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Funny how we take the work of ministry so lightly….

I was sitting in a coffee shop the other day, a place where they serve really good coffee. In front of me was a group of potential employees and the manager was interviewing them one by one. He was asking a range of questions to ascertain their quality and qualification.
Listening to him interview got me thinking how quickly we slot people into roles in church without even ascertaining their quality or qualification. Parents aspire for their teens to teach Sunday School, yet their teens are dilinquent. Adults aspire to prominent roles, yet their walk with the Lord is virtually non existent.
We’ve somehow taken duty as rehabilation. In doing so we’ve made light of the work of our Lord. The high standards we keep at work don’t exist in the church. It seems to me that because we believe that “God is gracious” then he should accept our “leftovers” or inferior quality that we offer him. Have you considered whether you’re giving our Lord Jesus the best of your time, energy, wealth or whether you’re giving him the worst part of everything. If anything, quality must begin with Gods people and it must be demonstrated in God’s house. Mediocrity should never be a mark of Christianity.

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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in General Blog

 

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Partnership and Friends…Forever

The Apostle Paul writes this in Philippians 1:4, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…”

We cannot underestimate the value of partnerships in the ministry. Partnerships are crucial to the success and sustainability of ministry. I praise the Lord for partnerships that he has brought in my life and in particular, into the life of The Phoenix Fellowship. Today we are sad because we’ve lost a partner, and over this past year we’ve lost many gospel driven, Christ saturated partners. To those people whom we’ve lost; people who God has chosen to remove from our congregation because he wanted them somewhere else, we miss you. You’re indispensable! I’ve copied and pasted these words from Michael W. Smith’s song, “Friends are Friends Forever”

“Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
I can’t believe the hopes He’s granted
Means a chapter of your life is through

But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
‘Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends

And with the faith and love God’s given
Springing from the hope we know
We will pray the joy you live in
Is the strength that now you show

We’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
‘Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends

To live as friends

Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends

No a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends”

My prayer is that God would continue to bless those whom we’ve lost and we pray that God will bring more partnerships into our lives and ministries.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in General Blog

 

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