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5 Reasons The Maturity Of Sex Is Becoming Extinct by Jarrid Wilson

Sex is a word that is rarely used in The Church of today. But in reality, The Church should be talking about sex more than anyone else on this planet. Why? Because the origination of sex was divinely created by our Creator for a specific and beautiful purpose. If we don’t share that purpose, we can’t expect our culture to know the truth.

If The Church won’t talk about sex, we can’t blame our generation for seeking answers from the world.

OUR GENERATION NEEDS ANSWERS.

1. Sex outside of marriage is glamorized.

2. Sex is sold and advertised on a daily basis.

3. Sex is used for the purpose of entertainment.

4. Sex has become more about desire, and less about love.

5. The idea of waiting until marriage is mocked and ridiculed.

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The Next Billy Graham

The story is told that, during the International Congress on World Evangelization at Lausanne in 1974, someone asked Billy Graham, "Who will be the next Billy Graham?" In answer, the nonpareil evangelist motioned to the panorama of Christian leaders around him, saying, "They will."

 

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The Tested Faith of Matt Chandler

Suffering in mercy—that’s been the theme of Matt Chandler’s life the past seven months. When Chandler, the lead pastor of North Texas megachurch The Village, woke up last Thanksgiving, all was well: 35 years old and healthy, a beautiful wife, three cute kids and a church of nearly 8,000. He was an up-and-coming speaker who often taught at national pastors’ conventions. Chandler was an emerging superstar.

Life was good. “Up to this point, everything we touched turned to gold,” says Chandler, now bald with a scar on his head, sitting on a couch in his church office. That Thanksgiving morning, his wife, Lauren, was in the kitchen preparing a few dishes for a family dinner at her parents’ house less than a mile away. He was in the living room feeding his then-6-month-old daughter, Norah. “I fed Norah, went to put her in the Johnny Jump-up, and turned around to head back to my chair. And that’s literally the last memory I have,” Chandler says.

 

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What Are You Afraid Of? by Brad Lomenick

What are you afraid of? What are you scared of? What frightens you?

Let’s face it. We are all scared of something. And all of us need a dose of courage to confront what currently is making us afraid.

Courage is facing up to something that frightens you. Looking at it straight on and dealing with it, straight up.

Reality us, we all need courage. Especially leaders. Courage to overcome. Courage to break through barriers. Courage to charge and climb the next hill. Courage to face fears. Courage to conquer and control fears. Fears. Yep.

Many times what holds us back is fear. Being scared. Living scared. Leading scared.

But take courage. Be FEARLESS, not fearful.

Boldly step into all God has created you to be.

Today, what are you scared of? What is holding you back from all that God has created you to be?

For me, my biggest fear is failure. Occasionally it creates some very unhealthy leadership landmines and roadblocks that I have to work through. And is paralyzing, because when a leader is afraid to fail, taking risks then gets moved to the side, and maintaining status quo is the focus. Reality is, for many type A leaders, we are scared to death of failing. Afraid of what our friends will say, what our families will say, and how it will impact our next career season. And afraid of potentially losing what we “feel” like we’ve helped build or create.

And many of us incorrectly assume that in failure, the leader should take all the blame and is responsible no matter what. Not true, but something that still evokes fear.

Fear and failure don’t have to go together. Failure is not something to be scared of. We should respect failure, but not fear it.

Take a bold step. Today.

 

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THE DIRTY MANGER  at The Resurgence 

God chose to have his Son enter the world in a stable and be laid in filthy slop so we could know that our sinful hearts are not too lowly of a place for him to occupy.

Why there? God could have chosen anywhere to rest his tiny head. Yet my soul is pierced as I remember the dirty manger is my heart too, "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jer. 17:9). Jesus can.

 

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4 Reasons Being Modest Is The Hottest by Jarrid Wilson

I’m sure some of these attributes can be appointed to men as well, but in reality this post is for the ladies.

