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The Razor’s Edge

by Benjamin Anderson 25. August 2009 20:28

The last three weeks I’ve been thinking about what a godly man’s walk with God really looks like.  What characteristics does a Godly man have?  Is there a suitable illustration for such a walk, and how can we remember the keys to continuously growing in and through God?

While thinking all this through I realized that a man’s walk with God is hindered most often by pride.  Man’s pride has many different appearances and can many times hide behind other faults.  But when it comes down to it, men are far more susceptible to failing due to pride than women are.  We thrive on our accomplishments, our hunts, the chase and the race, our dreams and our offspring.  Man’s ability to continue on through life depends on our confidence and respect from others.  It’s too easy for us to slip over the edge of being confident and bold to being proud and individually too loud.  We’re expected to use our giftings and reach our God given goals in order to let his light shine, but our nature is to grasp on to that glory and being proud of our role.

The end result of pride is hurtful sin.  Pride causes collateral damage.  Because of our pride men are more susceptible to falling for sexually sin.  The pride makes us better than our convictions, our family’s reputation and our laws.  Why do so many influential men of God fall for money and sex?  It is because they grasp the glory too much and built up their pride to the point that they were too proud to face the consequences.

Man’s walk with God isn’t a razor edge because of the balance between successfully doing God’s works and fighting our pride.  Man’s walk with God is the razor.  The best illustration of a man’s walk with God is one of the “manliest" things, a straight razor.

Our walk with God has so many commonalities with a good straight razor. 

