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"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 2, 2010 (creativity)

photo by Patrick Frey

“God’s Holy Spirit creates His people by His Word.
We can create a people by other means,
and this is the great temptation of churches.
We can create a people around a certain ethnicity.
We can create a people around
a fully-graded choir program.
We can find people who will get excited
about a building project or a denominational identity.
We can create a people around
a series of care groups,
where each feels loved and cared for.
We can create a people around
a community service project.
We can create a people around
social opportunities for young mothers
or Caribbean cruises for singles.
We can create a people around men’s groups.
We can even create a people around
the personality of a preacher.
And God can surely use all of these things.
But in the final analysis the people of God,
the church of God, can only
be created around the Word of God.”
- Mark Dever

“The Word of God is creative.
It is a hammer that crushes
the hardness of our insubordination.
It is medicine that heals the broken-hearted.
And it is light that gives us
guidance and hope on our way.”
- John Piper

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