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11 Things to Say to your Congregation About the Ted Haggard Mess 1 Peter 2:1

A smart bomb exploded in Colorado Springs on Thursday and it's going to be a long time before the fallout settles. See my blog for some initial reactions (http://tmerril.blogs.com).

Below is a quick list of things that might help you to address this situation tomorrow on All Saints' Sunday.

God bless you in your ministry, and may you have the strength to stay "unspotted from the world" in these difficult times,

Blessings,
Timothy Merrill
Executive Editor
Homiletics


11 THINGS TO SAY TO YOUR CONGREGATION ABOUT THE TED HAGGARD MESS

1. We must pray for Ted Haggard and his family.

2. Temptation is a snare that can topple the strongest among us.

3. The burden of leadership is huge, and leaders can often feel alone and isolated.

4. The Lord's Prayer asks God to "lead us not into temptation." We are not called to be spiritual heroes. It's not like we are to say, "Hey, bring it on!"

5. When something like this happens, the world has every right to call us all a bunch of hypocrites.

6. We live in front of a watching world, and are held to a high standard.

7. On All Saints' Sunday, even Mr. Haggard is a saint, i.e. he has been set apart, as we all have, for God's work. It is a terrible...























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