Do you ever wonder how you might best share your faith with others?
Have you ever been in the position to actually defend your faith?
Lead Pastor Dr. Stephen Pattison from CapCity Church in Frankfort unpacks what all this means and offers us tangible ways to both verbally and practically SHARE & DEFEND our faith.
Sometimes we may THINK we’re not qualified to share our faith, much less defend why we believe what we believe.
We may compare ourselves to others like Sally Super Christian who seems to be sharing her faith and witnessing to others in marvelous ways. Our efforts compared to hers leaves us feeling a bit less than and may cause us to cower back in fear.
Doc encourages us to shine the light of Christ in our own unique and personal ways and release the outcome!
Click READ MORE for the outline of our conversation or tap the button to Listen Now to our meaningful conversation on the Choose 2 Think® Inspirational Podcast that will encourage you to be YOU! READ MORE to see the long list of BOOKS Doc recommends to help us grow as Jesus followers.
Meet Dr. Eli Jones, a Brilliant Scholar, Nationally Respected Academician and Higher Ed Leader and Be Inspired as He Shares His Personal Faith Journey
Dr. Eli Jones is a Professor of Marketing, Lowry and Peggy Mays Eminent Scholar, and the former Dean of Mays Business School at his alma mater, Texas A&M University.
During our recent chat on the Choose 2 Think Inspirational Podcast, Dr. Jones outlines a personal map for your faith journey based on his recent book called *Run Toward Your Goliaths: Fighting with Faith to Overcome the Giants That Stop Your Personal and Professional Success.
Drop in on the Choose 2 Think Inspirational podcast to grab this full motivational episode 142: On Saying "Yes" to God Today with Dr. Eli Jones.
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If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything – it’s the extremely valuable lesson that NOTHING, NOTHING is secure in this physical world.
C-19 has brought us face-to-face with what we value most. It has shown us where we have put our trust. It may be teaching us what we have taken for granted in this life.
We are more quietly reflective about our purpose on this earth. We have a deeper awareness that there is so much in life that we cannot control. We are sobered to realize that our jobs, our lifestyles, our plans, even those people we love most dearly may be stripped away from us in a split second. We feel small, powerless, and weak.
C-19 has reminded us of the frailty of life and the futility of our earthly pursuits. As the world has pressed the pause button, our lives have trembled and been shaken to an abrupt halt. As the dust settles, we find ourselves looking into the sieve to see what precious little remains that is of true and lasting value.
We feel so vulnerable. Yet, when our soul is quieted, our hearts are better prepared to listen for God perhaps like never before. Could this be a silver lining?
We "listen" to God in so many ways, but one of the best ways to better understand the Creator of this universe, His ways and character are through the longest love letter ever recorded in the history of humankind: the Holy Bible.
I would like to invite you today to discover God's perspective about C-19. Bible study has taken many turns in my life. There's no single "right" way. Maybe it's been a while since you cracked your Bible open or perhaps you've never read one single verse. Over the years, I have discovered a simple 3-step process to recharge my desire to seek God and His Word.
Tune in to Episode 16 of the Choose 2 Think podcast for 3 simple and practical tips to get you going today. You may discover that when you place all your apples in God's cart, there is absolutely nothing to fear. You can learn to think and process life in a way that chases away discouragement, distress, anxiety, and depression.
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If you find yourself encouraged or inspired by what you hear, please pass the link on to another friend who may be struggling.
What better time to rise up in your faith?
Are you burdened? Weary?
So many things of this life can really weigh us down. It might be our fears, worries, and a gazillion anxieties and cares that are such heavy burdens we may be bearing. Thank goodness, there is a better way!
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
What does this verse mean? I think it means that we can be yoked to the things of this world OR we can choose to be yoked to Christ. Draft cattle wore yokes when plowing. We, too, can wear "yokes" when we are working and doing life. If we are not careful, however, we may choose to yoke ourselves alone (we will lose balance) or we may choose to yoke ourselves to other burdens or bondage objects like toxic thinking, addictions, perfectionism, performance mentalities, legalism, or our own identity of who the world says we should be - which will all bring us down.
Yokes provide ease when worn appropriately and fitted nicely as designed. Yokes also create a "draft" where we are drawn in the right, proper direction when walking with Christ.
