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Don’t be a man pleaser

Found this quote on the blog Ministry Best Practices

An unhealthy dependence on people for affirmation traps us in a horrible prison. The Bible calls this dependence “the fear of man”. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25). The apostle Paul speaks of the same trap as “trying to win the approval of men” (Galatians 1:10). Jesus called it loving “praise from men more than praise from God” (John 12:43). In more colloquial terms, my spiritual father, Jack Miller, referred to it as “being an approval suck.” Being controlled by the “fear of man” is to make people, rather than God, our delight-our great delight.

-Scotty Smith, Objects of His Affection, Coming Alive to the Compelling Love of God

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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