It may already be too late. This creep is sneaky. Everyone is vulnerable, regardless of age, class, gender or race. But you don’t have to let this creep near you. Let me tell you how!
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No, my actual thoughts aren’t on fire. And yes, right now in one corner of my brain, Alicia Keys is belting out her hit single, “Girl on Fire.”
But my actual thoughts are on the acronym FIRE which stands for “Financial Independence Retiring Early.” Have you heard of it? It’s a movement that’s picking up steam and even headlines.
“Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
You know these words because you’ve felt them. Overwhelmed and without recourse, you’ve remained open to the possibilities of what only God can do.
Connect the dots is magical — at least for someone like me, who barely managed a passing grade in high school art class!
In my work this past year, I’ve been connecting the dots between churches and the benefits of partnering with Barnabas Foundation
If you’ve not been able to connect the dots either, let me help.
Lottery records will keep shattering. Dreams about how to spend untold millions will continue to be spun by throngs.
But does this mean the Church can’t grow believers who know better?
In the past year, I’ve realized many churches miss something critical that other Christian not-for-profits get.
I typically don’t let secrets slip, but this is one cat I’m happy to let out of the bag.
Few church members will receive fame and accolades the way Aretha Franklin did during her lifetime.
But every believer, no matter how meager their circumstances, can be afforded care from another believer who, in Jesus’ name, says to him or her, “Let’s make sure you have a will.”
“Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need… They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” (Acts 2:45-47, NIV)
By Rev. Phillip Leo, Church Communications Director
A millennial friend recently told me he gives to charities that fight diabetes. He gives to his church, too – but there’s a personal connection to the cause of diabetes. His father suffers from this disease, so giving to find a cure feels just that much more personal.
There’s a growing threat to believers, with the potential for catastrophe developing right under our noses.