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What do I study?

Preachers in general should study a lot and pray a lot but have you ever asked yourself, “I wonder what the preacher is studying?” Behavior. I study behavior. I am currently studying and thinking about my behavior. God wants me to be “conformed to the image of his son” (Romans 8:29). That’s behavior. I think God is more concerned with my “being” than with my “knowing.”

Now don’t misunderstand me – if I don’t “know” what is right, I cannot “be” right. Don’t fall into the trap that my behavior seems right. Remember, the writer of Proverbs warned, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Do you know what is right? Not what is right for you – but what is right according to God? Do you know what makes God happy or what makes God angry? King David wrote the following song to remind us of good behavior:

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. 6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

I want a joyful life. How about you?

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Pat

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