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The Top Posts I Read The Week Of January 27th

The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of January 21st:

  1. How to Have a Better, Bolder 2017: Embrace the Process
  2. 80 Percent of Kids Want Their Parents to Read to Them and, Relatedly, We’re Kinda Famous
  3. 6 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents
  4. 8 Reasons I Have Internet Accountability and Restrictions on My Phone
  5. 5 Steps Toward Regaining Momentum
  6. 5 Ways Leaders Grasp Momentum
  7. 5 Interesting Things About Japan’s First Self-Made Female Billionaire
  8. 7 Ways To Live Out The Gospel In A Post-Truth, Post-Fact Culture
  9. Five ‘Leadership Tools’ That Are Really Crutches For Lousy Managers

Well, that is my Top 10 for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Nineteen

Guest Blog Post from Free Chapel:

In 2 Kings 13:14-19, the prophet Elisha was on his death bed. And, Joash, King of Israel, came to him for one last piece of advice because the Syrians were attacking the country. Elisha told him to take a bow and arrows and put his hand on the bow.

These scriptures may not make a lot of sense to you concerning the theme of fasting, but I want to tie them together over the next couple of days in a way that I feel the Lord would have me share with you.

Do you know that everybody needs a man of God in their life? You need someone who won’t just tell you what you want to hear, but someone who will tell you what you need to hear. Someone who won’t just make you feel good, but someone who will also challenge you.

I was thinking about how Elisha had a double portion of the anointing of Elijah. Before he received that, 2 Kings 2 says that Elisha tore his robe into two pieces and took up the mantle of Elijah. Notice he had to take off before he could put on. And we have to rid ourselves of some things before God will send the double portion anointing.

I believe God’s double portion anointing can come on us for complete victory, when we rid ourselves of sins like offense, unforgiveness and pride. On this fast, let’s get rid of some things so we can receive other things from God.

When you take that stuff off, you humble yourself. And James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Fast for complete victory in your life. Victory is when you completely overcome the enemy. It is the cutting off of Goliath’s head. It is the dancing on the grave of your enemy. It is not co-existing with partial victory. Jesus came “that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

Jesus came to bring complete victory.

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Three of My Favorite Study Bibles

What is a Study Bible? A Study Bible is a Bible with extra notes to explain what you just read. Many of them go even further than that. They will have maps to show you the region it was written, character studies of famous Biblical people, currency conversion charts, and so much more.

If you are serious about getting deeper in your walk with God, you need a Study Bible in your life. Here are three I highly recommend:

The Life Application Study Bible

Why I like it: This was the first type of Study Bible I ever used. I still have wonderful memories reading through the pages of my Study Bible and learning so much from the commentaries. It is still one of my go to Bibles for devotional reading. (along with the others on this list.)

Link to buy it: click here

Publishers Notes: Today’s best-selling study Bible―the Life Application Study Bible―has been updated and expanded. Over 300 new Life Application notes, nearly 350 note revisions, 16 new personality profiles, updated charts, and a Christian Worker’s Resource make today’s number one selling study Bible even better.

FEATURES: Over 300 new Life Application notes and significant revisions to nearly 350 others
16 new Personality Profiles
Most charts revised to clarify meaning and importance, plus eight all-new charts
New information on the intertestamental period
Christian Worker’s Resource, a special supplement to enhance the reader’s ministry effectiveness, includes: How to Become a Believer, How to Follow Up with a New Believer, Mining the Treasures of the Life Application Study Bible, So You’ve Been Asked to Speak, and Taking the Step to Application

The New Spirit Filled Life Bible

Why I like it: Dr Jack Hayford and many others use the margins of this Bible to teach us how to apply God’s Word in the context of New Testament theology.

Link to buy it: click here

Publishers Notes: Find the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. Dr. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed leaders to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible. This outstanding resource offers a fresh look at the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit. This Bible addresses important issues of Spirit-filled living in the context of solid biblical scholarship.

