God Answers, But Are We Listening?


We are constantly asking of God, but we often do not listen to what God has to say…even if it is a no.

Consider watching this clip of the Man With Two Brains…classically telling of how most of us listen to God and how we choose not to hear the answer that God gives because it is not what we want to hear.

How to Have a More Loving Church, and Why It’s So Vital By Rick Warren


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One of the most important factors for the growth of your church, of any church, of the kingdom for that matter, is how loving we are as Christians. It’s absolutely essential that we lead our churches to be love-filled communities. It’s love that reaches people. You don’t argue people into the kingdom of heaven. You love them into the kingdom of heaven.

How do you have a loving church? Three steps:

1. Accept everybody.

Have you ever been in a church of spiritual snobs? We get it and you don’t. Do you know why people have a hard time accepting others? They confuse acceptance with approval. There’s a big difference between acceptance and approval. You can accept somebody without approving of his lifestyle. He may be doing something totally contrary to the word of God, but you can accept him as a person without approving of the sin he’s involved in.

Romans 15:7 says, “Accept one another just as Christ accepted you.” That’s a start — acceptance. At Saddleback we are trying to cultivate an attitude of acceptance. At Saddleback, we communicate that the church is a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints. If you’re perfect, you don’t belong here. This is a church where people are growing. This is a church for people who don’t have it all together. We have every kind of background you can imagine in this church. We’ve got Catholics, Charismatics, Jews, Buddhists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Assembly of God, Pentecostal, Evangelical Free, nothing and atheists. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been. It matters where you are now and if you know Jesus. If you want to grow up more and become more like Him every day, you’re welcome here.

2. Appreciate everybody.

This goes a little bit further than acceptance. Philippians 2:35 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. Each of you should look not only to your own interest but also the interest of others.” Appreciate everybody. Find something you can like, not just accept. Tell them so. With some people this may require a little creativity. You may have to look a little while. Maybe you just need to value them for their uniqueness. What a boring church we would be if we all shared the same personality!

3. Affirm everybody.

Give everybody a lift whenever you can. I Thess. 5:11 says, “Encourage one another and build each other up.” When people stumble, don’t criticize, sympathize. Be an encourager, not a condemner. You can encourage people just by smiling at them. The ministry of greeters in your church is crucial and vital. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Cover your campus with people who love the Lord and who show it in their faces. Give a welcome handshake, a smile.

Absolutely nothing can stop the church that’s filled with love. Nothing. It doesn’t happen accidentally. It requires an all out effort by each member of your congregation. Everybody needs to contribute to the atmosphere of the church. Love draws outside people in. I believe that God is just waiting for a church that will love people unconditionally. He can use that kind of church to spark a spiritual awakening in your city that all the forces of hell couldn’t stop. It would change the climate of your community for Christ. Nothing can stop a loving church.

You Have Yourself to Blame

Vincent Egoro

It is really intriguing, how we often fail to accept responsibilities in life. People hardly want to accept responsibilities for the failings and misadventures in their lives. We blame our Parents, Spouses, Children, Friends, Bosses, Colleagues, Employees, Enemies, our pets, and every other thing but ourselves. The truth is nobody can hinder you from doing what you want, if your mind is really focused on it.  And whatever reasons we may give for our failures are simply excuses, whether we want to admit it or not.

Folks no one else makes you fail, you have only have yourself to blame. True achievers, all truly great people know this truth. They accept responsibilities over their lives, only losers blame others. If you find yourself always blaming others for most of the results in your life, why don’t you try examining your actions or inactions in the events that produced the results, you…

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