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William Shakespeare on Death

William ShakespeareTo God, resurrection is a new beginning. One of the greatest writers in the English language, William Shakespeare, (1564-1611 AD) wrote, "We are such stuff as dreams are made on." He then added, "and our little life is rounded with a sleep." (The Tempest Act 4 Scene 1) One wakes from a sleep refreshed. How lovely! To Lazarus, death was a sleep and Lazarus' Savior and friend said, "No problem!" Death blossomed into resurrection when the "Way, the Truth and the Life" warmed it! What is true for individuals touched by the Son is also true for the Church which is His garden. God's good news is that the congregations of his people can yet blossom. His way to verdant, vigorous life is national evangelism growth. The clear message is speak out or shrivel up, "Evangelize or Fossilize!"

Mass Evangelism?

Mission TentThe national statistics are helpful in revealing that the church as a whole is withering through lack of national evangelism growth, but in another way they tend to be misleading. They deceive because people automatically feel that national figures require national solutions. The ordinary people in the pew think that it is somebody else's problem rather than their own. Some national executive somewhere will think up a solution, or so they imagine! "Those who produced the figures," they argue, "are the ones responsible for finding an answer! They are the best minds we have, after all! They are supposed to have these gifts, that's why we voted for them!"

"National Evangelism Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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