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Greetings, friends. It’s good to be with you once again to talk about our very important God-given mission, and ways to carry forward His plan to reach the world for Him. Over the years, many books have been written, seminars given, and papers presented suggesting new and exciting ways of reaching people for Christ. Innovation can be good, bringing life and new energy into soul-winning. To be effective, however, it needs to be based on clear Bible principles, principles upon which heaven can approve. “Innovation,” according to one definition, is “a new idea, creative thoughts, new imaginations in form of device or method.”[i] To be innovative is to be creative—to be able to “think outside” the proverbial “box.” You know, friends, God Himself is the Ultimate Innovator! Think for a moment about Creation—bringing something spectacular into existence out of nothing at all! That is truly thinking “outside of the box!” Then, when Adam and Eve fell, God’s innovative plan to save us begin rolling into action, as under divine instruction, Adam cut the throat of the first sacrificial lamb pointing to the coming Savior. Throughout history, God has continually used innovative methods to accomplish His purposes—an ark to save the…