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Are You Trying to Be Something You Are Not?

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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?

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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?

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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

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“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

Caring for the Soul of the Leader

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In this 25th anniversary article, Ingrid Davis states, “the most important thing we bring to leadership is ourselves” and that “true leadership begins on the inside of a leader.” The beginning of a New Year is an excellent time to reflect on who we are and who we are becoming.

[This article is adapted from, Leadership Wisdom: Growing in the Art of Leadership, Chuck Davis, editor and contributing author. NY:NY Beaufort Books, copyright 2016. ISBN 9780825308345]

What I have found as a leader and a coach of leaders is that one of the most important aspects of leadership is the quality of our souls.

King Solomon, one of the wisest kings in all the annals of history, said it this way, “Above all else, guard your heart — for it is the wellspring of life” (Prov. 4:23). The heart, or the soul, is who we really are; it’s our mind, will, and emotions; the source of our attitudes, the keeper of our passions and desires, and the seat of our moral actions. The soul, then, is the center of who we are — past, present, and future — but most importantly in that spectrum, who we are becoming in relationship with Jesus, being led more by him. Continue Reading

Brett Ullman – Arrow Story

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Arrow’s Vision is to see: Christian Leaders equipped to influence every sphere of society, impact every nation, and reach every person for Jesus. In celebrating Arrow Leadership’s 25th year, we’ve asked Arrow Leaders – from class 1 to present – to share their insights on “being led more by, leading more like and leading more to Jesus.”

Brett Ullman, Arrow Class 23, works as the Executive Director with Worlds Apart, bridging our Ancient Faith with our modern world, and bringing voice to topics affecting youth, young adults and parents in our culture. In this 25th anniversary video, Brett shares about what he experienced and learned in the Arrow Leadership Program that continues to sustain his leadership today.

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Dr. Steve A. Brown

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P.S. To learn more about the Arrow Leadership Program, please visit: www.arrowleadership.org/program/

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