I may at some point expand on some of these, but I wanted to go ahead and get these thoughts down now. I have a record of who said these quotes or gave these figures, but have kept names out for now. Anyway, here is some of what God’s been showing me thus far, here at Urbana Conference, December 2009. The ones in bold have particulairly stuck out to me for one reason or another!
-God’s mission is a lot smaller than you think and a lot bigger than you think.
-We need to go to people where THEY are comfortable. Meet them where they are.
-Truth means rejection as well as acceptance.
-Planning and strategizing are okay if they are the means, but not okay if they become the goal.
-90% of the world is poorer than Americans – how are we taking care of our ‘global family?’
-The most common command in the Bible is: “Don’t be afraid.”
-The center of God’s will is not the safest place to be, but it is the best place to be.
-You have to step out, and take risks for God to deliver you.
-Beware of praise, welcome criticism.
-Give away before you have too much.
-Live below your income instead of most of Americans who live above their income.
-Material inheritance when inherited, rots. Eternal inheritance lasts forever.
-Many people need to SEE the gospel before they can HEAR it. (Actions speak louder than words). This takes time.
-God wants your “life time.”
-It is estimated that of all the books that are bought, on average people don’t read past page 18.
-Emotions etch memories – Stories evoke emotions.
-Climbing a ladder – have you ever climbed a ladder when a rung was missing? How far will you make people jump to make the connections between the Beginning and the End. (on the importance of sequential, chronological Bible storying)
-There is enough for everyone’s need, but not everyone’s greed.
-If you cannot give away your possessions (yes, that includes your iphones, ipods, clothing, cell phone), then you are possessed by them.
-Humility means keeping our mouths shut and opening our ears.
-We should live to be forgotten.
-Jesus spent 30 years listening to us, learning our language and culture before he began his ministry.
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