It's not about you, it is about the One who created you, Who died for you, Who loves you, Who never leaves you! Pastor Kevin shared from 2 Timothy 4:9-22 about maturity through serving. 1. Serving Jesus alone 2. Serving Jesus together 3. Serving Jesus through hurt 4. Serving Jesus with Jesus ✨ Jesus wants to grow you because He wants to be with you. He went to the cross for us. He chose us to be His disciples, welcomed us into His family and took the hurt that we caused Him. What are we as a church going to be known for? What are you as a person going to be known for? I pray we can be known as a church, and that you are a person, that says "Yes!" to Jesus everyday and in every way! Scripture References: 2 Timothy 4:9-22 Acts 15 John 15:18 John 16:33 We would love to pray with you today! https://www.emmauslutheran.org/prayer Fill out our virtual Connection Card: https://emmauslutheran.churchcenter.com/people/forms/152121 Be apart of Emmaus' Mission through giving! http://emmauslutheran.org/give Connect with us online… www.emmauslutheran.org www.facebook.com/Emmausaflc www.instagram.com/emmausaflc www.twitter.com/EmmausAFLC
To become a data-driven organization, it takes a major shift in mindset and culture, investments in technology and infrastructure, skills transformation, and clearly evangelizing the usefulness of using data to drive better decision-making. With all of these levers to scale, many organizations get stuck early in their data transformation journey, not knowing what to prioritize and how. In this episode, Ganes Kesari joins the show to share the frameworks and processes that organizations can follow to become data-driven, measure their data maturity, and win stakeholder support across the organization. Ganes is Co-Founder and Chief Decision Scientist at Gramener, which helps companies make data-driven decisions through powerful data stories and analytics. He is an expert in data, analytics, organizational strategy, and hands-on execution. Throughout his 20-year career, Ganes has become an internationally-renowned speaker and has been published in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and has become a thought leader in Data Science. Throughout the episode, we talk about how organizations can scale their data maturity, how to build an effective data science roadmap, how to successfully navigate the skills and people components of data maturity, and much more.
Preparing kids for the responsibilities of adulthood is one of parenting's most critical challenges. Although kids officially become “adults” at 18, the journey to adulthood starts long before then. Teens are figuring out their values, career, love life and identity as they move through puberty and high school! For parents, it can be nerve-wracking to watch as kids attempt to handle the challenges of growing up. When teens are wracked with self doubt and insecurity, it can be hard to reassure them that they're ready to take on new responsibilities! If only there was something we could do to help them enter maturity with confidence and security…This week, we're talking about a special ritual parents and kids can complete together to signify the beginning of kids' journey to adulthood. We're talking to David and Steven Arms, authors of Milestone to Manhood. Our first ever father-son guest duo, these two men are here to tell us all about a ritual that takes place in their family whenever a boy turns 13–and how you can use their model to create your own family rite of passage. In our interview, we're discussing each element of their family coming-of-age ritual, and its significance. Plus, how David and Steven use this rite of passage to have important conversations about everything from faith to sex, and how you can plan a coming-of-age event for your own kid.
Emotional intelligence is imperative in relationships. What is emotional maturity? How can one develop emotional intelligence/maturity? How does emotional intelligence/maturity enhance relationship experience? Please join Felicia Love Washington and Deborah Drake as we delve into this topic.
On this episode of the Wehry Dads podcast, Coach and PJ discuss how to incorporate effective habits of physical health into busy morning routines.Check out our blog at www.candidgoatproductions.com In one house with three generations, two tired dads take life one episode at a time learning what it means to mentor, be men, and grow in spiritual maturity. Coach Pete Wehry has been coaching, mentoring, and pastoring for over thirty years. He currently serves with Nations of Coaches connecting with college basketball coaches to help them mentor their players. He has lectured on discipleship, regularly gives marriage counseling with his wife, Lisa, and serves as a life coach for business men and women. PJ Wehry runs Candid Goat, a digital agency, with his wife Becky Sue. He has a master's in philosophy of religion, homeschools his kids, Finn and Søren, and hosts Chasing Leviathan, a big questions podcast.
Religion has taught us that the mark of spiritual maturity is gifting. However, Paul clarified long ago in 1 Corinthians how love is what we should aim for. Britt Nelson walks us through the famous passage in 1 Corinthians 13 to teach us the way we should show love in the body of Christ.
Neil Scott talks with two amazing Texas women, one is a former professional ballet dancer, turned professor with 43 years of continuous recovery, and the second is the president of a statewide treatment advocacy organization, who was recently named one of the 50 most influential women in Houston! Plus award-winning actress Ali McGraw reflects on Maturity in recovery. Recovery is, as recovery does!