Features include: Kingdom Dynamics – 41 themes throughout the Scripture that give us values as we advance the gospel throughout the world
Word Wealth – More than 550 key terms defined and brought to life pulling the language from the original Greek and Hebrew to everyday English
Truth-In-Action – Practical charts pulling out practical application from every book of the Bible
Detailed book introductions
Verse-by-verse study notes

Maxwell Leadership Bible

Why I like it: John Maxwell was a pastor for years before becoming the Leadership Guru we all know him for today. He actually said the reason he resigned being a pastor was because he noticed that the business world was a wasteland when it come to faith. He endeavored to change that. What I love the most about him is he writes his leadership books with ideas straight from the Bible and the business experts call him a genius. He always says, “It was there for over 2,000 years. I just put in a way they would read.” This Bible will give you great leadership principles to go along with your reading.

Link to buy it: click here

Publishers Notes: “John Maxwell is a nationally respected expert in leadership. This Bible provides an in-depth look at God’s laws for leaders and leadership. Now, you can get The Maxwell Leadership Bible in the best-selling New International Version. Plus, this 2nd edition includes new updates.

In this Bible, Dr. Maxwell explains what a godly leader is and how God is glorified when you accept the role you’re called to. It includes great articles and insights that will become an invaluable part of your leadership library. You’ll find 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader with lessons about Biblical characters who exemplified each. Over 100 biographical profiles feature stories that share God’s truth about leadership.

John C. Maxwell, a New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker, has been called America’s #1 leadership authority. To date, he has sold 25 million books. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. and Business Insider. His organizations ¬– The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP — have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries.

This edition includes new empowering, inspiring tools to equip you to be an even better leader: Complete NIV Bible text and translators’ notes • Book introductions • Articles describing the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader • Notes throughout the Bible that connect with the Laws and Qualities • Indexes to the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader

The Maxwell Leadership Bible offers principles of leadership that will greatly impact the way you guide others. Order your copy today.

This Bible offers supplemental information on the following topics: Leadership Laws, Servanthood, Teachability, Vision, Control, Convictions, Correction, Credibility, Criticism, Decision Making, Delegation, Discipline, Encouragement, Equipping, Ethics, Planning, Power, Practicality, Pride, Priorities, Purpose, Responsibility, Restoration, Spirituality, Standards, Stewardship, Submission, Teamwork, Tolerance, Trust, Values, Wisdom”

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Eighteen

Guest post from Free Chapel

Continue to be open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit during this fast because the only cure for sin is to be cleansed and changed from the inside out. When it comes to the heart of man, what goes in also comes out.

That is why Jesus exposed the Pharisees for their pious religious front. He called them pretenders and hypocrites, saying, “You are like tombs that have been whitewashed, which look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything impure. Just so, you also outwardly seem to people to be just and upright but inside you are full of pretense and lawlessness and iniquity.”—Matthew 23:27-28

They looked the part. They played the role. They religiously went through the motions. But they spent much more attention creating the outward standard than they spent following the inward standard. What is on the inside will show on the outside. Think about it this way: When someone gets sick and nausea takes hold, that person doesn’t need training on how to make what is on the inside…come out. The body knows how to do that all by itself! When you have junk inside—junk comes out. But in like manner, when you have Jesus inside—Jesus comes out.

I think the longer that we serve the Lord the easier it can be to get caught up in the routine of religion. I have to fight that at times. I feel the pressure to be what I am expected to be outwardly even though I may feel totally drained inside. That is why we have to be careful not to put so much energy into keeping up the outward appearance that before long it’s just that—an exterior whitewashing to cover a withering interior. It is dangerous for a person or a ministry to be growing outwardly but shrinking in passion for Jesus inwardly.

