"God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him in the midst of loss, not prosperity." --John Piper

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sign me up?

There is a story about a church in Ohio that is giving away $1,000 to encourage people to come to church.

Apparently, this is the second year for this offer. Last year's event doubled their regular Sunday attendance for the Easter Sunday Service.

So many thoughts are running through my head, I know I will lose a few before I finish typing:
  • What were the long-term results of this? Did the church grow? Were people brought to Christ?
  • How about the offering that Sunday? Did the extra people give to offset or even overcome the $1,000 cost?
  • What is the message we are sending?
  • I know that Jesus fed followers, but didn't he later also say that they were only following to fill their stomachs?
  • If one of the goals is to help in the stuggling economy, what if someone "wins" who is not in need?
  • Do you put envelopes under the seat of the winners, or draw names?
  • What other things is this church doing to help those who are struggling right now?
  • Does the winner have to claim this on their taxes?
  • Wow!

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