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The Bible Contains...

The mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.  

It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter.

Where paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.

Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.

It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.

It is given you in life, will be open at the judgment, and be remembered forever.

It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its holy contents.

It tells the good news, Christ died for our sins, paid our debt in full, rose from the dead, and was seen by hundreds.

It offers you forgiveness of sins, a brand new life, a new start in life, an eternity of joy and pleasures forever more, a chance to receive the Lord Jesus as your Savior and get in on it all, do it now or reject Him and miss it all.


You Will Always Reap What You Sow

The story is told about Ignace Paderewski's career. The famous Polish pianist agreed to play a concert organized by two Stanford University students working their way through school. Paderewski's manager said they would have to guarantee the artist a fee of $2,000. The boys agreed and eventually the concert was held.

Though the two student promoters worked hard, they took in only $1,600. Discouraged, they told Paderewski of their efforts and handed him the $1,600 with a note promising to pay him the balance of $400. But the artist tore up the note and gave them back the $1,600. "Take your expenses out of this," he said, "give yourselves each 10% of what's left for your work, and let me have the rest."

Years later, Paderewski was faced with feeding the people of his war-ravaged Poland. Amazingly, even before a request was made, thousands of tons of food were sent to Poland by the United States.

Paderewski later traveled to Paris to thank Herbert Hoover, who headed up the US relief effort. "That's all right, Mr. Paderewski," said Hoover, "I knew that the need was great. And besides, though you may not remember it, I was one of the two college students whom you generously helped when I was in need."

This story from Paderewskiís life is a perfect example of sowing and reaping. In Godís plan if we are obedient to sow when He asks then it is His responsibility to bring in the reaping. The most incredible part is waiting to see how He does it. It is not a matter of will He but when and how!


All in Perspective

A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope propped up prominently on the center of the bed. It was addressed, "Dad"

With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter with trembling hands:

Dear Dad, It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you. I've been finding real passion with Joan and she is so nice-even with all her piercing, tattoos, and her tight Motorcycle clothes. But it's not only the passion dad, she's pregnant and Joan said that we will be very happy. Even though you won't care for her as she is so much older than I, she already owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. She wants to have many more children with me and that's now one of my dreams too.

Joan taught me that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone and we'll be growing it for us and trading it with her friends for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Joan can get better; she sure deserves it!

Don't worry Dad, I'm 15 years old now and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I'm sure we'll be back to visit so you can get to know your grandchildren.

Your loving son, John

PS:

Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at the neighbor's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than my report card that's in my desk center drawer. I love you! Call when it is safe for me to come home.


Trust

Years ago, I was enthralled as I listened to a pastor who for several years had faithfully served the church. His executive responsibilities had taken him all over this country. As he concluded his message, he told of one of the most frightening yet thought-provoking experiences of his life.

He had been on a long flight. The first warning of the approaching problem came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: "Fasten your seat belts." Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened."

As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of the announcer said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us."

And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, "As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.

And then, I suddenly saw a girl to whom the storm meant nothing. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat and was reading a book. Everything within her small world was calm and orderly. Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid.

The minister could hardly believe his eyes. It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, he lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.

Having commented about the storm and behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. The sweet child replied, "Sir, my Dad is the pilot, and he is taking me home."


The Alabaster Box of Your Love and Friendship

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.

"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins.

"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

George William Childs put it like this: "Do not keep the alabaster box of your love and friendship sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier. The kind things you mean to say when they are gone, say before they go."


Regret City
Author Unknown

I hadn't really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. This is my annual "Guilt Trip."

I got tickets to fly there on "WISH-I-HAD" airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my "baggage," which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was loaded down with a thousand memories of "what might have been."

No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town. As I checked into the "Last Resort" Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year's most important event -- the annual "Pity Party."

I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there. First, there would be the "Done" family; you know, "Should Have," "Would Have" and "Could Have." Then came the "I Had" family. You probably know old "Wish" and his clan. Of course, the "Opportunities" family; "Missed and Lost," would be present. The biggest family there would be the "Yesterday's."

There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share. Of course, "Shattered Dreams" would surely make an appearance. The "It's Their Fault" family would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in their life. Each story would be loudly applauded by the "Don't Blame Me" and "I Couldn't Help It" committee.

