Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus call us to be successful. Greatly to the contrary, he calls us to be faithful--and faithfulness in ministry might result in failure according to society's standards. Much more important than numbers should be the depth of love and Hilarity and commitment engendered by our work. Much more valuable than crowds are persons who are being changed by the good news of God's love and the principles of the kingdom of God.
-Marva J. Dawn in Truly the Community: Romans 12 and How to Be the Church
Preaching flows from deep within
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