Please Read Your Mail

Dear Friend,

I have been observing you and your season of service at your church for many years and thought it important to write to you at this time. I have watched your hard work in guiding out of periods of turmoil and challenge. You have endured a great deal and persevered with energy in creating a level of excitement and activity within the church. For all this I commend you and the others who have worked with you.

I’m writing to bring something important to your attention.

You have lost your first love.

You and your church have drifted away from the love of God and one another as your first priority and into a pattern of success-driven busyness. If this serious situation is not turned around, it will destroy the church’s credibility.

Fear not, friend. All is not lost. I am writing to encourage you to lead a change that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, can be accomplished. If you accept the challenge to restore love into the life of the church by reviving the passion and humility that were present when the church was first starting out, you and your church will receive blessings beyond your imagination.

The way back must start with you.

This letter is sent in love as always, with faith that what is required can be done.

Your Truest Friend,

The Most Loving Place in Town by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges (emphasis added and text modified for generalization… with much thankfulness to a friend who would recommend this book to me)

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About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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8 Responses to Please Read Your Mail

  1. Sounds like a challenging book – I’ve taken note and will look for it next time I’m in Brisbane.

  2. mtsweat says:

    “A moment of brutal honesty is worth years of self-deception.” ~ TMLPIT

  3. Steven Sawyer says:

    Excellent, all. Mike. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  4. mtsweat says:

    “God can change a surrendered heart and set it on the right path.” – The Most Loving Place in Town

  5. mtsweat says:

    “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

    And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

    And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

  6. mtsweat says:

    When things don’t work out the way you have planned, it is better to look in the mirror and ask, “What more could I have done?” rather than look out the window to find someone else to blame. ~ Hank Dalton

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