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Really Just an Opportunity

“A problem is really just an opportunity.”

Has anyone ever said that to you?

If they have it usually means that you’re the one with the problem.

I actually want to punch the person who says that to me, but I usually just smile and nod as if what they said really made a difference.

Thanks.  Now I’m happy with my problem.  Can’t wait for the opportunity to show itself.

But sometimes it’s true.

At the Gathering Church this Sunday we will take a look at a problem, one that could have derailed the first church.  Check out Acts 6:1-7 as we continue the series, Living in God’s Story.

The first church has already been threatened from the outside by the arrest of the apostles.  Now it’s threatened from the inside when it looks like a certain group is favored over another.  The inside threats are always more dangerous.

Conflict erupts.

How the apostles respond should be a case study in every book about leadership and organizational management.  They move toward the conflict with a bold step that ends up not only solving the problem but creates a new reality where good things happen.

How do you respond to conflict?

Do you run?  Cave in? Fight to win?

We’ll learn from the apostles this Sunday.