6 Questions That I Would LOVE to hear your answers!

1. When it comes to fixing something that is broken in our world, what are you most passionate about?

2. Who have been the most influential people in your life and why?

3. When it comes to having hope, (10 being a lot of hope and 1 being no hope), how would you rate the future and why?

4. With over 300,000 churches in America (with 4000 closing their doors every year), what impact do you think the church is having in our culture when it comes to Jesus’ mission statement in Luke 4:18-19?
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
    Because He has anointed Me
    To preach the gospel to the poor;
    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
   To proclaim liberty to the captives
   And recovery of sight to the blind,
   To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
   To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

5. What specific things could the American church do better to represent Luke 4:18-19?

6. With all the problems in America, does the American church have an obligation to address global poverty? If yes, why? If no, why?

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

8 thoughts on “6 Questions That I Would LOVE to hear your answers!

  1. yes we do have an obligation, when we are blessed we must bless others. we can’t do it all, but we can do something. everything is a gift from God and we should help financially or by prayers or emotionally, if everyone did a little we could make such a difference in the world.

  2. 1) Having my heart broken for the lost.
    2) Pastor Earl Lee(The Pastor who fed our family’s first 14 years as Christians) Tom and Janis Carney(show me their heart for the homeless)
    3) The Church is the hope of the world. rating=> point 6
    4) Not yet enough
    5) Have their hearts broken for the lost.
    6) Only the effects of poverty, homelessness, hunger, illness, ie basic needs.. but mostly the saving grace of Jesus.

    Keep on challenging us Ken
    Love you,
    Jack

  3. 1). Lack of opportunity (or perceived lack of opportunity) for people …especially children, which causes a loss of hope.
    2). My parents because they always told me I could be anything and do anything and showed me tough love when needed.
    3). Depends on the day…sometimes I feel like a 4 others a 8. It’s all about perspective and if we are surrendering our life to live for others.
    4). I can’t speak much, or at all, for other churches but I feel ours…GVCC is doing very well at lighting a path and storming the gates by loving the lost and the least, the ones Jesus calls us to love.
    5). There is always room for improvement and the church as a whole needs to be better at living out forgiveness in our own lives by forgiving others and spreading the message of hope and redemption to those who have never known of it or have lost their way. We must strive to do as we have been commanded…to love God and love His people…spreading hope and leveling the playing field each and every day through love and deed.
    6). Absolutely! Because we are blessed we must in turn bless others, through education, friendship and resources and above all else the truth of Jesus. I don’t know why we were chosen to be such a rich nation, why we do not have the plight of constantly fearing war within our borders, why we have more than enough food to feed all of our own plus some…but we have, and with that comes a responsibility to share, to care and to dare others to step up as well.

  4. 1). The lack of opportunity or perceived lack of opportunity for people, especially children, which creates a loss of hope.
    2.). My parents because they always told me I can do and be anything. And they showed me tough love when necessary.
    3). The level of hope I feel for the future varies from day to day..but it usually depends on me and how I am doing at living for others and looking towards eternity. So, it fluctuates between a 4 and a 10.
    4). I can’t really speak on behalf of other churches but I do feel like GVCC puts in a valiant effort at loving the least and the lost…taking seriously the command to serve and show grace.
    5). Specifically the American church as a whole could do better at living out forgiveness by forgiving others and in turn open up opportunities for those who are so easily forgotten or ignored or judged or cast aside.
    6). Absolutely! Because we have been so blessed we are obligated to bless others. I don’t know why we have been chosen to be such a rich nation, a nation that does not live with the constant fear of war within our borders, a nation that has more than enough food to feed ourselves and then some, a nation so young and full of power. But we have, so we have an obligation to share with, to care for, and to dare others to join the cause and end the senselessness of poverty world wide.