  • We have to be soft to reach our maximum effectiveness.
    A good straight razor is made of softer iron or steel rather than hard and unforgiving stainless steel.  While the stainless steel blades can become sharp enough to shave with, they are not soft enough to get and keep proper edges through stropping.  The metal is just too hard for the leather to help clean the edge to an ultra-fine point.  Stainless steel also eats though the finer honing stones and requires more work on the stone to get to the place that it is sharp enough to cut hair.  The stainless steel is just too stubborn.
    As men of God, we have to be soft enough to work with God’s changes in our lives.  Being honed to the point that God wants us isn’t easy, and we lose parts of who we were, but when we’re malleable enough to be honed quickly, then we aren’t up against the grinding stone as long or as often as we would need to be if we’re as stubborn as stainless steel.
  • Even a new and faultless blade isn’t ready to use right away.
    We all still depend on God from the beginning.  A Christian is never finished growing, learning or changing for God.  A brand new blade still requires stropping before use, otherwise the precise and clean honing done on a good blade will be lost against the stubborn grain of the beard.  Regardless of our past, or our anointing, we are still dependent on our relationship with God to continue to maintain and perfect the edge in our life.
  • A good edge requires a polished finish.
    A good, sharp razor edge isn’t just ground against any stone, they are honed against several increasingly fine grit flat stones.  The further along in the process the less metal is being removed from the edge and the more the blade is being polished.  In order to obtain that razor edge the blade has to be honed on polishing stones, otherwise the edge is to broad and coarse to shave.  Without the polishing of the ultra-fine grit stones the razor is as useful as a pair of scissors when shaving.
  • The blade is supposed to be straight.
    A properly honed and prepared straight razor is just that, straight.  The razor’s edge is formed to the flat stone used during honing.  Regardless of the curve or nicks in the blade, when it goes through the honing process the blade begins to lose the defects and faults in the edge.  The key to removing those nicks and chips is using a very coarse and strong stone on the blade until is wears the fault out of the blade.  This can result in significant changes to the blade and all of the old edge of the blade being lost.  Just as the blade is shaped to the stone, a Godly man is shaped to God during our honing process.
    The straight edge is important for a proper shaving since every step in the process requires an even pressure on a surface, even the shaving process.  Without the flat and straight edge it would be much easier to carve up the face while shaving instead of removing the hair.  The flat blade also increases the performance while stropping and reduces the wear on the leather strop.  A chipped blade will begin eating the leather strop during the stropping process.  Because of our defects we can hinder God’s work in our lives and the lives of others, which is way we have to be willing to allow God to work our defects out of us.
  • The edge is delicate.  The blade will rust.
    Since a good razor is made of softer steel or iron it is susceptible to rust.  The blade has to be cared for before and after the shave, including oiling the blade and proper storage when not in use.  The very environment the razor is made to be used it is harmful to the overall integrity of the blade.  Just like a good razor, the working environment we were created for will eat away at us without the proper maintenance and attitude. We depend on God’s constant work in us in order for us to properly allow His work through us.  Without it we begin to decay as a result of the environment we’re in.  The world will cause us to begin to rust and decay, and the more we attach ourselves to the world and its ways the faster and more severe the damage will be.  Just like the water left on the steel razor due to poor drying and maintenance, the world will eat away at us and rust the blade shut.  We become ineffective and even unusable when we separate ourselves from God’s cleaning and maintenance because we refuse to work on our relationship daily.
  • Our walk with God should allow us to cleanly cut through the crud of the world. 
    As anyone that has used a knife knows, a sharp edge is most effective for clean cutting.  There are many surfaces that can cut, for example, you can cut your finger tip open with a piece of paper or you can slice your knee open with a edged rock while hiking.  But unless the edge has been prepared and sharpened with the intention of cutting, the edge does more ripping than cutting.  That paper cut hurts so much because the serrated edge of the paper chewed through you skin instead of really slicing through your skin. A surgeon's scalpel is dependent on the sharpness of the blade just as much as it is dependent on the cleanliness to prevent infection and to allow for proper healing post-operation.  If the surgeon used a butter knife to saw open a patient the wound would take longer to heal after being closed back up because the knife would have torn up the flesh rather than slicing through the layers of flesh with little resistance.
    One of the biggest causes of defects in our edge is pride.  Men are in a constant battle between being bold and confident in Christ and falling to our pride.  Our pride warps and chips our edge, as a result our cuts to clean up the world and people around use have impression and defects in them due to our pride and defects in our edge.  An apple sliced with a serrated steak knife might have proper slices, but the flesh of the apple will show the serration of the blade along the cut.  In the same way we leave grooves, grids and marks in the surfaces after we’ve done God’s work, those defects interfere with the clean cut God had planned.
  • The chips and nicks need to be completely worked out.
    Chips and nicks result in problems during shaving and when the blade is used to for clean cuts.  When shaving those nicks will increase the chance of cuts, reduce the effectiveness of the blade and require more passes for a proper shave, and will leave marks in and irritate the skin.
    The nicks, chips and other defects have to be worked out of the blade.  The process for removing those defaults requires the blade to be honed with a very coarse stone and then worked back all the way through the honing process again.  Similarly, our pride results in us having to be broken down again and often times taken back to day one of our relationship with God.  The process isn’t fun or easy, just as the coarse stone isn’t soft on the blade.  The deeper and bigger the nick, the more of the blade that will need to be lost to properly edge the razor again.  The deeper and bigger the pride, the hard our process and the more of ourselves we have to lose to recover who we are in Christ.
  • The relationship has to be a constant and proactive preparation on a daily basis for us to be most effective.
    To properly maintain the razor edge the blade has to be stropped before and after shaving.  Without stropping the blade has to return to be honed more frequently and the less effective the edge is during the shave.  Stropping is the perfect metaphor for our on going, day-to-day relationship with God.  We have to constantly be praying and communicating with God in order to maintain our edge.  Without it God has to put us through harder times to break us down again and work us till our edge returns again.  Daily devotion, a constant prayer talk with God and frequent praise sessions are essential to being prepared and keeping your edge in life.


A sharp edge razor isn’t always used for shaving and here are some important points with that in mind:

  • The sharper the edge, the less the edge is misdirected and distracted by the ruts and grooves in the surface being cut.
  • Dull edges require speed and force to perform their cutting operations.  Speed and force reduce the precision and increase the damage caused by the cutting while increase the effort and energy required.
  • You don’t use force and speed to perform the slicing in a delicate surgery.  For that reason you don’t use an axe for open heart surgery.
  • Almost sharp enough blades get stuck half way through, over come by the force and friction around it.
  • Axes have their place is bringing down and tearing down things.  Sharp blades are used for creating, building up, and correcting things.
  • A good meat clever is still sharp enough to properly slice through a tomato and onion.  Even with huge gifts and weight behind us, to properly do the job we need God with us to keep the fine edge.

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Cloud Churches and Their Communities - Questions

by Benjamin Anderson 21. December 2008 18:45

Where does the “Cloud Computing” and “Cloud Community” come into play with the church?  How does it impact the church?  Where will the church itself actually exist in 30 to 40 years?  What will it looks like?  How feasible are church cloud communities now?