For me, I was yoked in my life to the worldly idea that I could do life by myself with an "I got this, God" kind of mentality. I have also been yoked to toxic thinking, totally discounting that I have the mind of Christ.
In all scenarios, it is never too late to take off the yoke that binds, that is heavy, and that makes our lives miserable and extremely difficulty to "do." If you are weary (and you know if that is you!) there is a different way that can actually energize and empower you in new and exciting ways!
You can take up Christ's easy and light yoke, following Him as He leads the way. Then as you work and do life, you actually will find the REST FOR YOUR SOUL (your mind and emotions) that no other yoke could ever offer much less provide! God bless you on your journey!
I am so grateful that Jesus gave us this image of a yoke to remind us that there is a better way with Him! SIDE NOTE: The yoke in my video actually weighs 27 pounds! Rico comes in at 4.5. :)
Imagination and the Power of Choice
Picture this: An intensely lit, blindingly white room with one open door in the back that leads to all things pitch black.
Then picture a bucolic, stunningly beautiful vineyard with sloping hills, a rising sun, vivid color contrasts of blues, greens, yellows, fresh air.
You have a choice: You can walk through the door into the darkness OR you can reside in the vineyard.
Which would you choose?
As we conclude our reflections on imagination, we have learned that in life we can train ourselves to deal positively with dashed hopes and expectations and that we can willfully resist the temptation to allow our imaginations to run wild when we feel jealous or afraid. We actually have the ability to control our thoughts, but we must consistently and repeatedly practice doing so.
In other words, we are determined to use our imagination FOR us, not AGAINST us.
Every single day, I face my own mental battles and the option to walk through the door into the darkness or to remain in the light, and I'm sure you do, too.
Sometimes I'm challenged by a sad or distressing memory or regret; sometimes I wrestle with a comment someone said to me; I'm feeling disappointed in myself or others; and other times, I'm my own worst enemy and discouragement overwhelms me.
In all scenarios, I have learned to tell myself: "Stop. I am not going to walk through that door into darkness where there is no good benefit for me or others. I choose life, health, wholeness, and peace. I play for God's team. In His vineyard there is no lack of any good thing. There I find security, forgiveness, blessings, freedom, rest, strength, and hope. I am His child, an heir. I have His Spirit inside me and the mind of Christ to help me find and practice Truth."
This self-talk is the discipline of using "Truth Trump Cards" to control my thoughts which influence my brain and consequently direct my mood and behavior. This is how I reorient myself to continue to walk in God's love.
Often, as previously discussed, at the root of darkened imaginings is fear.
Both Love and fear are powerful motivators, but Love is stronger and more deeply influential.
The Apostle and Evangelist John wrote this so beautifully in his letter to the Christians (in Ephesus it seems): "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love" (1 John 4:18).
I don't know about you, but I want to be perfected in love (to have completion and fullness, maturity, to be characterized by consummate human integrity and virtue). This is really hard to do without having first received God's love.
In other words, when we have God's love in our hearts, we have the Supreme and Divine Advantage. In our mental storehouse are innumerable Truth Trump Cards that we can quickly cast over our toxic, fruitless thinking.
We are better equipped to wage war in the battlefield of our minds. We are offered victory through Christ who defeated any and all darkness that we could possibly ever imagine. We are offered a nice place to do life in God's vineyard.
If this sounds hokey to you, I am truly sorry. There was a day when I also would have thought this was weird, foreign, and absurd. But I was spiritually blind, and spiritually blind people cannot see the Truth until the scales fall from their eyes.
For me, I found myself in that dark room, chased by the Hound of Heaven and ultimately rescued by the Author of Love.
Hmmmm....speaking of hound dogs, Rico says hello. He wonders why you are not subscribing to our aGH monthly newsletter! I mean who doesn't want to enter a drawing for a free book and $25 gift card coming your way?! Plus we will send you a GRATITUDE WHEEL to download, print, and personalize! Just click on the aGH Newsletter tab to enter your email address and name. And I promise I won't misuse this information! :)
Until next time, I'm so grateful that God allows us the choice on how we use our imaginations. May He abundantly bless you and encourage you today!
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