On a recent morning, I was outside investing time with the Lord in the Word and prayer. I feel like the Holy Spirit gave me a fresh facet of insight about a popular verse - "Do not be conformed to this world (age may be a better translation), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind ..." (Romans 12:2). So I just did a flash recording on the spot. Here's the opportunity: we don't have to conform to this decaying age, but we can align now to the age that Jesus is bringing. And that has to mean more than we can imagine!
"Discipleship" is the maturation process of becoming more like Jesus -- in both his character and competencies (the ventures he modeled). The Holy Spirit is the Ultimate Teacher to help us "learn Christ." Kingdom Clusters (specialized affinity groupings) are emerging to accelerate our advancement ... small is the new big.
All Kingdom life flows from the heart. Isaac and Silvia Rowe are pastors and business people. They value authentic relationships and deeper discipleship as Christ-Followers. Self awareness, accountability and trust, and advancing in faith are their quest -- for themselves and those they lead. It's more than church meetings and programs. Full-spectrum Christ-following is total life transformation.
Prayer is such massive potential! And our development in prayer is limitless. As we discover more of our standing before the Throne of All, all bets are off! The lid is lifted ... in our personal affairs and in the contribution that we bring to life. Developing our confidence in prayer is a key element of overcoming faith.
Craig Greatman -- pastor, Harley Davidson rider, Doctorate of Divinity candidate -- wonders why the Church is so shattered with fragmented fiefdoms. Are we adoring the icons of our own "Churchianity" cubbyholes? A miserly "meism" cannot experience the authentic Church that Christ is building.
True faith counts it as so ... no matter what! "Reckoning" is an accounting term. "Kingdom Reckoning" draws a double line under what we are believing for. So we immerse ourselves in the Word. We pray. We speak. And we move in faith. No blinking - no flinching - no budging. Kingdom Accounting supersedes the natural plane and believes. Period.
Janet Porter is a seasoned warrior in the movement to protect the lives of babies. The Ohio state motto is, "With God, All Things Are Possible." Through an indefatigable faith, Janet has been a "Possibility" Point Person in launching the nation's first "heartbeat bill" in February, 2011. After an 8-year faith odyssey, Ohio became the 6th state in the nation to pass and sign a heartbeat bill (April, 2019) -- a baby cannot be aborted if a heartbeat is detected. There are presently 15 states in the heartbeat bill movement. Janet's question: Will Christ-Followers be confined to the "Church Ghetto?" Or will they reshape society as salt and light ... releasing the life of Jesus?
Jesus reframes our belief about resurrection life IN THE NOW -- just like he did with Martha when her brother died. We're designed in Christ to "taste the powers of the age to come" in our day (Hebrews 6:5). And that includes the resurrection life of Christ! Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life" ... it's a now statement. The truth is that the resurrection is already on since Christ was raised by the power of God. Everything can be affected by his life. Relationships. A business. A project. Anything. And yes, someone who has died. The question is -- are we willing and obedient to be "coached up" by Jesus?
This is Godspeed! ... punchy, bite-sized "tinysodes" from Jesus Smart. This is episode #66. We have between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts run through our mind each day. When our thoughts start to blend with strong emotions, our brain is deeply impacted -- for the good or for the bad. Our physical brain actually changes according to how we think. New neural pathways are created. It's important that we take time to notice how we are thinking and feeling and take charge of our thought life. How we think affects everything. Paul wrote, "We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5 NASB).
065: Holy Noticing - Blending an Ancient Spiritual Practice and Neuroscience to Live Our Best Lives - Dr. Charles Stone
With our fast-paced lifestyles and hyper-connectivity to our smart phones in the Digital Age, are we missing out on real life? We’re pushing, pushing, pushing to get to a next better moment and fail to notice and appreciate the present one. But the abundant life that Jesus offers is experienced in the present moments. Dr. Charles Stone is an experienced pastor who has advanced degrees in ministry and neuroscience and leadership. Discover what the Bible, church history, and neuroscience say about a Christian mindful lifestyle ... all to live our best lives for the Grand Story.
Special guest: Dr. Charles Stone