These are a couple of questions I’ve been rolling around in my head for the last four or five days.  I’m preparing a post on it, which will be up later this week, but I wanted to posted to questions to get others thinking about it as well.

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Ministry in a Flat World – Part Two

by Benjamin Anderson 12. December 2008 19:50

The Good

The changes and influences of the world and the information age don’t all negatively impact our ability to minister.  As stated in the previous entry on the topic, the tools that the internet provides make it easier for our leaders and the pastors to keep each other in touch and accountable.  Services like X3Watch and other accountability tools help keep everyone accountable to each other, and protect us from ourselves.  Communities like Facebook and Twitter help keep each of us connected and provide a simple and easy to use tool for share resources, information and planning.

There are hundreds of sites that help with ministry planning, ministry organization, idea and creativity resources and multimedia resources galore. Anytime the week has been to chaotic or hectic to right a sermon or prepare visual aids, there is always a solution found somewhere on the internet.  The online communities allow us all to gauge how the community is doing, what is most affecting them and how we might best impact our fellow believers.  They also offer easy means of providing feedback from the community after events and activities.

The Bad

We all know that the overly connected world can do the exact opposite and be very destructive too.  We hear far too often about an adult being arrested for pursuing a minor or crossing boundaries.  The anonymity of the Internet tends to cause even the most mature adult to regress into their juvenile self and believe that they are invisible to the consequences of their actions online.  The scariest part is when it translates into everyday life and the user’s corruption and baggage online becomes real-world corruption and baggage.

Pride always leads to a downfall, and the large majority of those downfalls are sexual in nature.  When you are too proud to answer to others, to do what is right and to protect yourself, then you are also too good to obey the laws of your heart and the laws of the land.  This translates directly into sexual sin against oneself and others, and then can quickly resolve in to sexual sins involving others.  Sexual sin and pride do not require the Internet to sprout from seeds easily planted in one’s heart, but the Internet, the anonymity and the plethora of porn in every imaginable taste, make it too easy for the seeds of corrupt nature to grow violently.

This is where the honesty and accountability really come into play.  But…  The reality of it is, that if the person, your leader, doesn’t want to get caught, they do have the smoke and mirrors to hide behind now.  They are less likely to get caught surfing for porn and downloading pirated content over the Internet than they are to be caught walking into an adult bookstore or the shady side of the flea market.

The Unsettling

There is also the unsettling part about the Internet.  The information part.  I’m not referring to the information and communities that you don’t agree with, I’m referring to the life and lack of death of information.  Almost everything said and uploaded to the Internet is cache, archived and indexed in some form or fashion.  Every stupid mistake, every angry word, every incriminating photo, and every vocal opinion.  Individuals cannot escape their own sin now.  Not only does the Internet remove the personal connection between people and make it easy to judge them without regard for their well-being, but it also provides a wealth of information from everyone’s past to feed our opinion and desire to judge the “soulless” personality some where out “there”.  We’re so removed and disconnected that even the person down the street can be viewed as an object and not an individual simply due to the proximity vacuum produced by the Internet.

Everyone’s mistakes and pain are indexed and searchable by everyone else on the Internet.  This means that anyone that has ever had a past that isn’t perfect will be haunted by when their move on to do God’s work.

The Baffling

The baffling part is that our reach may extend far beyond our physical community.  Our stray words on our blogs, websites, community forums, and other social networks can spread like wildfire and reach people in other countries, cultures and places in life.  Our light can shine farther and faster than ever before, even in the overly black and life sucking void of the Internet.  Your pray, encouragement and relationship with God can influence someone in Japan, China, South Africa and Chili the same way it can impact your neighbor down the street.  Due to the technical nature of the content of my blog I’ve had several people visit my site from all over the world.  The largest international groups have been from Denmark and Japan, but I’ve had several visitors from Brazil and other countries around the world.

It is just as easy to provide inspiration for believers all around the world as it is reaching your leaders and members of your congregation.  And the larger the impact you have in your local community, the larger the impact you’ll have online.  If you can balance both your communities local relationships and growth with the influence and connectivity within your online community then your impact on the world will become a lasting one with far reaching arms and exponentially warm hearts.

