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Laodicea or Philadelphia?
Too many Churches (in my opinion) spend the vast amount of their elders & board meetings going over the finances of the Church and the little problems that seem to abound instead of using the majority of that time to pray for these different aspects of the Church and watch God work His miracle blessings.
I truly believe if the leaders would take a different approach to “running” the Church with prayer as their main point of view, things would be much better than they are. My approach is that the leaders should not be so concerned about the money aspect as they should be about the spiritual level of the people in the congregation.
In Matthew 18:3-4 we are told to be “humble” like a little child. To me Jesus is saying that we must humble ourselves and depend on Him just like a little child depends on his parents. The little child depends on his parents for his or her well-being and safety. If the Church leaders would only humble themselves to the Lord and depend on Him instead of their own selves, I believe our Churches would be in much better condition that they now are.
Too many Churches are concentrating on numbers of members instead of the spiritual life of their existing members. A small gathering of forty truly God-dependent people will accomplish more for the Lord and the community than two hundred spiritually dead members could only dream of.
Depend on God, not Man.
I plead to Elders and Board members of all the Churches to not be like the Church of Laodicea and to be more like the Church of Philadelphia instead. (Revelations, chapter 3)
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