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At what age is a person old? I remember calculating how old I’d be in the year 2000. It was 37 and, at the time I thought THAT was pretty old. Well, I just finished reading an autobiography by C. Peter Wagner. He said that when he turned 76, he actually felt old. I only bring this up, because leadership expert, Bobby Clinton notes that most Christian leaders do not finish their lives well. Let that sink in for a second. Most Christian leaders do not finish their lives well. Now, I would guess that’s true of non-leaders as well. So, let me ask you…As a Christian, how do you want to finish YOUR life? In 2 Timothy 4:6-7, the Apostle Paul said, “As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” My challenge for you today is to make a decision. Decide to finish your life well. Then, determine what that actually will look like. Sit down with a pen and paper and prayerfully sketch it out. Like most things, finishing well requires intention and attention. The truth is; those who think they’re old are positioned to do more for the kingdom of God than those who are still encumbered with career and family demands. Even if you’re not old, I want you to go ahead and perform this exercise. Finishing well is worth the effort. Our world needs you. The kingdom of God needs you. You were made for such a time as this. Pastor David Schmidt is an Associate Pastor at Crosswinds ... See MoreSee Less
A favorite scripture of many of us is 3 Jn 2: “I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.” Everybody loves the first part and will say YES to financial prosperity and a healthy body. But there is a catch, and it is found in the second part of this wonderful verse; “even as your soul prospers.” What is real soul prosperity? When we say the word prosperity we all know what this means; having more than enough for whatever our need is. If we are prospering in our body, we have strength and great health. If we are prospering in our family, it means that the family structure is strong and there are limited difficulties other than the ordinary ebb and flow of life. But when we talk of “soul prosperity,” there seems to be a lack of understanding. There are basically three steps of soul prosperity: (1) Salvation. Yes we are going to heaven, and yes Jesus has forgiven all of our sins, but that is as far as you have walked in your faith. Life with Christ is nothing more than a sidebar, a thing in your back pocket that only comes out at a party, family gathering, or when you really, really need God. (2) This step is for the average church goer, who puts God in the front of the line on a weekend basis, He is part of your life but still many other areas take precedence over your walk with Christ. We will serve Him, unless something better comes along for the moment. (3) Real spiritual prosperity. Jesus is first. Nothing can derail you from your walk with Christ. Your life flows with the Spirit of Christ that lives in you. Your life path is formed by His Word, and you can truly call yourself a top-priority-seeker. You know who you are. Spiritual prosperity is your highest goal. Make a quick spiritual assessment and seek soul prosperity today. We are blessed Pastor Pete ... See MoreSee Less