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Being Intentional in Outreach

Before the start of virtually every season of every sport, there are television, internet, radio, and print interviews with athletes in which they state their goals for the season.  They are usually very clear about what they want to accomplish in their sport for the year.  They have thought about the season and set goals.  They are intentional about the numbers they want to see on the score board.  The Apostle Paul was very "intentional" about the activities of his life.  In his first letter to the Corinthian church, Paul uses the phrase "that I might win..." to explain his high level of discipline and intentional activities as directed toward evangelistic results (I Cor. 9:19-27).  He exhorted his hearers to "run the race to win the prize."  And he modeled it by working hard to achieve his goals. . . .