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Download: Crashing the Leader’s Chatterbox | Reflection Guide

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pdf_1002Crashing the Leader’s Chatterbox is a FREE DOWNLOADABLE reflection guide designed for pastors, ministry leaders, and others in leadership roles.  Combat the negative voices that keep you from God’s promises with this free guide.  Best used in tandem with Crash the Chatterbox.

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VIDEO: Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black

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Webcast Event: Liz Curtis Higgs LIVE online

 

Join Liz Curtis Higgs LIVE ONLINE
March 18, 2014
12 noon ET

Chat, Listen, Laugh & Learn!

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Celebrating the release of Mercy Like Sunlight, Liz will reveal some insider info about the novella, share Mary Magdalene’s story from Scripture, serve up Mary Margaret Delaney’s Irish Soda Bread, and—the best part of all—answer your questions online. Ask anything you like during this fun, fast 30 minutes LIVE on Liz’s Facebook page.

SNEAK PEEK: A Short Walk to the Edge of Life by Scott Hubbartt

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How Could He Possibly Make It Out Alive?

Click here to download chapter one of A Short Walk to the Edge of Life.

It was supposed to be a simple day hike. Scott Hubbartt was a military veteran with years of survival training. Everyone who knew him considered him an expert adventurer.

But Scott’s trek into the treacherous backcountry canyons of the Peruvian Andes turned into a desperate fight to survive after he became hopelessly lost. As his eight-hour hike lengthened into days, Scott faced dehydration, hunger, and exhaustion. And that’s when his true journey began.

Click here to download chapter one of A Short Walk to the Edge of Life.

 
 
 

VIDEO: The Good News About Marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn

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DEVOTIONAL: Spiritual Warfare by Chuck Black

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 Spiritual Warfare

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

In Cloak of the Light, Drew begins to understand that there are two factions of invaders that are at war. Although the Bible doesn’t give us a lot of details about what spiritual warfare looks like, it is referenced from Genesis to Revelation. The war began when Satan (Lucifer) became prideful and rebelled against God.

·         Isaiah 14:12-14 – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!  For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’”

Many theologians believe that the reference in Revelation 12:4 refers to Lucifer convincing a third of the angels to follow him in his rebellion against God.

·         Revelation 12:3-4 – “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.”

Satan and his demons seek to destroy all people.

·         1 Peter 5:8 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

As children of God, we are called into the battle as well.

·         Ephesians 6:10-13 – “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

The Bible is silent on many aspects of spiritual beings and spiritual warfare. For example:

·         What might their weapons be?

·         Where would demons get weapons if they have them?

·         In any war there is a risk of loss. What might be the risk of loss for angelic beings?

·         Do angels and demons feel pain?

·         Can they be injured?

·         Can an angel lose a fight with a demon?

Whatever the answers are to these questions, it is important to know that God has already determined the end of the war. God is victorious and we will rejoice on that day.

·         Revelation 20:10 – “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

·         Revelation 21:3-4 – “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’”

Reflection:

Spiritual warfare is real but we don’t have to fear it. God gives us power through Jesus Christ to overcome all attacks from the Enemy. The technique for defeating Satan is actually very simple. James 4:6-7 says, “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The next time you face spiritual attack, humble yourself, submit to God, and resist the devil.

SNEAK PEEK: The Good News About Marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn

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Divorce is not the biggest threat to marriage. Discouragement is.

Click here to download chapter one of The Good News About Marriage.

You’ve probably heard the grim facts: Half of all marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate inside the church is the same as outside. Most marriages are just holding on. But what if these “facts” are actually myths?

In The Good News About Marriage, best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn presents groundbreaking research that reveals the shocking, incredibly inspiring truth.

Click here to download chapter one of The Good News About Marriage.

 
 
 

NEWS: Miss Brenda and the Loveladies Featured on The Huffington Post

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Miss Brenda and the Loveladies was excerpted on The Huffington Post. Go here to read “Don’t Judge. Imagine.” to learn how Brenda Lovelady Spahn overcame her prejudices against women in prison. Instead of running away, she decided to help them, and her remarkable true story has changed the lives of thousands of women who are looking for a fresh start.

