Tom Tom 09-15-13

Here lately, some businesses are in a failure mode and we wonder why. Why did that business fail when we thought everything was going good for them? I don’t have the answers for every business that fails. But some fail because those who own the business have been in a failure mode of thinking for several years. You will never succeed if you think every day that you won’t succeed. It’s the old thought… “That which I feared has finally come upon me!”
I went to a funeral probably at least 30 years ago, of a close preacher friend’s granddad. I will never forget something that Michael said as he preached his granddad’s funeral. He said that for years all that his grand- dad talked about was dying. He just knew that his time was short and that he would die very soon…and this went on for at least 10 years. As Michael preached the funeral he said “Well, it finally happened, granddad has passed away…something which has been current upon his mind for the last 10 years. It’s all he thought about.” Michael went on to say that his grand- dad didn’t enjoy living the last 10 years of his life because all he could think about was dying.
After the death of Moses, God spoke to Joshua and promised him success. He told him to go over the Jordan with all the children of Israel and that he would bless them with every place that the sole of their feet walked upon…just as he had promised Moses. He said, “I will be with you and never leave nor forsake you. Just be strong and of good courage and be obedient to the will of God.” It was a no failure promise, but with certain restrictions. They could not fail! (Joshua 1:1-9)
Today, I’m thinking about churches across the land. Why do some of them excel in everything they do…why are some in a continual growth pattern. Is it because they believe the promises that God has made them and they work and serve in keeping with God’s direction? Is their faith strong, do they courageously launch out and stay busy and believe that God intends for the church to succeed? It never was the will of God, for the church to lie dormant. In the Great Commission, followers of Christ were told to go make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the father, son, and holy spirit…and he would be with them to the end of the world. (Matt.28:18-20) They went, the church began, and the church grew. They were programmed for success. I honestly believe that the Hammon Church of Christ is programmed for success. We know that God is blessing us and will bless us and if we put all our confidence in God! …TOM

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