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The daily process of discovering if you are on the same page with God is probably one of the most important pursuits as a Christian.
“Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.” (Jeremiah 42:3)
Church websites (and social media strategies) are about a lot of things… community identity, first impressions, visitor generation, and church growth. But there is one function of a church website (and online
presence) that is often overlooked.
Church-wide communication is not just important, it’s vital for a successful church. Keeping everyone in the church on the same page is critical not only for sustained growth (shutting the back door), but it’s also the centerpiece of communicating vision, ministry information, and important news about the church family.
With the time allocated for announcements during the service shrinking, where else will people be able to get the information they need to all run the same plays and stay on the same page?
Because church communication (really) matters! -Barry
Whether trying to reach students or adults through worship, a small group, or a sermon, one thing is for certain – the more people are engaged, the better they respond.
Creating an engaging environment takes more work – but is well with it.
- Learn more.
- Serve more.
- Give more.
- Love more.
- Laugh more.
- Invite more.
This worship video is one of the my favorites because of how well the audience is (you guessed it) engaged.
In this life for those that follow Christ, there will always be more to the story than what we see.
Reality on this earth is not entirely real. What we see is only a portion of what is really going on.
That’s because God is not limited by the natural laws, he is super-natural. Much of what he does for us is hidden from our view.
Because of that it’s possible:
- When we think we were lucky, it was not luck at all.
- When we arrive there safely, disaster was averted because of what we did not see.
- When we happened to meet that person, it was a divine appointment.
- The poor person begging on the street, is really not a poor person begging.
- We’re still alive not because of anything that we have done, but because God has willed it to be so. and he has more for us to become and do.
Things happen every day to us and to others all over the world not because of luck, but because of the reality we cannot see.
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord,
so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw
the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
-2 Kings 6:15-17 (NIV)
Sometimes in order to advance God’s love on earth he calls us to start a fight.
Waiting to advance is the devil’s Xanax. The longer we wait, the more drowsy and complacent we become.
Advancing is never easy. Taking new ground can be rough. But advance we must.
Whatever God has called you to do, do it. Make that call, say you’re sorry, start that ministry, launch that business, fight!
“Who will start the battle asked Ahab.
The prophet answered, You will.”
(1 Kings 20:14)
When an opportunity dries up, is it simply our fault or is there something else going on?
- When our job is no longer fulfilling, or we’ve been reassigned or let go.
- When the relationship we used to hold dear, crumbles.
- When the peace, joy, and fulfillment in our heart, changes.
More often than not for the Christian, this is not God’s rejection, but his redirection.
“Some time later the brook dried up because there
had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him.”
(1 Kings 17:7-8)
There will be times in our life when the only right option is to RISE UP (again) and get back in the fight. When all other options are exhausted and hope seems dim don’t clam up, get high, or leave – fight!
Image source: Shepherd of the Hills
Fight for what’s right. Fight for forgiveness. Fight for your family. Fight for your dream. Fight for reaching new people through your church. FIGHT!
In the Bible although David was the mightiest of warriors, he also at times felt exhausted, broken, and discouraged. What was his solution to this? He would remember that God was with him even when things were going bad, and then he would make up his mind to get up (again) and get back into the fight!
“David rose up and once again organized his forces. He appointed captains of thousands and captains of hundreds. Then David deployed his troops and announced, ‘I’m marching with you.’” -2 Samuel 18:1-2
In life, no matter the vocation, nothing happens without focus.
And when it comes to church ministry, that’s even more true because we have an extra adversary that is busy about trying to trip us up.
Focus – laser focus – is required to break through the noise, and the front lines, to accomplish anything significant and eternal.
(BLANK) church is seeking a (INSERT JOB HERE, senior pastor, worship leader, youth pastor…). The requirements for this job are as following:
#1 – Applicant must have at least five years experience in full time ministry.
#2 – Applicant must have a Masters degree from an accredited seminary.
#3 – Applicant must be married.
From this point on it does not matter what is required of the applicant because, if these three things are expected of any position in a church—THEN JESUS HIMSELF would not have qualified for the job when He was here on earth.
And any church where Jesus would not qualify for a job is a very dangerous place.
(*thanks Perry Noble for this post!)