So this is what draws people to a coffee shop. What draws people to church? Here are some questions I asked myself:
Just something to think about ...
The fear of failure limits our future.
Failure is not an option. It's an absolute necessity.
What works was often born out of something that did not work.
You Try... You Learn...You Fail...You Adjust.
Matthew 20:25-28You don't have to look far to see examples of how not to lead.
Jesus called them together and said,
“You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” --New Living Translation
- "...for most of us, it is far easier to accept God's forgiveness than it is to forgive ourselves."
- "We become so fixated on past mistakes that we forfeit future opportunities."
- "...if you focus all of your energy on past failures, you'll have no energy left over to dream kingdom dreams or pursue kingdom purposes." (let that one settle for a bit)
- "If you want to impact someone's life, love them when they least expect it and deserve it."
- When we put our faith in Christ, somehow our spiritual debits are transferred to Christ's account and His credits are transferred to ours.
- "Nothing is as freeing as confessed sin. Nothing is as isolating as a guilty secret."
- "Guilt has a shrinking effect. It shrinks our dreams. It shrinks our relationships. It shrinks our hearts. It shrinks our lives to the size of our greatest failures. Grace has the opposite effect."
They seem like basic questions, but given some serious thought and consideration, we could really create some effective goals and strategies to win kids and students to Jesus. There's a goal for 2009.
I pray that you all have a conflict-free Christmas and that Yogi Yorgesson never makes his way into your home.