Great Shakings Bring Man-child Revival (6) (Audio) David Eells - 11/9/22 Man-child Coming to “Pick up” His Bride and Judge the Nations Gabby Dibble - 1/8/22 (David's notes in red) The very nature of this dream seemed like a strong shift was taking place, larger than what we would call average. (Gabby whose name means, “God is my strength” or “Woman of God” represents the Bride in this dream.) I dreamed I was getting out of my car and as I looked up at the sky. I saw an eye and also another part of a face next to each other. It was God's eye and Jesus' face. (Curt Bryan had a dream of a giant eyeball up in the sky watching everything he did. Pro. 15:3 The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.) Within seconds the scene became very clear. The moment I saw the faces forming, I had this deep feeling it was going to be them. As the faces formed, one looked angry while the other was without an expression. The face without expression (God's face) was slightly above and more towards my right of the other, while the other (Jesus' face) was slightly below more towards my left. (The Lord is coming again as a Lion and this time He will judge His Church. Isa. 31:4 For thus saith Jehovah unto me, As the lion and the young lion growling over his prey, if a multitude of shepherds be called forth against him, will not be dismayed at their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so will Jehovah of hosts come down to fight upon mount Zion, and upon the hill thereof.) I could not tell you what they looked like as the memory has been taken from me, but their faces were in the clouds. It was in the afternoon or evening time. The (angry) face didn't seem to be looking directly toward me but rather the world. After I glanced at the faces, it began to get dark outside very quick. (The darkness is beginning to cover the earth leading up to the 7 year Tribulation.) I took my mom outside because I wanted to show her what I saw. I said, “Mom, mom, I had an open vision!” But as I tried to share it with her, she kept changing the subject before I could tell her. (The apostate mother Church is what we are born out of. The apostate leadership and it's followers do not have an ear to hear what the Spirit says.) When I had taken her outside, the sky looked different. The moon was huge, low, red, and divided into four equal parts cut out and spaced a little apart. (In Joseph's dream the moon represented his mother who was a type of the Church in Gen. 37:9-11. God divides the Church into 4 parts in the parable of the sower, where 3 out of 4 fell away and only one part bore fruit.) I said something about repentance and that it's time to get right with God. I had the fear of the Lord like never before but my mom pretty much ignored me. (The apostates will not be granted repentance because the Lord must tribulate them first. Some will repent in the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation and some won't.) I remember my oldest brother, Nathan, was going to come pick me up and I was going to stay with him. (Nathan, the first born brother, means, “Gift from God” and he represents the Man-child reformers who are coming for the Bride. Rom. 8:29 For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.) I had a suitcase packed and, as I waited for him. (Representing being ready to go into the wilderness tribulation.) I was talking with a man and a woman outside my house. I kept sharing this open vision with them and I said, “Jesus is angry with the people. We have to repent and turn back before it's too late because He's coming soon.” I felt, strongly, He wasn't happy with the Church and the majority of Christians because we weren't fully surrendered and living for Him and with Him. As I was talking, things outside got very interesting and people became more dangerous. It's as if, in the very short time that had passed in this dream, I was aware that the atmosphere had shifted. (Things and people are becoming increasingly evil at a faster and faster pace now. Isa. 60:2 For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.) A car even drove up and hit the guy I had been speaking with and I was worried he was going to get run over and drug under the wheels of the car but he was able to walk away. (God will spare many from calamity who are listening to the Bride. They will be granted repentance and be able to walk away from the evil of others who want to “drag them down" with them.) People around me seemed more corrupt than ever. I saw a women who represented my mom and she wanted to commit adultery against my father. (Hos. 2:2-5 Contend with your mother, contend; for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband; and let her put away her whoredoms from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts; 3 lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst. 4 Yea, upon her children will I have no mercy; for they are children of whoredom; 5 for their mother hath played the harlot; she that conceived them hath done shamefully; for she said, I will go after my lovers…) I then remember I was warning Leanna (my sister) about what I had seen. She seemed like she was half way listening to me. (Leanna means, “Gracious and merciful”. She represents the “little sister” in Sos 8:8-9 We have a little sister, And she hath no breasts: What shall we do for our sister In the day when she shall be spoken for? 9 If she be a wall, We will build upon her a turret of silver: And if she be a door, We will inclose her with boards of cedar. She represents the elect of God that will come out of apostasy to follow the Man-child and Bride in the wilderness tribulation. God will be gracious and merciful to them and grant them repentance and give them ears to hear.) I was telling her I was pregnant and waiting for Nathan to pick me up. (This represents the woman who is pregnant with the Man-child and about to give birth in Rev. 12:1-6 And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars; 2 and she was with child; and she crieth out, travailing in birth, and in pain to be delivered. 3 And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his heads seven diadems. 4 And his tail draweth the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon standeth before the woman that is about to be delivered, that when she is delivered he may devour her child. 5 And she was delivered of a son, a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that there they may nourish her a thousand two hundred and threescore days.) As my brother Nathan came in his black car to pick me up, other people from my house blocked off his car in the road because they viewed us as “running away”. They wanted us to wait with them instead of us leaving. (Psa. 18:6-17 In my distress I called upon Jehovah, And cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry before him came into his ears. 7 Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations also of the mountains quaked And were shaken, because he was wroth. 8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals were kindled by it. 9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet. 10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; Yea, he soared upon the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion round about him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 12 At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire. 13 Jehovah also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered his voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. 14 And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; Yea, lightnings manifold, and discomfited them. 15 Then the channels of waters appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare, At thy rebuke, O Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. 16 He sent from on high, he took me; He drew me out of many waters. