Friday, October 30, 2009

Catalyst - Chuck Swindoll

Chuck Swindoll may have been the highlight of Catalyst 09 for me. He was funny, graceful, grateful and fatherly. He was awarded the Catalyst Lifetime Achievement award (whatever that is). His presentation began with a congratulations from his sister, Lucy. She told a hilarious story about teaching him to smoke when they were growing up in Houston. It involved tree bark and a sheet of loose leaf paper.

Here are some of the highlights for me of his talk.
In every ministry, there are three things that must be avoided:
  1. Hiding shameful things
  2. Doing deceitful things
  3. Corrupting fruitful things
He then looked at 2 Cor. 4.5-7 and reminded us that:
  • It isn't about us
  • It's all about Him
  • We should see ourselves as bond servants for Jesus
  • We never forget what we are...and who he is
Then he gave us five statements worth remembering:
  • So more with others and less alone (accountability)
  • Emphasize quality and not quantity
  • Wherever you go, do it the same as if you were among those who know you best
  • Whoever may respond, keep a level head
  • Keep on dripping with gratitude and grace - stay thankful

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