Here are 4 reasons being modest is the hottest:

1. It shows others you have respect for yourself.

2. It shows you value a yearning for purity.

3. It will attract guys who are interested in more than just your looks.

4. It shows you are different.

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7 Arrows for Bible Reading – Gospel Coalition

The seven arrows of Bible reading were an attempt at developing a tool for proper hermeneutics to power these relationships. We did not want our people to simply talk about the Bible. We wanted them to understand the Bible and know how to apply it to their lives. Each cluster would read a predetermined passage of Scripture and discuss it using these seven arrows.

The goal was for the clusters to start by summarizing the main point of the passage as succinctly as possible, ideally in one sentence.

 

 

 

5 Things Your Habits Say About You – Relevant

Behavioural therapists and others who study human behaviour will tell you there’s only one difference between those who succeed and those who don’t. “It’s all about their habits,” they say.

1. They reveal what you value least—and most.
2. They reveal where you spend your time.
3. They reveal the state of your mental health.
4. They reveal the state of your spiritual health.
5. They reveal the state of your physical health.

 

 

EVERYONE IN YOUR LIFE WANTS ONE THING FROM YOU by John Michael Morgan

No one ever talks about it but it’s there. Intensely burning within every person on the planet regardless of their age, sex, race, status, or job. Everyone wants it and they want it from you.

I’m talking about RECOGNITION.

Everyone wants to be recognized and acknowledged. This is why a simple smile, making eye contact, or just saying “hello” to a passing stranger matters. It matters because it matters to them!

Because of this desire we all have, you can motivate and influence those around you by simply giving someone recognition. When someone feels acceptance, recognition, and appreciation from you they are more likely to support you, help you, or anything else that you’d like them to do.

 

 

Questions to Ask When Preparing for Marriage by John Piper

Preparing for Marriage: Help for Christian Couples is a new ebook from Desiring God aimed at aiding couples – whether dating and considering marriage, or engaged and preparing for marriage – to get to know each other better in some of life’s most significant matters, and be more fit to discern God’s leading for their lives.

Along with the questions contained in this blog post, we’ve packaged three additional resources from John Piper in hopes of enriching such important preparation.

Lifestyle

  • Own a home or not? Why?
  • What kind of neighborhood? Why?
  • How many cars? New? Used?
  • View of money in general. How much to the church?
  • How do you make money decisions?
  • Where will you buy clothes: Department store? Thrift store? In between? Why?

 

 

 

Don’t You Want Your Daughters to be in Love on their Wedding Day? by Gary Thomas

If the main reason you’re getting married is because you’re “in love,” what happens when the infatuation fades and you don’t feel that same “in love”? What’s going to keep you in the marriage then?

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That evening the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This place is like a desert, and it is already late. Let the crowds leave, so they can go to the villages and buy some food.” Jesus replied, “They don’t have to leave. Why don’t you give them something to eat?” But they said, “We have only five small loaves of bread and two fish.” Jesus asked his disciples to bring the food to him, and he told the crowd to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and handed it to his disciples, and they gave it to the people. After everyone had eaten all they wanted, Jesus’ disciples picked up twelve large baskets of leftovers. Matthew 14:15-20

 

 

did you note the word in verse 17 – ONLY

 

sometimes we think of ourselves as ONLY – or JUST – i’m just me, we self depreciate ourselves, we compare ourselves to other people and other people always come up looking better than we do.

in a way its okay to have that “i’m just me” perspective.  we are who we are.  we can do what we can do.

its a matter of having the RIGHT i’m just me attitude.

are you accepting of who you are in the context that God can do great things in you and through you and that he has called you and has a plan and a purpose for your life and that you are fearfully and wonderfully made?  are you assured of the love that God has for you and that he delights in you?

or are you negatively putting yourself down and viewing yourself as weaker and less talented and less important than you actually are?

the awesome thing is that God takes our ONLY and transforms it and uses it to demonstrate his love and power and grace and glory.

it was ONLY just some loaves and fishes.

ONLY a small boy with his lunch.

just as Jesus took the ONLY of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and fed the great crowd.

