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Lessons From My Mentor*
Insights From Ministry Health Subscribers, et. al.
Compiled and Edited by Thomas F. Fischer, MH Editor
Advice to the preacher: "Feed the sheep; not the giraffes."
"The most important thing a pastor can have is churchmanship.
Always be a churchman."
"You don't get a well-fed church from serving fast food."
"You reap what you sow...so sow carefully."
Paraphrased from St. Paul
"Success is getting up one more time than you are knocked
"You don't have to win every battle, just win the war."
"Just make it simple, pastor."
"When a counseling relationship is too enjoyable, get out of it
"To get results, you loosen the reins. The first time you try it,
it will scare the h_ll out of you."
Robert Waterman (From The Renewal Factor, p. 88)
"When others hurt, cry...but only with one eye."
"Nothing endures like change"
Heraclitus (500 BC)
"I once had a pastor who I sat under
during college tell me that 'the purpose of ministry is to bring people from where they
are to where God wants them to be.'"
"What will be will be good."
"'It is in the role of peacemaker that the lawyer has the greatest
opportunity.' If that is the lawyers greatest role, it goes double for the man of God.
Indeed, is it not in the role of peacemaker that the pastor has an even greater
opportunity?" (Isaiah 52:7)
Thomas Fischer (Based on a quote by Abraham Lincoln from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library)
"A hero is just an ordinary person placed in extraordinary
"Sometimes you got to eat crow."
"Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate
the people of God at every opportunity, in every way possible."
"When in doubt, don't."
"When on the peaks of life, change your direction; when in the
valleys, change yourself. Changing directions in the valley is almost always a
"Don't be scared of anyone God chooses. Teach men to walk in
the counsel of God and to learn the voice of God by going forward. Look for God
everywhere. Look for His hand stopping one thing and opening doors for
another. Try every door. Don't pursue anything at all if no one has a heart
for it. Allow any sincere disciple you have in your midst to have freedom to
offer help from what they feel God is showing them, and allow God to judge it, then act on
God's judgment, either continuing in that direction or backing off."
"In God's ministry there is no such thing as loss...only very
mysterious--and sometimes painful-ways to realize delayed gains."
"The race is not to the strong, the swift, or the beautiful; it is
for those who can persevere."
"Always be Faithful, faithful, faithful."
Rev. Ralph Fischer (MH Editor's Father)
"I regret my words more than my silences."
"Don't let the sun go down on your anger...twice. Sometimes people
need longer than just until sundown to cool off."
Speed Leas' commentary of Ephesians 4:26
"Only one Person could say, 'It is finished' and have it done
"The most important thing that matters in a leader is character.
Almost everything else can be taught."
"A pastor is a chaplain to those who were at the church prior to
his coming; to those who came after him he is their pastor."
"Shoot the guy who shoots the messenger."
New hireling to a Bank CEO:
"How did you get so wise?"
"By experience," my son.
"How does one get experience?" the hireling continued.
"By making mistakes."
*Sources for each quote indicated may be those from whom
quotation was first heard or the source of the submission.
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