we interrupt this multi-site conversation...ummm...was going to talk with our tech guys bout our multi-site technology, but since we are 4 days out from launch, and they are still deciding which way to go...I think I will postpone that one. And pray.
Anyway, I will interrupt for this string of questions that are killing me:
What will it take to get our country to realize that we can't live on CREDIT? (It's so bad right now that I think my 401K will be sending me a bill that I owe them!)
Why do we live in such an instant gratification society?
When will we learn?
What will it take to get us to stop this cycle?
Why do I make the same mistakes? Why do I make the same mistakes?
Let me ask you this: As a church, are you hanging on? I know we have a long way to go to be steady, prepared and have money in reserve, but we're working towards it! Our Executive Pastor told me this week that we are making solid progress, and that is an answer to prayer. This downturn has hurt everyone, everywhere, especially small town America.
My prayer is that we can pay off our building in the next 3-5 years. I hate carrying that debt, but we had like 20 services or something in a tiny space...lovin the idea of Francis Chan's model.
An outdoor deal that lets the community share in the love. Wouldn't work too well in Ohio...but there is something there we could bite on.
How about personally? How is it rolling? We will talk about finances one week during this SERIES kicking off this weekend. FINANCES KILL MARRIAGES AT A RAPID PACE!!! IT IS A DISEASE!!!!Looking for a great resource on handling finances? CHECK THIS OUT.
People at our church (and several people who don't attend church but have come to New Hope to learn this...have paid off tens of thousands of $$$ toward financial freedom). It's a great outreach to those in the community and a great growth tool for those in the church. DO SOMETHING! PEOPLE ARE HURTING AND THE CHURCH MUST STEP UP!
When we finally realize that we cannot live on credit, then everything changes.
People must realize that they cannot work their lives away to pay for things they can't afford, and then, since they are so busy working to pay for what they can't afford, they can't use the stuff that they are working so hard for that they can't afford, and then not only can't they use it, but while they are working to keep their heads above water, their family/life is going to hell, not to mention their spiritual lives.
I pray we all wake up and let it begin with ME! Let it begin with our church! Let us realize that the love of money truly is the root of all kinds of evil. May we start to love God more than stuff. Been there, done that, still struggle at times!
How about you? Where are you right now...where are you heading? Where do you think the country is heading? Share the love with us.
blessing, peace, and financial freedom.