The future... It seems to me a scary place these days. I don't know what the future holds for our children and our grand children. I do know WHO holds the future and who can give the help that may be needed from looming dangers.
At one time the church had enormous influence in our society. Our Judeo-Christian values were accepted by most as the foundation of a 'good life' and a 'good society.' And, that is changing. Our nation is polarizing.
Somewhere we have read: A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Do you hear this division in the news, in the forums and in every day conversation? We disagree - strongly disagree on what is right and good. We disagree on what is good for our country. During the tenure of a former president, the news openly debated rather a leader had to have a good ethical/moral constitution to be a good leader. I wouldn't even have had the conversation: leading and being ethical and moral are joined at the hip according to my view of the world and what it takes to do things properly.
We are becoming a divided country. We are at risk: as individuals, as a society.
The church is God's solution to the problems that plague the human race. It is through the church that God intends to pour our his wisdom. It is through our relationship with him that we have grace and strenght to live upright, godly and productive lives. And, it is though our relationship with him that we have peace. Come what may - we know who holds our future and who will enable us to overcome.
Yet, there seems to be a problem with the health of many churches. There are solutions - the most radical of which is probably the most obvious to those on the 'outside', but mysterious to us.... We must Unite with Him and with each other. Ministries and churches need to share their strengths with each other. To do this, we need to make ministry visible and commit to exchange resources. This has started in many places - it needs to multiply and increase. Lets see the body knit together and strengthened!
I have attached a story board...
This story board outlines our problem and the resulting ineffectiveness it causes. It also calls forth a special type of leader - one who will initiate and lead change across a region, city or community. Perhaps you are one of those leaders. Or perhaps you will support in prayer and service those called to this type of leadership.
I pray that in every way you will engage in this great work.
Jesus will come back for a bride that is united, healthy, fruitful and holy.
Please leave me your feedback on the story board.
I covet your prayers for those who are putting their hands to this great work.