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Summary: TAME THE TONGUE (JAMES 3)

TAME THE TONGUE (JAMES 3)

When Alibaba’s 54-year old founder Ma Yun two days ago announced that he has started the process of "passing the Alibaba torch" to current chief executive officer Daniel Zhang, who is due to take over as chairman of the board in one year's time — on Sept. 10, 2019, to coincide with Alibaba's 20th anniversary, had been a decade in the planning and has helped shape Alibaba into the multibillion-dollar e-commerce giant it is today.

Ma said, "We all knew that no one could stay with the company for 102 years. No one can shoulder the responsibilities of chairman and CEO forever. The teacher in me feels extremely proud of our team, our leadership and our unique mission-driven culture, as well as the fact that we continue to develop exceptional business leaders and professional talent like Daniel Zhang. Teachers always want their students to exceed them, so the responsible thing to do for me and the company to do is to let younger, more talented people take over in leadership roles so that they inherit our mission 'to make it easy to do business anywhere.

I also want to return to education, which excites me with so much blessing because this is what I love to do.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/10/alibaba-jack-ma-appointment-of-daniel-zhang-offers-leadership-lesson.html

Teacher, his tongue and his thoughts. The man, his mess and maturity.

Be Stellar in Selection

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward

Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers are more costly. Bob Talbert

A bad teacher presents the truth, a good teacher helps to find it.

Adolp Diesterweg

The good teacher makes the poor student good, and the good student superior.

A good teacher is like a a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.

A good teacher offers practice, a good teacher offers theories. Anthony de Melo

There are three reasons to be a teacher: June, July and August.

One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world. Malala

Yousafzai

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Ps 19:7

Doris said, “Don’t just teach; be a mentor!”

If you ask my wife what was the turning point in my life besides salvation and marriage, she would say, The day I started teaching in seminary. It opened the door to publication, mentoring and

Teachers can also be translated as “master,” which is the majority translation for the word (Matt 8:19), but it does not mean a school teacher in this context, because without teachers there would be no learning, no education or ideas. In the early church the office, title or role of the teacher is revered, respected and recognized (1 Cor 12:28, Eph 4:11), of which Barnabas is one (Acts 13:1). Unfortunately, “many” (v 1) or not a few but quite a lot were merely drawn to the power, privilege, prestige, position and popularity.

What’s so bad about being a master? A good teacher must be accountable or answerable for his belief but also behavior, not only in deeds but disposition, not only in teaching but in his testimony. I can only think of the price, precaution and payback of getting a bad teacher, including one who is immoral, immature, impatient , impulsive, inflated, insincere, incompetent , impractical, imprudent, and intimidating.

Judged (v 1) means damnation (Mark 12:40) or condemnation (Luke 23:40), and “more strictly/greater” condemnation, although not the same word in English, refers to the scribes (Luke 20:46-47) who desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts.

Stumble (v 2, We all stumble in many ways) means we are not immune, invulnerable or inoculated from a moral, a mental, a marginal sin. It could be a misstep, a mistake or a mistreatment. It does not say stumble against God or others, but very well a self-made, self-imposed or self-reproach stumble,” which is translated in RSV as “makes many mistakes.”

Verse 2’s (Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check) “perfect” has to do with time or the end, but “keep” is from “bridle + “lead,” tasks. No one is free from troubles, temptation and trials. There is always a blot, a blemish, a blooper or a blunder. After all there is nobody who is flawless, faultless and fallible - immaculate, impeccable or ideal. None of us free from immaturity, idiocies, imprudence insolence, ignorance and at times irrationality. Son let us take serious, sacred and stock of the importance of teaching.

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