Eleanor Roosevelt said that it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
“the difference between how a person treats the powerless versus the powerful is as good a measure of human character as I know.”
“The only mistakes you learn from are the ones you survive.”
Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.
One of the great sins of the modern church is turning Christmas into an in-house celebration when it is one of the best evangelism nights of the year. Only 16% of the U.S. population is in worship on an average Sunday whereas 47% of the U.S. population is in worship on Christmas Eve.
And if that isn’t enough to convince you, more people who attend Christmas Eve will return in the future than those who attend Easter services. So, it is possible to say, from an evangelism standpoint Christmas Eve is more important to the growth of your church than is Easter. It’s hard to believe that some churches don’t offer anything on Christmas Eve night.
“…the first task of the church is to make the world the world. ”
“While nothing limits God’s love, it is shaped and defined by his own purposes.”
Steve Elliott – FAC
” …theology should make conversation about God harder rather than easier. ”
“The tragedy of modern man is not that he [or she] knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.” -Vaclav Havel
If we see the world solely through the prism of our own experience, we will live smaller, more self-centered lives. Our own journey is a unique context for experiencing life with God–however, the more we focus on our “personal relationship” to God–we risk losing sight of all God is doing in the lives of others for advancing His Kingdom.