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from them that hated me; for they were too mighty for me.) My mom's car, my siblings father, and another vehicle were all around my brother's car as he pulled up to get me. I remember trying to think of what to do because there was some kind of urgency and I needed to make the right move. (The family of Joseph, as a type of the Man-child, was against him at first, but ended up bowing down to him as it was with Jesus. Gen. 37:9-11 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind.) Maturity and Sanctification Saves During Tribulation Anretta Wachira - 10/23/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that I was in active labour on our bed. I asked the Lord, “Am I pregnant?” He said, “The woman is travailing.” (Anretta is representing the woman Church in this dream.) I then walked to the kitchen and there was a scale. ... I placed something that was wrapped up (Representing her fruit) onto the scale and began to count the numbers. The weight was very low. I said to myself, ”That's not enough. I find myself wanting!” (Dan. 5:27 TEKEL; thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. The Babylonish Churches fruit does not yet measure up.) Then the scene changed and my husband Andrei, (Representing the Father.) our son, (who didn't look like our son in real life [Representing the maturing Man-child.]) and I were all sitting outside on a beautiful sunny day. We were watching children playing sports in a field. (This represents the immature Christians who are in competition in their sects and divisions.) Without any warning, chaos began to erupt. The sun got brighter and the ground started to break up. (Earthquakes come with the appearing of the Man-child. Isa. 64:1-2 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might quake at thy presence, 2 as when fire kindleth the brushwood, and the fire causeth the waters to boil; to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!) People were screaming and running all over the place and there was a lot of confusion. I saw my husband Andrei grab our “Son”. (Representing the Man-child being caught up to the throne after His birth.) I started to run towards them but he told me to grab the things and meet him at the top of the hill. (Representing Mt. Zion.) I wondered how I would know which hill it was as I turned to gather the things. (John 14:4-6 4 And whither I go, ye know the way. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; how know we the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.) The ground with the grass rose up; standing taller than me. (The Man-child comes with earthquakes at the beginning of the Tribulation.) I tried to reach for our things. There was a pair of spectacles, a satchel and a book. (The “Book” represents the Word. The spectacles represent the ability to read the Word up close with clarity in order to climb Mt. Zion.) Then I thought, "I better get our medical records too, in case we need them.” (Our medical records represent the blood of Christ and the record of our good confession in Heaven that makes us exempt from the curses of the world. “By His stripes ye were healed.”) Then the scene changed again and I found myself in a chaotic hospital setting. People were shouting different things. Someone was shouting that they were exempt. Someone else was crying and screaming, saying, “But I have allergies”. (The people are begging not to be forcibly vaccinated.) Others were confined to the hospital beds crying hysterically. (Representing medical tyranny and medical martial law imposed on the masses.) There was a lady who was part of the medical personnel and she was monitoring the people's medical charts that the other medical personnel were grabbing. She was going through each chart to allow some pages in the charts but refusing for any charts to be taken away. She started going through my chart and saying, “No, you can't have that, nope, not that either”, and so on. I was getting very impatient because she was very slow and methodical in her sorting. Then, I looked down and saw a piece of paper that didn't belong to me on the ground. It had the heading, HOME SCHOOLING, on it. I picked it up and tucked it under the few papers that she had allowed me to take and I ran out of the hospital. (Homeschooling represents that we are in the world but not of it. We receive our education from the Holy Spirit.) I opened the door to a completely quiet street. It was very dark everywhere. There were people wondering all around and there was a dark blue light that glowed everywhere. People were using this blue light to see where they were going. (This dark light represents a false enlightenment. People think they are walking in light and truth but they are really deceived.) There were also beasts mingling among the people. They looked like T-Rex dinosaurs and were about as tall as a man. (Representing the Mark of the Dragon Beast authoritarian system. The Mark is 666; the number of man. These beasts were as tall as a man representing that they have come into full maturity.) I saw them stopping to smell people's arms to either devour them or let them go. Everyone seemed familiar with this and obediently stopped, raised their left arm for a sniff, and then continued to walk on. (In the dream the Mark is detected by the beasts by sniffing the left arm representing that the rebellious goats will take the Mark of the Beast in their right hand or foreheads.) I knew I was different from everyone here. A man wearing a dark blue robe that got lighter in color towards his feet, walked to the edge of the pavement in front of me. As he got to the end of the pavement, I felt one of the beast's attention lock onto me before I even saw it. I started to walk quickly towards the man with the blue robe because he had stopped and turned towards me. Just before I got to him, the beast caught up with me. My left hand went up and he sniffed it, and my hand immediately straightened out, against my will, in between his open jaw. I felt his teeth begin to crunch onto my hand. The man put his hand in front of mine in the beast's mouth and it stopped biting down. I quickly withdrew my hand and started to walk next to the man as he playfully allowed the beast to keep his hand in its mouth. (Jesus, the Man-child, will spare many from being devoured by the Beast. He traded His life in exchange for ours.) In the bushes on the left I saw a woman watching me intently. She was following us trying to hide but I was very aware of her. The beast then left us. (This woman who was intently watching the Bride and Man-child represents the little sister in Sos. 8:8. This is a corporate body of believers who will come out of apostasy to follow the Man-child and Bride into sanctification.) We turned a corner very quickly with the man leading. He pulled back a curtain and tapped on a corrugated door and said urgently, “Enter”. When I entered, I found that it was an outdoor, in ground, toilet. … and I started to use it. (Representing getting rid of waste of the old flesh life.) The woman that was following ... stood in front of my door like she was waiting to come in next. (The little sister will learn about sanctification from the Man-child and Bride.) ... I asked myself, “How will I know if it's safe to come out?” I felt that it was time to leave even though I couldn't see what was happening outside. Dream of Outer Darkness Claire Pienaar - 11/3/22 (David's notes in red) (In this dream, Claire represents the Bride because her name means “brilliant” and the Bride's garments are bright and pure as is spoken of in Rev. 19:8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (Riaan represents the Man-Child body of reformers, as his name means “little king”.) I dreamed Riaan and I were on some kind of spaceship. (This spaceship represents traveling in heavenly places in Christ.) We were in complete darkness and and it was unbelievably cold. We were traveling towards my real dad and mom's house; the house I was born in. (The first fruits are the first to come out of the apostate mother Churches' house.) …We were there in this ... darkness to fetch one or two specific people. (The Man-child and Bride will rescue many from the cold darkness of the apostate Church.) We got to the house, and I saw a boy from my childhood there, called Simon Groom. (Many of our “childhood” peers in apostasy have still not grown up because of false doctrines that don't allow for spiritual