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predicting the future

I am not a prophet. I’m not the son of a prophet, or the seventh son of a seventh son… But I feel pretty confident making some predictions about the year to come.

  • There will be many people in our community who are far from God. Our county is rural, recent Census data puts our population around 20,000. Research indicates that around 25% of those people have any church involvement.
  • There will be many hurting, needy people in our community. Unemployment exceeds 10%, 12.2 percent of children under 18 live at or below the poverty level.  We get calls with startling regularity from people who need helping paying utility bills or buying food.
  • There will be marriages in danger of breaking up.
  • There will be people whose attempts to ease their pain will lead to bondage in substance abuse and addiction.
  • There will be people whose job situation racks them with stress.
  • There will be people for whom life circumstances are relatively stable and good – but they struggle with a feeling of emptiness, and can’t shake the feeling that there has to be more to life…

And here’s the good news – God has strategically raised up a group of people who are capable of bringing hope, healing, and purpose to those who struggle.  He has strategically given His people a means of seeing marriages, lives, and careers saved, transformed…

The people are me and you. The means is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Real change, life altering transformation will come to our community when we take seriously the call to share the gospel.

Let’s determine today to let nothing keep us from doing that where we live, work, and go to school in 2011.

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  1. December 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Amen, Scott!

  2. December 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    That’s orienting to God’s will – great encouragement.

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