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The Difficulty Of Staying True To The Path

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Image courtesy of dentedup on flickr.com

Image courtesy of dentedup on flickr.com

I was listening to an Andy Andrews podcast the other day, he was talking about how every choice that we make is a product of our thinking. So I got to thinking – what to do when challenges threaten to take us off the path?

We all have challenges in our day-to-day lives. I’m no exception, but I do make a choice in how I manage them and how that choice as well as my manner of thinking affects me as a person. The perspective we glean from our challenges shows up in how it shapes us, and our heart. It helps to define our character.

What to do when adversity appears? How can we overcome the difficulty of staying true to the path? The apostle Paul comes to mind…

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How We’re Thinking: From Parenting To Cultural Change

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My sweet daughter Rachael graduated from UF Health Jacksonville! She worked hard and earned it, so excited for her!!

My sweet daughter Rachael graduated from UF Health Jacksonville! She worked hard and earned it, so excited for her!!

I just finished this way cool book by Andy Andrews called “The Noticer Returns.” Since I don’t write book reviews here any more please feel free to follow this link over to Amazon.com where you can read my review and those by many other people who also love this book. I was pretty stoked when I started reading “The Noticer Returns” and realized that we’ve been thinking in parallel, surely moved by the Holy Spirit in some very similar ways recently. All this year I’ve been thinking more and more about having influence beyond what we typically consider traditional boundaries. From everyday heroes to participating in a Disciple Group that is the truest slice of community that I’ve ever seen in a church, I am inspired to say that for the sake of unity and furthering God’s kingdom, change is taking place in our community. Those that matter are making a difference. Andy’s book left me with the usual warm and fuzzy feeling, and it tied up some loose ends for me, providing wisdom and understanding.

Developing a better understanding of culture was one outcome of reading this title for me. Andy’s character Jones states, “If you are ever going to change a culture, you have to understand how it was created in the first place.” He shows us how it all starts with our thinking…

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Book Review: “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” by Andy Andrews

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“Why the truth matters more than you think.” Andy takes us on an educational journey of how a leader misleads a whole bunch of folks into the gas chamber. Pretty sick thought. But true story. Then he takes this logic a step further… and encourages us to make wise choices when we select our leaders… and how we should accept nothing less than the truth from them.

Andy says… “Have you  ever noticed how we judge the “bad guys” by their actions, and the “good guys” by their intentions?” He then illustrates Andy Stanley’s Principle of the Path, which states “it is direction, not intention, that determines destination” … how good choices lead to good results… and how bad choices lead to… you know.

Andrews says, “The only way we have to know a person who aspires to lead us is to listen to what he says and watch what he does.” Good advice Andy. Another excellent book from a favorite author!

What qualities do you look for when trying to evaluate a leader that you may follow?

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Book Review: “The Final Summit” by Andy Andrews

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Yep, another Andy Andrews book… out for release TODAY. Just when you think they can’t get any better, Andy does it again!! An absolute masterpiece.

This book continues the story of David Ponder, the time traveler from Andy’s “The Traveler’s Gift.” Please read my previous review on The Traveler’s Gift. This time, Ponder is commissioned by the archangel Gabriel to lead the other Traveler’s in “examining the accumulated wisdom of the past in order to determine the future of humanity. Or if there is even to be a future on this earth–”

You see, God has decided that man has once again gone too far… as Gabriel says: “For many years, you have progressively turned away from the real truth and in its stead have attempted to create your own version of a ‘truth’ that your intellect can comprehend. In so doing, you have become increasingly hungry for the attributes of destruction – an unquenchable thirst for riches, a disdain for your fellow man, and power for its own sake.”

Ponder was chosen to lead this group of Traveler’s in making a choice… a decision of how to proceed… indeed, Ponder was chosen because “he was the ideal example of the human race… uncertain of life’s purpose, inconsistent in his actions and attitudes, and angry about it all…”

David Ponder leads us to doing the ONE THING we must do when we don’t know what to do…

The incredible story unfolds from there, a remarkable work by Andy Andrews. Andy inspired us with normal, everyday language that is engaging and keeps you coming back for more.

The Final Summit is surely heading for the top!

Any guesses on the ONE THING that we must do??

I received this book for free from the publisher, and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The Forgiveness Prayer

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I few weeks ago I wrote “Having A Heart,” inspired after reading Andy Andrews “The Heart Mender.” The jist of it was to try and provide help forgiving someone after they have hurt you. Remember, forgiving is for YOU and doesn’t have anything to do with the person who offended you (unless you would like to restore a broken relationship, then by all means ask for forgiveness!). It is through the power of God’s loving acceptance for us that we can have the peace of true forgiveness. At the time I wrote “Having A Heart” I couldn’t put my hands on The Forgiveness Prayer. I originally found it in the sidebar of the Transformations handout for LifeGroups at Chets Creek Church last fall (when I really needed it, I repeated it over 100 times, and for months.) After following up with Glenn (I love that dude!!) Reese at Chets this week I was able to come up with the following prayer on the internet, which is very similar to the missing forgiveness prayer…

Father God, I choose, as an act of my will, to forgive ____________(name) for _______(specific offense). Father, I ask that you forgive them as well, and not hold these charges against him/her on my account. Father God, if there are any more stored up negative feelings in me toward _________, I ask that you cleanse me. I will be open to replace these negative emotions with the fruit of your Holy Spirit. Father, Your Holy Word tells us that we overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and the word of our testimony. I now plead the blood of Jesus over this offense and over my unforgiveness. Lord, do not allow Satan to interfere with my testimony. Heavenly Father, I ask that you help me regain the ground that I gave up when I held onto these offenses. I ask that you take back this ground and no longer allow Satan to operate there. Give me wisdom to deal with this situation in the future. Father, I ask that you heal now the wounded places in my soul.  Heal my memory of those offenses so that I can look back on them realistically, knowing that You have healed me. Now Father, I ask that you bless ____(name) with Your abundant mercy. Prosper him/her in every way: body, soul, and spirit. AMEN.

Again from Andy Andrews’ book…

“If you’re mad at someone you have to forgive them for you. You have a choice to make, either think about them all day long and let them keep hurting you inside… or give them to God. We are products of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners to it. Practicing forgiveness is less an act than a determined way of living. True forgiveness only comes at the conclusion of an inner struggle.”

Keep on Smiling, Loving and Living 🙂

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