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Treasures in Christ

“In whom (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3.
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Touched by Love

11923244_10207564115570911_3996378224902337431_nTwo days ago, around 9 am, Thursday, August 20, 2015, this world received little Grace Lucille Smith, my oldest son’s first and this man’s fourth grandchild. As the morning unfolded and I was able to see my son, go in and greet my daughter-in-law, and finally see and hold this precious new life, I was hit with emotion at several different points bringing me close to tears, my eyes moistening and a deep push from within tempting to find its way out onto my face.
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The Kingdom of God is Within

God’s Signature Work is in Our Heart

I often say to those I coach that God’s signature work is in our heart. Jesus said it is out of the heart where actions and behavior flow. Transform the heart and the way we show up in the world as to our reactions, actions, and general behavior changes as a result. It is the inner world of our lives where God’s Kingdom is to find its first and primary expression. The result of hearts being renovated by God is an interior world where righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit reside as a natural state of existence – and this state can exist in spite of exterior conditions or circumstances. For our interior world to be naturally characterized by a condition of peace, rest, joy, and righteousness is to experience the Kingdom of God within. When God’s Kingdom invades and transforms our hearts, the exterior environments which we occupy can’t help to be impacted. God’s Kingdom and God’s will on earth happens one transformed heart at a time.
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Becoming the Kind of Person Who Brings Heaven to Earth

Sometime back I read Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. The questions and issues Rob raises about heaven and hell and the eternal fate of people were challenging, thought provoking and stimulating. In all honesty, it was a refreshing contrast to the more canned, and rather boring, rehashes of Christian theology I have read.
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Finding the Path of My Destiny: Why I became a life coach

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What Does Religion Have to do With Being a Christian?

For the majority of my life I have been on a personal quest to become what I would call a non-religious follower of Jesus Christ. Let me explain. When God became man in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, he did so, not to found a new world religion[1] but rather to restore our relationship with God and to show us the way to live. Relationship and life are at the heart of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Christians, as rescued and restored human beings, are in a process of rediscovering a relationship with God and his original design for their existence. This is what it means to experience life in its fullness. God is the author and the perfecter of this work.
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Essentials for Reaching Our Destiny

What is needed in our life to propel us toward our potential and destiny in Christ? What are the qualities or essential ingredients which contribute to realizing all God has prepared for us to walk in? I was reflecting on this question today and I came up with the following list. I don’t claim this list to be exhaustive in any way, but I do feel the qualities listed represent a great starting place for consideration. Let’s take a look at what I came up with.
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Where Are You?

I am not talking about where you are geographically at this moment. Rather, where are…

Living Life on Purpose

What course is your life set on? Based on your life’s current trajectory (the sum total of your actions and choices), where do you think you will be five or ten years from now.

The Gift of a Life of Substance

At what level do you find yourself living life most of the time? My guess…