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Ministry in a Flat World

by Benjamin Anderson 10. December 2008 20:57

Last semester I took a class on Globalization and Internationalism.  The course covered how the internet and technology has impacted our economy and how our businesses function in a virtually flat world.  Companies like Intel and Texas Instruments have used teams consisting of people all around the world to work on projects 24 hours around the clock for several years now, and as a result of the internet and new technologies even more companies and industries are able to streamline their workflows and take advantage of workforces all around the world.  As a person that has always rode on the very edge of technology my entire life, the changes aren’t a surprise to me, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t unsettling.

I’ve done contract work for the last two to three years to pay off debt I accrued due to my lack of discipline while in Master’s Commission, and it has helped accelerate my ability to pay off my debt.  But doing freelance technical and graphical work for companies has become increasingly difficult to compete for when the customers are aware of how easily they can get help on the other side of the world for a third of the rates.  I’m not going to get into the argument about whether the value is the same, or whether what the companies under financial strain are helping or farther compounding their problems.  That isn’t the discussion here, since it is an extremely small part of the picture.  The point here is that I’ve experienced the impacts of the changes first hand, and I’m well aware of the arguments and issues on both sides.  The over arching issue is that these changes impact everyone, everything and every organization.

Impaired Development

Why are churches and ministries always the last to notice, read or even react to cultural changes when they are constantly trying to find out how to reach everyone? The cultural changes that result from the information age and the virtual flattening of the world have far greater reaches than just impacting out businesses, economy and our schools.  These changes impact our youth faster more more directly than any other age group.  For anyone that works with youth or young adults, this isn’t a surprise because we’ve seen the impact and the exponential change in the culture from year to year.

Statistics have shown that it is increasingly difficult to group the younger generation into generational groups, the groups span fewer and fewer years as the generations get younger.  Similar to the technology growth and evolution, the youth are changing exponentially faster every year.  Watch the following video to get just an idea about what I’m saying. 

So, how does all of this impact ministry?

In order to reach a generation that has more information available to them, being forced feed to them, and producing more information than any generation ever before, we have to change our ministry tactics drastically.  Young Adult ministries (18-30yrs) are just as impacted and dependent on the changes as the youth ministries are.  Frighteningly, the children’s ministries will no be far behind. All of these changes result in individuals that have unlimited connections, unlimited resources and unlimited opinions, but they doesn’t really have stable inter-personal relationships or proper filters in place to help them manage and understand what they truly believe themselves.

Today, more information is shared with people we have relationships with through social networking sights than is ever disclosed in person.  I’m not just talking about the lack of boundary information and TMI factors.  I’m talking about the fact that our friends are more likely to find out what is happening in our lives through Facebook than they are to find out about the events in our life in person through an actual conversation. How can a ministry communicate love, compassion and grace when there isn’t a meaningful connection with a person as a result of the callousness and numbness due to our sensor and mental overload?  How can a personal savor impact a young person’s life, when almost no one is truly a part of their life?  How does a youth in today’s and tomorrow’s culture adapt to exponential changes and develop a healthy and fundamental understanding of God’s creation and compassion when the norm is that even their families are broken, segmented and distant?

The answer is right in front of us.  Ministry isn’t supposed to happen any differently than in did in the first century.  The church isn’t supposed to function any differently than it did in the first century. We’re supposed to build a body, strengthen that body, and grow that body.  But, the big catch is, this will not happen in the traditional church organization.  The Acts church wasn’t an organization that met in a building and had an organized service. The Acts church was a community.  Today’s church body has lost it’s community, and due to the cultural changes, it’s losing it’s body.  When an individual has all the information in the world available to them, a lecture in an organized event in an overly regarded building isn’t going to change their lives.  We all know that it isn’t the service that changes their lives, it’s the Holy Spirit, but we still have to do the work God has called us to do in order for the Holy Spirit to work through us.  The information overloaded will not be susceptible to emotional heart tug that has been used for the last 200 years in evangelical outreaches and services.

Ministry will have to be relationship based process all the way through.  And relationships are formed in services.  You cannot go on top a school campus and find the relationship being built in the classroom during a lecture.  The relationships are formed outside of class, during the passing periods, the lunch break and the group projects.  You won’t find relationship growing and forming in large corporations during the meetings and the conference calls.  They are formed over lunches, during the normal working day, not during the agenda driven information dumps dictated by the few and participated in by the many.  How can a church expect to grow when their ministry consists of the lecture and then meeting?  Just because we have collective music performances and cram people in closely together doesn’t mean that relationships are forming.  Many times these environments hinder the ability to form relationships, even if the both individual was outgoing and hungry to connect with others.

