Do You Understand?, Pastor Randy Reed July 15, 2012

– story of a young telegraph operator
– things of interest about this story:
  – this young man was not the FIRST one there.
  – there were probably men with higher qualifications.
  – there may have been men who were better dressed.
  – maybe they were comparing themselves among themselves, and touting their own qualifications.
  – maybe each one was telling the other why he deserved the job.
  – maybe they were arguing about who was right and who was wrong for the position.
Mark 8:13-18 (NKJV), Mark 8:16-19 (The Message)
– a few things you shold know – we are blessed to have Pastor Phillip and Susan.
– How to honor and bless your pastor (1 Tim. 5:17-18)
  1. do the basics consistently – give gifts without strings
  – time – the most expensive thing on earth
    – shows you place value when you spend time at church
    – when you’re present at church physically, be present mentally as well
  – talent – the most unused thing on earth
    – get engaged with what God is doing here
  – treasure – the most mis-used thing on earth
    – where your treasure is, there your heart is also (Matt. 6:21)
  2. let go of the unrealistic expectations
  – bless pastors by allowing them to spend time with their own families
  3. love the pastor’s wife – give her the gift of kind words and the freedom to flourish in the church
  4. don’t assume other people are encouraging their pastor.
  – don’t forget that direct communication is more meaningful than posting on Facebook or Twitter.
  5. keep studying how best to bless your pastor