 

BLOG: I Wish I Liked Shoes and Socks

By: Chris Sigfrids
@ChrisSigfrids
Senior Online Marketing Manager
WaterBrook Multnomah

I recently read I Like Giving by Brad Formsma. It’s a book of stories from Brad and others about, well…giving. Most of the books you’d read on giving are about the theology of giving, tips on giving, or unpacking why we give. So when I started reading I Like Giving, I figured I wasn’t in for any earth-shattering discoveries. I Like Giving Book Cover

Most “giving” books have a way of making you feel guilty. What I found is I Like Giving did the exact opposite. It was refreshing, encouraging, and freeing. It reflected much of where my heart has been, over the years, on giving and as I read others’ stories of small sacrifices and listening and obeying that still, small voice that is the Holy Spirit, I felt a weight lifting.

I started reading I Like Giving on a plane ride from Denver to New York. After arriving in New York City, I spent a couple days walking around, eating meals, and sitting in meetings. Over those couple of days I had successfully put on my stern-faced, get-there-quick, don’t-look-anyone-in-the-eyes, countenance that comes over me anytime I walk through NYC.Towards the end of the trip, I met up with my sister for lunch. As we waited in line at the Shake Shack, a burger joint on Columbus and 77th, I noticed an older, scrawny, homeless man digging through the trash for food. He was just a few feet away from me.

Even with my stone-cold persona flipped on, I notice things from time to time out of the corner of my eye. I glanced down at the homeless guy’s feet and there it was…he was missing his right shoe. A beat up shoe on his left foot, but no sock or shoe whatsoever on his right.

I don’t expect to save everyone. I know I can’t provide for everyone’s needs. I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not and I’m definitely no Oskar Schindler. That said, I believe God wants to work through me in very unique ways. As is talked about in the stories of I Like Giving, I’ve seen him also call me to specific tasks for a specific purpose on more than a few occasions.

I want to be used by God.

In order to be used by Him, I feel I need to keep my heart in a sensitive place where God can get through. But I’m easily sucked into things that don’t matter. Instead of reading, I watch television. Rather than engage my sons, I tinker. For me to hear from God I need the following: time reading the Bible, dedicated silence where I can reflect and meditate, songs of depth and praise that call me into worship and reminding me why I’m here, and wise people speaking into my life. When these things are happening, I see God working. When they’re lacking, I see God working less.

The homeless man had a simple need: shoes and socks. In Formsma’s book he shares stories where people recognized a need and met that need. A kid’s bike was stolen so a guy gave that kid a bike. That guy “likes bikes.” A woman finds out her neighbor doesn’t have enough money for a Thanksgiving meal, so she gives her a platter of turkey, stuffing, yams, and beans. That lady “likes Thanksgiving.”

This guy needed shoes and socks. I saw it plain as day and God’s voice was quietly directing me to him. I saw it, but my heart wasn’t in a place where it  obeyed to act.

I missed it.

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I was flying home to Colorado when a convicting wave of emotion crashed into me. It was a pure, clear thought: I should have given that guy my socks and shoes. It may have been weird, awkward, and it totally could have bombed. But I should have at least made the offer. I should have looked that guy in the eyes and said, “Here. Please take my socks and shoes.”

I should have done it. As quickly as that thought occurred to me, I was reminded of what Formsma said in I Like Giving:

“If an opportunity comes your way and you chicken out, don’t beat yourself up about it. When I first started giving this way, I found myself wondering how many people I’d walked past, how many opportunities I’d missed. The good news is that it’s never too late to give. If an opportunity comes your way and you don’t seize it, don’t get stuck in the downward spiral of regret. Smile, tell yourself all is well, and then ask for another one. If there are people around you, there will be more opportunities to give.”

I blew it. But it’s okay. There will be other opportunities.

As I reflected on the plane, I prayed and submitted my failure to God. I was reminded of what it says in Romans 12:1, “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” (The Message).

I may not get it right all the time, but that’s what I’m shooting for. I’m aiming for a life that matters. A life surrendered to God on an all-the-time basis. Do you want that too? I think most Christians do. I’d encourage you to pick up and read I Like Giving. It may start to knead some areas of your heart that God wants to use as you look to bless others and live a life that matters.

NEWS: Brenda Spahn Interviews with Janet Parshall

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Brenda Spahn, co-author of Miss Brenda and the Loveladies, interviewed on “In the Market with Janet Parshall” on February 18. Go here to listen to Brenda talk about the first year of her “whole way house,” and how her obedience to God has helped thousands of women find success outside of prison.

 

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