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Day 06

The Greatest Blessing

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Our friends over at kingdom.training have really put together a great set of resources for people looking to make disciples. Today I’d like to share with you a video from their site, one in which Curtis Sergeant talks about a blessing, a great blessing, a greater blessing, and the greatest blessing. Check it out, then answer the following questions:

1. What in the video stands out to you?

2. How does this video challenge you?

3. How might this content translate into your vocation / role?

Fix My Eyes

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Do you ever wake up and just feel like you need a boost?  Some sort of reminder that God will do what He has promised, and that our troubles will not overcome us?  That happened to me this week, and God pointed me to Hebrews 8 for the solution. Where are you fixing your eyes?  Check out this video if you need a bounce in your step.

 

Heb 12:1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Unexpected Instruments

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Some days I find myself wondering, “How can God use a regular person like me?” This past week I heard a “regular guy” named Lee Wood share his God-story.  Lee, a former street dude with lots of energy and “self-diagnosed ADD … squirrel”, is a riot to listen to. God has worked through Lee and his team to launch a disciple making movement in the heart of Tampa, Florida. (click here to read Lee’s story). As Lee shared with us, it struck me how often God uses unlikely instruments to accomplish His work. It made me think of Samuel anointing David as the next king (1Samuel 16:7) … man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart. So, take heart. However God has wired you, He wants to use your unique gifting, talents and passions to help fulfill the Great Commission. Ask Him to show you, and He will.

Nehemiah

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I asked a long time BAM practitioner in Southeast Asia what lessons he had learned over the years. He said that Nehemiah has always served as a great example that he tries to pattern his work after. Nehemiah held a position outside of the religious hierarchy, but was motivated by his faith and sensitive to God’s leading. He learned of a need, then dropped to his knees. He prayed and planned. He assessed the situation and acted in practical ways. He persevered through adversity, and God’s presence was ultimately manifested once again because of what Nehemiah accomplished.  As I reflected on what he shared, I wondered how many of us are like Nehemiah, and are we seeking out other Nehemiah’s around us?

Stop Inviting People To Church

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Many North American Christians use inviting people to their church as their primary tool for evangelism, and even that is a stretch for some.  It’s as if we see our role as a Christ-follower to simply get people in the door and then let the “professionals” get the job done. But, what if we told our members to stop inviting people to church? In the video below, Joe Solomon proposes doing just that. Think it will work?  Check it out.

Fully Human?

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Today I wanted to share with you a video by Andy Crouch.  In it, we are challenged to think about God’s purposes, and our role. What does it mean to be fully human?  What does that have to do with being a disciple? Check it out.

Threat or Opportunity?

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Hardly a day seems to pass that we don’t see something in the news about immigration or large groups of people moving across political borders.  Whether by people seeking asylum, pursuing economic opportunities, fleeing persecution, or forcibly displaced by war or famine, nearly every country in Europe and North America is affected by this in some way. Although the issues are complex and the solutions often seem distant, I wonder if we might view things differently if our perspective shifted a little.  What if this were more about an opportunity for the Kingdom, rather than a threat?  Check out the video below and maybe it will give you some food for thought.

(Extra)Ordinary

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Ever wonder how ordinary people, using ordinary resources, can have an extraordinary impact for God’s Kingdom? That’s the heart behind Zume (Greek word for leaven), a new disciple making / training movement that launched February 14th.  To learn more, go to their website at www.zumeproject.com and also check out the video below. Zume will change your life, and the world.

A Confession?

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While watching some videos from the 2015 Finishing The Task conference (a meeting focused on how we can take the Gospel to the remaining unreached people groups of the world), I was struck by what Francis Chan shared at the start of his talk.  It was a confession of sorts, and in it I heard my own voice as well.  Listen to this clip, and ask God to reveal to you what attitudes or actions might need to change in your life.

Fear of Failure

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As we seek to integrate our faith and work in a way that advances the Great Commission, the task can feel overwhelming at times.  Do you ever experience the fear of failure?  As you seek to become more intentional about your prayers and conversations in the arena God has placed you, I hope you are encouraged by this video from Curtis Sergeant.