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February 28, 2010

Someday God Will Ask You

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“Someday God will ask you to give an account for your time on earth. What report of your commitment to practical, holy, life-transforming service will you be able to give Him?” from The Second Coming of the Church by George Barna

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The Spiritual Commitment of Families

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“The future of the Church in America depends largely upon the spiritual commitment of families.” from The Second Coming of the Church by George Barna

Effective Cross-Generational Ministry

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In fact, we have discovered that the younger the adult, the less interested they are in a smooth presentation. Excellence and professionalism are “performance strategies” that appeal to the late Builders and early Boomers. Among the Busters, however, the keys are relevance, genuineness and authenticity. They are more interested in experiencing a sincere and honest presentation that raises meaningful questions than a polished speech that provides all the answers. Preachers who address the audience without constant reference to notes, and those who do not “hide” behind a pulpit, also seem to generate a more positive response from their listeners.” from The Second Coming of the Church by George Barna

How Christian Leaders and Christian Teachers Differ:

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Influence via vision and character vs Influence via ideas and words

Provide direction and motivation vs Provide intellectual challenge

Seek corporate transformation vs Seek individual growth

Love to strategize vs Love to study

Need a core of committed zealots vs Need a teachable audience

Know when to make unpopular decisions vs Teach the truth, even when unpopular

Motivate people to action vs Motivate people to think

Resolve conflict vs Stir up conflict

from The Second Coming of the Church by George Barna

Our Sanctification

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“Brother Lawrence, who was a kitchen worker and cook, remarks, Our sanctification does not depend upon changing our works, but in doing that for God’s sake which we commonly do for our own. . . It is a great delusion to think that the times of prayer ought to differ from other times. We are as strictly obliged to adhere to God by action in the time of action as by prayer in the season of prayer.” from The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Prayer Trains Us To Reign

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“Prayer as kingdom praying is an arrangement explicitly instituted by God in order that we as individuals may count, and count for much, as we learn step by step how to govern, to reign with him in his kingdom. To enter and to learn this reign is what gives the individual life its intended significance. This high calling also explains why prayer frequently requires much effort, continuous effort, and on some matters possibly years and years of effort. Prayer is, above all, a means of forming character. It combines freedom and power with service and love. What God gets out of our lives – and indeed, what we get out of our lives – is simply the person we become. It is God’s intention that we should grow into the kind of person he could empower to do what we want to do. Then we are ready to ‘reign for ever and ever’ (Rev. 22:5).” from The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Definition of Prayer

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“Prayer is a matter of explicitly sharing with God my concerns about what he too is concerned about in my life. And of course he is concerned about my concerns and, in particular, that my concerns should coincide with his. This is our walk together. Out of it I pray.” from The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Conspiracy of Silence

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“The adult members of churches today rarely raise serious religious questions for fear of revealing their doubts or being thought of as strange. There is an implicit conspiracy of silence on religious matters in the churches. This conspiracy covers up the fact that the churches do not change lives or influence conduct to any appreciable degree.” Clyde Reid

The Discipline of Secrecy

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“The discipline of secrecy will help us break the grip of human opinion over our souls and our actions. A discipline is an activity in our power that we do to enable us to do what we cannot do by direct effort. Jesus is here leading us into the discipline of secrecy. We from time to time practice doing things approved of in our religious circles – giving, praying, fasting, attending services of the church, and so on – but in such a way that no one knows. Thus, our motivation and reward for doing these things cannot come from human beings. We are liberated from slavery to eyes, and then it does not matter whether people know or not. We learn to live constantly in this way.” from The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Be Ye Perfect

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“The command ‘Be ye perfect’ is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command.” C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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