To make a long story short, I went to this depressing party, knowing full well there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that this trip and subsequent "pity parties" COULD be canceled by ME!

I started to realize that I did not have to be there. And I didn't have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN'T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as being encouraging.

Knowing this, I left Regret City immediately, and didn't leave a forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the past? YES! But there is no way to undo them. So, if you're planning a trip back to Regret City, please cancel all those reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a really nice place called: "Starting Again."

I like it so much that I've made it my permanent residence. My neighbors, the "Been Forgiven" and the "We're Saved" are so very helpful. By the way, you don't have to carry around the heavy baggage anymore either. That load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. Just thank God for salvation.

If you need directions, just look into your heart, and enter by "Grace Way." No taxes or other cost. God's Son paid the price, in full, for all sins and transgressions, a long time ago. Look me up if you're ready for a total change in your life. I now live on "His Will Way."

Sincerely,
   "Born Again"


The Mayonnaise Jar and the Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the coffee...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, " I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your wife out to dinner. Maybe even play another 18. There's always time to clean the house and fix the disposal."

Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."


My Choices

It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of the solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met.

For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love... No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness, I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy... I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical...the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace... I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience... I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complaining that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness... I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness... I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness... Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I choose gentleness... Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself. I choose self-control... I am a spiritual being.

After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." - John 9:5


Bible Vitamins

Anxious? Take Vitamin A.
All things work together for good for those who love God,

Blue? Take Vitamin B.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, (Ps 103:1)

Crushed? Take Vitamin C.
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Pet 5:7)

Depressed? Take Vitamin D.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (Jas 4:8)

Empty? Take Vitamin E.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, . (Ps 100:4)

Fearful? Take Vitamin F.
Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God. (Isa 41:10)

Greedy? Take Vitamin G.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure,. (Lk 6:38)

Hesitant? Take Vitamin H.
How beautiful are the feet of the messenger who announces salvation, (Isa 52:7)

Insecure? Take Vitamin I.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)

Jittery? Take Vitamin J.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Heb 13:8)

Know nothing? Take Vitamin K.
Know this that the Lord is God, it is He that made us . (Ps 100:3)

Lonely? Take Vitamin L.
Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Mt 28:20)

Mortgaged? Take Vitamin M.
My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor 12:9)

Nervous? Take Vitamin N.
Never, no never will I leave you nor forsake you. (Heb 13:5)

Overwhelmed? Take Vitamin O.
Overcome evil with good. (Rom. 12:21)

Perplexed or puzzled? Take Vitamin P.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.. (John 14:27)

Quitting? Take Vitamin Q.
Quit you like men and women, be strong. (1 Cor 16:13)

Restless? Take Vitamin R.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. (Ps 37:7)

Scared? Take Vitamin S.
Stay with me, and do not be afraid; (1 Sam 22:23)

Tired? Take Vitamin T.
Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, (Isa 40:31)

Uncertain? Take Vitamin U.
Understand that I am (the Lord). Before me no god was formed, (Isa 43:10)

Vain? Take Vitamin V.
Vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. (Acts 5:16)

Wondering what to do? Take Vitamin W.
What does the Lord require walk humbly with your God? (Mic 6:8)

Exhausted? Take Vitamin X.
Exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (1 Tim 4:7)

Yearning for hope? Take Vitamin Y.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Ps 23"4

Zapped? Take Vitamin Z.
Zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:14)


Take the Time

Take time to think - Joshua 1:8
It is the source of power.

Take time to read - Psalm 119:130
It is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to be quiet - Psalm 46:10
It is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware - 1 Cor 12:25
It is a chance to help others.

Take time to love and be loved - 1 Cor 13:13
It is God's greatest gift.

Take time to laugh - Phil 4:4
It is the music of the soul.

Take time to be friendly - Proverb 18:24
It is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream - Psalm 121:1,2
It is hitching your wagon to a star.

Take time to pray - Phil 4:6,7
It is the greatest power on earth.

--author unknown


The Seven Wonders of the World

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."

The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.

"The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are to see, to hear. to touch, to taste, to feel, to smell, to love.


Why Jesus is better than Santa

Santa lives at the North Pole ... JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh ... JESUS walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year ... JESUS is ever present.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies ... JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited ... JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa ... JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap ... JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, what's your name?" ... JESUS knew our name before we were born. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly ... JESUS has a heart full of love

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO ... JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says "You better not cry" ... JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."

