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  1. Skirnir Hamilton October 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I don’t think our stress means we think God can’t do something. I think it means we think he may not do something. Churches close every day. Good God-fearing people are destroyed by hurricanes and tornadoes every day. Why should we assume that God will choose to take care of us, but not the other deserving person down the street? So yeah, we stress out about it and do the best we can with whatever we have. We hope that God will choose to bless us with what we need, but he doesn’t always choose to do so for whatever reason.

  2. Thanks for your candor, Rick.

    I have had the God-given privilege of mentoring pastors who have the happy fortune of being younger than me, and of training colleagues who can match me scar for scar, gray hair for gray hair. I find that most of them share a trait in common: feeling inadequate to the task to which God has called them.

    When the apostle Paul asked, “who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Corinthians 2:16) he gave the grace-based answer: our sufficiency comes from God; the grounds of sufficiency is not within ourselves (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

    Pastors everywhere, in churches of all size, are encouraged and blessed when a rock star like Rick Warren lets them know that we’re ALL in the same boat riding thru the storm of insufficiency.

    Blessings on you.