"Congregations have two types of customers. Primary customers are the ones who are not yet part of the congregation because they do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Secondary customers are the disciples who are alrady involved in the congregation. These secondary customers are developed to reproduce more primary customers. When that order is reversed, of if a congregation loses sight of its primary customers, a leader will passionately do everything possible to right that situation -- even it if costs friends and relationships. A leader is passionate about what to do, with whom to work and how to expend limited resources." -- Paul D. Bordon in Direct Hit: Aiming Real Leaders at the Mission Field
Here's a treasure trove of cookie recipes just in time for Christmas. Click on the cookie's name, and presto -- you'll get the recipe! This is for all the folks who complain about "cookies" on their computers. (Thanks Sue Bartz!)
"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." -- Matthew 17:20
Do you have a mountain looming in front of you, that you can't see your way around? Call on God! He's in the earth moving business! Faith in the Mountain Mover moves the mountain!
Sometimes, He moves the mountain by earthquake -- a sudden event takes it all away. This can happen when we make a major decision, or by circumstances beyond our control. These earthquakes can be painful at the moment, but result in long term good.
The great Salvation Army leader, Samuel Brengle, was severely injured when an angry rioter threw a brick, hitting him in the head. Brengle spent several months in rehabilitation, and during that time he wrote his first book which became bestselling classic. Years later, he remarked to his wife, "I'm thankful for the brick. If there…