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Your faith muscle. Romans 12.3

“Because of the privilege and auth

http://pastorwoman.com/index.aspxority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” measuring yourselves by the faith god has given us.



God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.



God has given a certain amount of faith to each…

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Added by Christine on July 29, 2011 at 8:05am — No Comments

Moving right along. Romans 12.3-8

As we prepare to move deep into Romans chapter 12, we must establish something first. In verses one and two, Paul has challenged those who call themselves ‘Christians’ to dedicate themselves to God. ‘Don’t just do a half-baked job,’ Paul says…or in other vernacular, ‘don’t play both sides of the fence.’



Devote yourself to Jesus Christ. (And then my new reader from Cameroon says, ‘but Madam, I didn’t…
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Added by Christine on July 28, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

An Attitude Check. (Final teaching on Renewing the Mind from Romans 12.1-2)

You can usually see an attitude long before you hear it. Whether it is good or poor, our body language and facial expressions convey our attitudes loud and clear! Therefore, if Christians are to be perceived at all like Christ, we need to examine our attitudes and make sure they are such that they convey goodness, kindness, gentleness, and peace. (yes, the fruit of the Spirit which is present in the life of the dedicated believer!)



Let’s do an attitude check:



Generally, when… Continue

Added by Christine on July 27, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

What is an attitude?

What is an attitude? It is an inward feeling—a way of thinking—that is expressed by our behavior. It is often displayed in our body language, the expression on our faces, and it certainly can be contagious! It describes what will determine our happiness, acceptance, peace and success…attitude.



What we think and how we think determines our attitude, so we must always keep our thinking in mind. Does your thinking bring you up, or does it bring you down? And how is it we are discussing… Continue

Added by Christine on July 26, 2011 at 8:19am — No Comments

The attitude we all need to have.

Philippians 2: 5-8: Have this mind [or attitude] among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.1 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus->humility. Jesus emptied himself of power, and… Continue

Added by Christine on July 25, 2011 at 5:56am — No Comments

Thinking vs. attitude.

Attitude: noun- a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior



• a position of the body proper to or implying an action or mental state



• informal truculent or uncooperative behavior; a resentful or antagonistic manner : I asked the waiter for a clean fork, and all I got was attitude.



• informal individuality and self-confidence as manifested by behavior or appearance; style : she snapped her… Continue

Added by Christine on July 22, 2011 at 7:38am — No Comments

A “Thinking” Chair and Higher Thoughts.

I loved the children’s program “Blue’s Clues”—it was clever, creative and colorful.  I suppose of all of the television programming I watched while raising four children, it was my favorite!  Steve, the main character on the program, had a place he went to think—a favorite over-stuffed dark red chair—which he affectionately called his thinking chair.  I think Steve was on to something . . . do you have a thinking chair?  Do you have a place to go and just think—especially to think creative…

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Added by Christine on July 21, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Think well…grow your mind.



It doesn’t matter whether you are a businessperson, at-home mother, engineer, or teacher—the way you think really impacts every aspect of your life.

God himself puts a…

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Added by Christine on July 20, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Do you think well? Romans 12.2

Yes, I know that there is practically a whole chapter awaiting our attention, beginning with verse three of Romans 12! Yes, I know that Paul has quite a lot more to say to the church at Rome, but . . . I have chosen to ‘camp’ on verses one and two because God emphatically told us to ‘not be conformed to this world, but be transformed, and to do so through the renewing of our minds.’… Continue

Added by Christine on July 19, 2011 at 7:38am — No Comments

Eight simple words ... on transforming prayer

Eight simple words.

In looking to be transformed, tis a good time to look at one of the regular practices of our Lord, and make it our own.  In all four gospels, the writer noted that Jesus would go to a place to be alone with his Father; if the Savior needed that time, how much more do you and I!  If you do not make time to be alone with the Lord, you will not have it. …

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Added by Christine on July 18, 2011 at 8:14am — 1 Comment

Your thinking is powerful. Romans 12.2

Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts.1  Your thinking is the lid to your potential … why?  Because ‘as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.’2   So let me ask you--how’s your thinking? 

