Encouragement

I Heard God Whisper, “Do you know how much I love you?” – Christian Article

I love to travel. I love everything about it. Being able to experience new places and cultures, make friends all over the world, truly excites me in such a way that I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I find it funny however, how God uses the things we love most to speak truth over our lives. For me, God has always used travel. I think He does that for two reasons, one I enjoy traveling alone. I know, many people…

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The Moments That Bring Transformation | Lifestream – Christian Article

Winter 2019-2020 NewsletterIf you’d like to subscribe, fill out the form here. Do you know those moments when a nudge in your heart contradicts what you wouldchoose to do? Those are the moments on which your transformation hangs.   I can think of many occasions when the voice of the Spirit whispered through my illusion, to invite me on a better path. At the betrayal of a close friend: I have more to teach you if you walk away than if you…

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O Holy Night | Lifestream – Christian Article

O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas carol. Sara and I listened to it as we got ready to go to bed last night. I reveled in my favorite lyric from it: “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” Ever since Eden’s Fall, the hardest belief for many to sustain, especially in times of struggle and failure is that they are worthy of God’s love and affection. So oftentimes…

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Ten Traits of Children’s Ministry Leaders Who Run a Good Race for God – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Dick Crider, DiscipleLand Field Trainer, shares his wisdom: In more than thirty years of ministry, I have known children’s ministry leaders who crash and burn after a few years and I’ve known those who run the race for 30, 40, and even 50 years. What distinguishes those who run for a lifetime from those who do not? Paul told Timothy that he had fought the fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. So, what motivates those who do all…

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How to Build an Effective Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter which way you go.’” Where do you want to go? Visionary leaders see the big pictureOne of the most powerful keys to impact your children’s ministry is to “Begin with the end in mind.”…

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Prayer Blessing for Teachers | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Prayer Blessing For Teachers As the new school year begins, it is our hope and prayer that God fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray that your classroom is a haven of love and peace where children, coworkers, and parents discover His grace and truth. Lord, thank You for every new teacher as they begin this new school year. Thank You for their ministry to Your children. Sustain them in health:…

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It’s all completely fabulous! by Ruth Leigh – Christian Article

Welcome to my life. Three beautiful children, perfect marriage, idyllic country location, lots of friends, chickens pecking around the veg patch. My made-up life, that is. The one I’d like everyone to see. As a writer, I find myself composing short, punchy bios of myself for each new client. It’s tempting to focus on the lovely bits, making myself sound more sorted than I am. Children. Marriage. Countryside. Friends. Chickens. Gosh, my life is AWESOME! Just between us (and I…

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What was your first reaction to hearing the Gospel? – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata The reactions of the different people in the Bible to hearing the Word of the Lord are wide and varied. Abraham, upon hearing that in his old age he will father a child: he fell on his face and laughed in delight. (Genesis 17:17). Sarai: upon hearing she will bear a child in her old age: laughed in herself, scoffing. (Genesis 18:12) Zechariah was told he will bear a child in his old age, the forerunner to the…

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We Don’t Always Want What We Want | Lifestream – Christian Article

I am traveling through the south of Florida at the moment, having spent the weekend in Miami, and now headed up to the Sarasota/Tampa area for the weekend. Yesterday, I had an amazing lunch conversation reconnecting with someone I’d visited several years ago. He’d come here to plant house churches and ended up discovering that the church was more wild and wonderful than that could contain as well. He, too, is learning that life moves at the speed of relationships. While…

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Let’s love each other – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata I found this online. It’s a list that is sourced. Recently I’ve been a bit downcast by the in-fighting on social media. I guess after 24 years online going from BBS forums to CompuServe to commenting online newspapers to Disqus to blogs to Facebook to Twitter … I’m finally social media world-weary with the lack of grace and patience. Let’s love each other. The 59 ‘One Anothers’ of the New Testament 1. …Be at peace with each…

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Following Jesus Will Cost More Than You Think But It’s Worth It – Christian Article

I was 18 and at a young life summer staff camp when I first thought about the cost of following Jesus. I was a leader at this three-week camp. During this time, I was confronted with some hard questions while living among other Christians. It was the first time I realized that to follow Jesus; there would be some sacrifices. I realized at this moment that following Jesus will cost more than you think. Although at the time I didn’t…

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Encourage Your Volunteers: One-Minute Motivators – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

With the start of a new school year, there is simply too much to do! Urgent phone calls to parents, issues with curriculum, classroom decorations, and promotional events all press for your time. Caring for volunteers often falls to the bottom of the priority pile. Though preparation and planning are valuable aspects of leading a ministry, you cannot afford to neglect the health and welfare of your volunteer team. Taking time to connect with teachers and staff leaders is an…

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On Issuing a “Farewell” to Those With Whom You Disagree

There’s a classic Negro spiritual, In That Great Gettin’ Up Morning. My parents owned a copy of the song covered by a group of white guys (not the version by the Gaither Vocal Band) and for some reason it got lodged in my brain Sunday morning while getting ready to leave for worship. The song urges the listener to do what they can now in order to “fare well” at the sound of the trumpet ushering in the judgement of…

