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You know, for pastors, ministry is a series of good news and bad news. Listen to these scenarios:


Good news: You baptized seven people today in the river.

Bad news: You lost two of them in the swift current.


Good news: The Women’s ministry voted to send you a get-well card.

Bad news: The vote passed 21-20.


Good news: The Deacons accepted your job description the way you wrote it.

Bad news: They were so inspired by it, they formed a search committee to find somebody capable of filling the position.


Good news: Mrs. Jones is wild about your sermons.

Bad news: Mrs. Jones is also wild about soap operas, the “Gong show” and the “Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”


Good news: The women’s softball team finally won a game.

Bad news: They beat your men’s softball team.


Good news: Church attendance rose dramatically the last three weeks.

Bad news: You were on vacation.


Good news: Your deacons want to send you to Holy Land.

Bad news: They are stalling until the next war.

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