A Harvest

Quick Stats

Walker County 2009 population: 64,983. Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregation: 49%

Catoosa County 2009 population: 64,035. Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregation: 38%

Total number of religious unaffiliated in the Walker and Catoosa Counties: 74,364

Total number of non Church of God (Cleveland, TN) population in the two counties: 126,721

Luke 10:2 (ESV)

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

stats via www.city-data.com

Something to Read

I’m starting a new category for posts today titled “While We Wait”. What’s the point of this newfangled category you ask? Well it’s to post books to read, videos to watch, music to listen to, sermons to hear and whatever else I decide to throw up here for you guys to check out while we wait.

Why not start it off with the amazing book by Francis Chan, Crazy Love. The Crazy Love website describes the book like this,

“Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts — it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.” -from crazylovebook.com

You can read the first pages of the book here. I’m sure this will be a catalyst to change the way of thinking in many of you. It’s a great book. It’s a practical book. It’s a crazy love book. Check it out while we wait.

Jesus is the vine. We are the branches.

John 15

The Vine and the Branches

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.