maturity.) He looked homeless and hungry. (They are starving for the real good news of the gospel because the true Word is not being preached in the apostate churches.) I asked him, “Do you come here often?” He replied, “One or two nights a week”. (The apostate Christians think you only have to go to church one or two times a week to be okay with God and the rest of the week they live the way they want to.) As we got out of the spaceship we had to walk over massive icebergs that were cracking under the pressure of us landing the spaceship there. (The apostate Church is founded on frozen doctrines that are cold and unmoving and don't have the life of the Living Water. I call them the “Frozen Chosen.") It was still completely dark. It was intense, and I asked someone to give me a jacket and then a big, pink, full-length cloak was draped over me instantly. (The pink cloak represents being covered completely by love. Love “covers a multitude of sins”.) Everything was still dark and silent, save for the cracking of the icebergs. I could see the cracks and was concerned and did not want to be there longer than absolutely necessary. (When the Man-child and Bride arrive on the scene, the foundation of the Apostate church will crack up and be destroyed.) We were able successfully retrieve one of the people and came back into spaceship. Then the dream ended. (One will be taken and the other left.) Man-child and Bride Protected from a Devastating Explosion Debbie Fenske - 10/15/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was in a room with other people, who in the dream, I knew, but not in real life. I knew that they were not there merely for the sake of being together. Everyone was quiet, and there was a sense of anticipation in the room. I looked around and saw just a few people standing in the room. There was no talking among them. I saw two young men sitting on high stools at a high, black counter and there was a computer by them. They were working on something, like a computer component board. They both were wearing white t-shirts. The guy on the right had a little sharp pointed tool, and he was gently poking at different parts on this component board. The guy on the left was gently touching different parts with his finger. (I believe these two men represent angels sent with judgments represented by the high black countertop. They were bringing components together of this world, which resulted in an explosion, as we will see. This war is being fought by AI computer of the 5th generation, they say. The Lord, through His angels is in control of their artificial intelligence.) All of a sudden, there was an explosion that shook the room very hard. (This room represents the world.) I saw some things flying off of shelves. The people who were standing around were shaken to the point that some were falling to the floor. They had nothing protecting them from falling. Some were trying to hang on to things to keep from falling. (Representing people trusting in their own strength and worldly things to save themselves.) I looked to my right, to the opposite side of the room, and saw a young woman standing against a white wall. She was on the other side of the room away from the [rest of the people on the left]. She was dressed in blue pants and a blue blouse…(This is the Bride dressed in heavenly works standing on the right.) She had nothing to hang on to but the white wall. (Representing sanctification from the world.) She didn't fall, though I watched her being shaken pretty badly, to the point of almost falling. (She had her hope in sanctification and separation unlike the others who were trying to stand upright or holding onto whatever they could find [in their own strength].) I was amazed that she kept standing. Then, … I saw, in my spirit, a door and it was closing. (Time is running out to prepare.) Then I heard it shut very hard, making a very loud noise. Then, there was a terrible explosion. It was a very deafening and hard explosion. It went on for many seconds. I could not see anything after the explosion. But when it stopped, there was an awful lot of smoke, and I knew that there was total destruction to the room, though I couldn't see anything. Then, though the explosion was great, and very destructive, I saw a door to my right. (Those on the right represent the sheep and the wheat, as opposed to the goats and the tares on the left.) So I opened it and walked into another room that was also full of smoke. But this room was not totally destroyed (because its inhabitants are on the right). As I kept trying to look through the smoke, I could see metal filing cabinets standing in the room. There were chairs and papers, and, other stuff thrown all around. I then saw a woman on the floor [in this partially destroyed room], (Representing the elect of God who are awakened by these explosions.) and she was trying to wake up another woman. (Representing the Apostate Church.) She was anxiously, and fearfully, shaking the woman, and talking to her, and telling her that she had to wake up. But the woman would not respond at all. (Many of God's elect will be awakened by these judgments and will then try to wake others up, but many will still not wake up spiritually, even after these things happen.) A man (Representing the Man-child reformers?) came and picked up the woman (Representing the elect of God who will wake up as a result of these judgments.) who was trying to wake up her friend. (Representing the Apostate Church.) He lifted her up off the floor, and began leading her towards the direction that I just came from. (The room that the Bride was in. The Bride then leads the virgins to the Man-child in Psalm 45.) …I kept saying to myself, "I can't believe we made it through this! I can't believe we made it through this!" Then I woke up. Before I went to bed the night before this dream, I needed to get my random verses for our morning Zoom prayer meeting. I really felt led of the Father to ask Him to give me a very pertinent verse. He gave me Psalm 91:5 (5-11, in context) 5 "You will not be afraid of the terror by night , or of the arrow that flies by day; 6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. (Could the arrow be nuclear missiles exploding. The DS is trying to start a real war and they have the pestilence prepared.) 7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. 8 You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. 9 For you have made the Lord your refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. 10 No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent.11 For He will give His angels charge over you, to guard you in all your ways. An Experience of Power Gabe Watson - 10/17/22 (David's notes in red) Yesterday, I was going through a time of what seemed like reflection. I kind of felt like my life had no purpose, kind of meaningless, I've been waiting so many years and it seems like nothing is happening. I didn't feel sad or condemned by it, rather just wondering what God's mind was on everything. So, I was just questioning what God's purposes were for me in my life and if I was missing something. I was really earnestly seeking God and wondering what am I doing? Is there something I'm supposed to be doing that I'm missing? I don't want to waste any talents even though I don't see myself as having any great talents or anything but I know the Lord has given us some, I want to be able to use them. Before I went to bed, me and my wife prayed to the Lord about these questions. I woke up in the middle of the night and went to lay down on the couch. As I was laying down on the couch, I don't know if I fell asleep or if I was awake to be honest. I'm assuming, I fell asleep for just a few minutes. It seemed like a dream but I could feel everything happening in my body like it was real. I could hear myself say to myself “you are such a loser” (I felt like it meant that I was not good for anything, meaningless life, etc.). ("We can do nothing without Him” but “We can do all things through Him”. His power is made perfect through our weakness. This revelation comes before the below experience.) Immediately, after that was said, this incredible