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A Roadmap to a Fresh Start - Part 2 - Keep a Positive Perspective

Keep A Positive Perspective

DT 8:1 (b) so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers.

The promises of blessing that the Bible shares are God’s idea and true faith includes believing these promises in the context that they are presented.  I cannot overstate how important it is to maintain a positive outlook with respect to the good that we can expect when we start on a new path with God.

A Roadmap to a Fresh Start - Part 1 - Halfway is No Way

Starting well is not everything, but it certainly is something.  Ask a sprinter about the importance of a quick take-off from the blocks after the gun sounds.  Ask an entrepreneur about the significance of a good first year of business.  Ask an author about the value of an impacting first chapter.  It is no news that the initial phase of any endeavor often establishes a precedent, be it favorable or unfavorable, which sets the tone for future performance.  That is why Plato said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”[1]

Noise Reduction

I used to work as an RF engineer on circuits that went into cell phones, two-way radios, and other communications devices.  I remember spending a whole lot of time on one simple thing--noise reduction.  We would intentionally design modules to reduce noise and thereby make the desired signal more prominent.

A Riddle for Self-Improvement

Okay, here is a riddle I wrote a few years back.  See if you can figure it out before jumping to the end.

Fresh Prayer Models Wrapped in Ancient Paper

As one who works very closely with a number of church planters, leaders, and pastors involved in church multiplication, I often find myself in a place where I am praying for and with them.  Of course, it’s not difficult to pray for specific needs they mention, but it can be challenging when trying to pray for them as a group because I have a tendency to fall into the same patterns.  However, my prayer time has been given new life as I have started to follow some of the prayer models offered in Scripture.  The models represent outstanding guides and act as fresh launching pads

Facilitators of Reconciliation

This link reveals a video of US servicemen returning home to suprise their children.  Let me prepare you ... the children's responses are extremely moving.  If you are a parent, grab the tissue now.

http://www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=6ac96d55aee8539d9b45

Framing

Not long ago I met Greg in Florida.  Greg is a taxi driver who has been married for 21 years and has two children ages 14 and 12.  During a thirty-minute drive he told me part of his story and it amazed me.

Church, Birth and Death – Part 2

My answer to the blog question from part 1 is an absolute "yes."  The reason is simple.  Today’s expression of any given local church will pass away as the generation leading it passes away.  Whether or not the building (and legacy carpeting) is still there, the church is a different church.  If that applies to a local church, it also applies to a movement of churches.  I don’t know about you, but that thought helps me put my work into perspective.