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The Touch That Transforms – Going for Broke

Key Bible Verse:  “I know all the things you do … You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.”  Revelation 3:8

Couple Working in Homeless ShelterBonus Reading:  Revelation 3: 7-13

Our Willow Creek Community Church has partnered with several churches in Waveland, Mississippi, a Gulf Coast town hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.  Rick Long, pastor of Orange Beach, Alabama’s, small but dynamic Christian Life Church, realized God had opened a door for his Church to walk through in the wake of the hurricane damage.

They started organizing an incredible relief effort.  They even used the money they’d been collecting for a new building.  Needless to say, they quickly burned through all of it.

As Rick said, “Our little church [was] way in over its head.”  At one point they were feeding 6,000 people a day and providing all their supplies and clothes.  But this little Church’s relief effort is now being called one of the best the National Health Department has ever seen.

That’s the kind of Church Jesus was speaking to in the above Key Bible Verse.

The key to our effectiveness is to realize how little our strength is and stay dependent upon the one who has the strength—the holy and true one, the one who holds the keys.  You don’t have to be big, impressive, or well-known to be effective.  You just have to follow his voice.

—Mike Breaux in Preaching Today


My Response: A vision for service that could excite my church would be …


Thought to Apply: True heroism is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.  —Arthur Ashe (tennis pro)

Adapted from an article in Preaching Today


Prayer for the Week:  Please make my life count, Lord, by helping to transform the lives of those who are hurting.



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