Force picked up my entire body. Not even the strongest human on Earth would be able to resist this Force. My body was powerless, as I had no control over my motor functions. However, my consciousness was still there and I was completely aware of everything that was going on from an observing point of view. This Force was moving me across the ground, as if I was a floating object. I then noticed something that the Force was moving towards. As I got closer, I knew that it was a shadow in the shape of a man. As the Force brought me directly over the shadow, I shot up in the air like a rocket! The Force moved me with such extreme velocity and an incredible amount of G-Force. It felt like my body was shaking like an earthquake (The Lord comes in the Man-child with an earthquake as it was when Jesus went into resurrection life.), as I was going straight up into the air. It seemed like the shadowy figure is what made the Force shoot me directly up in the air. I was shaking so excessively that it seemed to be contorting my face, as soaring up through the air. I then seemed to come either, out of the dream or into an earthly reality. I started to think normally, thinking, is something wrong with me, what is happening to me? The Force started to wind my body down and it began to become less intense. It shook me so hard that I could still feel it in my physical body, as I either woke up or came into complete consciousness. I then started meditating on what had happened. I thought about the shadowy figure. The only thing that kept coming to me was Trump. I have no idea why I felt this way. It might have looked like him, I'm not for sure. I don't think about Trump a lot, so it was un-normal for me to think that. (He is typed by Cyrus, who conquers DS Babylon, just when the Man-child is anointed over the Kingdom by the King. Cyrus is a shadow of Trump. Cyrus makes it possible for the Latter Rain Man-child to come and release the captives as in Isaiah 61. So the shadow person could represent both of these entities ruling under God as the verse he received. The refuge here will be formed and our new provisions to reach the world will come.) I then have a Bible app that I check every morning and it sends me a verse of the day. I looked at the verse, it said “whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the almighty”. I was amazed that it had the word “shadow” in the random daily verse! David Presidents Rule After the Queen Claire Pienaar 11/6/22 I dreamed Riaan and I were in a convoy of luxury vehicles to meet the queen. This was a queen similar to how Queen Elizabeth looked, and in the dream I thought to myself, “Haven't you already died?”. (She died long before her official death but the show must go on.) We were driving our silver van. David Eells was in the convoy with us, in his own luxury vehicle. (The David Man-child Reformers will receive riches to build the Kingdom and will have "authority over all the power of the enemy”.) He had a driver. (The Holy Spirit) The car was a light champagne or light gold color. It was clear that this was a type of “changing of the guard”. There were no flags flying over the residence. It was surprisingly small for what one would typically think is supposed to be a queen's residence. We arrived at this large circular drive-way at the queen's residence, and Riaan mistakenly parked there instead of moving along. We'd never driven in or through a circular driveway so it was slightly confusing for us. He reversed and moved the van through the driveway once, and then once everyone had parked we were the last to park our vehicle. David was dressed sharply, in a light grey suit. He looked like a President with his hair all slicked back and he wore a pale blue tie that made his eyes sparkle. I looked at our van and it had transformed into a camper van. (Our tabernacle) (ready for the wilderness tribulation). I was a little embarrassed by this camper van outside the queen's residence, as it seemed out of place, but I still dutifully followed David and the others into the building. There was a large estate next to the Queen's residence and a couple that lived there were out on their first floor balcony with black spy glasses or binoculars. (Whats left of the DS spies) They were watching Riaan and I like hawks. It was uncomfortable to feel their piercing eyes on us. But as we walked into the residence they could no longer see us and I felt better. We were first in a holding room, where the queen's attendants were signing us in. We met two black missionaries and they were very tired. We came to find out that one had been raised on marijuana so he thought it was normal and it seemed to have very little effect on him. These men spoke the gospel with much conviction and with no regard for any man-placed authorities, like the queen's attendants. The queen came out and she was so very old. She greeted us all very kindly and told us she'd be going very soon, and that she was preparing things for David. The attendants were like restrained but rabid dogs, quite forceful but knew they couldn't do anything to us. We sat at a long dining table, with David in the middle and all of us around him. We were feasting in the midst of this change of authority with David as Mr. President. There were grapes on the table, wine, as well as lamb and focaccia bread. (Feasting on the blood and bread of the Lamb of God.) Everything had garlic and salt on it. (Garlic is good for the heart, salt preserves). There were about 40 people at the dining table. The queen wanted all our details but she did not receive them. Water started dripping from the ceiling and they had to move us to a bigger room, as they were scared of being liable for someone's hurt from the water. David said, “It's going to continue to drip and then flood. But you will not be able to stop it.” They did not like that fact. (It is the flood of the "latter rain" which is deadly to the carnal man.). I knew the residence would not get damaged by the water because it was a marble floor (the foundation was already refined and very strong). (The strong foundation of the Rock of Jesus the Word is already laid.) The queen sort of disappeared. Then we were all just waiting for the next command. We turned to these two black African preachers and I knew David could deliver one from this stronghold of addiction. The other was older, more patient and friendly. He reassured us that the younger one would break free soon. (There are many ministers walking in the addiction of the darkness of apostasy who will be set free by the reformation.) I received by faith at random Ezekiel 39:28-29 for this dream: And they shall know that I am Jehovah their God, in that I caused them to go into captivity among the nations, and have gathered them unto their own land; and I will leave none of them any more there; neither will I hide my face any more from them; for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord Jehovah. 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Today we're talking about a topic that isn't discussed very often—entrepreneurial maturity. Entrepreneurs who are immature get frustrated, emotionally triggered, and experience “high highs” and “low lows” in response to their results. Because of their lack of maturity, they miss out on so much opportunity. They start to rely on hope as a strategy for […] The post Entrepreneurial Maturity appeared first on Successful Mind Podcast.
Over a year ago, the DSI and Salsify launched a Digital Shelf Maturity curve - a framework for brands to understand the stages they will pass through on the marathon towards maximum digital shelf efficiency and performance. For it is truly a marathon, not just a sprint. As part of that Maturity Curve, Salsify also developed an assessment brand leaders could take to determine their place on the curve and how they might get to the next stage. Salsify now has a year of the data from the hundreds of assessments that have been taken, and the creator of the Maturity Curve, Cara Wood, joins the podcast to outline the maturity curve journey stories that the numbers bring to life.
This is the sermon for the Lord's Day, November 6, 2022.
