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Our Best Horizons: Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given — Matt Raines

Our Best Horizons: Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given — Matt Raines

January 14, 2021

Everyone wants to "find their life" -- their best life. Jesus' offer is on the table: "If you lose your life for my sake, you will find it." To be real, few discover this. Matt Raines helps us in our quest. He draws on thoughts from Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer, and theologian. We are CHOSEN by Christ, BLESSED, BROKEN, and GIVEN to the world. This narrow path leads to our best horizons!

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Anno Domini 2020 Encore: 4 Vital Steps to Take When Your Vision Is Challenged (Ep 165)

Anno Domini 2020 Encore: 4 Vital Steps to Take When Your Vision Is Challenged (Ep 165)

December 29, 2020

This is a special 2020 Encore Episode. Agree with me at the end in a prayer of Providence and Design over your life. In challenging times, we have to be proactive with our vision. Here are 4 vital steps to optimize the challenge to your vision: 1) Recommit to achieving your vision 2) Innovate new powerful strategies 3) Key - Give thanks to the Creator 4) Now accelerate success. Challenges are a gift ... they are an invitation to step up. To be more. And to do more. (These powerful ideas are traced back to Dr. Bruce Wilkinson.)

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The Dance of Heaven and Earth — 2020 Christmas Mini-Series, Part 3 (Ep 164)

The Dance of Heaven and Earth — 2020 Christmas Mini-Series, Part 3 (Ep 164)

December 23, 2020

We see the dance of heaven and earth in the Christmas narratives of Matthew and Luke. A faith-response on earth surrounds even the incarnation of Christ. And because Advent is Advancing, we can live today with this Christmas Dynamic. Heaven moves. We move. The best things happen on the Father's Dance Floor!

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Hark! It’s Christmas Chaos Theory — 2020 Christmas Mini-Series, Part 2 (Ep 163)

Hark! It’s Christmas Chaos Theory — 2020 Christmas Mini-Series, Part 2 (Ep 163)

December 17, 2020

You can be Christmas Chordic this Christmastime! Opportunity is wrapped in chaos. Disruptive Innovation upsets and supersedes the status quo, and everything goes to a new level. How should we live in the true spirit of Christmas all year long? 1) The knowledge of the Holy One sustains us. 2) Welcome the Holy Spirit to overshadow your person, your situation. 3) Listen for the creative heavenly Word. 4) Then, take obedient action.

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Bonus Episode: It’s the Manifold Ministries Christmas Crossover Episode! (Ep 162)

Bonus Episode: It’s the Manifold Ministries Christmas Crossover Episode! (Ep 162)

December 15, 2020

Hark! The Herald Content Creators speak! It's a special Christmas Crossover episode via MANIFOLD MINISTRIES. You'll hear Ally Rossborough from the Freedom & Truth blog and Stephen Lauterbach, the purveyor of Manifold Ministries and the host of the Despite Popular Belief podcast. And yours truly is in the mix too! We discuss everything Christmas ... traditions, truths, misconceptions, and who put up their Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. We had a blast coming together. Hark! We hope you enjoy the listen! Go see Manifold Ministries.

Parts 2 and 3 of the "Hey, Dragon, Yule Be Sorry" Christmas mini-series are coming to your chimney! Show notes page.

Hey, Dragon! Ho! Ho! Ho! — 2020 Christmas Mini-Series, Part 1 (Ep 161)

Hey, Dragon! Ho! Ho! Ho! — 2020 Christmas Mini-Series, Part 1 (Ep 161)

December 10, 2020

Did you know that the First Christmas was an invasion? The King is back! Advent is not just something we look back to. It's in THE NOW. And it's in THE FUTURE. Advent is advancing! This changes prayer, what we imagine is possible, and our decision-making.

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Heaven’s Secret Sauce: The Image of God In the Earth, Part 2 — Bruce Colbert (Ep 160)

Heaven’s Secret Sauce: The Image of God In the Earth, Part 2 — Bruce Colbert (Ep 160)

December 3, 2020

We can cultivate all things (think Eden!), releasing hidden potential all around us. Capture Part 2 of my coffee-shop dialogue with Bruce Colbert. Are we willing to discover our real life in Christ's Kingdom Enterprise? And let's reconceive something -- Ekklesia (the Church) is for societal good. Not a "Churchianity." It's all wrapped up in the image of God in us! (Listen to Ep 158 for Part 1 of our dialogue.)

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Chaos Theory, God, and You — Insert These 5 Dynamic Variables (Godspeed Episode! Ep 159)

Chaos Theory, God, and You — Insert These 5 Dynamic Variables (Godspeed Episode! Ep 159)

November 24, 2020

Is there chaos around you? This will be surprising, but you're positioned to experience something new. A different expression of Higher Design. Chaos Theory is the study of how tiny variables can transform chaos into new patterns of design and purpose. You have "Chaordic" Capacity in Christ! Insert these 5 Dynamic Kingdom Variables into the chaos to release a new order in your life and your world of influence.

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Heaven’s Secret Sauce: The Image of God in the Earth — Bruce Colbert (Ep 158)

Heaven’s Secret Sauce: The Image of God in the Earth — Bruce Colbert (Ep 158)

November 17, 2020

As Creator-King, God places his image in the earth in man and woman. Everyone has it as a baseline expression. And yet, in Christ, God's image goes to a higher level. This is heaven's secret sauce for influencing all things via us! Right here. Right now. The image of God is renewed in us through the Holy Spirit. The opportunity cost for negligence is way too high.

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Godspeed! — It’s Time to Talk About Your Secret Advantage in Christ — Supernatural Sound (Ep 157)

Godspeed! — It’s Time to Talk About Your Secret Advantage in Christ — Supernatural Sound (Ep 157)

November 5, 2020

There comes a point when we need to talk about your secret advantage in Christ -- receiving and releasing supernatural sound. Developing in Christ is a continuum. Are you on the Christ Continuum? If so, the opportunity cost of failing to develop in supernatural sound is too high. Elevate to your privilege as daughters and sons of God in Christ! (Tight Godspeed episode!)

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