Saturday, May 28

Tag: purpose

Staying authentic in a conflicted world
Leadership, Personal Life, Uncategorized

Staying authentic in a conflicted world

Recent years have reshaped how we need to approach the world, our lives and ministry. I'm not just talking about the effects of the pandemic, but also shifts in sociological norms, the savage pressures of media on Churches and the shifting expectations from within ourselves. We need to navigate this well as our future success and well being will hinge on it. It has been my observation that there are some fundamentals we need to keep in shape in order for us to stay strong in the midst of these onslaughts. These observations, I trust, will help us live free of internal conflict or division, hence why I use the word 'authentic' to describe them. Authenticity in its purist sense is being the real deal. It is a behaviour that is integrated within oneself. A person who is w...
4 Enemies of your Purpose
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4 Enemies of your Purpose

Purpose, isn't that what we all feel we want to be living for? It is probably one of the strongest forces in us, is the need to feel our lives have meaning. Growing up as a teenager I had a growing sense of what I wanted to do, no details, just a vague direction; I am living in that right now, 30 plus years later (who's counting anyway!) Here are some lessons I've learnt what the 4 enemies are to living a fulfilling sense of purpose. If you are searching more on this topic right now, try out our What is your meaning website. 1. All at once I want it, and I want it NOW. I have the vineyard, but I want the grapes also, in fact I want the champagne NOW! The desire for overnight success will be an enemy to your purpose. Little by little I will drive them out before you...
Commentary

Inclusive Perspective

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.  God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 There is a danger in life that we make certain jobs, gifts or services look exclusive, like they are better than others, or certain people must not do them, or we get defensive of others coming on 'our patch'. Paul would have been addressing similar tensions here in Corinth. He is saying we all have been given spiritual gifts, lets not be 'precious' about that, they have little to do with us, they are a gift of the Holy Spirit.  So whether I prophesy, have a word of wisdom, or speak in tongues it is a product of the workin
Financial Life

10-Day Financial Exercise

Here is a post I first put up nearly 2 years ago, but is a helpful reminder for us all regularly. I am committed to helping you become or stay financially healthy.  Stewarding our financial world well helps us bring honour to God, the one who has blessed us with all that we have. Here is a 10-Day bible study exercise by Erica Pyle of 'Prosper Project' (member of C3 Church Manhatten) that will help you have a healthy perspective on finances. I highly recommend it. Introduction Day 1: The Provider Day 2: Purpose Day 3: Vision Day 4: Giving Day 5: Debt Day 6: Budgeting & Planning Day 7: Saving & Investing Day 8: Agreement Day 9: Speak Day 10: See
Family Life, Financial Life, Personal Life, Work Life

Conception

Sensational thought from Ps Phil Pringle as we go into Christmas and as we think about the start of a new year ... birthing your purpose - read this: 'And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son.' Luke 1:31 All of us, like Mary, are to conceive the purpose of God for ourselves through an encounter with God. When something is 'birthed' in us by the Holy Spirit, nothing can stop it coming to pass.  read more ...