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Jesus Was Never Boring

Jesus Invites – by Sitara

Jesus never taught a class. You will find no classes taught by Jesus in Scriptures. He did not teach in a linear way. What he did was something far better.

Jesus had conversations. He responded to questions or things said by people he wanted to disciple or teach. He responded to what they were interested in.

Or he showed something, told stories or parables: he gave interesting, attention grabbing examples. Then continued the mutual conversation.

Sometimes he answered questions. Sometimes he changed the conversation – such as about not being so happy that even demons obey you – don’t lose perspective: what’s important is that your name is written in heaven. Notice that the starting point for changing a conversation or introducing a new idea begins with what the disciple, the person who is learning – what they are saying.

When I mistakenly try to teach people things, they resist – covertly, usually. Sometimes overtly. It does not work out well. And I have tried to do this too often. Too often I have been slow to learn.

But, when I respond to something that someone says or asks, I am building on what they are already interested in. Their motivation is already present. I even build on their metaphors: I use them or change them, or use them as an agent of change (when I transform a metaphor someone identifies with, they may also change.) Or I tell stories or parables or in other ways give examples, just like Jesus did.

This works out very well, I have their attention, interest and motivation: I am talking about things they are already interested in. Much more effective than talking about things I am interested in. Tremendous difference!

Have conversations. Start with where the disciple or the person who is learning already is. Build on or transform their ideas. Like Jesus does. He did it in Scripture, and he still does this in our hearts. You can join with Jesus and do this too.

Disciples and other people will learn more easily, learn better, and are more likely to remain interested and motivated.

If you want to have class outlines of what you want to teach, that’s fine for you. And you can use these powerful points in conversations, demonstrations, examples, stories and parables. Teaching more like Jesus. And teaching less like boring people who are trying to force their ideas onto someone else who is not yet ready, nor yet deeply interested.

Teach more like Jesus. You can do this!

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I’m a Christian & I have a Spirit Guide

Yes, I have a Spirit Guide.

When I pay attention, ask, listen and do as shown or told, I do extremely well in life and in ministry.

When I do things on my own, sometimes things go well. Sometimes not. Sometimes I am smart and effective. Sometimes I am, by hindsight, incapable of doing smart things on my own. So I need help.

If only I could reach Jesus and get the help I need.

My Spirit Guide tells me what Jesus has to say to me, now.

Is this wrong, do you think?

Am I misled? Is this more foolishness in my life? Or am I perhaps beginning to touch wisdom, at least a bit?

Do you have The Spirit Guide? Do you want him?

If you have The Spirit Guide, do you pay close attention, often?

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Learning Contract

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A Learning Contract is a special context for powerful ministry, including disciple making.

Most frequently implicit or ignored, it can also be explicit – and when there are difficulties – just about any difficulties, an explicit Learning Contract can be an immense help.

What situations call for a good Learning Contract? Ministry, including healing and exorcism. Discipleship, including teaching and learning. Counseling. Therapy.

One of the most common problems when learning and growth are not taking place as wanted is the lack of a good Learning Contract.

So…what is a Learning Contract? First, it’s a context. Context provides an element that is likely to control or limit and what will happen. When a situation is chronic and problematical, the context is nearly always a problem. Look for the context when things are not working well.

What sort of context is a Learning Contract? It’s an agreement to learn and an agreement to teach.

Counseling, teaching or other ministry without an agreement to learn and an agreement to teach – too often goes poorly. When ministry is not going well – make a Learning Contract.

Too often a people try to minister, counsel or teach without an such an agreement.

A contract says what people involved will do, and often what will happen if they do not do as agreed. It provides a context for learning and ministry of all kinds. It is an agreed upon context – without which it is difficult to make things to happen.

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Blessings are Available

Even in dark times, blessings are available. Look closely and see:

I knew a man once who, when I gave him a quick blessing, told me, “I’ve been sick for two weeks and I’ll be sick for two more!”

That scared me.

I heard and saw how easy it is to blow off blessings.

I realized I could do this too often, and I probably have.

So I made a decision that has served me well: I will accept all blessings given to me, deeply and with gratefulness.

I will not tolerate my blowing off blessings. I will instead continue to be as receptive to blessings as I can.

And to say, “Thank you!” with enthusiasm and joy. Always. And to thank Jesus.

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It is Your Response that Matters

Your response protects you from Satan’s attacks. (jon-tyson-mr9qc7VLnek-unsplash)

You can be a First Responder!

Our Lord cares about how you respond. While what happens to you is not always within your power to control, your response is always within your power. Why does Father care so much about your response?

It’s an opportunity for faith, which pleases God.

I hope I can learn this well and deeply, it will change my life and I believe it can change yours. And this lesson is being brought to me these days in multiple ways, and I would be foolish not to learn.

Worship is our key response. Which opens doors to so much else.

I got sick: this is a call to worship my Healer.

I had financial pressures: this is a call to worship my Provider.

