Posts In: Spiritual Development

God never leaves us to ourselves. When Jesus called those first disciples, he called them to be with him. The first and foremost part of being a disciple of Jesus is being with him, up close and personal. In his summons to follow him, Jesus was exercising a belief in those he called. He believed they could become like him and do the things he did. But it was from the context of this up-close and personal association with himself that Jesus could express this belief in those he called.
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Coaching for Spiritual Transformation

One important role of coaching is to help individuals get a better grip on their…

The Kingdom of God is Within

Maroon Bells, CO 1God’s Signature Work is in Our Heart

I often say to those I coach that God’s signature work is in our heart. Jesus said it is out of the heart where actions and behavior flow. Transform the heart and the way we show up in the world as to our reactions, actions, and general behavior changes as a result. It is the inner world of our lives where God’s Kingdom is to find its first and primary expression. The result of hearts being renovated by God is an interior world where righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit reside as a natural state of existence – and this state can exist in spite of exterior conditions or circumstances. For our interior world to be naturally characterized by a condition of peace, rest, joy, and righteousness is to experience the Kingdom of God within. When God’s Kingdom invades and transforms our hearts, the exterior environments which we occupy can’t help to be impacted. God’s Kingdom and God’s will on earth happens one transformed heart at a time.
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Discovering Your Destiny as a Follower of Christ

life purposeI am privileged to be a part of a church culture that believes everyone has a calling, destiny and purpose in Christ. Believing this, we find it our responsibility to partner with Him to see our destiny and the destiny of others realized.
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Becoming the Kind of Person Who Brings Heaven to Earth

inner-transformation1Sometime back I read Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. The questions and issues Rob raises about heaven and hell and the eternal fate of people were challenging, thought provoking and stimulating. In all honesty, it was a refreshing contrast to the more canned, and rather boring, rehashes of Christian theology I have read.
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Constructive Feedback and Personal Growth

imagesI have the privilege of being part of a church culture in which honoring others and living out our lives from our identity in Christ are core values.

It is an inherently positive and affirming environment. It helps to produce within the lives of individuals a view of God, others and themselves that is positive, affirming, embracing and self-accepting. I believe it produces a great foundation for an environment of growth and development. When I know I am deeply loved and accepted by a very good God no matter what, I am better positioned to face the deepest issues of my heart with courage to change.
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What Does Religion Have to do With Being a Christian?

For the majority of my life I have been on a personal quest to become what I would call a non-religious follower of Jesus Christ. Let me explain. When God became man in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, he did so, not to found a new world religion[1] but rather to restore our relationship with God and to show us the way to live. Relationship and life are at the heart of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Christians, as rescued and restored human beings, are in a process of rediscovering a relationship with God and his original design for their existence. This is what it means to experience life in its fullness. God is the author and the perfecter of this work.
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Essentials for Reaching Our Destiny

What is needed in our life to propel us toward our potential and destiny in Christ? What are the qualities or essential ingredients which contribute to realizing all God has prepared for us to walk in? I was reflecting on this question today and I came up with the following list. I don’t claim this list to be exhaustive in any way, but I do feel the qualities listed represent a great starting place for consideration. Let’s take a look at what I came up with.
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A Model for Change (Part 1) – Vision

I believe people can change. More significantly I believe people can be transformed. I believe this because transformation is held out as both a promise and an expectation Christ has for those of us who have chosen to follow him. I believe it because I have personally experienced it. My heart has undergone significant renovation over the course of my life.
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Where Are You?

I am not talking about where you are geographically at this moment. Rather, where are…