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MESSAGE TO THE NEW GUY

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If you grow up in church and believe that it is essentially an institution owned and operated by the rich and powerful… man, are you ever in the wrong church!
I would have likely distanced myself further and further from God’s people if there wasn’t a few that took the time to hear me, see what God was shaping and give me a chance.

The Apostle Paul knew what it was to be the new guy. When he experienced his conversion to Christ, he came to the church as the former enemy that used to beat them up. Now, the tables have turned and Paul is the humble, changed man who feels the call of God in his life to follow Jesus.
The apostles in Jerusalem may have politely told him to stay away. There were too many people that had been hurt by his previous actions. For the greater good, it would be better if Paul followed Jesus at a distance… from them.
But, there was an apostle named Barnabas who was willing to trust God in this. Barnabas was willing to take a risk on the newbie Paul and advocated for h…

MESSAGE TO EXPERTS

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A strong leader knows when they are stumped. They know they cannot pull a rabbit out of the hat and they are willing to ask for help. Strength in leadership comes from seeking good counsel from trusted advisors, but also from the grass roots. 

A good leader knows that every decision affects the followers. They take into consideration the ones who seldom have a voice.
On the other hand, insecure leaders believe that every answer will come from their own sense of clever invention and skillful decision-making. They are not open to contrary opinions or ideas. In the mind of a weak leader, their power must be maintained at all costs.
Strong leaders know that the weak must be strengthened and given respect.Strong leaders encourage and empower the followers.
Paul is mentoring a young man named Timothy. He had known him since Timothy was in his teens. Now placed as a pastor in his first church, Paul writes to Timothy,
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set …

ANOTHER OPTION

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Our greatest answers may sometimes come from unexpected sources. Consider the seasoned fishermen taking advice from a stranger on the shore.



John 21:3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”“No,” they answered.6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

These first century fishermen had one lake. All of their experience came from fishing with tried and true methods. From years of successfully harvesting the lake, they knew how to recognize its seasons, currents and conditions. They knew what sort of fish swam in its depths. Perhaps, they had reached a point where they were experts and coul…

EXPERT SYNDROME

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You may be sixty years old and have an 82-year-old parent who thinks they still know more than you do.
You may be the person in the factory with the least seniority and yet understand how to increase productivity and improve working conditions. You may not get a hearing from the boss. As the new person on the floor you are not expected to have it all figured out. Have you ever felt that you were not heard because you were not authorized to have a valid opinion?
You may be thirty-something and already rolling your eyes at the twenty-something crowd. A child in grade six may be angry if they have to associate with the child in grade three.
There’s a reoccurring attitude through life that you can arrive at an understanding of how things are and should be. Because of your authority in matters, you can chuckle and ignore the suggestions and opinions of the younger, less experienced and ‘uninformed’.
If we are humble and sensitive, we may find that the answer we need comes from an unexpected …

GET PACKING

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2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. NIV


Did you catch your job description?Ambassador!Representative of the Most High...Messenger of reconciliation…
You have to let go of your past to experience a new reality.But what is the old parachute that wants to drag behind us?
For the adventurers, the past experiences are filled with war stories, fishing myths, and high school football stories.The true adventurer learns that they are now part of a new team with new battles to fight. The heroic acts of the past need to be replaced with new stories. The successful fishermen must now become fishers of men.
Maybe the adventure of your past has left you with regrets and missed opportunities. You will not survive if you constantly drag behind you the ‘would’ve, coul…

ON THE GROUND

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Sooner or later, every skydiver into the Kingdom realizes that God has ordained them to serve in His Mission.This is what the apostle says about the Mission.



2 Corinthians 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

The disciple of Jesus commits to becoming a peacemaker. Reconciliation is the coming together of two parties that were separated by offence. The fact that God has done that for us in Christ means He has changed his view from seeing us as sinners to saints. Jesus landed on the ground to make peace between God and man. We have landed to share in Christ’s mission of bringing peace.
Are you on mission to see people being restored to relationship with God or do you have the past dragging you along to judge, find fault and lower view of humanity? The pas…