The Gate is Open

The Gate is Open

Today’s blog post is share from Jen Hatmaker’s website blog.

“I’m a big fan of freedom, of wide-open spaces, of not being confined and imprisoned and stuck. This is absolutely God’s craving for us too: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). That first sentence is everything. Why did Jesus set us free? So we would be free.”
To read the full post from her blog on October 22, 2015, please click here.
 
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The Calling of Preacher…

The Calling of Preacher…

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries

1 John 2:27 NKJV —    27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you willa] abide in Him.

The Calling of Preacher, More Than Seminary

An Oracle of Almighty God who speaks words that are more often than not inspired by the Holy Spirit in a rhythmic fluid style.

The art of preaching is not a learned behavior, rather an anointed function that carries weight and power that breaks negative and false paradigms off of the listener. Seminaries and Homiletics can not produce a preacher, as the “art of the preacher” is reserved only for those the hand of God has anointed and empowered. Preaching has the unique ability to bypass the conscious mind and penetrate and even impregnate the very spirit of its audience. Often the preacher is not speaking to stimulate the mind rather they speak words of deep wisdom as they understand that deep calls out to deep. They bend the bow of their tongue and aim the fiery arrows of God’s blazing words into the spirit of man.

A preacher in and of itself is a calling not a profession, for one can not choose to be a preacher, rather God calls the preacher through a holy interruption somewhere in their life’s journey, arresting them by the heavenly calling, at this point, the calling empowers and ignites a fire within him/her that burns deep with in their heart with passion and zeal.

The Word and Prayer is the fuel of the preacher, as these two are the hammer and chisel that enables them to penetrate even the hardest of hearts. The illumination of revelation that comes from deep study and prayer is the cadence that the preacher marches and moves to. Very seldom will a preacher be moved by the will of man, but they bend ever so easily at the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit, for the Lenny Hall, Sons of Thunder Ministriespreacher knows at the end of the day, that as an oracle, it is not their word that they must steward and deliver to the people, rather it is the word of the Lord. It is when the preacher lies their head on his pillow at night that his heart must be at peace with the heavenly calling, knowing that they have been faithful to preach the word with power under the holy anointing in the Spirit of Love.

 

— Lenny Hall

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Help Teenagers Live God’s Purposes

Help Teenagers Live God’s Purposes

Shared Blog Post, Written by Rick Warren:  The original and full post can be seen on ChurchLeaders.com.

Help Teenagers Live God’s Purposes

The most fundamental question that teenagers in your community will ever wrestle with is, “Why am I here?”

Unlike past generations, teens today aren’t looking for the meaning of life. Instead, they’re searching for meaning in life, a purpose for living, something that makes their lives worth living.

The fact is they’re seeking the very thing for which God made them, and that’s why it’s important that you consistently teach teens about their purpose in life.

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Rick Warren continues by listing five purposes that teenagers were created to fulfill by God…to read the details, click the link below. 

Teenagers were created by God to fulfill these five purposes:

  1. Every teenager was planned for God’s pleasure
  2. Every teenager was formed for God’s family
  3. Every teenager was created to be like Christ
  4. Every teenager is shaped for service
  5. Every teenager was made for mission

To read more, click here to go to the original and complete blog post.

Most Important

Most Important

Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of  Tree of Life Ministries
Pastor Kingrea writes “The Journey” posts daily via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here.

The JOURNEY – Most Important – Phil. 3:8 MSG – “all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life…I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ”

I’ve learned that I consistently need to ask myself this question, “What’s most important?” If you’ve ever cleaned out your desk or garage, if you’ve ever been short on time, if you have kids, or if you’ve ever worked in ministry; you’ll have to ask yourself this question.

Sometimes what we consider to be the most important things in life are really not that important. There is a solid line we need to draw at times in order to determine and set as to what’s insignificant and what’s most important. We can never fully determine what’s most important unless we first make Christ the most important in our lives.

