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Mentoring: An Investment Like None Other

2 Timothy 2:1-3  You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.  3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Titus 2:3-5   3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  4 Then they can train the younger women to…” (NIV)

There’s a difference between seeking a shortcut and choosing to do the most effective thing. Being effective is being maximally efficient while avoiding the detrimental consequences of taking shortcuts that hurt you in the long run. Christianity has very few shortcuts, because Christianity is loving. However, there are more and less effective ways to grow and seek the benefits of following Christ. Continue reading Mentoring: An Investment Like None Other

Introverts and Serving People Directly

I recently got this message:

Hey Nic,
I read your post “What is Stopping You?” on Engage & Equip and I have some questions. I agree wholeheartedly with the post, as well as the other posts/sermons as of late about community and living sent, etc. However, I am unsure about how to get past what I feel is stopping me much of the time, which is that I am introverted.  I know that God made me this way and so it isn’t a mistake. I know that introversion is certainly not an excuse to sit out of Jesus’ callings of community and reaching out to people with the gospel. The part I struggle with is how to do that as an introvert. How do I be myself, and not be fake, but still reach out to people?

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What Is Stopping You?

At High Point, if you’ve been listening, you’ve been hearing that we need to be engaged in living a life that “goes to dark places,” that gets out and uses the opportunities that God is giving us to make a difference with the Gospel.

But, just as important as hearing the positive message is facing the negative one: Why don’t I?

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How a Church is Judged

Rick Warren once said, “The church is judged by its sending capacity, not its seating capacity.” That statement rings true and really impacted me.

“Sending capacity” means what the church can be mobilized to go and do, rather than what people will naturally come and see.

Over the last few months, we have begun to expand our sending obligations, the partnerships through which we want to affect the city and the church.

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COOK-A-THON RECAP: OH, THE JOYS OF COOKING!

There was an aroma of lime, garlic and spices if you were in the church on Saturday, November 2.   Fourteen ladies and two guys manned the spatulas, knives, and pans to make Crockpot Chipotle Lime Chicken, Italian Medallions, Chicken Garlic Mushrooms with Alfredo Pasta, Chicken and Rice Bake, and Hearty Italian Meatloaf.  The Congregational Care Ministry will use these meals to bless our HPC families who are unable to prepare their own meals, while recovering from illness, surgery or a recent birth. Continue reading COOK-A-THON RECAP: OH, THE JOYS OF COOKING!

Cost Effective Compassion Article

This morning, I mentioned a Christianity Today article that talked about 10 of the most popular strategies for helping the poor that were actually cost effective.

You can find the article here.

Remember, this article is not arguing that other ways of helping the poor are bad. There are cost-effective ways of helping the poor, ways of helping the poor that are not cost-effective, and there are means of trying to help the poor that actually hurt them. There are many ways of doing humanitarian work that fall into the second category.

This article only seeks to highlight the top 10 most economically effective ways of helping the material sufferings of the poor.