a passion


I am getting geared up again for some outreach/missions stuff. I was checking out a website today that has some incredible quotes from well known missions leaders. Take a look here.

Be watching for some of these great quotes and, more importantly, some details of some upcoming missions events we are pushing.

Here is one quote that killed me:

Today Christians spend more money on dog food than missions.
Leonard Ravenhill

next steps

FlashForward
(if you weren’t at Maranatha on 9/20, you will need to listen online here – usually posted on Tuesday)

Some questions for your consideration/discussion (maybe your small group can use this):

How do I react/respond to the question “if you saw your future, what would you do”?

Are you willing to accept the fact that your actions today determine, in part, your future?
Any adjustments necessary?

Dig into verse 7 of Ephesians 2: “So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” (NLT)

Consider the vital part the Church plays in regard to fulfilling God’s vision:
Ephesians 3:10-11 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (TNIV)

Process the idea…
“what part do I play in the future of the church?”

Come to worship service next week. We plan to explore some pretty cool options for “Flashing Forward”.

prayer for the worshippers

God,

Let them dream for themselves like You dream for them.

Let them be more influenced by You than by others – in regard to their futures.

Let them listen and engage with an open and tender heart.

Let us connect with the idea that the Church is your plan for fulfilling Your vision and reaching the world.

Give us the courage to do today what will result in a better future.

Let us shake off the things that hold us back.

Give us vision.

Let us hear from You.

So be it.

an interview

Part of the message at the main campus on Sunday with feature an interview with Patrick Palmer. Patrick and his family came to Maranatha about a year ago. He and his wife and children became members and he and his daughter, Brianna were baptized last month. He has a great story, one that I would love to see duplicated again and again at the church. You will enjoy it!

FlashForward will be motivating to you. Let’s focus on what God is saying about our future as Christ-followers and as a church.

If you saw your future, what would you do?

Don’t miss it!

2019

Flash forward 10 years…

It is the year 2019. There you are, looking back at your life over the last ten years. Do you like what you see? Miraculously, you are able to send yourself a message, back ten years ago (2009). Your “future self” is able to share some wisdom with your “past self” that will prevent mistakes and make your life more meaningful.

What would you say?

What message would you try to get to your former self?

Another way of looking at it:
What decisions are your making right now that will still be impacting you and those you love in 10 years … 20 years?

What are doing right now that will matter in 100 years?

Kick that around while you are contemplating our worship experience this Sunday.

the verse

The verse I am using to launch FlashForward is Ephesians 2:10 “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” (NCV)

Think through that for a minute. The entire goal of our lives is to figure out and fulfill our divine purpose – the reason we were born. I wonder how many people ever even consider this, let alone actually do it. Here’s the thing, if people don’t know to do it, they certainly won’t. So this is a crucial message that we have to get out. Once we talk about it, we actually have to get people to buy into it. It’s true, God has something awesome for you to do.

Come on out on Sunday and we will discuss it more in depth. Here’s a little hint of one thing we will discuss – your purpose will not take place in a vacuum. In other words, your purpose is connected with others and with their purposes. There is great power in that idea. God gives you and me and others something good to do for Him. Alone, our job doesn’t seem like much, but put it together with a few million others and, POW!, the world changes. Let that simmer for a minute.

Make plans, see you on Sunday.

Peace