The more I understand God's Word and the further I advance in my walk with the Lord, the more I realize the Christian life is a disciplined life. Discipline is doing what I ought to do, whether I want to do it or not, because it's right. Christian discipline is living as God wants me to live, as an obedient-to-the-Word believer who walks by faith and not feelings. The proper Christian life glorifies the Lord, edifies others, and creates in me a personal sense of destiny that is connected with the God who called me into service. Paul, when writing to his young friend, Timothy, said, “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Tim 4:7). Paul does not deny the benefit of bodily discipline, but, when compared to godly discipline, says it “is only of little profit” (1 Tim 4:8a). Godliness (εὐσέβεια eusebeia) denotes devotion to God and a life that is pleasing to Him. Paul prioritizes godliness, declaring it “is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim 4:8b). The word discipline in 1 Timothy 4:7 translates the Greek verb γυμνάζω gumnazo, which we bring into the English as gymnasium. In secular use, the word originally meant “gymnastic exercises in the nude: to exercise naked, train.” It referred to how athletes trained in the ancient world. However, in the New Testament, the word was used figuratively “of mental and spiritual powers: to train, undergo discipline.” The focus is on inward development of mind and character rather than the outward discipline of the body. And the discipline is to be ongoing (present tense), carried out by each believer (active voice), and executed as a directive by the Lord (imperative mood). The training is for godliness. According to Wiersbe, “Paul challenged Timothy to be as devoted to godliness as an athlete is to his sport. We are living and laboring for eternity.” For Paul, godliness does not happen accidentally, but is connected with “the teaching that promotes godliness” (1 Tim 6:3 CSB). It is learned and lived on a daily basis. Disciplined Christians develop over time, as biblical thinking leads to wise actions, and wise actions develop into godly habits, and godly habits produce godly character. This brings Christians to the place of spiritual maturity, which is God's desire for His children (Heb 6:1). The writer to the Hebrews references mature believers, saying, “solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Heb 5:14). Maturity (τέλειος teleios) in this passage denotes one who has attained a level of spiritual growth, which glorifies God, edifies others, and is witnessed in the one who daily learns and lives God's Word. Concerning maturity, Thomas Constables states, “A person becomes a mature Christian, not only by gaining information, though that is foundational, but by using that information to make decisions that are in harmony with God's will.” According to Wiersbe: "As we grow in the Word, we learn to use it in daily life. As we apply the Word, we exercise our “spiritual senses” and develop spiritual discernment. It is a characteristic of little children that they lack discernment. A baby will put anything into its mouth. An immature believer will listen to any preacher on the radio or television and not be able to identify whether or not he is true to the Scriptures." Baby believers can be spiritual because they are rightly related to the Holy Spirit and operating by God's Word to the degree they know it. However, because of limited knowledge of God's Word, they often default to human viewpoint in many situations and fall under the control of the sin nature, thus making them carnal Christians (1 Cor 3:1-4). In contrast, mature believers have a greater depth of knowledge concerning God's Word and utilize it often as the Spirit leads. The word practice (ἕξις hexis) refers to “a repeated activity—practice, doing again and again, doing repeatedly.” The daily practice of learning and living God's Word will train Christians to discern good and evil, which allows them to make good choices. God's Word is the standard for right thinking and conduct, and learning and living His Word by faith is the key to spiritual advancement. As a growing Christian I want to be wise in the ways of God and His Word. But this requires commitment and many choices throughout my life. I realize the wise are wise by choice and never by chance. That is, no one is accidentally wise. This is also true for being just, loving, gracious, kind, and merciful, for these and other godly virtues are the product of many good choices over the years. Some of our spiritual disciplines include Bible study (2 Tim 2:15; 3:16-17; 1 Pet 2:2; 2 Pet 3:18), meditating on God's Word (Josh 1:8; Psa 1:1-3; Phil 4:8-13), managing our thoughts (Isa 26:3; Prov 3:5-6; 2 Cor 10:3-5; Col 3:1-2), living by faith (Prov 3:5-6; 2 Cor 5:7; Heb 10:38; 11:6), devotion to prayer (Col 4:2; 1 Th 5:17), controlling our speech (Eph 4:29; Col 4:6; Jam 1:19), encouraging others to love and good deeds (Heb 10:24), committing ourselves to Christian fellowship (Heb 10:25), serving others (1 Pet 4:10), worshipping God (Heb 13:15), doing good (Gal 6:10; Heb 13:16), expressing gratitude (1 Th 5:16-18), living a simple life (1 Th 4:11; 2 Tim 2:4), and making time for rest (Eccl 4:6; Mark 6:31).  Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotes are taken from the New American Standard Bible, 1995 Update, published by the Lockman Foundation.  William Arndt et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 208.  Ibid., 208.  Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 226.  Tom Constable, Tom Constable's Expository Notes on the Bible (Galaxie Software, 2003), Heb 5:14.  Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 2, 295.  Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 511.  The Bible is a special book, as it gives me insights into realities I could never know, except that God has spoken; and what He has spoken has been inscripturated and is available for personal study. Furthermore, I have God the Holy Spirit as my teacher, who helps me to understand biblical truths, and recalls it to my mind when I need it (John 14:26; cf. John 14:16-17; 16:13; 1 Cor 2:10-15). Sometimes the Spirit illumines my mind immediately when I'm reading the Bible. At other times, He works through the agency of gifted teachers He's placed in my life.
This week, investors expected the interest rate increase, but the commentary was more hawkish than predicted. In this episode of The TreppWire Podcast, we dive into the latest economic and CMBS data, highlighting the recent rise in delinquencies. In digging through the data, we found that there is about $300M worth of active "floating-rate" loans, so what is the story here? Then, we share green shoots and crabgrass for multifamily, office, and hotels. Tune in now. Episode Notes: - Economic update (0:23) - CMBS delinquency report (10:10) - CMBS spreads (16:55) - Digging through the data (21:32) - Multifamily sale (28:03) - Multifamily headlines (33:43) - Student housing acquisition (35:57) - Hotel story (37:35) - Tech impact on office space (39:01) - Office news (40:55) - Shoutouts (45:57) Questions or comments? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Trepp: Twitter: www.twitter.com/TreppWire LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/trepp-llc Facebook: www.facebook.com/TreppLLC
Why do some people mature in Christ and some don't? Often it's related to a mindset. Today we'll look at 1st Corinthians 2 and we'll see the mindset Paul told the Corinthians they needed to have before they heard God's message. We'll find that this is the same mindset we need to have today for us to mature in the Lord! Join us in today's study in 2nd Corinthians 2! The Key Chapters Bible Podcast is a daily, 15ish minute podcast that goes over the key chapters of the Bible, one per day, explaining how it fits into the overall message of God and how it relates to our lives now. Jump in today or start back in Genesis 1! To see our dedicated podcast website with access to all our episodes and other resources, visit us at: www.keychapters.org. Available on all major podcast platforms, and now on The YouVersion Bible App Find us on all major platforms, or use these direct links: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6OqbnDRrfuyHRmkpUSyoHv Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/366-key-chapters-in-the-bible/id1493571819 YouTube: Key Chapters of the Bible on YouTube. As always, we are grateful to be included in the "Top 100 Bible Podcasts to Follow" from Feedspot.com. Also for regularly being awarded "Podcast of the Day" from PlayerFM. Special thanks to Joseph McDade for providing our theme music.
