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What is louder in your ministry?

The people had returned from exile...the foundation was being laid at the temple...and when it came time to celebrate there were two groups: those that were shouting for joy and those that were weeping.  Both were so loud that it was said you couldn't distinguish between the two of them (Ezra 3:13).  One group was celebrating God's greatness and grace for bringing them back.  They were ready to see a new work.  The other group was looking at how today compared to the past and were weeping because the temple foundation was not as large as the previous one.

Does this ever happen in your ministry?  In your church?

We see how God is desiring to do something fresh and new through our body of believers, but if it isn't the same as what was beforehand then the weeping comes.  I agree that we need to learn from our past.  It was there for a purpose and it is a part of our story as believers.  We also need to remember that there is a reason that the rear view mirror is smaller than the windshield.  If we get so focused on our past then we will miss what is happening in the future.

So I ask: what do you see for your future?  Do you want to have weeping?  Or do you want to celebrate God's goodness and have a spirit of expectancy again?

For me, I want to keep pressing on (Philippians 3).  The goal lies before us and we need to keep reaching because none of us have reached it.  We also need to learn from our past and see what got us to where we are, either good or bad, and see how we can adjust.

Revelations 21:5, "And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

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