Day 21

Healthy Competition?

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I recently read a devotional by Os Hillman that made me rethink some parts of my competitive nature.  Here’s some of what Os said:

“There is absolutely no place for competitiveness in ministry or marketplace activity if you understand God’s view of receiving. The Scripture tells us that we are not only to bless our competition, but we are also called to bless our enemies.”

“The reason we can do this is because our security and provision is not based on posturing ourselves against another, but fulfilling what God has called us to do. When we take a proactive step to bless another, we actually apply a Kingdom principle that results in greater blessing to others, the Kingdom of God and even to ourselves.  Some would say that we are in danger of losing “market share”. This is the worldly model of competition. Those who cannot bless others are insecure in their own calling and insecure in God’s ability to provide for their own enterprise.”


“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance” (Ps 16:5-6).

Your thoughts?

Favorite Bible Verse – Persecution?

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Have you ever considered what role persecution has in the life of a follower of Christ?  Or, how can we develop a healthy attitude towards the challenges we face? Another way to think about this is to ask, what is our ‘theology of suffering’?  Reflect on these questions as you watch the following video from Curtis Sergeant.

Calling = Being ?

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Today I’d like to share with you a blog post from Dr. Bob Snyder with IHS Global. It’s about calling, but also about being. Bob wrote:

At times on my journey with Jesus it has been difficult to discern what God is calling me to do. Actually the call of God is quite simple. Jesus most often expressed it in two words, ‘Follow me’.

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”             1 Peter 2:21 NIV

His desire for me is to be more and more like Him in my inner being and reflect Him in all that I do. Jesus’ call for my life is not about vocation or geography but rather to BE more like Him in absolutely every area of my life.

However, whenever I prioritize DOING for Jesus over BEING like Him, I can find it easy to justify un-Christ-like behavior in the name of DOING good.

The call of Jesus is to be more like Him each day. That must start deep inside of me. (Matthew 5:3-10)

How Big is Your God?

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Do you put God in a box? How big is your box?

Curtis Sergeant fears that we ALL put God is a box sometimes. He also holds that ALL of us can do some enlarging of that box (and some searching for a deeper bottom). Listen as he explains.

Revealing Truths to Our Hearts

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I came across the following video in which the speaker asks the question: “How can I model loving God and loving people with all my heart, not just my mind?”  As we seek to share truth and grace with those in our workplace, the Psalms can be an effective bridge to deep insight, growth and healing. Check it out, and maybe you can adapt his approach to your situation.

An Impossible Requirement?

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Sometimes other bloggers say exactly what I’ve been thinking, only more eloquently than I could ever do.  That is the case with a post from Dr. Bob Snyder with IHS Global.  Bob wrote:

“God’s desire for me is abundant fruitfulness. He even gave me the prescription for this,

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. John 12:24 NLT

Do you mean to tell me that Jesus is saying that I must die to myself in order to be fruitful?

It is not improvement of myself but rather a death to myself that creates God’s fruitfulness in me. You must be kidding. Rather than dying to self I prefer to say, “I am actually a good guy.”  But Jesus says my goodness is not good enough. Only His perfect goodness will do.

It all begins by submitting to His Will and Power, therefore allowing my will and power to die. This painful and ugly process results in abundant fruitfulness.

Will you join me in dying to self?”


No Faking, Please.

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Every once in awhile you come across a video that is just so on target that it makes you feel a little uncomfortable.  The video below from Francis Chan is one of those videos.  As you watch, ask God to show you how the “inner you” is really doing, and how you might share today’s message with those around you.

Click HERE to see the video

Renewal – One Reader’s Response

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One of the Antioch Journey participants sent me the following reflections after completing Day 5 – All things New.  I loved their transparency, and the reality of the struggles to work these ideas out in everyday life.  Let me know if you resonate with what they had to say.

“My renewal needs to be in my sinful need to be thought well of; to have a good reputation; to be quietly ambitious; and to sometimes be envious of others’ success.  Yikes, not a great list, but being honest, I do – from time-to-time – sense these things in me. It hit me even this morning via an email, where a colleague was being asked to pick up a small additional item to their leadership accountabilities, and my sinful nature was immediately prompting me to wonder why I was not being asked myself.  It’s a way in which I know that the enemy likes to distract me, and this time it’s prompted me to be more intentional to keep focused on the job I have, and the tasks I need to do. I know them to be tasks that are God-compelled, and so I need to rest assured in that.”

Letting the Holy Spirit Have It All

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Awhile back, a friend of mine penned the following thoughts, and I wanted to pass them along to you.  They come from his reading of a series of questions written by John Wesley over 200 years ago …  but still so very relevant today. May God move as you reflect on them.

“If we are honest, there are parts of our lives that we like to keep private. Private from our co-workers, our families, and yes, even God. Knowing that it is impossible to hide something from God doesn’t seem to stop me from attempting it at times. When Adam and Eve sinned, God called for them and asked “Where are you?” God knew where they were, but He wanted them to know as well. He wanted them to know that they were lost. When going through the Wesley questions, it is almost as if I can hear God saying, “Jon, where are you? Where is your heart? Where is your passion? Do you know?” Allowing the Holy Spirit to permeate and bring light to all aspects of our lives can be hard and uncomfortable. It can make us aware of areas where we have been playing “hide and go seek” with God. It can show us areas where we need to grow in our relationship with God and in our discipleship walk. It is hard…but it is worth it. I have found these questions are good ones to come back to periodically. Spiritual growth is not a one time thing, and these questions are a tool that I can use to check on my spiritual growth. I hope they can be an encouragement to you as well.”

To download a copy of Wesley’s Quiz, click HERE

What Kind of Character Does it Take?

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What kind of person does it take to disciple people who will want to make disciples? What kind of character does it take to stand beside them? Start with prayer. Add in care. Then pour on a thick layer of training. To help you imagine what kind of person you might need to become, and to help you imagine those you want standing beside you, watch this video by trainer, Richard Williams.

Richard Williams