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Michael Snyder​ speaks about the near catastrophic flight of Sully Sullenberger. Sully had a make a life or death decision to save 155 lives. What were his critical success factors? How does this apply to us? Sully made continual deposit in his "experience bank" and then made one huge withdrawal. We have to become spiritually fit and engaged to do the work as a disciple and give the gift of encouragement. We also have "29 seconds" to save or improve a life.

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Mike Snyder explores the near catastrophic flight of Sully Sullenberger.  Was there anything else that contributed to Sully’s heroic events besides his experience and what lessons can we learn from them?  What others miracles happened in this flight?  Sully had to make a life or death decision in 29 seconds to save 155 lives.

What were the critical success factors?  He had been making continual deposits in his “experience bank” and now needed to make a big withdrawal.  Success  is where preparation and performance meet.  How does this apply to us?

Become spiritually fit and engaged.  Focus on becoming a disciple.

Luke 14:25-34 Luke 14:25-34 [25] And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said to them, [26] If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. [28] For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? [29] Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, [30] Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. [31] Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first, and consults whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? [32] Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an ambassador, and desires conditions of peace. [33] So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple. [34] Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his flavor, with which shall it be seasoned?
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→ Count the cost and determine what you need to do.

No one knows when Christ will return, we must be vigilant on a daily basis.

Matthew 24:36 Matthew 24:36But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
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Do the work of a disciple.

James 1:22 James 1:22But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
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→ Don’t just listen to God’s word, do what it says.

Give the gift of a disciple

According to IBM, there is one leadership trait that transforms organizations.

The gift is of encouragement.

Proverbs 25:11 Proverbs 25:11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
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→ A word “fitly” spoken.  It is the only time this word appears.  We all want to be encouraged and can be on a spiritual desert sometimes.

We need to carefully give ‘high-impact’ encouragement.  We have 29 seconds to save or improve a life.