If so, I would expect all these to either be frantically searching for that exit, or having found it, to be resting confidently in great relief that they've found the exit and have secured safe passage.
I continue to be perplexed that we don't see widespread, frantic panic or vast crowds celebrating their access to the exit. Instead, a muddle of confusion and uncertainty exists that would be expected only of folks who doubt the necessity of finding the exit. But how can they? If someone concludes that there must be life after death, then rationally they must know that ensuring the happiness of their eternal life is their utmost priority.
In comparison, nothing else really matters at all! Surely, to be completely miserable in this short life is far better than being miserable for all eternity, and no price is too high to ensure unending peace and joy. Anyone who seriously considers eternity quickly realizes we are created — there is an Eternal Being with whom we must do business. It's only logical to realize that this Being has thoughts and powers well beyond our own. Therefore it is only logical to assume that we are dependent on this Being revealing Itself to us.
I love these two examples. You know what I love about the early church? Wherever they found themselves they found their mission field.
How do you see your work place? How do you see your neighborhood? I have been pastor at FBC Buffalo for just over a year and because of people in this church and their willingness to let God lead, we have proclaimed the gospel to over 3, folks that are not a part of this church.
- Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps.
- Republican Like Me: Infiltrating Red-state, White-ass, And Blue-suit America.
- How to Safely Exit an Abusive Relationship.
- Six Steps to Kissing And Making Up;
People like Leota Dull making sure folks at our conference were fed, people like Janice Bramwell jumping into action to feed the football team. People like Victor jumping up help out with the nursing home ministry.
Israel's exit strategy, by Meron Rapoport (Le Monde diplomatique - English edition, August )
The list goes on. And what do we see in the early church? We see folks going and serving. We see folks not thinking about how they are responding but submitting to the Lord and going. This is what is crazy about the research; many times an individual with this limited knowledge can make better decision in this narrow response time. The book, Blink, offers example after example of intuitive decisions that did not need in-depth analysis because the people making the decisions could rely on past experience.
That is where Philip and the early persecuted church find themselves. How did they get from a group of who huddled scared in a room to a powerful force? That is what they are. Look at Acts 8: How did the church become that?
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Did the church have an exit strategy? Did the church plot their course? Well, in a way. Between chapter 1 and 8 of Acts there are at least 10 references to the church praying, fellowshipping, and dedicating themselves to the apostles' teachings. This is over a period of 50 days or so. FBC, I love that we are a praying church. I love that we are a fellowshipping church. I love that we are not afraid to dig deep. I mean what other church around is working through both Systematic Theology and Reformation history? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
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