“We are taking every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ,”3 Paul stated.  ‘So God, please open our minds to understand the truth of your Word that we might be changed by it.  Amen’

Hmmm . . . if it is true that we become what we…

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Added by Christine on July 15, 2011 at 3:41pm — 2 Comments

Good thinking is intentional. Romans 12.2

Did you experience it … the big shift?

Did you take fifteen minutes to ‘work’ “Focused Silence”?  Practically speaking, what did you do in your solitude?  What happened?  Your mindset was shifted … it was elevated.  Your thinking went from the mundane to the magnificent, as it went from whatever you were thinking about your own life, be it your day or…

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Added by Christine on July 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Solitude... or “Focused Silence”

Taking time to be still, making time to practice solitude is foreign to my nature, even though I love the idea of it.  In fact, several years ago, I created something called “Morning of Serenity” . . . an event I periodically held at local beaches that helped folks create sacred space in which to sit under God’s vast skies, listening to the crash of the waves, whilst focused on the Creator--communing with him, through prayer, meditation, and listening.   Funny thing, this last weekend, I was…

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Added by Christine on July 13, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Two different worlds. Romans 12.2

You are straddling two very different worlds—an inner world, in which you hold your thoughts, ideas, feelings and fears—and an outer world, which is public and observable to others …         >Are you taking time regularly to order your inner world?

Here’s what I mean: I want first of all . . . to be at peace with myself.  I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I…

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Added by Christine on July 12, 2011 at 7:29am — No Comments

NOT! Only one is trustworthy.

Did you see it? I had a glaring omission in my last briefing . It was only one word, just three letters . . . but those three letters changed the intent of my heart. Here it was: “Hear me correctly—I am standing in condemnation of these folks, just concerned about those who are held captive by what they can’t seem to control.” I shall fire my copy editor---that’s what I’ll do! The sentence was meant to say, “I am not standing in condemnation…
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Added by Christine on July 11, 2011 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Cultural Tension for the Sincere Believer. Romans 12.2



“Here lies the tension we all feel. Our theology is defined by Jesus, but our lives are defined by some other lord . . .” Paul said “To live is Christ, but to die is gain.”1 Much of today’s world, especially the “American version says, "To live is gain, to die is Christ"—live now and accumulate all you can in terms of wealth, pleasure, sexual experience, luxury, privilege, and fun, and when you die, you get to go to heaven, too, and do it all over again, except better. Our story has been… Continue

Added by Christine on July 8, 2011 at 3:42pm — No Comments

NOT! Only one is trustworthy.

Did you see it?  I had a glaring omission in my last briefing .   It was only one word, just three letters . . . but those three letters changed the intent of my heart.  Here it was:  “Hear me correctly—I am standing in condemnation of these folks, just concerned about those who are held captive by what they can’t seem to control.”  I shall fire my copy editor---that’s what I’ll do!  The sentence was meant to say, “I am not standing in condemnation of these folks (regarding observed…

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Added by Christine on July 7, 2011 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Along the pathway to independence.

Let’s do some word association … I say ‘independence’, you say ___?

independence … day

independence … freedom

independence … emancipation

independence … liberty

independence … self-reliance

Americans just celebrated Independence Day, commemorating America’s independence from Great Britain’s tyranny (though most just call it Fourth of July now).  John Adams said this to his wife, Abigail, about the day,

       “It ought to be commemorated as…

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Added by Christine on July 7, 2011 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Conformed or Transformed...and who cares_ Romans 12.2

Would you say you are conformed or transformed—conformed to a secular world’s values and ways of doing things, OR transformed—transformed by the power of God in your life?  Think about it for a minute. 

If I were to answer the question honestly, I am sure I am much more conformed than transformed.  Oh, I have moments when I have fixed my gaze on Jesus so strongly that my faith knows no bounds . . . if he asked me, I could get out of the boat and walk on the water to him.  But more…

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Added by Christine on July 5, 2011 at 12:03pm — No Comments

The Trifecta and holiness. Romans 12.1-2

Not Tribeca in New York City where JFK Jr. lived, but… Continue

Added by Christine on July 1, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

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