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BROKEN to LIVE
Lord, my heart feels broken. Life hasn’t turned out the way I expected, and I feel worn and overwhelmed. I’m trying to be joyful in the hope I have in You. It is the having patience in affliction that is hard. When I hurt, I want the pain to stop immediately, not after I’ve learned the lesson I need to learn.
You are rebuilding my life, Lord, though I have been through great sadness. Thank you Jesus, for watching over me, for directing me, even when I was so confused I didn’t know where I was going. My life has been permanently changed but not destroyed. Once, I could not believe life would be worth living again, but You have renewed my joy and purpose.
Something that is critical in understanding Sarcoidosis is that it can relapse, much like a cancer. The Sarcoidosis is back. This time instead of my lungs, it’s attacking my liver. This is having an impact on many different parts of my body; affecting my overall health and causing pain. If a broken spirit dries the bones, Lord, about now mine should be dust. I am not content with my situation, and my heart is down in the dumps. Turn my spirit toward You again, where I can find joy and contentment.
Sarcoidosis is only
going to be a chapter in my life and not my whole story. It took me several
years to come to terms with this new part of my identity. I quickly realized
that while I couldn't choose my diagnosis, I still had a choice: I could fight
or I could surrender. I choose every day to fight! Sarcoidosis has helped me to
truly prioritize my life. As I have learned that my Attitude is a little thing
that makes a BIG difference in my life during this battle. When I don’t know
where to turn, the Lord remind me that He is my refuge and my strength. I am
determined to be the best fighting warrior and advocate I can be, in this war
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Are You Living for a Well Done?
by Pastor Jeff Schreve
His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23
love basketball. When I was in junior high and high school, basketball
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This article was used with permission from Pastor Jeff Schreve's ministry, From His Heart.
Tragedy in the Church
Do you know why churches are dying? Evangelism is dying in many churches today.
No, that’s not an overstatement. I am not speaking hyperbolically. Evangelism is dying!
Look at the data. Measure almost any group of churches today versus 30 years ago. You’ll likely find only one person is being reached with the Gospel for every 40 to 60 church members. You will find that conversions have declined precipitously. And where you find numerical growth, you are more likely to find the growth is transfer of Christians from one church to another.
That’s not evangelism. That’s sheep shuffling!
Pastors and other leaders must fall on their faces before God and ask Him to reignite their congregations with an evangelistic passion. When evangelism dies as a priority in the church, the church has already begun to die.
So why should evangelism be one of the highest priorities in your church?
Though the reasons are many, allow me to share seven of them.
1. Because Christ commanded it.
We typically refer to the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 as our evangelistic and disciple-making command. But there are many other places in the New Testament where the priority of evangelism is clearly evident. Christ commanded it. We must do it.
2. Because Christ is the only way of salvation.
There is no way around it. Salvation is exclusive. There is only one way. Jesus could not have made it clearer in John 14:6: “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” Jesus had an urgent message. He had an exclusive message. We must be conveyors of that narrowly defined hope.
3. Because Christ died for the world.
There is a reason John 3:16 is the most familiar and most quoted verse in the history of humanity. Jesus died for the world. He is the only way, but He has provided a way for everyone. That is a message that is urgent and worth telling. Indeed it’s the greatest message ever.
4. Because churches that are not intentional about evangelism typically are weak in evangelism.
Many pastors and church leaders will affirm this article. They will give mental assent to the priority of evangelism. But they do not practice the priority of evangelism in their churches. What are you doing today to make certain evangelism is a priority in your church?
5. Because churches tend to obsess inwardly when they fail to move outwardly.
Where has a lot of your church’s energy been expended lately? Rancorous business meetings? Expressions of petty church preferences? Worship wars? Power struggles? Those are inward obsessions. Lead your church to an evangelistic priority and watch the focus shift for the better.
6. Because churches become content and complacent with transfer growth.
Some churches are growing. Others are adding members without significant numerical growth. But many in both categories are growing at the expense of other churches. Some may be reaching un-churched Christians. That’s good, but that’s not evangelism. We can fool ourselves into thinking we are evangelistic when we are simply recirculating the saints.
7. Because evangelistic Christians actually grow stronger as better disciple Christians.
Those who are evangelistic are obedient to Christ. Being obedient to Christ means we are following His teachings and becoming a better fruit-bearing disciple.
Most churches are busy with activities, programs and ministries. Few churches are truly sending out their members to evangelize those in their communities. The Great Commission has fast become the Great Omission.
Evangelism is dying.
What are you doing to lead your church to become more evangelistic?
Strong Leaders Are Broken Leaders by Frank Damazio
“Transparency, an authentic openness to others about one’s feelings, beliefs, and actions, allows integrity, or the sense that a leader can be trusted.” –Daniel Goleman
We all desire to be leaders of strong churches that will impact culture, change atmosphere in the city, transform lives and win the lost. This is a heavenly calling and it is the right pursuit. The strong leader raises the passion level among the church and leadership team for building a world-impacting church.