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"A Convergence of Generations": When Misfits Become Kings: Chapter 10-Book Study Part 11

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"I believe aspiring leaders must be careful to watch our attitudes, comments, and mind-sets, because we can quickly fall into the error of dishonor" (Casto, page 154). Now, those words apply to me straight up. I have not been delivered from that area and I am still a WIP (Work in Progress). Yes, I admit that honestly and that's the truth about that. I need to closely watch my attitude and my mouth sometimes, but I'm happy to report I am much better than I was. Can I get an amen on that? 

This chapter is about God doing a great and new thing regarding His people. And that involves you and I. The chapter delves into leaders who need to have an open mind about the new generations God is raising and the changes that come with it. On page 160, Casto tells a story about a church in which the parents prayed for their children to become followers of Jesus and the parents wanted them to diligently serve in the church. Well they got their prayers answered and the church became a church where the young people served so much so that things started to change. The music changed, as well as, the technology. Then something interesting happened. The parents started leaving the church and the church became heavy youth. Now how and why did that happen? It happened, because although God was doing a new thing with a convergence of the generations, one of those generations didn't embrace the new thing.

Casto says on page 155 that 'when the younger generation grows to maturity and begins seeking the Lord, they too, receive revelation concerning what God wants to do in their day. In each generation God longs to build upon the ceiling that the former generation reached. God does that, because He thinks generationally and He is going to use all the pieces. God is going to take what the former (older) generation received and compound it with the fresh revelation that He is giving to the new generation.' That's page 155. 

So, we have to change and become more open-minded -- both generations. The older generation has to be more accepting of what the new generation is bringing to the kingdom and both has to exercise tolerance. It will be different than what has always been known, but as Isaiah 43:18/19 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" We have to perceive it; we have to believe it; we have to accept it; and we have to act on it by changing with the times. As Casto says on page 156, the church must begin to think generationally. This will come with many challenges, yet the church can become stronger when we all work together. 
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