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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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TOF Wednesday Nov 2, 2011

December 4th, 2011



It’s here.  (*cue epic music)


Next week.


Be there, or be square.


One week away! Okay, so maybe it won’t be super epic, and maybe you’re expecting something like $1M cash prize giveaways or something… “Be Our Guest” Wednesday won’t be anything like that, but it is incredibly important. (can’t you tell by the color announcement sheets? Oooooh, aaah!)


We want you to get this. GOD wants you to get this. He wants you to love others like yourself; meaning, He wants you to do to others as you’d want others to do to you; meaning, He wants you to get out of your comfort zone and learn to love others; meaning, He wants you to stop playing ping pong, notice guests, and form a line to welcome them and talk with them.


“Be Our Guest” Wednesday isn’t about a program. It’s about a mindset.


A mindset of outreach. Reaching out. Beyond yourself. Working. Trying. Stretching. Being uncomfortable. Not being lazy. Having a spirit to work. Having a spirit to serve. Having a spirit that desires others to know God like you know Him.



Do you know Him like that? Do you want that for others? I hope so! I pray that you do! Every time I preach, I expect that you’ll turn closer to Him because of the power of His Word!


Teen, go ALL OUT in this outreach thing. “Bro. Ryan, I’ve given God ALL my keys… I’ve surrendered my WHOLE life, and I want to be used in this outreach program wherever I can. Put me ANYWHERE in this outreach program and I’ll work as hard as I can, I’ll be as faithful as I can, I’ll have the heart I need and I’ll encourage others to join me in my quest!”


That kind of a spirit IS an epic quest! J That kind of a spirit is so rare in a teen, and anyone who’s willing to be used like that is easily setting himself or herself up to be a loner… because few people want to make that kind of sacrifice.


Most people are busy with their games. Or too scared. Or nervous.


“I didn’t see the guest.”


Okay. First, look for them. Second, maybe you saw them and acted like you didn’t.


If you have that rare pioneer spirit to set out on a quest to serve God even if no one else will, you will be a loner… UNLESS there’s a whole group of teens with that same spirit. THEN… the one who doesn’t come to soul winning, doesn’t ever greet guests, doesn’t write postcards or texts, and doesn’t seem to really care about others will feel like the loner!


That’s what I mean by creating a mindset. This shouldn’t have to be drilled into you, “Hey, go say ‘hi’ to that guy over there. Hey, go have that girl sit next to you in church. Hey, did you meat those new kids over there yet?” It should become SUCH a part of you that it’s just instinctive: If there’s someone here and I don’t know his or her name, I WILL find it out, remember it, and talk with them a little bit.


Like it’s your job.


If you got paid to be friendly, would you be friendly? If yes, then be friendly. But you’re not getting paid. Work at it! Be here next week to learn how!


Bro. Ryan


MOVING – This Saturday after doorknocking – First three guys to talk to me. Pizza lunch provided. Maybe 2-3 hours of loading a truck.

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