Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
The more I know you, the more I love you. We are a conference rich in faith and tradition. We have much to celebrate as we offer thanks to an awesome God. As we go forward we do so standing on the promises of God and the shoulders of those who have gone before us.
Have you ever eaten in a Chinese restaurant? If you have, more than likely you received a fortune cookie after your meal. I have found fortune cookies fun to read and always positive. My latest fortune cookie message was, “the greatest risk is not to risk.”
The Bible teaches us that God is spirit and to worship God we must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23). Because God is spirit we must apply faith. If we do take the step of faith we risk everything. Without faith we risk losing out on the dreams that God has placed in our hearts. Without faith we risk losing out on loving relationships because we are afraid to get hurt.
Being safe and secure is a primary survival goal which offers protection from harm and danger. If safety dominates our thinking, we will be afraid of living, traveling, giving, and investing because we are fearful of taking any risk. God has given us the gift of faith to help us take risks on the things that are real and powerful but we will never know the blessings from the spiritual world unless we take the leap of faith.
I noticed as I became a young adult my mother would say to me as a part of our goodbye ritual, “take care and take risk.” On one hand that statement seemed like a contradiction, but I understood. To live fully, you must take care of yourself but you must also take risk.
The Bishop’s Hour is coming soon
Don’t forget join to me on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. for this historical moment of live streaming the Bishop’s Hour.
Growing a Christlike world is as easy as ABC
A. Disciple Plan – Ten Timeless Values
B. Project Turnaround – A focus on stewardship and evangelism
C. Five Star Loving Accountability System (LAS)
I am excited about new and fresh ways to share my thoughts with you as a Bishop. In addition to the Annual Conference session, the Advocate (www.sgaumc.com/advocate), the Bishop’s Hour, and clergy and laity days in the district, I’ve created an active blog and am “tweeting” on Twitter. These are some new ways I have chosen to share my thoughts with you.
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Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
Growing a Christlike World.
James R. King, Jr.