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We Win Through Being Everyday Missionaries – Part 3
27 Mar 2017
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We Win Through Being Everyday Missionaries – Part 3

“If I live my beliefs every day, God can use even someone as ordinary as I am to change the world.”   

-          Brad Wilcox

We have been called, as sons and daughters of God, to be Everyday Missionaries at ALL TIMES, to ALL PEOPLE, in ALL PLACES, to the end that God receives ALL OF THE GLORY! God has given us the wonderful privilege of this gracious work allowing us to partner with Him in the spread of His message of hope and deliverance through our words and deeds.  This great work, however, doesn’t occur in a vacuum, but rather, in divinely-orchestrated everyday circumstances ripe with opportunity.

We Win Through Being Everyday Missionaries – Part 2
19 Mar 2017
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We Win Through Being Everyday Missionaries – Part 2

“You and I, today and always, are to bear witness of Jesus Christ and declare the message of the Restoration…Missionary work is a manifestation of our spiritual identity and heritage.”

-          David A. Bednar

An Everyday Missionary is a missionary at ALL TIMES, to ALL PEOPLE, in ALL PLACES, to the end that God receives ALL OF THE GLORY! Sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through messages and actionable deeds should be an everyday occurrence in the life of the believer.  Opportunities for missionary work occur every day in the circumstances of our lives creating access points for us to share the Gospel of Christ, but we must be sensitive enough to our environments to discern those openings. 

An Everyday Missionary is a missionary to ALL PEOPLE! This means we are to joyfully share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone without regard to their race, gender, socioeconomic status, or any of the other things that can be used to classify people into various groups.  We share the good news of the Gospel with ALL PEOPLE because we are called to minister to the needs of ALL PEOPLE.      

We Win Through Being Everyday Missionaries – Part 1
12 Mar 2017
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We Win Through Being Everyday Missionaries – Part 1

“If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart.”

-          Neil Anderson

Did you know that we are all called to be missionaries every day? The average person has a mental construct of missionary work being abroad in the jungles of some third-world country replete with sleeping on dirt floors, eating little to no food, and keeping an eye out for wild animals with whom you may temporarily share living quarters.  Let me challenge you, however, to actively renovate your paradigm concerning the work of the missionary.  The work of the missionary, in the life of the believer, can occur in everyday circumstances.  This is what I call being an “Everyday Missionary”.

We Win Through Fasting and Praying
06 Mar 2017
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We Win Through Fasting and Praying

“True prayer is neither a mere exercise nor a vocal performance.  It is far deeper than that – it is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.”

-          Charles Spurgeon

There are times within our individual contexts of life that we encounter extraordinary circumstances that require the intervention of the Good Hand of the Lord in our lives.  There are moments in life that demand influence, fortitude, or strength that exceed our capacity.  I firmly believe, however, that in these moments of our most exhaustive extremity that the conditions are perfect to engage the power wrought from fasting and praying.  More than merely going without food, fasting and prayer reflect a humbled and submitted posture of the heart as illustrated in the story of Nehemiah.      

people
27 Feb 2017
5

We WIN As A People

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

-          Martin Luther King, Jr.

In our current racial, social, and political climate it would be easy to degenerate into a mindset of fear, anger, and extremism.  When we are constantly bombarded with information from the media that suggests that social justice and equality aren’t attainable for all it becomes easy to adopt a dismal outlook on our present circumstances.  To adopt a mentality of such a limited and self-defeating scope, however, would be to reject the resilient and indomitable legacy we possess as a people.  A mindset of the aforementioned vantage point obscures from our view the unfailing hope that we have as a people who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds.    

We Win Through Participation
20 Feb 2017
1

We Win Through Participation

“I shall participate, I shall contribute, and in so doing, I will be the gainer.”

  • Walter Annenberg

Each of us has a unique virtue and grace assigned to us by God that gives expression to His presence in the earth.  We have an inimitable set of skills that comprise our imprint on the world designed to answer a specific need or call in the earth.  These talents and virtues were given to us to actively engage them in service to our families, our communities, and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.     

We all win when everyone actively participates collaboratively functioning as a single unit to accomplish the mission.  A common quote often attributed to Gestalt psychology theorists is “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” which intimates that we are far more effective functioning collaboratively rather than the sum total of our individual efforts.  Simply put we can accomplish far more working together than we can apart from each other.     

iWIN Through Perseverance
13 Feb 2017
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iWIN Through Perseverance

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through perseverance.”

  • H. Jackson Brown

We have a choice that has been set before us.  We can either be victims who are overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives or we can be victors who triumphantly overcome in every context of life.  Regardless of the hand that you were forced to play I want you to emphaticallyproclaim “iWIN” and allow that to serve as the impetus behind your perception of yourself.  

Very often the difference between winning and losing is not strength to overcome adversity, but rather it is the mindset to persevere.  Perseverance necessitates a mindset that is resigned to stay the course regardless of the opposition.  It is the rugged determination that is resolved to endure even in circumstances that may be uncomfortable and painful because of the assurance of victory on the other side of the journey.  Perseverance is dogmatically declaring “iWIN” in a context that appears to be the antithesis of that declaration.  It is the mindset that is resigned in its decision to hold firmly to faith when the surrounding conditions appear to suggest that it would be easier to give up! 

i WIN – Through A Person
06 Feb 2017
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i WIN – Through A Person

“Winning is a habit and so is losing.”

-          Vince Lombardi

 “i WIN” is a statement which articulates our audacious and tenacious faith that we will be victorious because we are connected to THE ULTIMATE WINNER, Jesus Christ and His redemptive work at Calvary.  He defeated Death, Hell, and the Grave summarily demonstrating the superiority of His authority and power.  The Bible declares in Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” The latter portion of the 8th chapter of Romans presents 4 prepositional truths that allow us to boldly proclaim that “i WIN” over opposition, accusation, condemnation, and debarment. 

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