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Don’t Limit Your MinistryPaul David Tripp 

Portions of God’s redemptive plan might be a mystery for us, but there’s really no confusion*about how we fit into that plan. The Apostle Paul writes, "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20).

An ambassador only does one thing – represent. A good ambassador will represent the will, desire, work, and agenda of the leader and nation that sent them. For Christians, our only calling is to represent, or reflect, the character of God here on earth.

 

 

The Myth of Passion and Motivation: How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals

Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated.

When I was an athlete, I loved going to practice the week after a big win. Who wouldn’t? Your coach is happy, your teammates are pumped up, and you feel like you can beat anyone. As an entrepreneur, I love working when customers are rolling in and things are going well. Getting results has a way of propelling you forward.

But what about when you’re bored? What about when the work isn’t easy? What about when it feels like nobody is paying attention or you’re not getting the results you want?

Are you willing to work through 10 years of silence?

It’s the ability to work when work isn’t easy that makes the difference.

 

 

WHAT YOU DO IS NOT WHO YOU ARE – Lisa Bevere

Who we are in private much more accurately represents who we really are than what is seen in public does. Poor decisions made in private almost always lead to lack of favor in public. Are the sinful choices to gossip, cheat, or steal made publicly or privately? Such choices begin in the privacy of our thought lives.

The adverse is also true: we have the ability to cultivate our lives in private. Through right relationship with God, our thought lives can be purified. Our motives are weighed and revealed when we spend alone time with Him.

When we don’t spend time with God, we will try to fill the lack inside with other things that do not satisfy, like the approval of others. Only God can satisfy our deepest longings and heal our most painful hurts. When we take the time to embrace His presence, all of our unmet expectations and failures can be laid to rest.

"God is more concerned about who you become as you spend time alone with Him than He is about anything you might accomplish before men."

 

 

Under Obligation – The Ramp

Awakened Ones. Consumed by the Presence of Jesus. Passionate in the place of prayer. Consistent in the Word. This is the life of a Disciple of Jesus, but this is not the whole story. There is another element to every believer’s life on earth that is often sadly overlooked.

It’s Them.

The ones yet to be awakened. The less fortunate, hungry, downcast, nameless, faceless sea of broken people before us. They are waiting for us.

 

 

Some Secret Sauce on Solving Writer’s Block and (Almost) Always Generating Content People Want – Carey Nieuwhof

So you need to write a message, talk, blog post or even a weekly email to your team. But you’re stuck.

And you fear too many people are going to tune you out or simply hit delete when they see what you managed to generate.

How do you solve writer’s block and consistently write content people want to hear or read?

1. Identify the biggest problems/issues/fears people face

2. Address the issues you personally struggle with, but from the listener’s point of view

3. Read widely, and figure out how what you’ve read helped you solve a problem

4. Be helpful.

5. Keep a running list of possible subjects with you at all times

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