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8 How Faith Works Planning Handout Yesterday, we covered "How Faith Works in Planning" from James 4:11-5:6.

Here are some bonus thoughts…

  • What It's All About — A bunch of people in each service recognized that they received Christ yesterday. Way, way cool.
  • Bayou Worship? — Check out the third song, Worship the Lord, of our worship set yesterday (11-14-10 service). Loved the sound of the guitar slide. (Maybe a bit of our Southern Mississippi Student Ministries Pastor rubbing off?)
  • Imagine God's Perspective… — We kicked off yesterday's talk by reading Isaiah 46:10 (God's universal plan), Jeremiah 29:11 (God's plan for us), & Romans 8:32 (God's provision for us).  I also referenced God's hatred for 7 things in Proverbs 6:16-19, if you wanted to check that out.
  • SMART, but not SmartSMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, & Timely.  It's a great pnuemonic for goal-setting. However, unless your SMART goals are built around God's will, it's not smart!  (P.S. If you added Godly to SMART goals, would you get "GRAMTS" goals?)
  • To Judge, or Not? — The oft misquoted passage (or quoted out of context) — "Judge not, lest you be judged" — is found in Matthew 7:1-5.  In actuality, Jesus was saying we need to do so much self-evaluation & personal repentance that we are able to go to another and beg them to consider their direction. God definitely calls us to judge (i.e. use good judgment) without being judgmental (cultivating a critical, judgmental spirit).  The references I listed were John 7:24, 1 Peter 2:1, 1 John 4:1, & 1 Corinthians 5.
  • Ironic Metaphor — Jeff Reglin grabbed me after service and pointed out the irony in my reference to the rich, unethical, Jewish landowners as "living high-off-the-hog" (an unclearn animal to the Jewish people).

Next week Sunday we close out our series through James. (Can you believe it?) We'll be talking about "How Faith Works in Delays" in James 5:7-20. (P.S. I hate delays. I like things done yesterday. But delays can be incredibly healthy for us.)