Get out of my way

I recently had a chance to visit the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.  If you have never been, it is a beautiful part of the country.  One of the pictures is the sunrise we saw on our way home.  The other is the view of Cold Mountain from our balcony.  As I sat and admired the awesomness (is that a word?) of God’s creation I started thinking.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)

You probably know that a mustard seed is a very small seed.  If we have a very small amount of faith, God can do great things in and through us.  Looking at the mountain I had to ask myself if I had the faith to speak to Cold Mountain and tell it to get out of my way?  I believe with all my heart that God could move the mountain, but my level of faith would fall short when it comes to believing if God would move it.
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Success in Ministry

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be”

George Sheehan

Many times success in ministry is defined by how many kids show up on Sunday morning.  Or how much money you make.  Or how big is your budget.  Or any number of other things.  I sometimes have to remind myself those things are not necessary for success. Continue reading