Summary: this is part of a series that was designed to help people grow.

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The Open door, # 2 of the enlarge your tent series, Isaiah 54: Main text Mark 2:1-11

Eric A. Snyder, Minister, Farwell Church of Christ

March 3, 2002

A hairdresser in Colombia believes he has the baldness problem licked. The barber from Pereira, which is approximately 100 mile east of the Bogota capital, uses a special tonic and has an actual cow massage his clients scalp with its tongue to encourage hair growth. One of the customers said the treatment has actually made him feel more masculine and more attractive to women.

Hey If you need a cow to lick your head to feel more masculine I’d suggest you talk to Dave Garver about starting a new business. I’ve noticed Dave has a full head of hair.

Maybe you could even produce a brand of cow saliva cologne.

We’ve been discussing Growth the last couple of weeks. And no it does not come from drinking from a magic formula. It doesn’t happen by accident.

I can remember when I was younger my cousin and friends were all getting taller and I started growing late. I can remember trying to come up with ways that I could grow. Such tactics included hanging from the monkey bars, and sitting while pulling my legs. I was sure that it was something that I could do. But It doesn’t work like that.

Isaiah 54:2 says "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.

Growth is a result of nourishment, and stretching. So the question we have been addressing is “Will you grow?” People say to me I’m not growing I’m not getting stronger in my relationship with God. Why is that? Well chances are that if you have stopped growing spiritually to have stopped making room to grow.

Did you know that ancient Chinese women valued small feet so much that they would wrap a girls feet when she was very young. And the result was that their feet would not grow because growth was restricted. So you would see a woman who was 40 years old but her feet would be the size of a 4 year olds feet.

Have you restricted any growth in your spiritual life? Have you made room for new growth to come in and develop?

The key to spiritual Growth is to expand, find nourishment and stretch yourself beyond your limits of comfort.

So the question is still “will you grow? Will you expand your door? Will you enlarge your means of access for people to come to God?”

Of all the plans God has to connect other people to Him, You’re it. Isn’t it amazing that God trusts this incredible responsibility to us.

If you are willing to increase your influence then you have to begin spotting opportunities

There were four people sitting in a train compartment: an elderly lady who was knitting, a young woman who was reading a book, a Professor who was talking about his research, and his young student whom he was taking to a conference, and who was listening to his professor and taking down notes.

This situation continued for quite a while. The lady knitting, the young woman reading, the professor talking away, and the student listening.

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