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September 30, 2020

Q3 ROI reporting | Your Church Civility Kit | Debating the value of the debate

A few notes on Carmen’s opening comments about the end of the third quarter and God’s ROI:

You are invested with very image of the living God and God’s own Spirit. You are invested with every spiritual gift necessary for the accomplishing of God’s will in your life. What is God’s return on those investments in the first three quarters of 2020? What would God’s quarterly statement say if you were issuing it today? 

God’s ROI. Hmmm. When I look at that I see the Hebrew El Roi, the God who sees. The the only occurrence of El Roi I know of in the Bible is Genesis 16:13-14. 

She [Hagar] gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [the”well of the Living One who sees me”]

But there is additional evidence throughout the Bible that God is El Roi, the God who sees. I’m thinking here about verses like II Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” and Psalm 121:3, 5-8 “He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber…. The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Or Proverbs 15:3, “The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” 

Today, remember that God sees you – and remember, that’s a promise, not a threat! 

Carmen’s conversations today are with

  • pastor Daryl Crouch about pastors’ concerns for election impact on congregations and the ERLC’s Civility Kit (free to download), and
  • Daniel Bennett from the Center for Faith and Flourishing at John Brown University on the first Presidential debate and the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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