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The Lord of the Harvest

Luke 10:2

He told them, The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

In church life – there is a common statement that is very sad. It goes like this – 20% of the people do 80% of the work in the church. At times this might be because the 20% has a hard time sharing or delegating the work load. At times it might be a control issue on the part of the 20%. But most often it is because the 80% aren’t joining in the labors for Christ in the church. Are we part of the 20% or the 80%?

Think about this for a moment. Are we only attending worship in our church and doing nothing else? Are we only taking what the church offers – youth ministry – children’s ministry – family ministry – worship – fellowship events – etc. and not giving anything back? In essence are we takers without being a givers as well?

There is another saying we might be familiar with – it goes like this – you get out of something what you put into it. I wonder what a church would look like if everyone associated with that church were to serve God in some capacity in the life of that church? What if everyone in the church considered themselves workers in the harvest fields Christ has for us? I mean – we can all help somewhere! Right? Continue reading


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Have You Ever Fit Into The In Crowd?

John 15:19

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

112015 Ray McDonaldHave you ever fit into the in crowd? Maybe it was the way you wore your hair? Big hair was in for women at one time. I grew up during a time when men – to keep their hair slicked back – used Vitalis. It was the Elvis look! The natural look – the Beatles’ style – became popular among some years later!

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Maybe it was the clothes you wore? I remember when the style of clothes you wore got you labeled. I was known as a block in junior high school. Block’s wore kaki pants with banlon shirts. We wore Peter’s jackets with our name on it and Chuck Taylor basketball shoes. We weren’t hoods – who wore leather jackets. As the years mounted there were hippies and preppies and others who dressed certain ways to be in the in crowd (the crowd they wanted to be).

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? I remember when I finally got into the “A” club at Annapolis High School and got to wear my “A” jacket (I became an official jock at that time). I was never very good at any particular sport – still aren’t – but I could play most sports well enough to make a few teams and to play and enjoy sports later in life. I have some lifetime friends because of sports and later because I coached and officiated sports. Continue reading

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Our Vision and Mission – The Plan

I recently posted this on Facebook on the group titled Ask the Pastor.  I hope that through this Facebook posting and this blog page posting we can get some good ideas on putting our vision and mission to work!

Our vision at Mt. Oak is “to reach the whole family for Christ”. Our plan or mission to accomplish this is “to bring people into environments where they can encounter Christ”, “build them up in their knowledge and understanding of Christ”, and “to send them out to serve Christ”.

In a recent Church Council meeting we talked about making this mission part of everything we do at Mt. Oak. We said that we wanted to bring, build and send in all ministries, including our committees. We used these terms: fellowship, discipleship and mission. EVERYTHING we do at Mt. Oak should have these three elements.

An example: Jonathan Johnson, our Church Council Chair, recently started our Men’s Open Gym Night again on Wednesday nights. I attended, and although it is primarily a fellowship group, he talked about us discussing our relationship with Jesus each time we meet and that we should find a mission project that we could do as a group. Way to go Jonathan!

How is your group or ministry already doing these three things? How can they begin to do them? What changes might need to be made by your group or ministry in order to focus on fellowship, discipleship and mission?

We want this to be the very DNA of our small groups – our church groups. And it is circular – because when we are serving Christ in mission – we are bringing people into environments where they can encounter Christ!

If your small group is primarily a discipleship group, how can you invite others in and fellowship together? What mission project might you tackle together? Maybe collect food for a shelter? Maybe take a monthly meal to a needy family? Maybe participate in a walk to raise awareness and money for a worthy need? What are your ideas?


Something to think about today as you go on your way.

November 4, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , | 3 Comments


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