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Do You Want to Be a John? – Lifestream – Christian Article

If you haven’t read So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore, you may not get the reference, nor the wonder of the comment. For those that haven’t, that story is about a frustrated staff pastor meeting someone he thinks might be John, Jesus’ disciple, still living in the 21st century.  Do you remember when Jesus told Peter that if John were to live until he came again and that it should not matter to Peter’s journey? Now, Jesus…

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Wayne Jacobsen Needs to Disappear – Lifestream – Christian Article

Now, don’t take that headline too literally! I’m not. But I do hope it makes a point. Before I get to that point, however, let me tell you how overwhelmingly grateful I am for those of you who recommend my books, websites, or podcast to others. Since we don’t do advertising here, word-of-mouth is the only way my books get passed along to new people they might encourage. Without that I’d keep writing to the same audience. Thank you for quoting…

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Who Did Jesus Die For? – Lifestream – Christian Article

Good Friday and Easter weekend are upon us. And I returned home just in time from my ten days in Texas.  This was one of those wild trips where I met so many people and experienced so many awesome opportunities.  I did a video interview about my view of the church, and a future podcast interview with Tracy Levinson, who wrote a wonderful book, Unashamed, and appeared with Brad and I on three previous podcasts: Unashamed, Taking Shame out of Sexuality and Mutually Shared…

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Learning the Pace of Father’s Vineyard – Lifestream – Christian Article

I always tell people if they are only going to read one book of mine, I hope it’s He Loves Me. That material is what began an incredible process in my heart that continues to this day. I used to be motivated in my walk with God out of the fear that I couldn’t be enough for him and often compensated for that by trying hard to be more spiritual than anyone around me. No, that never turns out well.…

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When Spring Arrives Overnight – Lifestream – Christian Article

May 3 does seem a bit late for spring to arrive. But we were in upstate New York after a brutal winter. Four days before we were watching snow flurries.  A day before Sara and I had taken a walk and commented on the dark, grey trees that lined the horizon. It was May, and there was not even a hint of green among the trees. The next morning, however, as we drove Sara to the airport to begin her…

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Sermon #101: Yes, You Can! – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); I remember when I was still a teenager. I kept grudges; real grudges, I mean. I did not know how to forgive; neither did I have the willingness to do so. If somebody did me wrong they were supposed to pay for it! I was a stranger to God back then – I had never experienced the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in my life. Any talk about God actually had a jarring…

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Learning to Live Loved – Lifestream – Christian Article

I’m finishing up my two weeks on the east coast this weekend Raleigh, NC with an amazing group of people who have been through a lot of pain, but are still finding their way into what it means to escape the clutches of religion and embrace a life in the Father’s love.  So excited to be here with them and share together what Father’s been teaching all of us. If you’re in the area and want to join us on…

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Are You Listening or Talking to Yourself? – JIM MARTIN – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); This afternoon, I read a portion of Jon Gordon’s book, The Power of Positive Leadership.  (A friend had recommended this and I was eager to read something that would be motivating.)  I love this particular section (p. 51): Dr. James Gills accomplished the remarkable feat of completing a double triathlon (two triathlons back to back with only a 24-hour break.)  Even more remarkable is that Gills completed a double triathlon six times, and the…

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Meet My Friend, Tom – Lifestream – Christian Article

Nope, sorry, no new podcast today at The God Journey today.  We’re still on hiatus but hope to have some new episodes up soon. In the meantime… I often get asked what podcasts I listen to and here’s a new one that I would recommend. Tom Mohn is a seasoned brother on this journey who has not only had an interesting life indeed, but he also lives the life he proclaims.  I call him the Forrest Gump of evangelicalism, having crossed…

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It’s Love, Not Fear that Will Change the World – Lifestream – Christian Article

Today I’m on my way to Maine to spend some time with people at a camp in Maine, and then I’ll make my way down to Reading, MA before I return home. As I go, I thought I’d leave you with an email exchange I had recently…. It always saddens me how much religion uses hell and God’s wrath to keep people in constant fear that they are not doing enough to keep God at bay. The Gospel is not…

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“You Do Know You Can’t Do This Without Jesus, Right?” – Lifestream – Christian Article

I spent last weekend at a camp in Maine, talking with people about a life in Jesus that is more than following religious doctrines or routines. Not all were impressed with my resume when I arrived. One person spoke out in an early meeting about how much she hated The Shack, even though she’d never read it. She said she had many friends who were following it instead of the Bible and it turned her off. It would turn me…

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Walking In the Fog – Christian Article

Earlier this week I was asked to explain one of the most difficult Scriptural passages from Paul’s writings and they wanted me to tell them what Paul was thinking.  To be honest, I don’t know. And to be even more honest, I don’t really care at this point in my journey. I picked this up from a dear friend in New Zealand, “When Scripture says something important, it is very clear. When things are not clear, they are not important,”…

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