THE WHOLE-HEARTED LEADER PILLAR 2: INTIMACY When Intimacy Was Severed in the Garden Let’s rewind back to the Garden of Eden – to Adam and Eve. They were created for intimacy. They were created to walk naked with the Lord in the garden. No shame existed, no shame at all. They walked freely, naked in the garden, full of joy and full of the Lord’s presence. They knew who God was. They knew who they were in Him and how they were made for one another. Adam got to name all the animals. He didn’t just give them titles. He [...]
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THE WHOLE-HEARTED LEADER PILLAR 2: INTIMACY The Inner Circle God loves us all unconditionally. And yet, our Lord Jesus when He walked the earth had levels of intimacy. Jesus’ inner circles Jesus was surrounded by hordes of people, but He had a smaller, more intimate ring of men and women. They traveled with Him and received teachings and prophesies Jesus did not share with the masses. They saw miracles (like walking on water and calming the storm) that others did not see. Jesus chose the twelve apostles, giving them authority over unclean spirits and to heal every disease and [...]
THE WHOLE-HEARTED LEADER PILLAR 2: INTIMACY Understanding Intimacy and its Importance How do we grow in our intimacy with God, so that we also grow in intimacy with one another– especially our loved ones? In this second pillar of the Whole-hearted Leader series, we’re going to learn how brain science helps prove that our joyful connection is vitally important. We’ll also learn about how we connect – not just mentally, but emotionally and spiritually. We’re going to learn how to experience the Emmanuel Moment, a great first step to inner healing, to wholeness of heart, and to be able to [...]
THE WHOLE-HEARTED LEADER PILLAR 1: IDENTITY What Can I Learn from the Story of Gideon? Our Father God has released inside every one of us a part of what He has called us to become. As we develop and mature spiritually, we will display Jesus; however, we will each display Him slightly differently. God wants us to be fully impactful with what He has given us and steward it all well. He wants us to have an awareness of our identity and who He is growing us to be. Because of this, we have hope, that happy confidence of good things [...]
THE WHOLE-HEARTED LEADER PILLAR 1: IDENTITY How Do I Grow into a Whole-hearted Leader? When you begin to discover your wiring, to become aware of your motivations, and to recognize God’s imprint on you, then you are on the journey to become the best version of you. Perhaps you’ve been in a place where you lessen yourself and think that something outside of you is going to redeem you. But God has already put inside of you these qualities and characteristics so you can impact the people in the world around you. He has given each of us motivational design gifts, [...]
PILLAR 1: IDENTITY I love the parable of the talents that Jesus taught in Matthew 25, where different people were given different talents. Listen, we are not supposed to compare or compete. There is no competition in the Kingdom. Someone might have five talents, someone might have two, and you might be the one with the one talent, but do not go burying it in the sand. You steward it well and invest in it, and you multiply it, and you work with what you’ve got. Don’t look at everybody else’s situation; look at what God’s given you. It’s your heart, [...]
PILLAR 1: IDENTITY Who you are is who God says you are, and that can never be taken away from you. With that truth in mind, how do we live out our identity? How do we move forward in who God says we are? As we consider this question, we’re going to look at places where our identity comes from, and the ways our legitimacy is tied in with our identity. Finally, we’ll discuss how we can grow up into our God-given identity. What are some places where I get my identity? The world is going to put some [...]
PILLAR 1: IDENTITY Welcome to our new series on The Whole-Hearted Leader! Are you ready to become the best version of you, so you can positively influence and impact the world around you? Let’s talk about the first pillar of the whole-hearted leader: your identity. Who do you think you are? Understanding ourselves is vitally important. When we know and understand our true identity and how we are designed (and how others are designed), we are able to fully come alive and be authentically ourselves. What comes to mind when you think of the word “identity”? You know, identity [...]
Are you or a loved one passing through a season of suffering? Perhaps you’re wondering, “Where is God in all this? Why do innocent people suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people? If God loves me, why is He allowing me to go through this?” Sometimes, it’s hard to understand why we experience hurtful, painful experiences – even when we love God and are wholeheartedly serving Him. Without trying to minimize your pain, I want to encourage you that suffering does not just randomly happen in our lives. God does not bring suffering our way – it comes because [...]
God loves to partner with us – He puts His stamp of grace on our words of faith and makes them happen. And, as we walk in step with the Holy Spirit, we find that there’s a time to prophesy, a time to pray, and a time to put God’s plan into action. The Father loves it when we come up with faith-filled ideas! Sometimes, we’ll say something really good, and the Father goes, “Yeah, I like that!” And then, boom! He puts His grace on it and makes it happen. It’s like when my child comes up and says, [...]