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I saw this and thought it was a good explanation as to why I include the gospel in every message.

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Mega-Church Survey

42-16845576Here are a few interesting quotes from and article entitled, “Survey Examines America’s Megachurchgoers”.

Megachurches also tend to draw in a lot more new people compared to the typical church. Over two-thirds (68 percent) of megachurch attendees have been there five years or less while only 40 percent of those in churches of all sizes joined the church recently. Almost half (45 percent) of attendees of a typical church have been there for more than 10 years.

Although megachurches have nearly twice as many new attendees, most of the new people are already Christians and came from another church. Seventy-seven percent said they have been long-time committed Christ followers for seven or more years and only 2 percent said they are not a follower. Also, 18 percent had not attended church for a while before coming to the megachurch and just 6 percent said they never went to church previously.

“[T]hese findings suggest that many participants are interacting with the megachurches on their own terms, to meet their own individualized needs,” the researchers state in their report, noting that megachurches offer a multitude of choices and avenues by which churchgoers’ spiritual needs can be met.

“As such, involvement at these (and perhaps all) churches may be less about creating an idealized plan to move someone toward commitment and more about providing many ways by which people could craft their unique, customized spiritual experience to meet their needs,” the researchers add.

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Shiver Me Twitters

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Twitter – a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

There a few thoughts I would like to share about this “phenomenon”. Not that anyone really cares what I think, but I will feel better for getting it off of my chest.

1. Anyone who believes enough people care about what they are doing to take the time to continually “twitter” thinks way to much of themselves.

2. Anyone who has the time to read through their list of “friends” multiple times a day to see what they’re doing has too much idle time on their hands.

3. Repetitively answering one question hardly constitutes communication. While an exchange of information may take place, letting me know what you are doing does not help me clearly understand your thoughts and feelings (a definition of communication).

4. Has anyone ever “twittered” the following:

a. “Ignoring my friends, family, and co-workers that are currently in my presence to read what others who are not in my presence are doing.”
b. “Losing the ability to look others in the eye and speak clearly as I hide in and become used to virtual reality.”

5. The only “real-time” is face-to-face or at least audible voice-time.

My friends are those who take the time to actually call me, talk to me, or spend time with me face-to-face. And honestly, I could care less when they are driving to Wal-mart or finished studying and heading to the office for a day of meetings.

Of course, I could have just “twittered”, “Twittering nauseates me.” but no one would actually understand why. All the more reason to just say, “NO!”

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“The Gospel is about who God is and what He has done in spite of who we are and what we’ve done. It is good news for us because it isn’t about us.” Just click on the picture and listen to the whole program from which this quote is taken.

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A couple of weeks ago, I made the comment that I liked Christian Rap. Lisa over at Deo Volente commented about that little known fact as well.

Well, here are a couple reasons why. As my friend Mike said, this is the fastest you’ll ever hear sound doctrine. I found a couple of videos with the lyrics for those of you who may have trouble understanding anyone who sings/talks this fast.

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Piano and Guitar RecitalWe are so blessed to have a large number of talented children as well as young men and women within our church. Many have been gifted with musical abilities, a few of which are in the picture to the left.

These are the Legacy children/students involved in the Focus on the Fingers Recital held last Monday at the Chapel on the Creeks in Rogers. Each of these students performed marvelously to the glory of God. I wish to thank Todd, Dana, Hayden, and the rest of the Renfrows for a job well done in teaching our students the art of playing the piano and guitar, but also for the godly example they provide for their students. The recital was a success. Everyone involved deserves a hearty “Congratulations and Praise the Lord!”

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