  5. 1. I’m most passionate about eradicating the world of sex trafficking.
    2. Jesus and my wife, Karen. Even in the times I have failed to obey God, His discipline has served as influential. Karen has been able to advise me in matters spiritually as well.
    3. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9 NIV). My hope lies in God and in His Word. I fret at times, so my rating is an 8.
    4. I read an article from HuffintonPost.com. It stated that Santa Monica’s Palisades Park will no longer be displaying the Nativity Scene, via U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins. One statement struck me: “The atheists won and they will always win unless we get courts to understand how the game is played and this is a game that was played very successfully and they knew it,” [William] Becker said, comparing the city to Pontius Pilate, the Roman official who authorized Jesus’ crucifixion. This was not a matter of a group against another, but of a spiritual act of war:
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)
    I further agree with Paul:For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38, 39 NIV)
    My point: as long as the church is divided, both denominationally and doctrinally, the Gospel will always fall short. We cannot effectively operate in God’s will when we are not united. The Acts church operated on one goal: to practice love, to care for one another. Only without labels and with one doctrine are we ever going to begin to fulfill Jesus’ Mission statement. Finally, we must remember this is a war against Satan and his demons. Not against each other!
    5. (A) Unite together. Lose the denominations! Who are we? We are Christians. Then why do we have denominations? Are we not one Church? The Christ Church? We are His Bride. (B) remember we are not warring against each other! We are in a spiritual war against Satan and his demons. And we have won in Heaven. Now let us rejoice and do our Father’s Will on earth!
    6. Yes we are obligated to address global poverty. God has blessed us with much! We have seen how our country has thrived. It has only been because ours is a country built on God and His Word. We are called to share that provision and prosperity to others in need. This is an area in which I and my wife have seen and experienced GVCC act on. And I saw a video in which Africa is helping Norway with radiators to help Norwegians from freezing to death. Africa is helping!! They have experienced blessing and are compelled to share that blessing. Our country still has the ability, resources, and willing people to do Jesus’ calling. As the Parable of the talents clearly shows: hoarding curses, dispersing and investing in that which brings eternal returns blesses.

    Thank you, Pastor Ken, for challenging me.
    Sincerely,
    Currin Brown

  6. my world as it is is very small and my passion these days is to help those people who are broken. jesus has allowed me to be glued back together by the people through this church. Starting with divorce care, overcomers and now celebrate recovery. being a leader in celebrate has shown me how to to give back. my good friend chantell was one of the first people i connected with at green valley and her gentle spirit has been there to help guide me when my life was very dark. she is my friend and sponser and woman after Gods heart. how can there be a world with out hope? with out hope why should we go on. my hope is that i will one day join everyone in heaven. i know some will not be there but to give up hope is to turn your back on God and to to deny Jesus. I dont think so! i rate hope as a ten. God has given me certain things that i know i can do and loving the lost and broken is one of them. I dont feel i have a calling to go abroad and save the world but in my little backyard i feel i make a difference at times. sometimes i wonder what God has in store for my future but my hope is in jesus and i do sponser a child and if people can help the poverty in other countries than that’s awesome. i also feel that there are so many in need here in placerville that we should help them. to and people from other countries aren’t going to help take care of them. thank you for bringing up the tough subjects and make us get out of our comfort zone.
    pauline maclean

  7. 1) Sex trafficking victims and children in foster care. Any child who is growing up without a family.

    2) My wife, Kelly. She has been instrumental in my Christian growth. She has helped me take leaps of faith that I might not have otherwise taken.

    3) It depends on what I’m focusing on. I can be anywhere from 3 to 10, but generally I would say I’m usually around a 7.

    4) Again, I think it depends on where you look, but generally I think the church is failing. Why is the government taking care of our orphans (foster kids), our homeless and our poor? Because the church isn’t doing it. If the church took in every fatherless child there would be no need for the foster system. If the church housed every homeless person there would be no need for government run shelters. If the church was meeting the needs of the poor there would be no need for welfare and food stamps. But we aren’t doing our job. Church wasn’t meant to be a club where we meet once a week and give each other high-fives for being holy, it’s supposed to be a hospital for people who are lost and hurting and a launching point for us to go out into the world and share the love of Jesus in tangible ways. I think the American church has drifted far from what God intended.

    One of the things I love about GVCC is that it doesn’t fall into this category. There are so many people serving in so many different ways I can barely keep track and yet we are all striving for the same thing: to see God glorified and to introduce people to Jesus.

    5) Adopt orphans. House the homeless. Feed the hungry.

    6) Absolutely. It’s easy to forget, but we are still one of the richest countries in the world.
    “… From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48b

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