a few kicks in the right direction

Today I received a one-two-three combination punch from Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life.  Lean in and hear the truth contained in this nugget:

The church that is content with not growing is saying to the rest of the world "You can go to hell"
I was going to compile a list of other quotes that spoke to me this week, but it turns out Todd Rhodes at Monday Morning Insight already did it for me.  He included Rick's, as well as these others from his list:
“It's much easier to act like a Christian than to react like one. Anyone can put on an act. But your reactions reveal what is really in your heart.”
- Mark Batterson

“I do not want to be guilty of leading a church passionate about reaching the saved, but fanatics reaching the lost. I have noticed, that every Christian wants to see the lost saved, but not every Christian wants their church to cater to the lost.”
- Shannon O'Dell

“I can't Christianize this culture. The god of this world is Satan – this is his culture. He is the god of this age. I'm to preach the gospel... God is calling a people for Himself. I don't know whom He's calling, I just have to be faithful and preach.”
--Franklin Graham

“Being a leader does not mean that we will never be in situations that make us shake in our shoes; in fact, it means quite the opposite. When a leader allows the fear of a circumstance to trump the fear of God in his life... he ceases to lead.”
- Perry Noble

“A leader is a person who is always on the lookout for other potential leaders to discover, develop, and deploy. But if we are not careful, all our energy can leak out to passion stealers, stranding us on a sandbar of mediocrity and ineffectiveness.”
- Dave Kraft

“After wrestling with this for years, I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that a church building may not be the best location for church employees to do their work.”
- Erik Ullestad

“Have we created a theological ideology that eliminates any discomfort and marginalizes any element that would cause us pain or even death?”
- Brady Boyd

“Is the seductive, deceptive lure of some sin such as anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, and sexual immorality, creeping into your heart? Is there anyone you've been withholding forgiveness from? Do you secretly celebrate the failures of people around you? Have any secrets that you're working hard to keep from some of your closest friends?”
- Pete Wilson

“In my experience, once it's clear you're willing (not just willing, but itching, moving, and yes, implementing) without them, things start to happen. People are rarely willing to step up and stop you, and often just waiting to follow someone crazy enough to actually do something.”
- Seth Godin

 What nuggets have you heard recently that have kicked you in the right direction?

1 comment:

  1. I like Rick Warren, and I like someone he has collaborated with that does a daily devotional, Jon Walker, author of Grace Creates.. His quote is from this portion as follows from his Friday Devotion "others can, you cannot":
    "Step with the Spirit by Jon Walker

    Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 (NIV)

    — — —

    All day I’d been involved in a debate. There was something I wanted to do which I knew other Christians were involved with, but I felt a check from the Holy Spirit telling me I shouldn’t.

    And as it happened, late in the day, I was working on a project with Rick Warren. He pulled some papers from his printer and handed them to me to read.

    When I came to the last page, God ended the day-long debate. There were four words on the paper: “Others can; you cannot.”

    Sometimes the Spirit leads us to greater restriction than the law requires: “where others can; we cannot.”

    At other times, the Spirit may direct us to do more than the law requires, as foreshadowed by Jesus: “If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles” (Matthew 5:41 NLT)."

    For me,when I read Mr. Walker's devotion, it just confirms.. the partying lifestyle that all my old Christian friends continue to do, and hanging out in bars, is not for me. I even had this discussion with an old friend from an old church, and she agreed with me, people reject you for that, but we have to follow Christ. It was good to re-connect with an old friend who understood and been through that. We sometimes lose a lot of friends that way, because they no longer want to hang with us because we don't act like the world. And that's ok! God brings new friends into our lives and amazing experiences that never would have happened, if we hadnt the courage to let go of old ways and follow Jesus!