I reached out to the Hasbro company—those who made Mr. Potato Head gender-neutral—and asked them to drop the "bro" off their name. It bothers me to see that descriptor. It should be "Has."
Hoping for someone you love to change is complex. In this video, Rick explains the complexity of waiting for your prodigal to come home. There is an "element of mystery" in waiting because you never know when they will come to the end of themselves.
Caring is good. Over-caring is not. It's typical for caring souls to care too much. When they do, they become frustrated, demanding, manipulative, and even despairing. Knowing when you have crossed the line from caring to over-caring is wisdom.
In 2 Timothy 3:16 there are four elements of change: Teach, Rebuke, Correct, and Training. Learning this process for making personal changes can be dramatic and transformative.
I’m learning to suffer well.
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A person experiencing genuine brokenness thinks less and less about himself and more and more about others. Self-esteem is gone, and other-esteem has returned.
We should meet as often and in as many ways as we can. But if we lose one of our typical ways that affirm our faith and have to pivot due to unforeseen or unwanted reasons, it does not alter our faith.
It mobilizes unquenchable Christians to flex in other ways because they are Christians, always seeking to figure out avenues to spread the fame of Christ.
No two leaders are the same because God has a different calling and experience for each of us. Some folks are outstanding in one area while others excel in that place that is unique to their gift-mix.
When a person comes to us for training, we have a process for assessing them, hoping to place them in God’s world and to see them optimally using the specific gifts that He gave them.
There are a zillion ways to make a difference in the culture, though it’s vital to keep in view that changing the culture is not your chief aim. Transforming the culture is a by-product of more crucial actions.
If your primary objective is to change the culture, you will miss the more important eternal goals. Thus, the way to impact the culture is to start with yourself. From that point of departure, you seek to influence your spouse, children, church, neighbors, and culture—in that order.
It’s common for folks to think they are a bother to someone when they need help. This kind of thinking is problematic in the body of Christ. They assume the person is busy, and they don’t want to “bother” them. They are probably correct.
Though I appreciate the show of respect, that perspective is counter-productive to the Christian mandate to make disciples. We must “bother” each other to stir each other up to love and good works.
Here are the four primary areas of gifting that we help our students discern—subjectively assessed, of course.
1. Character – Who you are in your relationship with God. – Integrity, Honesty, Moral Purity, Affection, Passion, Motives, Maturity, Thought Life
2. Capacity – What is the potential of your God-given ability? – Intellect, Education, IQ, Cognitive, Insight, Analysis, Discernment, Understanding
3. Competence – We train them competently to fill up their capacity. – Application, Practice, Behavior, Ability, Modeling, Process, Method, Fruit of the Spirit
4. Courage – The gift of courage is crucial to be a disciple-maker. – Leadership, Gathering Ability, Empathy v. Sympathy, Confidence, Assurance
One needs more courage to live than to take his life, but that is the problem. The hopeless, despairing soul does not have that courage and sees suicide as the viable option. In this 7-part series, Rick Thomas and Daniel Berger speak into this "other pandemic" that continues to rise.
It would be hypocritical and disastrous for any parent to attempt to teach their child something they are not trying to perfect in their life.
If they attempt to bypass the personal modeling of Christ, it’s highly possible the child will reject them and the Christ they hope he will emulate.
The explosive testimony of an eyewitness to the Capitol Riots has been entered into the Senate record. And the left is in full panic mode.
J. Michael Waller, the Senior Analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy, was in attendance at the January 6th uprising. His account runs directly counter to what the American people are being told by the corporate media: Don’t believe your lying eyes, there were no radical agitators at the Capitol riots.
There are conditions when you cannot forgive someone or receive forgiveness from them. For example:
1. The offender is dead.
2. The offender is an abuser (dangerous/unwise to engage)
3. The offender is unwilling to reconcile.
4. The offender is not a Christian.
In such cases, you want to learn and practice an "attitude of forgiveness" that does not "transact forgiveness" between two people, but it does release you from the prison of hurt. Sometimes the other person never finds that release through the power of the gospel, but you do not have to live in a prison of pain because of what they did.
A vital key to training is customized care. God did not create people equally. A sound training program understands this reality and implements a strategy that best suits the uniqueness of the person in training.
This perspective is one thing that makes our equipping a positive experience to the person looking for personalized care during their training experience.
Part Two: This "other pandemic" continues to rise as more people are losing hope and taking their lives. This 7-part series is an in-depth look at suicide, a vital subject for any person who wants to bring sound advice and practical help to a culture that has lost its moorings and is adrift in a sea of anti-God re-education.