Showing posts from February, 2012

Aim Small, Miss Small

There are some movies you can watch over and over again and still be entertained. Movies like Forrest Gump, Rocky, or The Blind Side never get old. Yet one of my favorites is "The Patriot" with Mel Gibson. I love that movie! It was that movie that spawned something in my spirit about our giving strategies for our church. Do you remember the part where Colonel Benjamin Martin was rushing through the woods with his two young sons, in an attempt to ambush the British and rescue his oldest son? He handed his young boys a rifle and said, "Boys, Aim small, miss small." What did he mean? He meant if they aimed at the man and missed, they missed the man; but if they aimed at a button on their jackets, they could miss the button but still hit the man. I think we need to adopt this same principle to our churches in terms of giving. Let me share just a couple of things the Lord slammed me with a few weeks ago. Our congregations are made up of different entities (young

Three Targets of Division

Over the years I have learned that one of the most vulnerable places for the enemy to hit the church is the staff. Satan knows that if dissension exists among the very group that leads, plans, and ministers to people, the vision becomes blurred and the mission begins to drift far from what God called the church to do. As I was reading the Bible, the Holy Spirit spoke something to me from the words of Jesus. In Matthew's gospel, chapter eleven, the Pharisees were doing what they do best, trying to catch Jesus in some sort of doctrinal error. In this particular instance, they accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Satan (what idiots!) Here, Jesus says something that I believe speaks, not only to the Pharisees, but also to each of us and especially those of us who serve on church staff. Jesus says, "Knowing their thoughts, He said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself is laid to waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.&qu