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Skeptically Hopeful

Hey Friends!

Today, I want to talk about something that's been on my mind and in the news a lot lately: revival in the church. For those that don't know about this ... there a small christian college is Asbury Kentucky who have been experiencing something very powerful.... but it does not seem planned or orchestrated, there is a deep sense of authenticity to it. Give this video a watch before you read on.

Now, I know what you're thinking - "Ugh, not another preachy blog post about how we need to pray more and sing louder." But fear not, my friends, for I come to you not as a self-righteous holy roller, but as a fellow skeptic who's cautiously hopeful about what God is doing in our midst.

Let's face it - the idea of revival can be a bit overwhelming. We picture sweaty preachers and shouting sessions, and we wonder if we're really ready for that kind of intensity. And don't even get me started on the thought of having to give up our beloved control. I mean, who doesn't love a good church committee meeting, am I right?

But here's the thing: revival isn't something that we can control or manipulate.

It's not about us and our efforts. It's about God and his plan for the church. And if we're willing to let go of our need for control and be open to what God is doing, then who knows what kind of transformative work he might do in our lives and in our churches.

Of course, being open to what God is doing requires a certain level of skepticism. We can't just blindly follow every new fad or idea that comes along. We need to be discerning and thoughtful about what we're participating in. But at the same time, we can't be so skeptical that we miss out on what God is doing.

We need to strike a balance between caution and hopefulness, recognizing that God is bigger than our doubts and fears.

So, let's be skeptically hopeful for revival in the church. Let's recognize that we don't have all the answers, but that God does. And if that means we have to let go of our need for control and have a few sweaty preachers and shouting sessions along the way, then so be it. Let's be open to what God is doing and join in with his plan for revival in the church. And hey, if nothing else, at least we'll have some good stories to tell at the next church potluck. "Remember that time we all started speaking in tongues and scared the new children's pastor? Good times, good times."

Lets be committed to being skeptically hopeful

Pastor Mike


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