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  • J. Randal Matheny 8:08 am on 2016-10-08 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Does the church have electricity?’ 

    church-lightA brother in Florida mentioned Saturday that the electricity in his home was supposed to be restored in a few hours, after Hurricane Matthew swiped the Atlantic coast headed north. A person asked, “Does the church have electricity?”

    The person was referring, of course, to the building where the church met. That’s unfortunately language, but you figure out how to get people to change their vocabulary.

    Her question, however, invites reflection on the state of our congregations. (More …)

  • Mike Riley 9:34 pm on 2010-07-18 Permalink | Reply
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    A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. —Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Mike Riley 4:41 pm on 2010-02-05 Permalink | Reply
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    What a man accomplishes in a day depends upon the way in which he approaches his tasks. When we accept tough jobs as a challenge…and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen. When we do our work with a dynamic conquering spirit, we get things done.

    Arland Gilbert
  • Laura 4:28 pm on 2010-01-23 Permalink | Reply
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    What needs to be restored? 

    Pardon my tardiness on responding to the daily nudge, “What needs to be restored?” I’ve been on business travel, but did want to respond. I think this is a very important question and one we should be constantly asking ourselves. After all, we are commanded to examine ourselves.

    I believe one of the biggest things that needs to be restored is zeal and enthusiasm for Christ, His church, and His mission. It has been said that 80% of the work in any congregation is done by 20% of the members. Sadly, this does seem to be the norm. So many seem to think that showing up when the doors are open (or worse, once a week to take the Lord’s supper) is all that is required of them. Zealous people are not pew-warmers. Zealous people will be as the early church, teaching everywhere they go. If we are on fire for the Lord, then the church WILL grow. I fear we as God’s people are very much lukewarm and complacent. That needs to change, or the Lord will spew us out of His mouth!

    • Mike Riley 8:12 pm on 2010-01-23 Permalink | Reply

      Laura, yes, a renewed zeal for the Lord and His work is what the church definitely needs to restore. Appreciate your good thoughts on the subject!

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