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Successful Challenge

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A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.
A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.

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UCCESSFUL
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HALLENGE
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DanielA.Brown,PhD
ctw.coastlands.org
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UCCESSFUL
C
HALLENGE
byDanielA.Brown,PhD
Thisisashortarticletakenfromoneof“Daniel’sTravelJournal”entrieshemadewhiletraveling,sharingrelationshipandministrywithfriendsandchurchesinvariouspartsofourcountryandoverseas.
Churchescansometimesbechallengedbytheirverysuccesses.Forinstance,let’ssayapersongetsspirituallyhealedatachurchwhosemissionislikethatofaspiritualhospital.Thathealedpersonmightthenfeeladesiretoenlist,andmobilizeothersinaministrythatismoreoutreach‐oriented.Thechurch’smission wassuccessfulinbringinghealingtoabrokensoul,butthathealedonewhonolongerneedshealing,canlookdownonachurchthatonlyoffershealinganddoesn’toffersomethingforthe
already‐healed 
.Withoutthechurch,theperson wouldneverhavebeenabletoenvisionministrythatgoesbeyondtheopportunityforhealing.ThatswhythebodyofChristhassomanymembers—eachwithadifferentfunction.Withinalocalchurch,weneedthevarietyofgiftingandfunctionprovidedbyeverymember;withinadenomination,weneedthesame—manydifferentchurchesandministriesthattogetherenableustomeettheneedsofanentireregion.IbelievethatahealthyandmaturechurchwillproducemanydynamictensionsinitsmembersastheymatureandgrowintoallGodhasforthem.

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