is the Holy Spirit who instructs us in the things of God and gives us understanding. We must ask Him to open up our minds and hearts so that we can learn more about Him and his ways.

Listen to others who have walked the path upon which you are walking. We are surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses who can offer sound advice because they have already experienced what you are experiencing. They can forewarn you of the dangers that lie ahead so you can be prepared for them and avoid them. They can encourage you by giving you hope and confidence that it can be done.

Learn from your life experiences. Some lessons are best learned by our failures. We learn what not to do and more importantly, why not to do them. We learn that when we stumble and fall we didn’t know what we thought we knew. We learn that our strength to do what is right does not come from us, but it comes from Christ. We learn that there is so much more for us to learn as we endeavor to live lives that are pleasing to God.

Listen to God’s Word proclaimed. God gives his messengers insight into his Word and the authority to proclaim it. Tune in to the advice and instruction that God gives through them. Evaluate carefully what you hear in light of what the Spirit shows you in the Word of God. Then, when you hear what God is saying, seek to put it into practice in your life.

Listen and let the Lord instruct you on how to grow in your faith and knowledge of Him. If you do these things, you will be wise the rest of your life. And, in your wisdom, you will in turn be able to help those who follow in your footsteps.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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