Special Annoucement for the Whole Church

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization met in Cape Town, South Africa from October 16-25. The congress was comprised of 4000 evangelical leaders from 200 countries, all for the purpose of discussing the church’s responsibilities including poverty, persecution, disease, and globalization.

I was disheartened to hear that China denied their delegation the opportunity to attend this conference. We must keep our brothers and sisters in China lifted up in prayer.

Although I did not attend the Lausanne Conference, I relished the opportunity to read the reports from Carolyn Custis James, Judy Douglass, Mary DeMuth, and the Cape Town twitter team @capetown2010. Their shared experiences have been humbling and have continuously called me to prayer.

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Leadership: “It’s Not About You”

When I began leading, I knew that it was an important responsibility. However, I did not understand or expect that leadership could grant money, power, and success. I didn’t realize that people actually pursued leadership opportunities solely for those reasons. We have all read enough headlines, however, to know that those empty motivations alone will not guarantee satisfaction in this life or the next.

“Leadership is about serving the people,” and this is a lesson that I learned fairly early on my leadership journey. Taking an oath “to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic” at the age of eighteen made it very clear that my decision to lead was about service. I agreed to serve my country and its citizens, but adequate training, observations, and challenging experiences equipped me to live out the acceptance of that oath.

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Natasha’s Study: The Divine Pursuit

This morning I completed Nicole Unice’s “Divine Pursuit: A Study of Jonah.” I have been working through the study for a few weeks during my morning devotion time and found it quite refreshing.

Here’s a quick summary of Jonah’s story: Jonah was a highly respected prophet who God chose to preach a message to the people in the great city of Nineveh. Jonah’s prideful and self-righteous attitude prevailed as he fled in the opposite direction of where God told him to go. God used a series of circumstances to bring Jonah into obedience. You can catch all of the juicy details in the four short chapters of Jonah.   

Within those two pages of the Bible, there are so many lessons to learn about ourselves. Nicole carefully focuses on two truths found in Jonah’s story:

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