My relationship with Him has helped me to whittle away those things I once thought was important to see the most important in my life. My prayer and devotion time with Him has to come first. That’s the most important. My time alone and hearing Him has to come first. My time seeking Him for my life, most important. My time with my wife and family, most important. My time seeking God for others and serving in His Kingdom, most important.

My likes and wants are last on my list because they include what I only thought was important. People are most important. Not buildings, not man made rules, not dress codes, not religious affiliations, not all the things that we think make for a perfect church. The most important? The Power of Christ changing my life and the lives of those around me.

What’s most important to you? You may need to do what I’ve had to do, which is rearrange your list and make sure Christ stays at the top.

Every Woman Needs Encouragement

Every Woman Needs Encouragement

This guest post was first publicized on the blog at frazzledazzlemama.com; written by Teresa Martin.

Is it selfish of me to want someone to encourage me?  As I am a mom, I am often found in the role of the encourager.  Through the years, I’ve encouraged little ones to try a new food, to try to ride their bike without training wheels, to try a new skill, a new sport or activity.  A mama’s “well” can get pretty low sometimes.  Every mom needs a chance to get filled back up so she can pour back out.

So how do you get filled up?  It’s different for everyone.  One of the things that I am thankful for has been a supportive group of women whom I met through a MOPS group at the church I previously attended.  I joined MOPS when my oldest was just 2 years old and I’ve never regretted it.  MOPS grew friendships that I might not have ever had; it grew friendships that continue to this day.

With our culture warping our thinking, I was a young woman who thought I had to be the one to conquer all.  I vividly remember a Enjoli Perfume commercial (circa 1980) when I was growing up where the woman sang about “bringing home the bacon”.  It was a commercial that set in my brain that women can do it all!  I grew up with Barbie and she could be anything she wanted to be.  And yes, my favorite super-hero was Wonder Woman.  So, when I had my first child, in my mind, I was supposed to be a woman who worked my full-time job, came home, cooked a good nutritious meal, kept my house clean:  dishes washed, clothes clean and put away, and kids fed, washed and cared for, kept the hubby happy and cared for him, kept the bills paid and on and on.    I had this naive idea that somehow I could do it ALL and do it well.  After all, I am a Gen X’er and that commercial told me women could do it all and with ease.

When I struggled with babies who were fussy… my “well” got depleted quickly.  I felt like a failure.  My MOPS group provided support to me that assured me I was “normal”, that I was NOT failing and just like them, was doing the very best each of us could.  It was REFRESHING to find other women just like me.  It was a loving environment where women helped each other and prayed for one another.  When one mom’s dad passed away, we rallied around her and provided meals for her for a few days as she dealt with funeral arrangements and details.

As I said, those friendships started back then continue to this day.  When I had a scary phone call from my doctor, I went to those women to seek prayer and they came through for me.  Through the years, they’ve offered support.  They’ve offered encouragement.  Sometimes that encouragement comes in the form of a hand-written note, a text or a phone call.  Sometimes it comes as a silent, but “be there” presence.  One thing is for certain, there’s not a woman I know that doesn’t need encouragement in one way or another.

My environment cultivated me to believe I could do anything and everything.  And yes, I STILL believe that you can do just about anything you set your mind to… BUT… with each year comes more knowledge and maturity, and I now know that you CAN’T do it ALL BY YOURSELF!  You need encouragement and support, and yes, help from gracious friends and family.  You also need to have a relationship with our Savior, because in the quiet, and in the stillness, you can receive encouragement and support from our Heavenly Father.  Dedicating time to reading the scripture and mediating on it allows Him to bring peace over a frazzled soul.

I hope that this post encourages you today, and I also hope that you might take a moment and think about those around you. I’m sure if you think for just a moment, there is a likely a woman who will pop into your mind that could use some encouragement.  Why don’t you Seize the Moment?  Think about them, say a quick prayer, and ask God for the words to say.  Then text them or call them.  I guarantee that you will MAKE.HER.DAY!