God takes the ONLY of our lives and turns the ordinary into extraordinary!

also:

don’t let anyone else talk you down.  don’t let anyone else label you with ONLY….  the lunch may have seemed like ONLY a small thing to the disciples but to the boy who gave it up it was his whole lunch and important!  don’t let people put you down.

don’t underestimate yourself and what God can do through a life offered to him.

 

 

Ephesians 1:4 – For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.

I want you to focus on two points:

1) “He chose us.”

– God chose us to be his children. Yes, you and I. And regardless of our past, present or future, God chose US to be sons and daughters in him.

2) “Before the creation of the world.”

– You were chosen before the creation of the world itself! Before the moon, the sun, the stars and the sky. God thought of us first. And God chose YOU and I to be holy and blameless in his sight, to be adopted into his heavenly presence.

So the next time someone labels you something other than “God’s son or daughter,” direct them to Ephesians 1:4 and show them otherwise. You were chosen before creation itself.

The world can “say” all they want, but only God “knows” who you really are. You are His.

I am who The Great “I AM” says I am. Not who “they” say I am.

– Jarrid Wilson

 

 

the next time someone says you’re ONLY this or ONLY that remind them that the only and greatest thing you are is a son or daughter of the King of Kings!

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some of my most fav tweets from the weekish!

 

@BurkParsons  RT @JustinBuzzard: Don’t try to be the Holy Spirit in another person’s life. Let the Spirit be the Spirit. You just speak the truth in love.

 

 

@theramp  "Revival is the intervention of God within a community." @BrianBeasley6

 

 

@davidsliker  Our single greatest ongoing need is to know and encounter the love of Jesus.

 

 

@JarridWilson We don’t need to make Jesus relevant. He’s Jesus.

 

 

@YancyEaton “We’re never anywhere by chance. We may very well be there because we were sent.” –@RyanDeaton

 

 

@lori_wilhite   God doesn’t need to do 1 other thing in my life to show me He loves me. He’s already shown me thru the life & death of Jesus. @JudWilhite

 

 

@johnwimber Jesus not only claimed to be God, he acted like God.

 

 

@theramp "If the way you spend your time does not line up with your ‘radical’ lingo, then you’re not radical."@micahrwood

 

 

@CharlGambill There is no small part in Gods global jigsaw. We r all a necessary part of The BIG picture. So put your piece in!

 

 

@micahrwood The decisions of your past don’t have to determine the course of your future. Today is opportunity for change. There is hope.

 

 

and then there is me:

 Claire McLean Claire McLean@fireball3316

God is a powerful creative God… Able to bring life and changes where it seems impossible – come breathe Spirit of God ezekiel 37

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@MatthewBarnett As long as you’re excited about tomorrow, yesterday’s failures will never overtake you.

 

@MatthewBarnett While going through a struggle never forget the promises you received early on that gave you so much hope.

 

@RickWarren The most powerful motivation for lasting in ministry is neither external nor internal, but eternal.

 

@amygroeschel May the Greater One within you remind you of the Greater Call. YOU are part of building the Kingdom!

 

@JarridWilson Sometimes, God has already given you the provision, you just need to change your perspective.

 

 @JarridWilson Don’t waste your time comparing yourself the others. God made you distinctively different and beautifully created.

 

@benreed Grace moves the ball forward. Shame throws it backwards. #GiveGraceGenerously

 

@SSligh “Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

 

@nickygumbel Be generous with encouragement. It is verbal sunshine. It costs nothing and it warms hearts.

 

@petrovmortovski Never doubt in the dark what God has shown u in the light.

 

@petrovmortovski Our desire for God grows from our decision to seek God – "I will earnestly seek you. My soul longs for you" – Psalm 63:1

 

@JoyceMeyer It is important to remember that doing things for God does not replace spending time with Him.

 

@leadHership I’m staying on your trail; I’m putting one foot In front of the other. I’m not giving up. (Psalm 17:5)

 

@gregfrench56 What I do today will determine who I am tomorrow.

 

@SyRogers1 God doesnt threaten & DEMAND I trust Him…Instead He INVITES: ‘Learn about Me’.The more I LEARN of Him, the more He EARNS my trust! Learn!

