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Building Hedges
McNair Wilson: Does there come a time when you feel like your walk with the Lord is such that a particular hedge you needed earlier in life is not so important now?
Jerry Jenkins: Sometimes. I don’t think it’s less important, but it might be easier to follow through on. It’s just not as much of a nuisance. You’re used to it. You know what the dangers are. For instance, one of the hedges is about not traveling or dining or meeting with a woman alone who is not related to me.
This is not a new one. It’s certainly not unique to me. Billy Graham has had this policy for years. Many Christian leaders have. But it becomes such a part of the fabric of how you live that it’s not like you’re always thinking about it and saying, “How are we going to maneuver and make this work?” It just becomes part of your life.
McNair Wilson: Did you have mentors, Jerry, early in life who helped you see the importance of boundaries?
Jerry: I think just knowing about Dr. Graham and his policy that was always impressive to me. From years ago, he had this policy where he never traveled alone, and there was always somebody with him to be able to say… If somebody said, “Well, I saw Mr. Graham with so-and- so,” they’d say, “No.” His traveling companion was with him. Even when his secretary would travel to the same city, they might be there for quite a while in the same hotel. They’d be on different floors. They’d never visit each other’s hotel room. You know, they had policies in place.
Then my own father. I think he didn’t have formal hedges. I don’t think he ever had them written down, but part of that was generational. That generation simply acted appropriately. They wouldn’t do anything untoward. The idea of my father driving to pick up a woman he is not related to at a bus station or a train station or an airport simply wouldn’t have happened. I don’t remember talking about it. It’s just he would take somebody with him, and it would be appropriate.

1 Timothy : Chapter 6
6)  But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7)  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8)  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9)  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10)  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. Final Charge to Timothy 11)  But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12)  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
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Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe.  For all other books…

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