On this episode of the Wehry Dads podcast, Coach and PJ discuss how a few simple steps in the morning can stimulate your mind for the whole day and put you in a better place to achieve your goals.Check out our blog at www.candidgoatproductions.com In one house with three generations, two tired dads take life one episode at a time learning what it means to mentor, be men, and grow in spiritual maturity. Coach Pete Wehry has been coaching, mentoring, and pastoring for over thirty years. He currently serves with Nations of Coaches connecting with college basketball coaches to help them mentor their players. He has lectured on discipleship, regularly gives marriage counseling with his wife, Lisa, and serves as a life coach for business men and women. PJ Wehry runs Candid Goat, a digital agency, with his wife Becky Sue. He has a master's in philosophy of religion, homeschools his kids, Finn and Søren, and hosts Chasing Leviathan, a big questions podcast.
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy aren't finished with the spooky season yet as they immerse themselves in the world of stop-motion Henry Selick's latest work released by Netflix, Wendell & Wild. The Puppeteering Patrons regal the history of the long-lost art form as they review the much anticipated film starring the Key and Peele duo. Will the children's flick come off a bit too heavy handed with their messaging? Or has Selick and Peele created a new way to breathe new life into the art form? Grab your boom boxes & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week's episode of The Filmlosophers!
What does triticale have to do with reduced soybean yields? What’s the payoff to longer season hybrids? And why on earth would someone rake up corn?! Tap below (or download for later) and hear this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word for all these answers and so much more. Have a question you'd like Johnson... Read More
What does triticale have to do with reduced soybean yields? What’s the payoff to longer season hybrids? And why on earth would someone rake up corn?! Tap below (or download for later) and hear this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word for all these answers and so much more. Have a question you'd like Johnson... Read More
What if we've been focusing on the wrong goals in our worship ministry? What if social media / YouTube has convinced us that success in worship ministry means musical excellence, fancy production, and killer songwriting? But what if that's not actually what Jesus is measuring? The truth is, worship ministry has never really been about music. Jesus didn't ask us to make music. He asked us to make disciples. In this keynote talk from the Loop Community conference, I try to bring us back to a Biblical understanding of our ministries. This is a super important episode, and I'd love it if you can forward it on to as many friends in worship ministry as possible. Thanks! Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community! Visit Worship Ministry Academy and start your $1 trial today! FOLLOW US! TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, or FACEBOOK
Being reproved or rebuked is tough stuff. Nobody enjoys it. I don't! When someone comes along pointing out a flaw in your life, it's typically a tense moment because it cuts against the grain of our Adamic hearts. To be willing to have others speak into your life is one of the high marks of Christian maturity, making it a great time to ask a few tough questions to examine our Christian maturity. Read Here: https://lifeovercoffee.com/six-tough-questions-that-examine-your-christian-maturity/ Will you help us so we can continue to provide free content to the world? You can become a supporting member here rickthomas.net/recurring-membership/ Or you can make a one-time or recurring donation(s) here https://lifeovercoffee.com/donate/
The Jets face the Patriots on Sunday. This is the first time in years it feels like the Jets have a good chance at beating a New England team. That will require top notch play on both sides of the balls. It will also require a young team to continue playing with maturity and avoid looking ahead to a huge game in one week against the Buffalo Bills. Find and follow Locked On Jets on your favorite podcast platforms: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/locked-on-jets-daily-podcast-on-the-new-york-jets/id1149033319 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6gChr8ka3rXKwtykSA5r4u Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/locked-on-jets Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONNFL Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! PrizePicks First time users can receive a 100% instant deposit match up to $100 with promo code LOCKEDON. That's PrizePicks.com – promo code; LOCKEDON SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There's No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnNFL to learn more. Birddogs THE most comfortable shorts, pants, and sweatpants with built-in liners. Go to birddogs.com, use promo code “LOCKEDON” and boom, a free Birddogs Rope Hat with your pair of Birddogs. BlueNile Make your moment sparkle with Blue Nile. Go to BlueNile.com and use code lockedon to save fifty dollars on your purchase of five-hundred dollars or more. BetterHelp This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at Betterhelp.com/LockedOn and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On this episode of the Wehry Dads podcast, Coach and PJ discuss the practical steps you can take to spend meaningful time with God everyday.Check out our blog at www.candidgoatproductions.com In one house with three generations, two tired dads take life one episode at a time learning what it means to mentor, be men, and grow in spiritual maturity. Coach Pete Wehry has been coaching, mentoring, and pastoring for over thirty years. He currently serves with Nations of Coaches connecting with college basketball coaches to help them mentor their players. He has lectured on discipleship, regularly gives marriage counseling with his wife, Lisa, and serves as a life coach for business men and women. PJ Wehry runs Candid Goat, a digital agency, with his wife Becky Sue. He has a master's in philosophy of religion, homeschools his kids, Finn and Søren, and hosts Chasing Leviathan, a big questions podcast.