If I sense my passion for Jesus beginning to fade, I fast. I can’t stress enough how fasting helps you regain the edge when you are growing dull. It immediately helps you get refocused on only those things that really matter, and cleanse yourself of the rest. Fasting helps you maintain the inward brokenness that allows God to make your outside match your inside. It’s living “inside out.” You don’t have to fake it on the outside when you are full of the Lord on the inside.

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Seventeen

As you are ending your time of fasting you may be thinking when you will do this again?

At Real Life Church, we only fast corporately once a year. However, that doesn’t mean you should only fast then. This spiritual discipline can benefit you greatly as it becomes a new habit for you.

Here is an excerpt from an article I read recently on When We Should Fast:

1. When you are facing a mammoth task that you cannot do by yourself.

Nehemiah fasted while rebuilding the temple.

Examples: moving, launching a new business, starting new career, the adoption of a child

2. When you are facing physical danger.

Esther called a fast when her people faced persecution

Examples: facing surgery, preparing for military duty, performing a dangerous job or task

3. When you are under attack from the enemy.

II Chronicles 20 – King Jehoshaphat called a fast when his enemies surrounded him

Examples: when you face opposition to fulfilling the promises of God for you and your family.

4. When you are appalled at society

Ezra 9, Jonah 3

Examples: widespread abortion, the promotion of the radical homosexual agenda, the spread of immorality through the media

5. When you desire for your church to grow and prosper

Acts 2: 42, 47

6. When you encounter demonic oppression

Mark 9:17- 29

Prayer and fasting will cause Satan to tuck his tail and run!

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Sixteen

Guest blog post from: http://www.restorationnwa.org

Isaiah 58:6-14

6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.9Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

1. Loose the bands of wickedness

Fasting will break you free from everything holding you back.

2. Undo heavy burdens

Fasting will “tear-off” or violently remove things that have been pressing you down and making you feel hopeless and helpless.

3. The oppressed will go free

Fasting will heal and mend the discouraged, bruised and wounded. It will set people free who are falling apart and help them put their life together again.

4. Break every yoke

Fasting will break you away from bad habits that are destroying you physically and destroying your Christian walk

5. Your light will shine brightly

Fasting will give you a heart of compassion for those in need. Your hunger will help you personally identify with the hungry, poor and naked.

6. God’s light will break forth

During a time of fasting, revelation from God will break forth in your life. When you don’t know what to do or which way to go, His light will shine on you. He will give you His revelation and there will be darkness no more!

Example: God will give you insight to catapult your business!

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This Week At RLC>>>

Hello. I hope your week is off to a great start. Here are a few things happening this week at RLC>>>

1. This Wednesday. This Wednesday we are beginning something new. We are beginning a prayer service that will be from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to worship and experience the presence of God.

2. This Sunday- Fourth and Final Part of Our Series. We will be continuing our series entitled “It Is Written”. This Sunday is all about “How to Hold On the Word of God”

4. 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. This is our yearly focus on prayer and fasting at the beginning of the year. We have actually been doing this since before we were a church. This is the final week.

5. First Sunday in February- Baptism. More details coming soon.

6. LifeGroups. LifeGroups will be kicking off right at the end of January. Check the website all through the week for all updates.

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Fifteen

Guest blog post today from: www.restorationnwa.org

6 WAYS TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR FAST

Nehemiah 9: 1-3

1Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. 2And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.

1. Gather together with other believers for special times of prayer

Use small groups or the buddy system to help you make it through the process. Get plugged in with all of the activities happening in the ministry during the fast and with others who are committed to consecrating themselves before God.

2. Separate yourself from non-believing influences

Deliberately separate yourself from ungodly influences because your spirit is open during this time. Limit your time spent on computers, watching television, excessive email, secular music, and other forms of entertainment. THIS IS GOD’S TIME!

3. Confess your sins

As you fast, repent. God will allow you to see yourself and begin to bring up and reveal your actions and attitudes that are not pleasing in His sight and the unrighteousness that is keeping you from being in right standing with God (I John 1:9)

4. Spend extra time in God’s Word

Read the Bible now more than ever. Commit to reading the entire Bible in one year.