Santa's little helpers make toys ... JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but ... JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree ... JESUS became our gift and died on a tree.... The cross.

We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas.


170 Accountability Questions

1. What are you passionate about, that makes you weep and pound the table?
2. What is enough?
3. What do you want to do for God during your life,
4. How can I pray for you?
5. What did you do today that only a Christian could have done?
6. What is the greatest book that you have ever read, outside of the Bible?
7. Have you had daily time alone with God since we last met?
8. How many days alone with God have you taken?
9. Have your thoughts been pure and free from lust?
10. Have you dated your spouse every week?
11. Have you taken a day off each week for rest and restoration?
12. Have you had a daily debriefing time with your spouse?
13. Is there anyone against whom you are holding a grudge?
14. Is there any emotional attachment with someone of the opposite sex which could develop dangerously?
15. With whom could such an attachment develop in the future?
16. Have you given unselfishly to your mate's needs?
17. Are there any unresolved conflicts with your mate?
18. How often have you had family altar since we last met?
19. How often have you shared your faith? When? What happened?
20. How much time have you spent with your children? Doing what?
21. Have you spread falsehoods about another -- slander?
22. Have you repeated hurtful truth about another -- gossip?
23. Do you have any unmade restitutions?
24. Are you discipling you child? Mate? How? When?
25. Is your practice of journaling up to date?
26. How much have you fasted since we last met?
27. Have you had nightly prayers with your spouse?
28. Report on your memorizing & meditating on scripture.
29. How are you improving in your relationship with your mate?
30. Is there a brother you should try to restore from sin?
31. When did you last give a thoughtful gift to your mate?
32. In what ways have you been tempted to be proud?
33. How have you given to the needy since we last met?
34. How much time have you wasted watching T.V.?
35. Have you seen questionable movies, magazines, or videos?
36. Are you completely out of installment debt?
37. How are you avoiding materialism?
38. Have you exaggerated or lied since we last met?
39. Have you been able to ignore carnal, complaining, petty people?
40. What spiritual growth books have you read since we met?
41. Of what are you afraid? How will you defy this fear?
42. How have you played "Team Ball" with others since we last met?
43. Have you had a critical spirit since we met?
44. In what special ways have you shown love to your mate?
45. Have you been fully submissive to authority?
46. Who is it that you are tempted to envy, or be jealous of?
47. Is there any believer with whom you are out of harmony?
48. Who are you discipling and mentoring? How?
49. Was there a time when your love for God was hotter?
50. How have you attempted to make peace between others?
51. Have you taken anything not belonging to you, large or small?
52. What sexual sin have you been most tempted to commit?
53. Have you a practice which may be a stumbling block to others?
54. Have you avoided outbursts of anger or rage?
55. About what have you been inclined to boast?
56. Have you been tempted to give up? How? Why?
57. How have you clarified your life's mission since we last met?
58. Have you avoided fighting, quarreling, dissension, and factions?
59. How have you shown enduring patience since we last met?
60. Have you avoided obscenity, foolish talk, and course jokes?
61. In what ways have you been tempted to greed?
62. Have you selfish ambition? How pure is your desire to achieve?
63. Is there hate, malice, or ill will in your heart for anyone anywhere?
64. Is there any sin, which has dominion over you so that you are habitually falling in this area?
65. How have you expressed thanksgiving to God and others?
66. How have you shown submission and respect to your husband?
67. How have you shown love and tenderness to your wife?
68. Have you frivolously wasted words since we last met?
69. Have you participated in fruitless arguments?
70. Do you have you a teachable spirit?
71. Have you shown favoritism toward the rich or powerful? How?
72. In what way have you launched out in faith since we last met?
73. Have you abused your power over others? How?
74. Have you deceitfully manipulated people for your own benefit?
75. Have you been guilty of worry, anxiety, or distrust of God?
76. In what ways have you shown brotherly kindness?
77. Is there any sin of another which you have come to tolerate?
78. How have you sought opportunities to serve, listen, and help?
79. How have you cared for the needy since we last met?
80. To whom did you show Christ's love since we last met? How?
81. What known sins have you committed since we last met?
82. What temptations have you recently faced?
83. How were you delivered from these temptations?
