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PEACEMAKER | 40 Days of Focus, Day 24

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Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
(Matthew 5:9 | NIV)  You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
(Matthew 5:9 | The Message) Everyone who would rather avoid conflict, let me know by making a passive aggressive comment under your breath!

There are very few people who appreciate conflict and arguments. Type Eights aside, most people would rather avoid those hard, painful conversations. But I think we are all aware that absence of conflict does not equal peace. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. Whenever a family never fights or argues, it's probably because nobody is talking to each other, they're all just avoiding the tough topics that need to be addressed. Anger and resentment bubble and simmer just below the surface. From the outside everything might look ok. But unless there is some conflict, there can never be real gr…

Who Is This Guy?

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We just finished the Christmas season. One of my favorite Christmas hymns is "What Child Is This?" From his conception and birth there was something different about the one they called Jesus. But who is he? What makes him so special?

-WHO IS JESUS?-

I believe that is the most important question you will ever have to answer. And believe me - everyone has an answer for that question. Every single person in the world has their own answer, even if it's "I don't know."

So who is Jesus to you?

You might give the good Sunday school answers: Savior, Messiah, Christ, Lord, King, Son of God, Holy, Perfect, God with Us, Prince of Peace, Friend, Brother, The Word.

He is indeed all this and more. However, do we really understand what those titles and roles actually mean? Probably not. It's like when you first began to be curious about your dad's job. When you were young, you probably asked your dad what he did. And he probably told you, but you as a four-year-ol…

Why the Enneagram? pt. 2

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Read part 1 here.
In the previous post, I pointed to three fundamental truths that lay the foundation for working with the Enneagram. They are:
Every person is created in the Image of God.Our highest calling is to love God with our entire being - body, heart, & mind.Our love for God is fulfilled in loving others AND loving ourselves. Before you begin to build, you need to have a good base. Some of us may need to do a bit more foundation work before we begin. I believe that once we've got this foundation set, then we can begin the real work.
OUR TASKS
In my understanding, there are four main tasks that the Enneagram invites us to undergo. They are related to and flow out of the three fundamental truths. So if you're ready to get to work on the Enneagram, here is what you can expect the process to look like.
1. Find Yourself
This is closely tied to the first truth, that we are all made in the Image of God. Some of us struggle with understanding who God made us to be. When I say…

Jonah: Who Are You?

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The storm at sea is threatening to kill them all. The waves are swelling and breaking over the boat. The wind is driving the rain like gravel into their faces. They are frantically hurling the cargo boxes overboard in an effort to lighten the ship.

In the midst of this fear and panic, they find someone who really couldn't be bothered by it all - Jonah, a prophet on the run.

After quite a rude awakening, Jonah is brought to meet with the rest of the crew. They've got to find out who is responsible for this storm - not necessarily what person, but what god/deity  is behind this. The most obvious god to pinpoint would be Ba'al, the Storm God of the Ancient Near-East. But Ba'al isn't responding right now (shocker!), so they have to figure this out.

They cast lots (think Yahtzee, but with higher stakes). The lot falls to Jonah (shocker again!). Check out the interaction that follows:
Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is respon…