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May I Ask You A Question? — Allan Pole

CESLM Monthly Blog Someone recently asked me what I thought they should do about a situation they faced. The answer seemed obvious to me, with several Bible passages coming to mind—which I had just shared with this person. I bit my tongue, resisting the urge to quote the Scripture and spoon-feed the answer. Instead, I […]

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Selective Speaking — Allan Pole

By Allan Pole, CESLM Board President King Solomon shares a great insight for relationships in Proverbs 9:8-9: “So don’t bother rebuking mockers; they will only hate you. But the wise, when rebuked, will love you all the more.  Teach the wise, and they will be wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn more.” You’ve […]

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Be Patient — Allan Pole

Be Patient By Allan Pole, CESLM Board President Be patient. I can’t count the number of times I’ve said this to others, and others to me. “I would have been a doctor, but I didn’t have the patience.” Ironically, not all doctors who have many patients, have a lot of patience. Several elderly church members […]

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Without a Passport

Keynote Speaker: D.H. Bud Fuchs (BS Ed; MA Ed) Bud and his wife Lois, live in Utah County, Utah. They are blessed with 4 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 10 grandchildren. Bud serves with North American Baptists Inc. as Cross-Cultural Trainer and in campus ministry with international students. He has been a pastor and missionary, reaching out to international […]

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Be Gentle — Allan Pole

Be gentle. I have said this often to young children when touching newborn babies or animals. It seems that we never outgrow the need for this occasional reminder. Paul the Apostle provides such a reminder.  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” —Ephesians 4:2 NIV A pastor was on […]

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Are You A Humble Person—Allan Pole

 Perhaps you know of a friend or family member with qualities that make them attractive, yet these qualities have nothing to do with appearance, talent, intelligence or wealth. The Apostle Paul describes three such qualities in Ephesians 4:2. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Let’s talk about the […]

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Be All There — Allan Pole

An obscure gardener died in a small town. His name was Hubert Bales, and he was one of the shyest men around. When he talked, he squirmed, blinked his eyes rapidly and smiled nervously. Hubert never ran in influential circles. He grew shrubs and trees, working with his hands the plot of land left by his father. He was anything […]

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An Open Door — Allan Pole

When a guest was received in Palestine 2,000 years ago the host performed certain courtesies.  There was the kiss of welcome.  Water was provided to wash the dust from his feet, and oil to anoint his head.  The guests would recline at the meal and there was free access for the passer-by to stop and […]

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An Open Heart — Allan Pole

I am, by nature, a shy introvert.  It’s not that I dislike people.  I wouldn’t want to live out the rest of my days in a cabin on a mountaintop.  However, I have been hurt and let down by people.  So much of leadership and making disciples rests in the hands of others who have […]

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Openness Starts Between the Ears — Allan Pole

Marty was touring Europe just as they were breaking down the Berlin Wall.  Wanting to get some historic pieces of the Wall, he headed for Berlin.  Because he found the hotels there beyond his means, he asked a young policeman if he knew of an inexpensive place where he could stay.  The policeman told Marty […]

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