5. Confess the Word

Speak the Word of God over your family, over your health, and over your finances

6. Worship

Listen to CD’s of preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Feed your spirit only the Word of God. Be passionate about worship during your time of fasting. Set aside time to praise and worship God and dwell in His presence.

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Fourteen

Yeah! The end of week two!
What could be better than celebrating your success with all your friends and family at RLC!

Don’t be ashamed to celebrate it!
The local church can be a wonderful place to connect with other believers as well as serve using your gifts, talents, time, and resources.

Everyone needs something bigger than themselves to plug into.
Everyone needs something to that makes them better.
Everyone needs a place where everybody knows your name.

The above reasons are just a few of the things I love about RLC.

David said, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Come and let us go to the House of the Lord.'”

Make plans to be at church tomorrow. I cannot wait to hear how it went.

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The Top Posts I Read The Week Of January 21st

The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of January 21st:

  1. The 8 Morning Secrets Of Successful People (Infographic) by Dan Black
  2. The Next Generation’s Perception Of The Church by Phil Cooke
  3. 7 Ways A Pastor Should Think Like An Entrepreneur by Brandon A. Cox
  4. A Crossless Christianity? by Mary DeMuth
  5. Why A Rough Start Isn’t The End Of Your Leadership Journey by Joseph Lalonde
  6. 9 Reasons Preachers’ Kids Stray by Chuck Lawless
  7. 5 Cringe-Worthy Lessons From The Ministry Trenches by Seth Muse
  8. 9 Things I Wish Worship Pastors Didn’t Say by Joshua Reich
  9. 10 Myths About Being A Visionary Leader by Paul Sohn
  10. Introducing Your Child to God

Well, that is my Top 10 for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Thirteen

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Week two is almost complete. How’s it going?

One time I was walking through a dry season in my life. By that I mean I was having my normal quiet time with God, serving with my gifts, and generally doing everything as normal. However, there was one key difference. I was empty. I felt like I was a ship out in the open water with no wind to move the sails.

After feeling this way for a while I spoke with a friend about it. His council is something I want to pass along to you today. He said, “Did you realize that if a teacher never gave you a test they could never gauge whether or not you had learned anything? What if God isn’t mad at you? What if you haven’t done anything wrong? What if God is merely putting you out there to see if you have learned from the lessons He’s already taught you?”

That got me going. I was determined to pass my test. I kept moving forward seeking God and doing my best not to get discouraged.  Before long, I began to feel the presence of God on my life again. I passed the test.

What are you going through today? Do you feel as though God were a million miles away. Be careful. He might be leaning over your shoulder looking at your quiz. He might be giving you a test.

Don’t give up. Keep moving forward.

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Too Fast Too Soon #todaysdevotion

“An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/pro.20.21.nlt

In the culture of quick and instant opportunities we can begin to think God is the same way. We ask for something in prayer and expect to receive it right away. 

God, I need you to bless me. 

God, I need a new job. 

God, I need the get more healthy. 

What we fail to remember is that God is more concerned with our character than with our comfort. He will not give us something that He knows our character cannot sustain. I wouldn’t give my 8 and 10 year old girls my car keys just because they asked for it. Why? Because no matter how bad they want to drive I know they simply are not ready yet. They will be ONE DAY just not TODAY. 

If you have asked God for something and He has not given it to you yet, maybe it is for your own good. He knows you are not ready yet. 

What do you do while waiting on God to answer your prayer?

1. Work on yourself. If He is waiting on you to be ready then work on you. Rid yourself of selfish motivation. 

2. Find contentment in the waiting. Don’t spend your whole life waiting to enjoy tomorrow. Life is happening now. Enjoy today. 

3. Decide to trust God’s process. He wants to give good things to you but, like a good Father, at a rare you can withstand. 

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