Motivational quote: "Excellent organizations do not foster 'we and they' attitudes." -Tom Peters
Thought: Especially in a church, there is no room for 'we and they.' If you are harboring a 'we were here when....' and 'they weren't' division, you need to let it go.
Prayer: Lord, today we'll be hearing from your people about your word. Give each of our speakers courage and guidance. I think you, Lord God, that you speak to others as well as to me!
Proverbs 29:1 ->There is no guarantee of a 'final warning.'
Proverbs 29:2 ->Is this even when the people are evil?
Proverbs 29:9 ->Such as some of the more argumentative moments in apologetics.
Proverbs 29:15 ->and what about the idea of the church as 'mother'? And our lack of church discipline?
Proverbs 29:18 ->Without God's word! This is not about 'vision statements' or the actions of leaders.
Proverbs 29:20 ->And fools don't have much hope.
1 Timothy 3:7 ->Reputation needs to be a reputation of God-centered righteousness. Also, I'm seeing a need for those outside to know he's a church leader, to have a reputation for his church leadership. This is not about a 'business' reputation or outside skills, it's about the outside world realizing that God is the focus of this man's living and that they can't dissuade him.
Moving toward the Horizon,