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Sun Stand Still Chapters 2-5

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— “Each of us is called to be a Joshua—each in our own way, in our own circumstances, with our own God-given personality.”

— “If you’re going to ask God to do something impossible in your life, you’ve got to have some clarity about what you’re asking for.”

— “Accomplishing the impossible is all about seeing the invisible.”

— “When God speaks, he does not stutter.” (BOOOYAAAAH!!!)

— “…audacious faith starts with sanctified naivete”

— “extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience”

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September 30, 2010 at 1:58 am

Posted in The Book Report, Vision

The Book Report: Sun Stand Still

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I just ordered the e-book of Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still and will be posting highlights from each chapter as well as some personal insights about the chapter.

Written by missional girl

September 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

In the Beginning…

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For years, I have heard leaders that I respect talk about vision and how it is born out of need. But I was arrested with a thought that never occurred to me (maybe you got this one before I did, lol): vision is born not out of need but out of intimacy with God.

As I wrestle with “the next step” of my ministry journey, I am confronted with the reality that God does not want me chasing down the next “big thing” in church planting or everything missional. Instead, my responsibility is to walk daily with Him and in that closeness, listen for His heart regarding what He would like me to do and where.

The life of Abraham is one of my favorite illustrations of intimacy and vision. Abraham was known as a “friend of God” (2 Chr. 20:7; Jas. 2:23). God often appeared to Abraham, guiding him through mistakes, famines and conflicts. But in Genesis 15:1, “the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision.” The closer we walk with Jesus, the more of His plans manifest through us. If we are chasing ideas, then we run the risk of being irrelevant, birthing ministries that answer questions no one is asking.

Challenge: Walk daily with Jesus, treasuring time with Him and waiting expectantly in His presence for everything He knows you need.

Written by missional girl

March 31, 2010 at 1:45 am

Something About Joseph, Pt. 3

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Principle #3: You must be prepared for the vision God has prepared for you.

God laid some very heavy insight on Joseph, so heavy that his family was ready to kill him. Joseph endured and intense and sometimes painful preparation process before God’s vision for him actually manifested. First, he was betrayed by his own brothers and sold into slavery (Genesis 37:12-36), wrongfully accused of rape (Genesis 39:6-23), and forgotten by people who promised to remember his situation (Genesis 40:20-23). God did not inspire people to sin against Joseph but He used those experiences to sharpen Joseph.

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January 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Something About Joseph, Pt. 2

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Principle #2: God’s vision for your life will not always please others.

Poor Joseph. All that vision and all that hateraid from his family. The fact is that not everyone, even some of your closest family and friends, will be happy with what God is doing in your life. That can be a hard pill to swallow unless we wash it down with a little biblical truth: Jesus is Lord, not your family or friends. The value of your God-given dream is determined by the God who gave it, not the people around you who don’t “get” it. Let’s be honest: 99% 100% of the time the dreamer doesn’t completely understand God’s dream for him or her either. Rest in God’s faithfulness.

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January 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Something About…Joseph?

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Joseph, favored son of Jacob, has some important lessons to teach us about how God uses the stuff in and around us to make us into Christ-centered leaders.

Principle #1: Joseph received a vision from God before he demonstrated the character of God. Joseph was young, immature and a tad full of himself. Truth is, God’s intended purposes outstrip our current maturity quotient. God often shows us the end from the beginning and then He uses our circumstances to prepare us for His purpose for us.

Read: Genesis 37

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January 5, 2010 at 1:11 am

Nancy Ortberg’s Rubber Band Revelations

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From Nancy Ortberg’s unleashing the Power of rubber bands: lessons in non-linear leadership:

“Vision is a team sport.” 

In other words, you cannot fulfill it alone and must invite others into the vision in order to see it through.  The ministries that collapse are the ministries that foolishly tied the vision to one person.

Is the vision for your church, ministry, or organization God-centered or human-centered?

Written by missional girl

February 18, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Posted in Vision