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In a church in the Deep South where the preaching style was a “talk back” sort of style. The pastor was getting the congregation exited about their prospective future.

The preacher said, “this church is like a crippled man who needs to get up and walk under the power of Jesus.”

The congregation replied, “let it walk preacher, let it walk.”

Then the preacher said, “This church like Elijah on Mount Carmel has got to run.”

The congregation replied, “let it run preacher, let it run.”

Then the preacher said, “This church has got to mount up on wings like eagles and fly.”

The congregation replied with enthusiasm, “let it fly preacher, let it fly.”

Then the preacher added, “Now if this church is going to fly it’s going to take MONEY.”

The congregation replied with lack of enthusiasm, “let it walk preacher, let it walk.”

Isn’t it amazing how one word, jester, or expression can change the whole direction of a mood? Yes, preacher we want it! But not if it’s going to cost us, not if it’s going to take discipline or sacrifice.

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