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Let there be light, and there was.

God continues to speak and continues to create in our lives.

Our world is still being created by the power of God’s Words.

And as image bearers of God, our words have power to frame our worlds.

Our words speak life or death, hope or hopelessness, light or darkness. There are consequences for the words we choose and speak. Our words frame how confident we feel and how fearlessly we tackle life. They infuse courage into our actions and choices. They look past circumstances and instead hold on by faith to the faithful promises of God.

 

Come read more over at The Fearless Experiement

Philippians 4:8

 

It’s being a little while since I’ve shared Oceans.  It still ranks as one of my favourite songs of the year.  An anthem.

Digital Age give it a fresh sound that I adore.  I love their take on it.

dont be anxious about anything. sometimes it's nice just to be reminded. Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

3. Your humility! This is most definitely one of your gifts that I so admire. You seem to effortlessly be able to put others before yourself, consider them better than yourself, and see the best in others no matter what(:

 

Do nothing from factional motives, through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends, or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility, lowliness of mind, let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: Let Him be your example in humility:

Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God, possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God, did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity, so as to assume the guise of a servant slave, in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself still further and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! Therefore has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that in at the name of Jesus every knee should must bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue frankly and openly confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Phil 2:3-10

 

 

Friends, let us have the same heart as Jesus.  Let us live humbly and securely in the grace of God, shrugging off entitlement and applause.

 

So often we can scramble to live out our dreams, to create a platform, to be someone, to make a difference, abandoning the security and awareness that God is the dream giver and the dream fulfiller.  This world says it’s all about me.  It’s all about my dream, my life, and my rights. It’s all about fractured motives, empty arrogance.

 

Jesus intentionally chose to live a surrendered life.   He says live a different way.  Lay your life down.  Lift others up.  Live with purpose.  Surrendered.

 

Let us listen to those with wisdom, learning from those who have gone before us.

 

Let us find our security and identity with God, in the secret place, not on the stage of life for all to see.  Let us live in the hidden.  God is the one who opens doors, in the right time and season.  Let us still our hearts from the rush to succeed and be seen.

 

Choose the way of the cross.  To be humble.  To serve.  To love.

 

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:3-10

Galatians 1:15

As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].  Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it). 1 Peter 4:10-11

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

 

All the world is a stage someone famous once said.

We are the actors, telling a story.

But the show is not for our own showcasing but is to bring glory to God, the Creator.

Your story matters.  Your part matters.  Your contribution to this world matters.

Only you can play it.

There are no understudies.

You are it.

God has crafted your life to demonstrate His reality and goodness.

You have gifts and talents that only you can offer.

Use them.

You are uniquely fashioned and designed by God, for God.

It matters.

Play your part.

That way God’s  bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

 

dinner party

If you were to have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

For me my list goes like this:
1. JJ Abrams #becauseLOST, #becauseStarWars #becauseStarTrek #becauseFringe
2. Billy Graham (i have a whole collection of his books and love his consistency with life and the gospel)
3. Christine Caine #becausefire
4. Will I Am (because you know I geek out on him)
5. Count Zinzendorf

Now when I mention the last one to people they scratch their heads. Who?

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Here are some of my favourite (aka inspiring, informative, challenging and relevant!) reads from around the net this week:

 

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Evangelizing to People Who Have Heard it All Before

5 ways to share your faith without shoving it down people’s throats.

Within a society where people know the gist of what Christianity teaches but words such as “converts,” “evangelism” and “proselytize” are increasingly associated with religious zealots, abusive cults and violent terrorism, it’s becoming more difficult to communicate faith-based ideas without being offensive or perceived as a close-minded bigot.

Historically, evangelism has sometimes been used as a weapon to hurt, shame, guilt and induce fear. Its longtime associations with obnoxious street preachers, sleazy televangelists and corrupt organizations make it even less appealing to the public—and to Christians themselves.

 

 

7 Ways to Become An Indispensable Youth Leader – Pastors.com

It has been said that “nobody is indispensable” and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former pastor and current leader of a youth ministry organization (with 20+ employees), there are certain staff losses that hit the church or ministry harder than others. Losing these kinds of employees leaves a bigger hole in the ministry because they have made themselves more and more indispensable through working harder, smarter and longer.

This brand of youth leader is the last to get cut when finances go south in a church. Indispensable staff members (no matter what their position) have worked hard in the good times so it makes them almost impossible to let go in the bad times. And firing? Forget it! Unless there is some moral issue, you find a way to keep these employees happy. Why? Because they are working hard and producing results!

 

 

The Issue Is Never The Issue – Going To The Source

It’s only until we’ve allowed God to take His place in our hearts and lives that we can then look past the complaints from/about each other, or the lack of connection – all the little, daily issues we face being married.

We can’t look to our marriage/spouse to fulfill or complete us – they were not designed to be our “salvation.” Christ is the only way.

When our security is in the Lord, through spending devoted, undistracted, daily time with Him – only then can we truly love our spouse, and be loved by them.

 

 

9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible : A few simple habits to build into your Bible reading

Amid the hours of serious Bible study, I treasured this advice. Sometimes, we read to study and understand and wrestle with the truth. But sometimes, we read to make our hearts happy. “Delight yourself in the Lord,” for “your words are sweeter to me than honey.”

 

Your presence is life to our very bones

Now we drink you in, now  you overflow

 

As a mother, wife, housegroup leader, preacher, whatever – child of God – i need to be living in overflow.

Every day are opportunities that God has positioned me for.  I am called to know God and make Him known.

Every day I need Him, I need to walk with Him, I need to hear Him clearly.

Not just for my sake, but for the sake of the world. For the sake of my family.  For the sake of those I am called to lead.

I dont serve with my own gifts and ability soley.  I use them for God’s glory, but I serve with a greater power and a greater strength.

My capacity comes from God, from the Holy Spirit alive in me.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

So I need to be filled and overflowing.  The overflowing is where the real “magic” happens for lack of a better word.  It is when lives change.  It is when wisdom is said.  It is when grace is felt.  It is when the right thing is said at the right time.  It is when the world changes.

Without God I can feel dry.  My bones can feel tired.  My heart is duller.  My eyes are fixed on my own world.  Life becomes just breathing.

But life is more than breathing and I am made for more.

Today I choose to be filled.  Today I choose to seek more.  Today I love God.

Today I make room for overflow.

 

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