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On Sunday, August 18, I had the privilege of being a part of the dedication service for the new building at First Baptist Church, Lewisville. In his message, Pastor Stephen Hatfield talked about the church and the need for a hard reset. He compared this to the computer, iPad, or iPhone which would return the device to the original factory settings from a hard reset. I was reminded that each of us needs to periodically be reset. We sometimes forget about the basics. We forget about things that we must do to remain effective and sharp in our own ministries.
Based on this premise, Dr. Howard Hendricks, a long-time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, interviewed 246 men in full-time ministry who experienced personal moral failure within a two-year period of each other. These men started their ministries strong but did not finish well. His research revealed four challenges that every man must address:
While these practices are directed to men who are ministers, they are also applicable to all those who serve in the kingdom of God. Each person should take time alone to evaluate and determine if it is time for a hard reset. New habits must be developed, implemented and adhered to. It is my prayer that we strive to be found faithful and good servants in the kingdom of God.
For Further reading on this subject check out the book Finishing Strong by Steve Farrar.