The Connection

No Amigo For The Ego

 
‘Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.’Romans 12:15, NET

Rejoice really is a cool word. You want to know why I particularly like this word? It suggests doing it all over again! Celebrate! Share! Engage! And what’s even better is it seems to have the ability to spread in an organic way. Sharing those moments should be obvious, but what is going on when we can’t?


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Yes. You!

 
I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” I answered, “Here I am, send me!”Isaiah 6:8, NET

When asked to jump, the question was not, for how long, but how high. It is your typical “drill sergeant” test of commitment. It is also a way of sharing an expectation. Let me suggest another alternative, instead of asking anything, do your best to do what was being asked period.


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Epiphany or Ah-ha

 

“On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”Matthew 2:10-12, NET

He was shaking his crib. It is his way of announcing to the world, the house, he is awake. So, I walk in from the kitchen, slowly opening the door, allowing the squeaking of the hinge to add to the excitement of a new morning, to find the wide-eyed smile of my son.


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Character, Pressure, and Faith

 
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:16-17, NET
 

It’s easy to be on your best behavior or exhibit your best manners when all is going well, however the real test of character is when we’re under pressure. How do you handle life when you are being squeezed?


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Abundant Life, Faith, & Doubt

 
“So Jesus said to them again, ‘I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.’” John 10:7-10, NET
 

Everyone has faith. Those who doubt they have any are actually exercising faith that they doubt it in the first place.


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Getting Stuck

 

“When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers.”Jeremiah 29:12, NET

 

Even the best and strongest of us get stuck. Getting stuck isn’t the problem, getting out, being freed from the bondage of whatever has taken a hold of us isn’t even the biggest challenge of being “un-stuck”.


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Discipleship Pathway

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For Such a Time as This….

These are intense days spiritually, and this intensity demands that we move past casual Christianity to a deeper place in our relationship with God and in our commitment to be “modern day” disciples of Jesus.  Often we can feel “deep calling unto deep” as God by His Spirit calls us to deeper places of abiding with Him and deeper places of obedience, but also we often don’t know how to get there to those deeper places.


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