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Greetings everyone! The line above in the title line is part of a worship song called Worthy Is The Lamb. I remember learning this song during my two years as a student at Sunset International Bible Institute. This song is POWERFUL! So powerful it gives me chills up and down my spine just thinking about it. The song talks about Jesus, His life, death, and resurrection. The whole song shows Jesus is the Worthy Lamb!

The most powerful part of the song to me is the phrase “the darling of heaven crucified, worthy is the Lamb!”. The Darling of heaven! What a phrase! Jesus was and is darling to God. Jesus is and should be darling to us. I am extremely sure this song is even more impacting to those who are parents, thinking about their own darling children. No parent on the face of this earth would even think about giving even one of their own children to die for any other person. Even if that other person were a close personal friend, much less someone they didn’t even know.

I think of my parents, grandparents, siblings and siblings-in-law, nephew, nieces, aunts, uncles, and all my extended family; they are all darling to me. I wouldn’t give up any of them for anyone else either.

Yet God gave up His Darling to save those who were His enemies. How powerful is that?!

What do you think? Comments? Questions? Do tell, do tell. Thanks! God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

PS. Does anyone know all the words to this song? If you do, please put them in the comments section. Thanks :}

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Greetings everyone! I hope and pray everyone is having a blessed day.

My family and I had a lovely time in Florida for a family reunion on my grandmother’s (we call her Nana) side of the family. We had it at Fort Walton Beach, FL and we all stayed in condos there. Each of them had a great view of the Gulf of Mexico. I got pretty sun burned so I’ve been getting a lot of alavera (how ever it’s spelled) on my sun burns. They are feeling a lot better today. A few others in my family got sun burned also.

This is Wednesday, so please say some special prayers for AIM students all over the world who are serving God and churches all over the world today.

My Dad is going to have his heart valve replacement procedure next Monday. So please be praying for him. All of us in our family are a pretty concerned about him. He’s in God’s hands, and there’s no better place to be.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! The following is just some thoughts about something that has become an epademic of sorts in the church today. I recently purchased and started reading Sticky Church by Dr Larry Osborn. In the first chapter he addressed this very issue. If one church gains ten new members but then has seven leave through the back door (a 30% retention rate), what good does that due? Something is obviously not right. If a church across town gains ten people and looses three out the back door (70% retention rate), they are obviously doing something right. The second church in this pretend scenario is a “sticky” church.

Now it is not my intent in this post to review Dr Osborn’s book here, but it did get the wheels in my brain to start churning about this subject. How can we make our churches “sticky” churches? How can we close the proverbial back door? Here are a few I had. Inviting visitors out to lunch and/or dinner to your house after church. One of the elders or ministers inviting new members to their home for a meal after church when they first place membership.  New converts classes to teach the basics their new found faith. New members classes for new members. This could include talking about spiritual gifts, helping the new members discover theirs, and help them find or establish a ministry for them to get involved. Visiting all visitors and new members as soon as possible. Finding a small group for them and help them get involved in the small groups ministry.

That’s about all I have. What do you think about these things? What do you think about this? Any more suggestions? Any thing I have on this list you don’t like and would extract from the list? I would love to know what you all think and hear your ideas. Comments? Questions? Do tell. Thanks! God bless. Grace and Peace.

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