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BEING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

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Karl Vaters wrote a great little book that I should probably read. It’s called ‘The Grasshopper Myth’.He makes an interesting premise about how we view ourselves.
90% of the churches in the world have less than 200 people.



What if that's not a bad thing? What if smallness is an advantage God wants us to use, not a problem to fix?

In The Grasshopper Myth, Karl Vaters takes on some of the unbiblical beliefs we've held about church growth, church size and God's will for the last several decades. Then he offers a game plan for a New Small Church.

The title comes from the story in Numbers 13. When the Hebrews were at the edge of the Promised Land, ten of the twelve spies come back with this report: "All the people we saw there are of great size. ...We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them." - Numbers 13:32-33

The grasshopper myth is the false impression that our Small Church ministry is less than what God says it is because we compare our…

PRESSURIZED CHURCH LEADERS

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I would ask pastors and church leaders these questions:
·Do you love your church? ·Do you love your city?

For God so loved your city that He gave his only son to save it. I don’t think you can really belong to a church if you don’t learn to love it. I don’t think you can be effective in a city that you don’t like. Well… maybe Jonah was successful in a place he despised, but he was a sourpuss and never made peace with the plans of God.
What are God’s plans for the Shalom of your church and your city?
One pastor was asked how things were going in the church he had been at for the past year. “Wonderful, this church is dying much slower than the last one I was in.”
Another pastor made it to big time. She had a multi-million dollar budget and a brand new building. As she showed her friend the building, she opened the door and said, “It’s a beautiful sanctuary that sleeps 1200.”I hope that none of you get caught in the web of trying to be a successful pastor or to have a successful church. When …

LISTENING VS. RETROFITTING

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How well do we understand the times that we live in?
The whole notion of understanding the times might infer that once we know what’s going on we will figure out how to be meaningful and relevant. If we could just understand more about social trends and the values of our culture, we could effectively set up shop to meet their needs and fill our churches.
The question is what does the future hold? It might seem that even our best thinkers in Christendom are still just guessing at what’s going to happen next. Like gamblers at the casino, everyone’s looking for a perfect system with which to place their bets.
Your eschatology certainly has an affect on how you read the times. And sometimes, people will forecast what’s supposed to be happening next. There is this variable though, that we cannot control. Things always happen that were unforeseen by most. The returning ice age predicted in the 70’s is replaced with global warming. 88 Reasons Why Christ will return in 1988… umm….
We need to und…

RED HERRING CONFESSIONS

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I have to confess—after nearly 30 years of pastoring, I can still be misled by the smell of red herring. I am easily convinced to value and prioritize lesser truths and follow them to disappointing conclusions.

I have to confess-- If it were not for the Holy Spirit’s redirection, I would blindly lead the blind into a ditch. I would make mountains out of molehills. I am the guy who would throw the baby out with the bathwater.
I have to confess-- It is not enough to pay sharp attention to the study of God’s Word. I need the Holy Spirit to guide me to the right destination.
I have to confess—it’s not enough to be a do-gooder in the church and community. You can do that in darkness and not live in light.
I have to confess-- It is easy to believe my press reports and congratulate myself on a job well done, but not so easy to remain intimate with God.
In confessing these things, my soul is healed.
It is a joyful thing to be Abba’s child. In the Father’s Presence, I return to a childlike stat…

WHAT GENIUSES CANNOT FIGURE OUT

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My dad loves riddles and tests that to solve will require you to think another way. 





For example, a storekeeper gives you change of 30 cents on your purchase. He gives you 2 coins and one of them is not a quarter. What are the 2 coins that make up the 30 cents change? Do you know?
The 2 coins are a quarter and a nickel. I only said that one of them is not a quarter.
And the grandkids groan at how smart Grandpa is…
What we discover in the Kingdom of God is that the mysteries of God cannot be understood by refining your logic, studying the right books and teachers or by having a higher IQ than everyone else. You do not arrive at God’s truth by simply reframing the questions.
When the 72 disciples returned to Jesus after their mission, they were amazed that demons submitted in the Name of the Lord. Jesus made a passing reference to seeing Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
What did Jesus mean by that? He was very familiar with Satan. This same evil genius had plotted against his birth, te…