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You’re making your list and checking it twice.
You’re considering the "Duck Dynasty" bobbleheads and books. (One word: don’t.) But instead, you’re buying gift cards by the bundle and baking up batches of your famous fudge. That’s a successful gift giving equation for leaders everywhere:
Cash + Chocolate = Christmas Joy
For some leaders, Christmas gift-giving to their teams is a source of great joy. For other leaders, it’s a source of great frustration that leaves them Scrooged. And since I would never want giving to leave you grumpy, I’m here to help. (What can I say? I’m a giver that way.)
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Pastors can only eat so much fruitcake, and they already own 152 Bibles.
Instead of something trite or impractical, consider purchasing or acting upon one of the items below for your pastor this Christmas season. It will show a little more intentionality on your part and result in your pastor receiving something that's imminiently more useful than a framed photo of your family.
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I love that part of the story of the early church in which God allows persecution to scatter the Christians from Jerusalem like ants. The Bible says that everywhere they went, they preached the gospel (see Acts 8). Phillip, in particular, headed to a city in Samaria and became the earliest cross-cultural missionary. When he preached there, the citizens listened and embraced Jesus. The Bible sums it up by saying, “So there was great joy in that city” (Acts 8:8, NLT).
I’ve spent a lot of time lately reading Acts and other sources of early church history. I’ve found this theme to be recurring. The apostles enter a city and preach Jesus against the backdrop of creation and the story of God. People embrace Jesus and the city takes on new life.
Much has been written about the fact that God is by nature "missional," that God is a "sent" God in that Jesus was sent (John 1), and that the Spirit is now sent (John 14) to carry out the mission of the Father. Thereby the church is called to participate in this sending nature of God. The church is a "sent" people.