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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

Get out the kleenex!!!
This will rip your heart out...


This photo was captured yesterday at the altar at Celebration, where God is moving in power, doing great and mighty things!!!  The blonde haired boy on the left in the American Eagle shirt is a young man named Daniel who has been coming to CC for just a week.  Invited by his good friend Ben, (who is one of our Celebrators) he came for the first time last Sunday.  Then on Wednesday he came to our youth ministry -- "Refuge", and when our son Dustin gave the altar call at the conclusion of his message, Daniel responded to the call to accept Jesus as His Savior.  This young man has a story that will break your heart.  Just recently his father died of a heart attack.  When his father died, his mother was so traumatized over the death that she had a stroke, and also died!  Daniel is now without natural parents in this world.  He lives with his grandmother.  But he has found REFUGE...literally.

Ben reached out to him and invited him to Celebration Church where he has been surrounded this week by new found family and friends, who will take up the call along with his grandmother, a woman of God,  to love and care for him.  We will rise up to be the spiritual mothers and fathers to Daniel.

I thank God every day for sending us people like Daniel. 

When I see people like Daniel at the altars, it makes everything in ministry worth it all!  Aren't we so blessed to have opportunity to be spiritual parents?  There is no shortage of people crying out for  our love, our leadership, our investment in their lives.

Bill Hybels once said, "The local church is the hope of the world."  I believe that.  The local church is made up of people -- people like Ben who invite people like Daniel.  Thank God for hope!  Thank God for Jesus!  Thank God for the church!

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Rhonda said…
WOW! God must have incredible things in store for this young man!

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