I have a family member who is under tremendous pressures: this is a call to worship my Creator.

(My special thanks to Amanda Rankin who teaches such things as this and who provides timely, needed and loving reminders. May everyone be blessed to have a good friend like she is.)

See the pattern? Problems are literally a call to worship the One who provides help and everything that we need.

You could simply ask for help. Worship as a first response is better; not only is such worship an implied request, it has side effects on you: greater faith. Puts our Lord highest, instead of making idols in your heart out of what you desire.

Putting righteousness and the Kingdom first, all of these other things are added to you.

And…asking for help after you have worshipped connects you better to the One who Helps. Puts the King first instead of your need. Allows and assists you to receive help better from your Helper.

Worship God — what a wonderful first response!

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Calling, Part 3 of 3

Part 1 is at: https://ministermorelikejesus.com/calling-part-1-of-3/

Jesus Invites – by Sitara

Part 1 is at: https://ministermorelikejesus.com/calling-part-1-of-3/

You have a calling.  God has called you to be and to do.  You’re calling does not go away, God does not change his mind about such things.  This makes it easier to notice you’re calling, because there is a pattern in your life that can be seen.  Making your calling easier to notice, perceive, and discover things about.

What do I mean, discovering things about your calling?  You are called to serve and to minister to certain people, certain kinds of people.  And those people are generally called to receive well from and through you.  What this means is that you do better when you serve and minister to such people: they are more receptive and eager, you are more gifted and skilled.  Much less frustrating than ministering to those to whom you are not called.

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to make you “dumber” than you are?  I’ll bet you have; we all have.  This is something that happens to all of us.   

Other people bring out the best in you, help you to be better and smarter and more effective than is usual for you.  These are people you are gifted for, and people who are gifted to receive from.  People you are called to, and people who are called to receive from you.

It’s important that you discover who such people are, what kinds of people these are in your life.  So you can recognize them and search them out.  So you can serve and minister to them on purpose.  So you can discover and learn how you are called to serve and minister to them.

Because God called you to this.

Because you’ll be more successful when you respond well to your calling.

Because these people-groups and individuals will receive through you what God has called you to do for them.  Such people hunger and need what you can offer to them.

It is a joy to serve such people.  To succeed more effectively and more often.  To be received eagerly and well by these people.

It is a  *joy*  to serve and to do what God has called you to be and to do.

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So pray, remember things that have happened.  Ruminate. Meditate.  And discover more about how and to whom you have been called and created for in unique and wonderful ways.  To serve.

It is a joy to be your best self.  It is fun.  It is wondrous and you will learn much as you serve.  

Discover and learn about your calling, who you are called to serve, and how you are to serve them.  Even where you are called to serve them. 

Ask God to help you understand and respond well to your calling, he knows and knows well – he’s the one who called you!  

Since God has called you, respond, and respond well.  Be and do who and what you were  *literally*  created and made for.

And rejoice!  Rejoice in our Lord.  And follow – follow how you are called – and be filled with joy and wonder, rather than with frustration and pointlessness.  This is a much better way to live, and too few do this.  Too many suffer needlessly, not doing these things.

This  *is*  an amazing and wonderful way to be living!  Do this – discover, learn and explore.   You may have to experiment to discover such things – do so.  It’s okay!  And expect and be alert for clues and hints from Holy Spirit as you do so. 

Who are you called to be?  What are you called to do?  With and for whom?  

Be filled with so much joy you have to rejoice out loud.  Rejoice!

Part 1 is at: https://ministermorelikejesus.com/calling-part-1-of-3/

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Calling, Part 2 of 3

Part 1 is at: https://ministermorelikejesus.com/calling-part-1-of-3/

Face of Jesus

Part 1 is at: https://ministermorelikejesus.com/calling-part-1-of-3/

You can call on God.  You can call on the Lord.  You can call on “I am”.   Wow!  And what can you expect to happen?

You can call on the Lord and be saved.  It’s a promise.  God does not change and keeps his promises.  So you can call and you will be saved.

Saved as in the Greek word “salvo” which can mean saved, made whole, and healed.  What a wonderful word!

You can call on “I am” to save you – from whatever you need saving.  

You can call on the Lord to be made whole, and to experience your wholeness.

You can call on “I am” to help you and you will be helped.

You should experiment with this, explore and personally discover what you can discover. Learn and be surprised and filled with wonder and awe.  

You have been privileged  to call on God, to call on the name of the Lord, to call on “I am”.  To call on Jesus.  And you will be saved.  That’s a promise.

I wonder about how many ways you can call on our Lord; how many ways you can use his names. How many he can save.  How we may be made whole and even healed.  I hope you do, too.

I hope you will join with me and explore and experiment with this.  What can you and I learn about this?

Let’s share with each other what we do discover.  It’ll be fun, exhilarating, and full of good surprises…I am sure of this.

Call on our Lord and be saved.  Be “salvo-ed”.  And discover what this means and what practical results you can experience in the real world.

