The resident "bishop" in our house is Annie the wonder-dog. At one point she was a 65-pound running machine. At age 92 (in dog years) her spine has so much arthritis she needs twice the normal human dose of prednisone just to walk. She is not healthy; she cannot do what she was born to do.
In the same way, unhealthy churches cannot do the mission of God. If the church is to reclaim its spiritual health we have got to shed the arthritic view of what we want to do with "our" possessions, time and talent. We must adopt a Biblical stewardship that bows before the throne and says "God use me and whatever you’ve placed in my hands for your own glory; I surrender all!"
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Contributed by Rich Young on Jan 17, 2001
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Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 23, 2000
While Sir Henry Brackenbury was a military attache in Paris, had a conversation with the distinguished French statesman Gambetta. Gambetta said, "In these days there are only two things a soldier needs to know. He must know how to march, and he must know how to shoot!"The Englishman quickly ...read more
Contributed by Dan Erickson on Nov 14, 2000
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Contributed by Denn Guptill on Oct 23, 2000
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