Dear St Mark family,
I heard a story about a man, we'll call him Don. Don offered to give a gift of
peach brandy to his pastor, on the condition that the pastor acknowledge the gift publicly. The pastor thought about it, and
decided to receive the gift on those terms. The bottle was given and the next week the following thank you note appeared in
the monthly newsletter.
I'd like to thank Don for his gift of fruit, . . . and the spirit
in which it was given.
I wanted to thank all of you who have given me and my family such thoughtful and generous gifts
to our family this Christmas. Your kindness is much appreciated.
I got the following from the Church Doctor report
the other day and I was encouraged by it. I hope you will be too. This article is used with permission.
is hope on the horizon! If you study the history of Christianity, impact and growth of the church is cyclical.
2. Christians and churches subtly and unconsciously drift from the culture
of God's Kingdom.
3. The church loses effectiveness.
Decline becomes evident.
5. God gets our attention.
Christians become open to self-examination.
7. The Holy Spirit works in the lives of some believers. This
is called holy discontent.
8. Those Christians with this holy discontent begin to feel a spiritual restlessness.
They become early adopters for spiritual renewal in their churches.
9. If they are refreshed with Kingdom
culture, the church begins to turn around.
If they are equipped to influence those in their social network,
The momentum in the church grows. This momentum begins to restore by God's power, the kingdom atmosphere in the church. When
this reaches a tipping point it's called an "awakening." Like a wakeup call and a return to the kind of church
Jesus had in mind.
12. The church begins
to offload some secular drift that has crept into the church over many decades.
13. When this awakening occurs in a critical mass of churches in a geographical area, it becomes a revival. In
a revival God works in a way that is unexplainable. Churches grow with new believers at a rate that is, from a human perspective,
14. The growth of people results in the growth of churches in a dimension,
called a geometric progression. This reflects a movement of spontaneous multiplication. This is God-given and miraculous.
This begins when the kingdom culture of your church is biblically nurtured in a guided process over a period of about three
Here's wishing you a joyous Christmas season.
Your brother in Christ