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BE MY VOICE Series … Part 5 of 5

    “Set an example for others in speech, in lifestyle, in relationships, in faith and in purity.” I Timothy 4:11 It is a compliment to hear, “I admire your diligence!”. Correctly understood, a diligent person has a focus and determination to stick with it until the ‘IT’ is done. The IT we have explored in this series is about letting our life speak. Being the voice of God requires diligence because being diligent matters.  Diligence requires will power but will power alone is not enough when it comes to letting our lives speak.God, in speaking through the prophet… Read More »BE MY VOICE Series … Part 5 of 5

    BE MY VOICE Series … Part 4 of 5

      “Set an example for others in speech, in lifestyle, in relationships, in faith and in purity.” I Timothy 4:11 How does royalty move through a crowd? Royalty moves with poise, deliberation and confidence because they know who they are. Identity matters, it affects how we move through life. Scripture refers to followers of Christ as being “chosen…royal priests…a holy nation…God’s special possession that we might SHOW Him”. (I Peter 2:9). The language of this scripture reveals how God sees us. Our identity is revealed here. We are special in God’s eyes. In addition we… Read More »BE MY VOICE Series … Part 4 of 5

      BE MY VOICE Series … Part 3 of 5

        “Set an example for others in speech, in lifestyle, in relationships, in faith and in purity.” I Timothy 4:11 If we are going to be God’s voice we have to hear His voice. The problem is there are many voices seeking our attention not all of which invite us to be the best of influencers. Charles Colson in his book, The Good Life, speaks of two paths. One path leads to the pursuit of a good but lessor life; the other path leads to a good and abundant life. While humanity is… Read More »BE MY VOICE Series … Part 3 of 5

        BE MY VOICE Series … Part 2 of 5

          “Set an example for others in speech, in lifestyle, in relationships, in faith and in purity.” I Timothy 4:11 God has a voice! Francis Schaeffer began his 1976 book, How Should We Then Live with the premise, “God is here and He is not silent”. Schaeffer’s point is that God has a voice and wants to communicate with the people He created. Relationship and conversation work together! God wants both. The voice of God carries a tone of urgency. Interestingly the word ‘voice’ in the original language of the Scriptures means – “a sound,… Read More »BE MY VOICE Series … Part 2 of 5

          BE MY VOICE Series … Part 1 of 5

            “Set an example for others in speech, in lifestyle, in relationships, in faith and in purity.” I Timothy 4:11 Let your life speak are four ‘power-filled’ words. They speak of our influence being more than words alone. Our lives also speak through the way we interact with people, live our lives, express our love for God and order our private world. The whole of our life gives voice, influencing everyone our lives touch. The best of influencers inspire people. They are refreshing to be around. They add something to others by who… Read More »BE MY VOICE Series … Part 1 of 5

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            Resiliency Series Part Five

              “I pray that that the eyes of your heart will be opened so that you will know the hope of your  glorious inheritance in Christ.” Ephesians 1:18 [Paraphrase]  How is inheritance like a lottery?  An inheritance is like a lottery, neither are guaranteed and nor are they earned. They are unalike in that  one comes by choice, the other comes by chance.  A common understanding of inheritance is something given or passed on to another at the owner’s  death. Inheritance in this sense is future oriented. Parents who have property,… Read More »Resiliency Series Part Five

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              Resiliency Series Part Four

                “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” Hebrews 6:19 Who do you know that exemplifies resiliency?  The Chosen, an Angel Studios made for television drama series, portrays the life of Jesus as we imagine  it might have been. In the midst of the ordinary elements of Jesus life is the extraordinary. One of the  extraordinary dynamics of His life was His resolve. From the beginning, those who opposed His new kingdom narrative opposed Him. He was tempted, tested, despised, misunderstood, verbally abused,  falsely accused,… Read More »Resiliency Series Part Four

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                Resiliency Series Part Three

                  “I have plans for you… My plan is to give you hope and a better future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 [Paraphrase] Is Eric Weihenmayer right? Eric Weihenmayer lost his eyesight at the age of 15. He is the exemplar the adversity advantage. Eric is the only blind person in history to climb the tallest peaks on every continent, including Mount Everest. Eric’s life speaks: To be blunt, adversity is utterly heartless. It is completely indifferent to our success or failure. It doesn’t care about our human definition of fairness or justice, and… Read More »Resiliency Series Part Three

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                  Resiliency Series Part Two

                    “Be strong, take courage, hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24 Why is it so hard to trust and harder still to trust again? To trust is to consistently believe the intentions of others are good. This sounds a little risky, even insane. Risk averse people will likely not buy into it and yet without trust life becomes increasingly closed. A closed life certainly avoids risk and feels safe but at the same time does not allow for the discovery of an adventurous life nor does it make space for the… Read More »Resiliency Series Part Two

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                    Resiliency Series Part One

                      “But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal …”  Philippians 3:13-14 What does it take to bounce back?  It seems the most resilient people on the planet are people who have learned to show up with a hope-filled outlook. This learning does not come easily as life has a way of stomping all over hope. Everywhere and all the time all humans face circumstances that cause the soul to cry out. In the midst of adversity real hope… Read More »Resiliency Series Part One