Ministries need to focus their efforts more on the picnic, the party, the restaurant, and yes, even the bar in order to become relevant to the future.  Sadly the churches have more to change and need to change more than businesses and schools do.  Secular culture has been faster and more willing to adapt to these changes than the church has been willing and capable of doing. 

It isn’t the message, it’s the messenger

In the mind of a calloused and numbed individual heavily involved in the riches of the informational age, the church consisted of a bunch of stuck up, ignorant, hot-headed, hypocritical, conservative jerks. Why would our information every alter that opinion when there are more voices and louder voices in the infinite stream of information known as the Internet continuing to perpetuate that view?  The only way that you can break through the falsehoods is to exactly and realistically depict Christ’s love for them in real life.  No amount of information or emotional service will overcome the pain and damage caused by the false information available every where else and the hypocritical messenger found in all the other places.  The youth and young adults have to be met and attracted to Christ through their personal and unworldly interaction with loving born-again Christians.  That means making the decision now to do exactly what Christ command us to do and love our neighbors.  That means making the decision now to set aside your judgments of others and love them regardless of their past and present in hope that their future will be one you’re more than willing to love.

That means that we cannot and will not be able to depend solely on the paid ministers in our churches.  There are not enough of them!  It takes too much work and too many people to reach individuals through meaningful and real relationships.  That means that the Pastors’ job isn’t to preach, lecture and teach, it’s the lead.  The members are the ministers.  Those paid staff members jobs are to guide, assist and disciple leaders and members so that they do the ministry.

I don’t see the church in its current form lasting much longer beyond the life of my parent’s generation.  The rituals will very quickly be abandoned and the organizations die out, all due to the reprogramming of the world’s wild web of information.  The virtual friend has more authority and input in our youth’s life now than our church and even their parents have in their life.  And as a result changes have to be made in order to break through the fuzz filter put around their minds that is grown and developed from all of the noise and garbage accumulating in their minds.

The message hasn’t changed.  The message won’t change.  Christ hasn’t changed, and he won’t change.  But our means of delivering the message have to change.  Who is delivering the message has to change.  Personally, every Christians’ reason for carrying and delivering the message has to change.  We can’t focus on a seeker sensitive method any more, because not everyone is seeking.  The ministering will be based on our ability as believers to understand our own message and focus on living that message.  This creates a taster-sensitive ministry, which is exactly what the non-Christian will be in 20-30 years. 

Real-Time Jesus

At this point it appears to be almost impossible to minister to everyone, because leaders in the church already know it’s impossible to get even the majority of members actively involved in church.  How do we continue to grow and minister when so much of our body consists of just consumers?  Simple.  Exponentially multiple the providers.  We already know and use the largest provider in the known universe as our provider, and so long as we constantly depend on God to provide for us we won’t fall short of resources there.  But, that doesn’t explain how to exponential grow our ministers.

How do we grow, and grow exponentially? The same way our youth and young adults continuously overwhelm themselves with information and shallow virtual relationships.  Use the tools and social networks.  Follow your friends, respond to your friends, and actively pursue them as disciples.  I don’t suggest you run them off due to your expectations and pressures, but tools like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace can help you gauge how your members and disciples are doing.  Those tools can also help you plan one-on-one relationship building times, easily provide the means to delivery personal encouragement and love, and the opportunity to network and exponentially expand that net of love and compassion.

These tools also allow the Pastors to gauge and guard their leaders and their discipleship of others.  When the disciples of the disciples begin to disciple other disciples, communities like Facebook and communications tools like IM, email and Twitter allow one individual to quickly connect and gauge the health and growth of the body they are responsible for.

An SMS message to everyone in a persons phonebook is the fastest way to emotional dump a shocking situation on the world, but it is also the church’s easiest means of quick response too.  Prayer networks will never form faster than what you’ll see through SMS, twitter and Facebook when the recipients are compassionate, loving brothers and sisters of a single body.

Side Note

Unless you already have a large online presence and a relatively active and young congregation, I would not recommend attempting to create your own private online community.  It will not offer enough benefit to the general member for the project to be successful.  If you chose to create such a network start with the leaders first and get them involved, including moderating responsibilities and other roles, so that it is as much their project as it is the church’s.

I would not discourage having a blog or community forum for your leaders after you have a larger number of leaders who are all actively involved and own the ministry in their own way.  Communal ministries cannot form and grow while one person is the face of the community.  The other leaders have to be as much a part of the ministry as the pastor is because the leaders can feel that the cost of participation in another online community is worth their effort.

