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The Shepherd And The Sheep
by Bro. Zane Estis

1101 North Union Road
Dayton, Ohio 45417

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Fall Revial 2015
Pastor & Sister Hurst

INTEGRITY & RUBIES--Bro. Aaron Maggard

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 31:10-11 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. From the homes we are building to the clothes we wear, the bling often takes the focus. I was in conversation with a pastor in the area who has a background in construction. As we talked about the trade we agreed that the craftsmen of old is gone. Build it fast and build with flash. The integrity of the build has been forgotten. Cheap materials with shiny finishes What we wear is often the same. They know that by next season, the style will change and a new sale will be anticipated. Again the decision is made, make it cheap and make it flashy! In my resent studies on business it has been stated numerous times that among the traits found most often in the uber successful, extreme integrity is at the top of the list. Rubies have always been held in the highest esteem. For years they have been used in everything from armor to foundations. The ruby is one of the four precious stones and is fittingly just slightly less hard then a diamond. Strong but not too strong… We at Union Rd. have been blessed with both of these. We have a pastor who is well studied, and that is extremely valuable. I think we all agree that his preaching is second to none and I don’t refer to the quantity of words but the quality. His true compassion for his flock is without question, but I can honestly say that while I see these traits on display at every service, it is not the true description of who he is.. These traits are but a result of that true character that drives him, Integrity! His wife also is a true gem. He would no doubt argue that, as the scripture implies, his ability to trust in her is the secret ingredient to his ministry. Who knows, he may even say she ornaments his ministry. Again we as a church are blessed. “She worketh willingly with her hands”, “she bringeth her food” “She riseth also while it is yet night,” “her candle goeth not out by night.” This list could go on but consider verse 20.. “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” Compassion. Yep, True Compassion. We see clearly what they do for us. Their love for us is without question. From giving of their family time to counsel someone in need to canceling vacation for tragedies in our lives. From answering the midnight calls for prayer to celebrating in our moments of joy. They are true pastors in every sense of the word. Bro. & Sis. Hurst, today we say a collective “Thank You” For those nights when we interrupt your sleep and are too broken or sick to say it, we thank you. For the times you have missed or been late for Sunday lunch to counsel us, we thank you. For the times you were patient with us as we shared our burdens not seeing the burden you bore, we thank you. For the time you sacrificed your family time to be with our family, we thank you. For the vacations you cut short because a life was cut short, we thank you. For being you we thank you. For integrity and for rubies we thank you.

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