“Its the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien
Whats most difficult about reading the Bible daily is taking it off the shelf.
Conversely, I’ve started plenty… But sometimes I’ve not known how to finish.
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“Baptism is coming out of the closet for Christ.” – Rick Warren
I just experienced an incredible scene of genuine missional life. A young woman who works for Exponential, whose mother was baptized by Rick Warren many years ago, trusted in Christ as her Lord and Savior a week ago and requested that Rick baptize her. He did that here at Exponential Conference 2011.
4,000 of us sang “Jesus Paid it All” as a result… wow. Powerful.
This is true in our households as well as church. Whatever we celebrate in others gets reproduced.
Remember the last time you praised your child when they were first learning how to walk? Did you clap for them, say “Yay!” with an excited voice?
What about the last time your child obeyed you? Did you encourage and celebrate that?
If you’re a leader, what about the last time someone in your organization did something that which you have been directing or encouraging them to do? Did you celebrate them?
What gets celebrated in your household? your church? your neighborhood? your company?
I’m here at the Exponential Conference 2011 in Orlando, FL with my friends from Christ Fellowship and loving every minute of it! Beyond the workshops and main sessions we will be experiencing, I’m grateful and rejoicing in the time we have to reconnect. The only thing that would make this week better is if my family were with me!
Ok… Is Christian Protesting such as this, an example of The Church Offensive? Or is it The Offensive Church?
I’d say the latter. Although these brave people are bold and proactively taking action against evil, they are in fact, going about it in ways that not only bring shame upon other Christians, I wonder what God thinks of this style of aggressive evangelism.
Evangelism is sharing the good news the Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead with a person who does not yet believe in Him. It is most effective when it’s a conversation between two people, and usually not in a shouting match.
Does God “HATE” people who fit into categories outside of a Judeo-Christian morality?
What happened to “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).