 Part Two

I'll continue this discussion in part two with "How does the "Flat" world change our ministry".

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Why should I...

by Benjamin Anderson 13. June 2006 02:07

This summer has already been quite an experience for me.  I’ve been out of Master’s for over a year, and I watched several of my friends graduate from their second year and move on to other areas of life.  I’m now one of the senior guys at work, though my title doesn’t reflect it, and I’m working on getting my own place.  It’s a lot of change, and yet it’s really all still the same.

Over the years while working with the young adults group at church, I’ve seen alot of things, people, and events come and go.  I’ve watched people storm out of the church, fall out of the church, hide from the church, been asked to leave to church, and others leave on good terms.  I’ve been through five name changes, four format changes and a boat load of leaders and regulars.  Our emphasis has always been on relationships, because as young adults that’s what matters more than the teachings, the events and the outreaches.  All of those things help build relationships, but the relationships and connections are what keep the people coming back.  Too many young adults are caught up in themselves so much that a growing relationship with God isn’t exactly possible without first coming into contact with others that are solely focused on their and other’s relationship with Christ.

There are times when I’m selfish and I sleep in on Sundays, and times with I have some much to do that I’m still gather things when everything is about to start, but there is never a time that I put anything else higher than building relationoships with other young adults.

This summer though has brought on a whole different perspective on connecting with young adults.  I’m not a partier, and I never have been, so this summer was my first time to ever attend a keg party, and this weekend was my first time to ever go to a club aside from business and convention events.  Both of these “opportunities” opened my eyes alot.  The party was hosted by an old friend from high school, and nearly everyone there was a complete stranger.  I knew four people there, and by the time I finally left there were at least 40 to 50 people there.  I hadn’t really talked any to those that I knew already since high school, but everyone at the party was very accepting.  It didn’t matter how laid back you were, how loud and roudy, or how dorky you were, everyone accepted you.  Whether it was real or not, I didn’t stay to find out, nor do I really care, because the reality of it is, it felt real.  The feeling wasn’t a result of alcohol, because I didn’t drink enough to even feel the slightest bit.

My first time in a club was a very similar experience, though my interaction with others never exceeded more than three words, I felt like everyone there accepted me.  I’m not a dancer, I’m not the most attractive, nor am I very bold and out going, but people treated me with respect when we came into contact, and I felt cool despite my short comings.

I wouldn’t ever advicate that someone should seek out clubs or parties for their acceptance, but I know that I haven’t felt or seen that kind of openess and acceptance from anyone in a church, ever.  That is something seriously wrong.  Now, I’m not saying that the churches I’ve attended are bad, or there is something horribly wrong with them, I’m saying that there is a void in the church’s atmosphere that is a very noticeble emptiness to anyone that doesn’t have Christ or has strayed too far away.  Without that emptiness that I know and feel being filled by Christ himself, I couldn’t stand to go to church myself.  And what I’m saying doesn’t apply to every christian group or organization, because some are so overwhelmingly accepting that it’s hard to tell that they are even Christian, not because they are immoral or deviant, but because their overwhelming acceptance is louder than their message about Christ.

It’s sad to say there there will never be a way to have it both ways, because it’s the message and the principles that make us who we are, but what are we really doing to give people a reason not to go the the clubs, bars and parties?  What do we offer someone that hasn’t heard the message already to even give them the slightest interest in who we are and what we do?

Your prayer meetings and bible studies aren’t going to get people to leave the clubs.  Your outreaches aren’t going to give people the confidence and medicate the problems they are facing, but the alcohol does.  You’re activites will never recieve the visitor like a party does while the members feel superior and can’t associate with someone that has problems.

God can reach these people. God can help them with their problems.  God can give them a perminent fix to their empty problem.  But he needs us so he can do the work.  What are we doing, how are we offering it, and why aren’t they accepting it?

Yes, I did get a high from my experience this weekend, and despite being sick, I felt great.  But I know that the affects that my experience had on me are very much temporary, and without a perminent and everylasting fix, the process would have to be repeated ever so often, with the ‘ever’ becoming shorting and the ‘often’ becoming the more frequent.

How is it so easy to get caught up in the temporary.  It’s so expensive and harmful, yet it is so effective… Why is it so hard for people to truly connect with God without going through Hell first?

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