Have you ever attended a church service and something just didn't feel quite right? Maybe everything that went on just seemed like a show? Like it was a performance in competition with the church down the street?
I know at times I have felt like God was not the one who the Worship leaders, Pastors, or performers was trying to please.
One of my teachers, Rick Rhoads, tells the story of two churches he was a part of. He keyed in on how differently they approached the Christmas season. At his first Church, every year was a big production that was greatly attended. However, Rick noticed something that concerned him, all the visitors seemed to be people that attended other churches in the area that simply wanted to be entertained. He also noticed that the faithful members who helped make the production happen were worn out and had hardly seen their families. He thought to himself what the point of this big ordeal even was. At his second church however, there was no Christmas eve service, no big decorations or music practices every night. Instead, the pastor told the congregation to spend the holiday season with their family. This also gave time for the small groups in the church to reach out to their community in some way. Rick's group adopted a cancer patient family. they cared for them, bought them presents and provided a great Christmas meal. As a result, they were able to see the whole family come to know Christ intimately and become faithful attenders of their church. That is what the great commission is all about, living Missionally. It truely is better to give than to receive.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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