84. What have you thought, said or done, of which you are uncertain whether it was sin or not?
85. Do you give more or get more from ministry?
86. The thing you like best about your ministry is?
87. Describe a moment of transcendent blessing with God that you personally experienced
88. Your own personal "life verse" is?
89. What are you doing in your area of ministry that you couldn't do without the aid of the Holy Spirit?
90. What would you do for God if money and time were not an object?
91. How many calls do you have in queue?
92. When was the last time you prayed in tongues?
93. On a scale of 1-10, how honest are you?
94. Did you kiss your spouse good-bye this morning?
95. Have you fasted recently?
96. How many hours did you put in last week?
97. Name one of your core values. Describe.
98. Are you occasionally looking at bad things on the internet?
99. Do you use "dirty" words?
100. Have you ever been involved in an exorcism?
101. Are you going to do something for your spouse for Valentine's Day?
102. What kind of music do you listen to the most?
103. Do you drink alcohol?
104. Do you see yourself as a servant or a master?
105. What book impacted you the most in 2001?
106. Tell us about your greatest strength; greatest weakness
107. What makes you dream?
108. If you start a project, what are the chances that you will finish it?
109. How do you keep from getting weary in "well-doing"?
110. If you had to do it all over again, would you go into the ministry?
111. Do you need to write any thank you letters?
112. On a scale of 1-10, how honest are you?
113. If you could ask God one question, and only one question, what would that question be?
114. Have you ever had to "walk on water"?
115. What is your "key virtue?"
116. Do you really believe that Jesus heals today?
117. Please define your call (short term, long term)
118. Could any of your actions toward a child in the church be considered inappropriate?
119. Day and month of your spouseís birthday/wedding anniversary
120. Have you read the Bible in its entirety?
121. Describe the anointing. How important is it to your ministry?
122. Tell of someone that you have personally lead to Jesus Christ
123. What has been your favorite accountability question?
124. What kind of music do you listen to the most?
125. Do you drink alcohol?
126. Do you see yourself as a servant or a master?
127. What book impacted you the most in 2001?
128. Greatest strength, greatest weakness?
129. Do you drink alcohol?
130. Name someone that you are personally impacting for Jesus
131. Tell of someone that you have personally lead to Jesus Christ
132. Describe the anointing. How important is it to your ministry?
133. Have you read the Bible in its entirety?
134. Day and month of your spouseís birthday/wedding anniversary
135. How many hours did you actually work for the church last Sunday through Saturday? (Donít count recreational times, meal times, drive times, etc.)
136. Could any of your actions toward a child in the church be considered inappropriate?
137. Please define your call (short term, long term)
138. Do you really believe that Jesus heals today?
139. What time do you generally arrive at the office each morning?
140. Have you ever had to "walk on water"?
141. If you could ask God one question, and only one question, what would that question be?
142. On a scale of 1-10, how honest are you?
143. Do you have a will/trust?
144. Can you think of someone that deserves a thank you card/letter from you?
145. What was the last book of the Bible that you read in its entirety?
146. Yesterday was your day off. Did you spend time in the Word?
147. Have you made a faith promise to missions yet?
148. Are you registered to vote?
149. Did you vote?
150. When was the last time that you really felt the Lord use you?
151. Rate your level of leadership skills
152. Your greatest strength, weakness as a pastor
153. Share a recent meditation on God
154. Have you prayed in the Spirit today?
155. An instance of successful intercession?
156. When you get "to busy," what is the first thing that suffers?
157. Rate your exercise discipline
158. Do you know what your cholesterol levels are?
159. Do you have any "hidden closets" in your life?
160. What is one improvement you could make in your personal life?
161. Are you staying current with your correspondence?
162. Are you continuing to grow in the Lord?
163. What is your number one burning desire?
164. Name someone that youíve prayed for that they might receive Christ, outside of family.
165. Have you conducted a spiritual fast within the past month?
166. Cite any verse and explain it in one minute
167. Is there anyone to whom you need to offer forgiveness? Anyone that you need to seek forgiveness from?
168. Tell us of two ways that you have humbled yourself recently
169. Tell us about something that you will do differently next year and why
170. What is your spiritual gift? How are you using it?

Compiled by Pastor Michael Jackson

 

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