Sunday, September 24, 2006

Burn Your Boats

Here's a message from Darrel Rundus, of The Great News Network, called "Burn Your Boats" that he preached last Sunday. Feel free to download it and share it with people who aren't sharing their faith. It's kind of a HBKS/Complete Christian/face your fear message.

I hope and pray it will help you by the power of the Holy Spirit to convict them and motivated them to face their fears and start sowing the seed of the gospel.

The ancient Greek warriors were both feared and respected by their enemies. In battle, the Greeks established a well-deserved reputation for their unsurpassed bravery and unshakable commitment to victory. The key to their overwhelming success on the battlefield had far more to do with how the Greek commanders motivated the warriors than it did with issues of tactics or training. The Greeks were master motivators who understood how to use a "dramatic demonstration" to infuse a spirit of commitment into the heart of every warrior. Once the warriors had been offloaded from their boats onto their enemy's shore, the Greek commanders would shout out their first order…"burn the boats!" The sight of burning boats removed any notion of retreat from their hearts and any thoughts of surrender from their heads. Imagine the tremendous psychological impact on the soldiers as they watched their boats being set to the torch. As the boats turned to ash and slipped quietly out of sight into the water, each man understood there was no turning back and the only way home was through victory.
To really commit, you must burn your boat.

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