Constructive Feedback and Personal Growth

I have the privilege of being part of a church culture in which honoring others and living out our lives from our identity in Christ are core values.
It is an inherently positive and affirming environment. It helps to produce within the lives of individuals a view of God, others and themselves that is positive, affirming, embracing and self-accepting. I believe it produces a great foundation for an environment of growth and development. When I know I am deeply loved and accepted by a very good God no matter what, I am better positioned to face the deepest issues of my heart with courage to change.
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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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A Model for Change (Part 1) – Vision

I believe people can change. More significantly I believe people can be transformed. I believe this because transformation is held out as both a promise and an expectation Christ has for those of us who have chosen to follow him. I believe it because I have personally experienced it. My heart has undergone significant renovation over the course of my life.
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