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“Nothing drives shame away from the heart except being fully known and yet still delighted in. Shame vanishes when you are fully known and delighted in. Both of those are important. The reason I will press hard on confession and openness among the people of God is because the quieter you are about your struggles, the quieter you are about the fantasies of your mind, the quieter you are about where you fall short of the right ideal, the more fertile the ground is for shame to take root. And where shame grows, anger grows. And where anger grows, self-hate and the other forms of abuse can begin to grow. And so the best way to make sure shame doesn’t grow is to be fully known. Don’t have secrets; they betray you.”  — Matt Chandler

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The Power of Focusing On the Peanut by Pastors.com

“When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well, George, that’s more nearly your size.’” George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was born into slavery in the mid 19th Century in Missouri. He went on to become a world famous scientist. Because he was frail and sickly as a child he worked as a gardner. As a result he had plenty of time to investigate, wander the woods and fan into flame his natural curiosity for all things scientific. Although his ambition was much bigger God gave him one thing to focus on…the peanut. As a result of his relentless experiments on that shell covered protein bullet he discovered over 300 uses for the peanut, including peanut butter (Praise the Lord!)

 

 

 

 

A ministry momentum killer by Steven Furtick : Make sure your private devotion keeps pace with your ministry momentum.  Your relationship with God is only as strong as your most recent encounter with Him.

 

 

 

Why Shame isn’t your Story… and the hungry caterpillar by Tindell Baldwin

Shame isn’t your story. Guilt isn’t your story and working really hard to make yourself look better won’t do anything but exhaust you. The only one that can clear our rebellion and wipe our slate clean is the one who was clean. We all have a past. We all were messed up and some of us you could tell by looking at their life (me) but some hid it better. Either way we had a heart condition that needed fixing. Jesus came, we either accept that he saves us or we don’t, and we move forward.

 

 

 

How to Become a Mentor and Why It’s Important By Justin Lathrop on PASTORS.COM

Many of us understand the importance of having a mentor, but sometimes we forget about the important of being a mentor.

Maybe you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to becoming a mentor. Here are three thoughts I have.

1. Find someone who reminds you of yourself five years ago.
2. You don’t have to be an expert
3. Just be available

 

 

 

Finding a Rhythm and Raising the Energy Level in Your Leaders By Rick Warren At PASTORS.COM

The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned out leaders. But it’s possible to find a healthy working rhythm and ultimately increase the effective energy with which your leaders serve without causing them to burn out.

Every minute of every day we are using up energy, and every person has a limited amount of energy. If we keep the pace high all the time, we use up the energy people have to give like the way a car with its lights left on will wind up with a dead battery.

 

 

Fear doesn’t live here no more
Fear doesn’t live here no more
When Your name was spoken
Your name brought healing to me
Shame doesn’t live here no more
Shame doesn’t live here no more
When Your name was spoken
Your love brought healing to me
PRE CHORUS:
Condemnation no more
Sin lost all control
I am set free
By Your glory and grace
You broke every chain
I am set free
CHORUS:
Your name Jesus
Your name Jesus
Jesus Your name
Your name brings healing to me
BRIDGE:
I am free
I am free
These chains have no hold on me
I’ve been healed
Hallelujah

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forgiven

1.       I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation (Romans 8:1-2, Ephesians 1:7-8, 1 John 1:9).

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:1-2

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

 

a few months ago at housegroup i read out a list of FACTOIDS that i had found in a book (which i can no longer remember which book!) which really got into our hearts.  our pastor then pinched them and read them out at church and since then i’ve had numerous (aka LOTS and LOTS) of people ask for them. which means they’re really good!

 

so i’m starting a series, breaking down the FACTOIDS and looking at them more, what they mean to me and how they’re real in our life.

 

FACTOID 1.       I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation

i so love that.  i am free from shame.  forgiven.  set free.  released.  cleansed.  made whole and innocent and not guilty and new.

 

  • You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:21-22

  • How far has the LORD taken our sins from us?  Farther than the distance from east to west! Psalm 103:12

  • Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

Jesus totally sets me free from sin and the guilt that goes with it.

He removes my sin from me.  a saying i’ve heard often says He throws it into the sea and posts a sign saying no fishing.

 

  • Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! Micah 7:19

i am free.  free from guilt and shame and condemnation.

my sin is GONE.  removed.  taken away.  not mine anymore.  its been exchanged on the cross and i now have the righteousness of Christ.

i can live clean and whole and pure. 

though the consequences of my sin may be outworked, because of the way life is, our sin has impact, that sin does not belong to me if i confess it and receive forgiveness.   it is no longer on my record.  isnt that GOOD NEWS.

so we no longer need to live burdened by our sin. 

we need to live holy and responding lives to God (because of His great love poured out on the cross to us when we were enemies of God and not even aware of our need or thinking about Him)

we can with total confidence draw near to God because of this righteousness and freedom from sin.  we are his beloved children.  holy and acceptable.

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