 

@JarridWilson “Past boldness is no assurance of future boldness. Boldness demands continual reliance on God’s spirit.” @AndyStanley

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Elisha’s process between the call and the living the call was to serve Elijah.

Joshua’s process between the promise of the Promised Land and the crossing over the Jordan River was to spend 40 years in the wilderness with a generation who had to die.

Even Jesus had process. He didn’t begin His public until He was 30.

Process can be hard.

In the process we have to press in and be faithful and motivated and growing.

There are lessons to be learned in the process. Lessons about ourselves, lessons about how to work with others, lessons about how to relate to God.

 

Sometimes, God uses the disasters around us to rebuild the heart within us. Jarrid Wilson ~ The Breakdown

Sometimes, God will use the events around you, to help mold the heart within you. Jarrid Wilson

 

Process isn’t just about skills its also about character.

Process is all part of it. Its not less important that the destination and the success.

God will open the right doors at the right time.

“Its not about knowing who holds the right keys but its about knowing the KEEPER of the keys” – Peter Robertson.

God can promote us at the right time. But I also believe He will also hold us back if we are not surrendered and transformed. God is full of grace but He is also holy. He uses flawed human beings but that doesn’t excuse compromise and a heart that isn’t fully leaning to God… God wants us to be intentionally following Him not intentionally following our own self and self desires.

 

 

 

 

see I AM IN PROCESS #1 here

see I AM IN PROCESS #2 here

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That evening the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This place is like a desert, and it is already late. Let the crowds leave, so they can go to the villages and buy some food.” Jesus replied, “They don’t have to leave. Why don’t you give them something to eat?” But they said, “We have only five small loaves of bread and two fish.” Jesus asked his disciples to bring the food to him, and he told the crowd to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and handed it to his disciples, and they gave it to the people. After everyone had eaten all they wanted, Jesus’ disciples picked up twelve large baskets of leftovers. Matthew 14:15-20

 

did you note the word in verse 17 – ONLY

sometimes we think of ourselves as ONLY – or JUST – i’m just me, we self depreciate ourselves, we compare ourselves to other people and other people always come up looking better than we do.

in a way its okay to have that “i’m just me” perspective.  we are who we are.  we can do what we can do.

its a matter of having the RIGHT i’m just me attitude.

are you accepting of who you are in the context that God can do great things in you and through you and that he has called you and has a plan and a purpose for your life and that you are fearfully and wonderfully made?  are you assured of the love that God has for you and that he delights in you?

or are you negatively putting yourself down and viewing yourself as weaker and less talented and less important than you actually are?

the awesome thing is that God takes our ONLY and transforms it and uses it to demonstrate his love and power and grace and glory.

it was ONLY just some loaves and fishes.

ONLY a small boy with his lunch.

just as Jesus took the ONLY of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and fed the great crowd.

God takes the ONLY of our lives and turns the ordinary into extraordinary!

also:

don’t let anyone else talk you down.  don’t let anyone else label you with ONLY….  the lunch may have seemed like ONLY a small thing to the disciples but to the boy who gave it up it was his whole lunch and important!  don’t let people put you down.

don’t underestimate yourself and what God can do through a life offered to him.

 

Ephesians 1:4 – For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.

I want you to focus on two points:

1) “He chose us.”

– God chose us to be his children. Yes, you and I. And regardless of our past, present or future, God chose US to be sons and daughters in him.

2) “Before the creation of the world.”

– You were chosen before the creation of the world itself! Before the moon, the sun, the stars and the sky. God thought of us first. And God chose YOU and I to be holy and blameless in his sight, to be adopted into his heavenly presence.

So the next time someone labels you something other than “God’s son or daughter,” direct them to Ephesians 1:4 and show them otherwise. You were chosen before creation itself.

The world can “say” all they want, but only God “knows” who you really are. You are His.

I am who The Great “I AM” says I am. Not who “they” say I am.

– Jarrid Wilson

 

the next time someone says you’re ONLY this or ONLY that remind them that the only and greatest thing you are is a son or daughter of the King of Kings!

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