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Feeling the Love? Discover Your True Valentine

Experience our newest resource Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds) with the following excerpt. Available for purchase here

MY BROTHER LIKES TO TEASE ME ABOUT A TIME WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN. Our father was disciplining my brother for something he had done. I was in the background, observing and clearly calculating that I did not want this to happen to me. In an act of self-preservation, I chimed in, “Was I a good girl, Daddy?” I haven’t lived that down!

My childhood story highlights a little girl’s desire to please her dad. However, at a deeper level, I think it had much more to do with one of my core human needs—to know that I was loved. Continue Reading

Be Invitational!

“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 1 Cor. 9:22b.

Holding my dinner tray of freshly cooked fast food, I finally found a seat at the GIANT window at SeaTac airport. I had a four-top table to myself, but figured maybe – unlikely – someone would come by to sit. The open concourse was jam packed with passengers in between flights. Seats at the giant window were at a premium.

I knew as soon as I saw him: be invitational. “Have a seat.” I moved my tray. He reluctantly, but gladly sat down. In my mind and heart was an SOS, “okay, Lord, it’s your conversation.” Raveit had just finished a job interview and was on his way home; I, too, was on my way home from work that Friday evening. He was likely to be offered the job, which would mean another move for his young family. He wondered about his family, his skills, and his decision. He initially appeared so much the opposite: confident, warm, assured. But somehow, with me the stranger, he was not. Continue Reading

Are You Trying to Be Something You Are Not?

 

Experience our newest resource Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds) with the following excerpt. Available for purchase here

UNIQUE PARTS ASSEMBLED AND WORKING TOGETHER IN FUNCTION, harmony and support to fulfill a larger purpose—this is the essence of our identity as members of Christ’s body.

Being a member of Christ’s body is like being in an orchestra that creates beautiful music. The conductor chooses the piece of music and directs the sections (woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings), individual members practice and learn their parts, and the group comes together to rehearse and create. The interplay of musical instruments, themes, sounds and dynamics requires precision, careful listening and wholehearted engagement by each member.

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“I’m Not Enough” . . . Right?

Experience our newest resource Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds) with the following excerpt. Available for purchase here

WE CAN HAVE A TENDENCY TO SETTLE WITH THE MESSAGE THAT “I am not enough.”

Sure, we claim all the promises of knowing Christ and living in his resurrection power. But if we’re really honest, we can tend to operate more like a dilapidated vehicle. Poor condition, broken pieces, feeling like one more bump might cause everything to fall apart. The idea that this is normal and acceptable is a lie of the enemy—his way of oppressing and tricking God’s people.

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I’m Not Feeling It . . . So Now What?

Experience our newest resource Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds) with the following excerpt. Available for purchase here

THERE ARE DAYS WHEN I DON’T FEEL LIKE A NEW CREATION.

On these gloomier days, it is stunning to realize that God still views me as a new creation. Not because of me, but because of Christ’s resurrection life in me—him making all things right. “By giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence” (Col. 1:22, MSG).

Our attitudes, moods and feelings are clearly not an accurate gauge of our new creation identity. Reflection Q: What are the effects when your attitude, mood and feelings are not aligned with your identity in Christ as a new creation?

But knowing we are a new creation—wow!—that’s hopeful. It’s “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:26–27, NIV). Reflection Q: What difference does it make in your life to have the reality of Christ’s resurrection life in you? Continue Reading

Lost & Found: Memories of Being Sent

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:14-15a)

What was your first experience of being a “sent one?” Living in a women’s dormitory in college gave me ample opportunity to meet women from backgrounds that were different from mine. In the early 80’s, there were not many international students on our campus. So, imagine my surprise when I introduced myself to Anna, a first year student from Russia.

Anna was the first person that I remember talking with who had no belief in God. None. She didn’t have any interest or curiosity of why others would believe in God. She wasn’t resistant, just completely uninterested.

Our conversation, or lack thereof, haunted me. I couldn’t shake it. Anna was spiritually dead, yet I wrestled with the weight of her choice. I cried out to the Lord to send people to Russia to tell others about Jesus. Continue Reading

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