Friday, September 16, 2016

the Titanic

A pastor friend was commenting on the condition of our denomination. He said that our leaders keep finding ways to "rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic."  Ignoring the deeper issues, we often try to solve problems with new systems. Sometimes systems are a problem and need to be reworked, but the real issue in most situations is heart.

I thought of this famous quote. Notice the date of it.

    “What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men and women whom the Holy Spirit can use…for the Holy Spirit does not flow through methods but through men and women. He does not come upon machinery but upon men and women. He does not anoint plans but men and women. Natural ability and educational advantages do not figure as factors in this matter,but the capacity for faith, the ability to pray, the power of thorough consecration, the ability of self-littleness, and the absolute losing of one’s self in God’s glory and an ever-present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God. Men and women who can set the church ablaze for God; not in a noisy showy way, but with an intense and quiet heat that melts and moves everything for God. God can work wonders if He can get suitable men and women.”
                  E.M. Bounds
                 Methodist Preacher 1835-1913

Rather than more programs, I suggest more passion- for God, for life and for people.  When Christians find passion for life, churches take flight.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

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