Archive | May, 2009
Great perspective on church growth from Craig at Lifechurch.tv. It’s not all about the numbers…read and enjoy!
“I will never be satisfied with a church filled only with people who know Christ. God longs for the “lost to be found.” But for years I found the greatest joy in more people coming to church.
Today, I’m redefining success to not just more people, but different people.
A few years ago, our church was experiencing record crowds of people. But we also had many people who’d been with us for years falling into major sins.
We seemed to be effective at getting people into Church, but were we truly getting people into Christ?
I’ve been set free from being totally driven by attendance. Instead I’m asking God to take those we have into a deeper place of intimacy and knowledge of Christ. I’d rather have fewer and totally committed believers than a large number of lazy, apathetic, carnally minded and unproductive cultural Christians.”
This song has been out for some time now, but I really appreciate the message in the lyrics. In the present world when everything seems to suggest get it bigger, taller, more grand, better than everyone else, climb the corporate ladder, don’t have quality family time, it’s ok to cheat, slip, dip, or whatever your mind tells you to do; this song puts a different perspective on life.
Listen and enjoy!
After nearly 48 hours of being homeless there are a few thoughts that I want to capture a few thoughts before this process ends.
1. I will be more thankful about all that I have. My problems are bite-size compared to what some families are going through.
2. The next time a drive by a shelter or soup ,i’ll remember not to complain about what I have to eat in a pantry full house.
3. The next time I want too complain about waiting in a long time at the doctor’s office. I’ll be more grateful that have access to quality healthcare that isn’t predicated on where I’ve been residing the past few days.
4. The next time I’m at a family cook out, I’ll be mindful that some people have to wait 2-3 hours everyday just to get a meal.
5. The next time I decide to stay in the house when it’s raining too hard. I’ll remember having to stand on the side of the Catholic church to avoid not getting wet.
My heart is saddened that I only have about 17 more minutes before all of this experience will be over.
Will you pray for every homeles person now that God will bless them with all of the wisdom, resources, connections that are needed for them to MOVE FORWARD in a more fruitful way of living?
If you’re not going to pray what will you do moving forward?
Picture by Handcanons
I’ve been reading Kevin Carroll’s book “The Rules of the Red Rubber Ball.” You may be asking what does this have to do with homelessness, well you have to get the book.
Below is a clip about Kevin that you can watch. Also several thought provoking questions from his book that I find very inspirting.
1. What would you do for free?
2. What activities enthrall you?
3. What in life do you find irresistible, a source of inspiration, a reason to get out of bed?
4. What dream do you chase?
5. What topics do you love to discuss and ponder?
6. What’s your primal source of joy?