When members of your church come up against frightening challenges, what is it you think you’re doing with and for them?

Providing comfort? Encouragement? Appeasement?

Or, are you developing them into mature, godly, Christ-like disciples?

When the disciples are unable to free the boy with the symptoms of epilepsy, Jesus behaves as if they are responsible for their own preparation for ministry: “This kind can come out only by prayer.” [Mark 9:29]

Jesus seems to believe that “regular Christians” can actually free those who were suffering like this boy was.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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