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Week-long Mission Trip Opportunity in Boston for only $137

Check out a great mission trip opportunity in Boston. Lead by good friend and great pastor, Jay Ridenour.  Trip costs $137 + transportation.  They need trips this summer to help support local church plants.  Details here: Metro West Missions

They also have a summer internship. Job description here: Communication Internship

Email the church at info@fbcsudbury.org for more information.

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10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action

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Action is essential in ministry and life.  Action is essential in success.  Action will sometimes end in failure.

Inaction always ends in failure.

The Art of Manliness outline 10 Truths about Taking Action.  These are not spiritual in nature but applicable in our relationship with Christ.  As Kevin DeYoung puts it in his book, Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc., God has already revealed his plan for Christians’ lives: to love Him and to obey His Word.  Now we just need to TAKE ACTION.

10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Kyle Eschenroeder.

“This is a holy moment. A sacramental moment. A moment in which a man feels the gods as close as his own breath.

What unknowable mercy has spared us this day? What clemency of the divine has turned the enemy’s spear one handbreadth from our throat and driven it fatally into the breast of the beloved comrade at our side? Why are we still here above the earth, we who are no better, no braver, who reverenced heaven no more than these our brothers whom the gods have dispatched to hell?

In this speech from Steven Pressfield’s gripping, well-researched re-telling of the Battle of Thermopylae (Gates of Fire), the Spartan King Leonidas addresses his troops after a victory. He is reflecting on the fact that when you do battle in chaos, Lady Fortuna and skill have an equal say in the outcome. Pressfield explains this dynamic in his equally worthwhile non-fiction work, The Warrior Ethos:

“In the era before gunpowder, all killing was of necessity done hand to hand. For a Greek or Roman warrior to slay his enemy, he had to get so close that there was an equal chance that the enemy’s sword or spear would kill him. This produced an ideal of manly virtue – andreia, in Greek – that prized valor and honor as highly as victory.

Andreia meant that judgment was based on actions taken — not outcomes. Society understood that the outcome was, at least in part, in the hands of the gods. What was in a man’s control was how he acted.

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4 Tips for a Trip to a Third-World Country

The last two years Crossings has been able to send some of our summer staff to Haiti for only the price of a plane ticket.  It is just one of the many perks of working for Crossings as a summer staff or beyond.  David Rouse, Quinton Matthews, and I lead the first trip in 2012.  It was one of the most fun and impactful experiences I have had in a long time.  I really, really enjoyed it.  The trip itself was incredible.  I have traveled to Haiti before but on this trip we accomplished some great work, I got to see areas of the country I had never seen, and we got to serve for a day in an orphanage.  Not only that, I got to experience it with two very good friends.  It was a great trip.

Last year I was not able to go, but sent this advice to the staff that were going.  I think it is applicable to any trip to a third-world country.

I know this is an older video, but it still get’s me fired up every time I watch it.

Just wanted to encourage each of you as you prepare for your trip to Haiti. A few tips for those on this trip.

1. Be ready for God to change you.
The impact of this trip will hopefully follow each of you for the rest of your lives. It is my prayer that you will be changed. That God challenges you in ways that you do not expect and convinces you to make changes in your life. The Lord is going to do incredible things through each of you while on this trip. Much like summer, the impact you can make largely depends on your willingness to be used by God. BE OPEN to what God might be calling each of you to do.

2. Get past the poverty.
Get past the fact that these people live in poverty and see their greater need for Jesus Christ. The poverty is always difficult to experience and see. Don’t walk away from this trip only being thankful for all of your stuff. Get more out of it than that.

3. Love kids
You will be in contact with kids who literally do not know what it is like to have loving parents or to be loved by anyone at all. You will work with orphans and children who have great needs. Show them the love of Christ through the time you spend with them. Make them feel loved.

4. Soak it up
Relish ever minute of your time. Do not sit on the sidelines. Experience everything.

I wish I was going with you all. Last year I got to go on this trip and it was literally one of the best trips of my life. I can’t wait to hear all the stories when you guys return. God Bless. Be safe. Have fun!

Patrick