Alicia Quan chats with Jing Jin, Head of UX at Outschool. They discuss how this startup has grown since 2017 and how the role of UX grew all the way to the executive level. Jing explains why Outschool has a role titled Head of School instead of a CEO and why they chose to skip the typical Chief Executive type titling. They discuss the role of Head of UX and its impact across the organization. Jing explains some of the obstacles she has faced and gives advice for leaders looking to build design maturity at other EdTech companies. We hope you enjoy our conversation and check below for ways to follow us further. This is Part 4 of the Design Maturity Series. How do leaders build design maturity in their teams and across their EdTech company? What are the challenges and what benefits are in store? Stay tuned. ——
In this episode of the Virtual Coffee with Ashish edition, we spoke with Jim Bugwadia (Jim's Twitter) about policy management and compliance as code for Kubernetes and how you can use open source tools like Kyverno and OPA for policy management Episode ShowNotes, Links and Transcript on Cloud Security Podcast: www.cloudsecuritypodcast.tv Host Twitter: Ashish Rajan (@hashishrajan) Guest Twitter: Jim Bugwadia (Jim's Twitter) Podcast Twitter - @CloudSecPod @CloudSecureNews If you want to watch videos of this LIVE STREAMED episode and past episodes - Check out our other Cloud Security Social Channels: - Cloud Security News - Cloud Security Academy Spotify TimeStamp for Interview Questions (00:00) Ashish's Intro to the Episode (03:20) https://snyk.io/csp (05:23) What is Kubernetes Control Plane? (06:51) What is an admission controller? (08:01) What do you need policy management in Kubernetes? (10:13) Pod Security and Policy management (11:57) Policy Management in Managed Kubernetes (13:54) Scaling Policy Management for Kubernetes (19:34) Common use cases for policy management (25:30) Compliance in Kubernetes (32:04) Levels of Maturity in Kubernetes Policy Management (36:47) Future of policy as code (38:46) Kyverno vs OPA (43:39) Kyverno vs gatekeeper (45:15) Where to start with policy management? (46:11) Where you can find Jim
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Day 210 Today's Reading: Hebrews 6 An old Presbyterian preacher named Clarence Macartney made a keen observation about airplanes and the Christian life: “Between an airplane and every other form of locomotion and transportation there is one great contrast. The horse and wagon, the automobile, the bicycle, the locomotive, the speedboat, and the great battleship—all can come to a standstill without danger, and they can all reverse their engines, or their power, and go back. But there is no reverse about the engine of an airplane. It cannot back up. It dare not stand still. If it loses its momentum and forward-drives, then it crashes. The only safety for the airplane is in its forward and upward motion. The only safe direction for the Christian to take is forward and upward. If he stops, or if he begins to slip and go backward, that moment he is in danger.” This is what the writer of Hebrews is speaking of in today's chapter: “Leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.” (Hebrews 6:1-2) Let us press on to maturity. Those are the words for moving forward and upward. It is the challenge of growth for the Christian. Always remember that maturity is not a gift, it is a journey. Inventor Rowland Hill once watched a child riding a rocking-horse and remarked, “He reminds me of some Christians. There is plenty of motion but no progress.” Hebrews 6 is a plea for progress. It seems that these new Christians got stuck. The writer says we should know the foundational principles of faith, repentance, and laying on of hands, and that we should not stall out on these issues but press on toward maturity. As The Message so aptly puts it: “So come on, let's leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ” (verse 1). It is easy to confuse maturity with experience. Experience is a wonderful thing but not always the best teacher. There's nothing more tragic than when the years don't match the maturity. A group of tourists were visiting a European village and walked by an old man sitting. With a patronizing tone, one tourist asked him, “Were any great men born in this village?” The old man replied, “Nope, only babies.” Every born-again believer starts life as a baby in Christ. Whether the new convert is six or sixty, that person is still a new Christian and needs to grow in the Lord. A baby Christian who has been saved for forty years is a tragedy. God intends for us to grow and mature so we can be a positive influence in the lives of others. Until we learn to dig into the meat of the Word for ourselves, we will never grow. Amy Carmichael once penned these thoughts: “Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent. I feel that I shall never be like that. But they won through step by step, by little bits of wills, little denials of self, little inward victories, by faithfulness in very little things. . . . No one sees these little hidden steps. They only see the accomplishment, but even so, those small steps were taken. There is no sudden triumph on spiritual maturity.” That is the work of the moment. Maturity comes through taking small steps, introducing new habits, and stopping bad ones. In one Peanuts comic strip, Sally was struggling with her memory verse for Sunday, when she finally remembered, “Maybe it was something from the book of Reevaluation.” I think every time we read the Bible, it should be in the book of "re-evaluation" for us to see if we are growing. In most homes that have children present, you'll usually find a growth chart. It keeps track of each child's measurements. As a child ages, the body receives messages from the pituitary gland in the brain that tells it to get moving, it's time to grow up. There's nothing the child can do to stop or start the growth, it happens naturally. I wish the same were true spiritually. I wish once we become a Christian, our growth becomes automatic, but it doesn't. There is no special gland to help us grow spiritually as Christians. What if we did have a spiritual growth chart? If you could measure your spiritual growth in inches, how many inches have you grown in the last three to four years? How much taller are you standing today spiritually from where you were last year? What does growth and maturity look like? I think this story defines it for us. A group of women who were studying the Bible together were puzzled by the words of Malachi 3:3: “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver” (KJV). One of the ladies decided to call a silversmith to see if he could explain. That week she visited a silversmith and asked him to explain the process of refining silver. After he described the process, she asked, “Do you sit while the work of refining is going on?” “Oh yes,” he replied. “I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace. For if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver is sure to be injured.” At once she saw the beauty and comfort of the expression, He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back with one more piece of information. “I only know when the process of purifying is complete by seeing my own image reflected in the silver.” As Joseph Exell explains: “Christ sees it needful to put His children into the furnace, but He is seated by the side of it, His eye is steadily on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for them. Their trials do not come at random. When Christ's image is reflected in us, His work of purifying is accomplished.”
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