Psalm 73:26 (nlt) --- My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Just returned from a denominational meeting here in our state, and to be honest with you, it was not like any other denominational meeting that I have attended in the past.
No fighting. Lots of encouragement. No downfalls in budgets. Lots and lots of music and preaching. Little business. Refreshing, to say the least.
This was an encouraging couple of days. Had the blessing of taking our missions team leader from The Community with me, and we had a great time. We will just call him Bubba for now. As we drove, we dreamed and talked. As we listened and began to understand, we dug in to see where God has us and where He wants us. It was good as it really brought us stuff for gettin' strong and stronger.
So, here are some note from various speakers we heard:
Doyle Chauncey (executive director of the SBCV) --- Challenges ahead of us (and all organizations) in the coming days include the erosion of inherent loyalty, conflict between priorities and practice, and increase of competition verses cooperation.
O.S. Hawkins (CEO of Guidestone) --- leadership is characterized by punctuation marks left through our history and there are 2 kinds of leaders: the one who leads by public consensus (what the people want) and the one who leads by personal conviction (what the people need).
Ergun Caner (President of Liberty Seminary) --- It is a question of authority. No other world system has a god who is a Savior!
Bob Jones (pastor of Euclid Ave Baptist in Bristol, VA) --- a little act of obedience (to God) will be filled with the glory of God and be used to touch lives for Him.
Tyler Scarlett (pastor of Forest VA Baptist ... quoting Ravi Zacharias) --- God didn't come to make bad people good but to make dead people live.
Mac Brunson (pastor of FBC Jacksonville, FL) --- The land of the vanishing church...is the place where 2 things happen: lack of evangelism and accommodation (an attempt to make people comfortable).
There is more, much more. God uses all kinds of things to make sure we are gettin' strong and stronger...