I believe that when you call on a thing or a person for a response; it goes best when you do this in calling on the name of the Lord, first.  Like putting the Kingdom first.

See next, Part 3: https://ministermorelikejesus.com/calling-part-3-of-3/

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Calling, Part 1 of 3

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I once had a cat that came when SILENTLY called.

I used to call the cat, even when the cat was far away. Even when I could not see the cat. This was not a dog that loves to come when called…this was a cat.

Gradually I noticed something peculiar, odd, strange…and wonderful. I usually knew when the cat was coming. Shadow was his name. He was nearly all black. I would see him running through the field, coming. I knew when I had connected with him, and I knew when he was coming. Even when I could not see him. Sometimes I felt no connection, and Shadow did not come at such times.

Then I experimented, and I am not sure why I did – but as I experimented, something even more strange and wonderful happened.

I did not call the cat out loud, I just called for Shadow to come, mentally. And to my amazement and delight, I still knew when we connected and when we did not. Most of the time we connected, and he would come running. Other times, nothing happened.

I remember wondering what was happening when we did not connect. Was he busy? Preoccupied? Purposely choosing to ignore my call? I still do not know, I have no idea. And sometimes I still wonder.

I learned that I could call Shadow with an intention to call, and I would know when we connected and when we did not. And when we connected, which was most of the time, he would come running.

So I experimented some more. I called things that were not as though they were. When the electrical power went out, I would call for it to come back on. I called for circumstances to change. And here is the odd and surprising and wonderful response – I called, and they would come. But only when I *really* meant it, wanted deeply, and when I was single minded in my intentions.

An intention to call something that was not as though it was would work, and mighty quick. Power would come on in a second and a half or so. But not until my wanting was thorough, deep and profound. Not until I was deeply sincere about it. And single minded.

I need to explore this and experiment and see what happens when calling by intention. I need to learn more about this.

I invite you to explore and experiment, too. Call whatever you want. Deeply want. When you are sincere and ready and determined to have what you are calling come to you.

I wonder how you will do this? How you will explore? What you will learn on the way? I hope you will share your discoveries with me. I deeply want to learn more about this. Do you?

See next, Part 2: https://ministermorelikejesus.com/calling-part-2-of-3/

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My Dogs Teach Me about God

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My dogs are a sign of God’s love and constant attentiveness, given by our Lord. They are like footprints left behind for me to notice and appreciate.

Usually they teach me about – and show something of – how God loves. Unconditionally. Constantly. Generously. Without judgement.

Today my most non-verbal dog (a Doberman) came while I was reading and reflecting about the other end of this – a sign of how I am to be open and receptive to being loved with great tenderness, gentleness, constant attentiveness given and receiving all of this well.

And now I know my dogs are also a sign of and a demonstration of some of God’s love, and how to receive and soak in and appreciate God’s love.

How generous, kind and loving God is to leave me such signs of him, such examples and teachers. I am filled with wonder, amazement, deep appreciation and gratefulness.

I think I will stop writing now, and just soak in this and reflect and receive being this way…I have nothing else and nothing better to be doing. Thank you, Lord!

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Follow Holy Spirit and Improvise?

https://achristianpilgrim.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/following-the-leading-of-the-holy-spirit-acts-413-21/

How do you start a small business successfully, minister successfully when the unexpected happens, adapt to changes in the classroom or with a family member – and deal with other situations no one can figure out in advance?

(I know small businesses are told to use linear business plans like large businesses, and this works out well only in certain instances. That’s another story.)

You improvise. Or follow Holy Spirit. Or best of all, do both!

How do you give a prophecy? Often, by opening your mouth and starting. Follow Holy Spirit.

How do you follow Holy Spirit?

  • One or two steps at a time. Discover, then walk more. Like moving in the dark with a candle.
  • In a non-linear way. You cannot figure it out in advance.
  • God loves to give us wonderful surprises!
  • God seems to make it up for you as you go along.

How do you Improvise? Here’s a start:

  • Agree. Don’t say, “No”. Don’t block what is going on.
  • Do something new, add to the action.
  • Don’t ask open ended questions.
  • Focus on the hear and now.
  • Establish where you are.
  • Be specific and add details.
  • Do something different – change!
  • Make it up as you go along, following in flow with your partner.

Make it up as you go alone. Pay attention and add something specific and clear. Focus on the here and now, being where you are. Be specific. Add something different!

You cannot work for linear plans to do improvisation. They just won’t work. Respond to what is in front of you, one step at a time. You cannot figure it out in advance.

Notice the similarity?

When following Holy Spirit, learn about and then forget the “rules” of improvisation. See how it goes, what you can learn, how you can do even better next time.

Keep learning. Keep growing. Keep listening and paying attention. Act on what you are learning, seeing and hearing.

I believe this is what Jesus did:

6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, [and] being made in the likeness of men

https://biblehub.com/nas/philippians/2.htm

You will be successful when you follow Holy Spirit and are willing to improvise.