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We are the followers of Christ. We love him and we have been loved by him. We believe that everyone needs Jesus, but do we believe that everyone needs grace? If God called us to go to those who we fear the most; the terrorists, the religious extremists, and so on, can we do it? Or are we functionally willing to deny the Great Commission because we prefer to receive grace even while we refuse to extend it?
The enemy is distraction. Plain, simple, run-of-the-mill distraction. However, when you consider the importance of our mission and the brevity of our lives, this fight against distraction proves to be a paramount battle. It’s one we must win.
A few years ago, I wrote a post entitled, “12 Books I Could Write for Pastors”—which was essentially a list of things I’ve learned as a pastor. Today, I’m thinking about other books I wish someone would write for pastors. Maybe you’d like to see these books, too:
I hope that my students never figure out how to study for a C’s worth only. I hope they aim as high as possible, even if some of them miss more often than not. At the same time, I hope that their ‘downs’ teach them lessons that their ‘ups’ never could. God can do wonders with average material, if we let him; but first, we need the right kinds of experiences to show us what we can and cannot do.
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