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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mission or Maintenance Part One

Last Sunday we heard a message about moxie. Harry did a great job setting the hook in us regarding whether or not we have moxie. He likened moxie to courage, boldness and determination.

He told us how in this day of difficulty it would require moxie to stand amidst all the bad news we are hearing and be able to stand on the Word of God. It was an uplifting, encouraging and challenging word we received.

Today I want us to consider something else that requires moxie.

We can be determined to live above the bad news of our day and so we should. We should always be thankful as a people because God is with us.

We can be determined to have moxie when we are competing in the work place for a position, or in sports. People will exhibit moxie when they sit at a table and play a game of poker even if it is just for fun.

But what about being on mission in life? Without moxie mission falls by the way side.

I am so thankful that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ never went off mission.

Luke 19:10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

I marvel at the idea that all of us who have received Christ Jesus have the blessing of eternal life through Him. Likewise all who have not believed in Him are eternally dead and will be judged.

So there are truly only two spiritual classes of people in the world today, those who are alive spiritually through Jesus Christ, and those who are dead spiritually because they have not yet believed.

This is the reality of cultures throughout human history and thankfully there have been disciples who embraced that reality and set out to do something about it.

They did something about it not because it was popular or easy but because it was necessary. That takes moxie.
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