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Do The Impossible

March 16, 2012 1 comment

What’s the Good Word? I don’t often do this, because I know I have readers who read both this blog and my leadership blog, Leadership In Ministry. But I think it goes beyond leadership and decided to share that post here on The Good Word.

Not too long ago, I stood in front of our congregation and told them that we could double the size of our congregation in one week. It was quiet. People kind of had that “Yeah, right,” smile on their face. There were even some that looked around at others to see what their reaction was. What? Had I said something I shouldn’t have said? Was it an impossible task? Not really. All that had to happen was, each one of them bring one person to worship the following week. That’s all that needed to happen. Not raise a million dollars for a new construction project in one week, not get a major speaker in, not throw a festival. None of those things. Each one had to bring one person with them. It really isn’t impossible to think we could grow our ministries in a week like that. In The Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, time and time again it says that “God added to their number daily.” One day it would be three thousand, the next two thousand. Why do we, as people of faith, always doubt the impossible?

When interviewed for Walter Isaacson’s book on the life of Steve Jobs, one woman was speaking of what it was like to work with Steve Jobs, and she said the following: “You did the impossible because you didn’t realize it was impossible.” As leaders in God’s church, shouldn’t that be our approach? Should we have that same attitude and value in our congregations? I mean, let’s face it, we serve a God whose Son said, “Through me all things are possible.” Do we truly believe that? We say it, but do we practice it? My friend and colleague Chris Markert recently wrote on his blog post Celebrating Leadership that we do a lot of talking but not a lot of acting in the church. I think this is one area where that is true. Do the impossible because you don’t realize it’s impossible! And that’s the good word for today.

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The New Equation

March 2, 2012 1 comment

What’s the good word? Remember the story in Exodus when the Israelites were complaining about not having enough food to eat? I just read a take on this story that I had never heard or thought of before. So the quail are falling, right? Once the quail stopped falling the Israelites go out and start gathering. Each one gathered no less than “ten homers”. I know, weird name. Now if each one gathered 10 homers and you multiplied that by say around 600,000 men (approximately how many were out there in the desert) that equals 6 million homers. Now a homer equates to roughly 200 liters, and assuming these quail were average size that means it rained somewhere in the neighborhood of 105 million quail. Yep, that’s right, 105 million! I think God has a GREAT sense of humor. “Fine you want quail, how about them quail!” Love it! Remember, that this is an answer to Moses’ prayer to God on behalf of the Israelites. Again, if we go to God in prayer, boldly God will provide. I’ve been told before that when God enters the equation, His output always exceeds our input. So true! So, work like it depends on us, and pray like it depends on God! What’s going on in your prayer life? Is it cloudy with a chance of quail in your forecast? And that’s the good word for today!

Special thanks to Mark Batterson for that new take for me on the quail story from Exodus!

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