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From Constriction to Expansion

by Joseph Argazzi


 Posted on 6 days ago at 6 days ago


"My biggest fear was that I would come to the end of my life and realize I had lived someone else’s dream.” Karen Blixen, Out of Africa "From Constriction to Expansion"
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Here's Your Get Out Of Jail Free Card

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on 1 week ago at 1 week ago


Most people don’t even know they are trapped in prison. And why should they? They go where they want to go, do what they want to do, and even have things they want to have. They move through the world apparently free while at the same time living in bondage … to the voices of resentment, fear, blame, judgment, and regret. If it were just the voices, then that might make it easier, but the voices become expressed in their life as painful or broken relationships, addictions, money problems, physical disease, and emotional turmoil and depression.
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Spiritually Turned On

by Maureen Muldoon


 Posted on 4 weeks ago at 4 weeks ago


When I was a kid, my dad was an electrician. He turned on people’s power. We would drive around neighborhoods in his dusty old green van that he lovingly referred to as the Green Hornet, and he would point out houses and apartment buildings and say, “See that house? I turned them on. See that apartment? I turned them on.” When I asked him what he meant, he told me, “I turned their lights on.” He said it like it was the most obvious thing in the world. My father had this wonderful way of making us feel like geniuses and idiots all at the same time.
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The main thing - is to keep the main thing - the main thing! - Steven Covey

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Thursday May 29, 2014 at 08:31 AM


I heard this quote the other day when I was doing my lifebook homework (www.lifebook.com). It struck me so deeply and made me take pause, which is a good thing for all of us to do.
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Stop SUFFERING @ Your Job

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 02:16 PM


 
A friend facebooked me the other day with this question: I hate my job! I long to do something I love and what makes a difference in the world, but I can’t seem to find it. Should I quit my job and take a leap of faith? I wish I could, but that feels so scary. What should I pray for?
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PERFECTIONISM – are you sick with it?

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 09:21 AM


Today I looked down at my larger-than-used-to-be belly, which I think appeared over night, but I’m certain it’s been there for much longer, and I was hit with a dose of self-loathing. The perfectionist voice chimed in – “It’s not ok! I’ve got to be 20lbs thinner and look like Ben Afleck.” Nice! I know.
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I AM – your way to truth and life.

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 03:12 AM


"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 When I was a kid this quote made me think that Jesus was saying he is the ONLY way. As I grew I realized I was certainly not alone in this interpretation. It’s pretty easy to discern that if you read it literally. This sentence, and others like it that were meant to bring freedom and peace, have caused instead so much separation, pain, and suffering. Well, not the sentences themselves, but the people who misinterpreted, misused and abused them.
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GOD HELP ME BE HUMBLE – but please don’t humiliate me

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 03:56 PM


 
Being humble and humiliation are very different things, but our mind tells us they are very similar if not the same, therefore stay far away from both. I was definitely humiliated when I was bullied as a little kid. It was painful and scary. To protect myself I put up a wall built out of – “I don’t care what you think of me”… “I don’t need you or anyone”… but behind those walls was an even deeper belief - “There’s something inherently wrong with me so do everything I can to cover it up and hide.”
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Don't Worry - Be Joyful!

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Wednesday February 12, 2014 at 03:12 PM


 
There are plenty of pains and struggles in this world that we must move through for our growth such as grief and loss. And there are pains and struggles that are self-generated and unnecessary such as worry and anxiety. They are a waste of time and energy, unproductive, and harmful to our physical and emotional well being. It’s as clear as can be – don’t worry, be joyful (or happy). And yet, worry is pervasive and anxiety is at an all-time high in our culture. Countless prescription and over-the-counter drugs are consumed daily in an effort to free us from the grips of worry and anxiety, but it’s not working. Why? Because you can’t fix a spiritual/emotional problem with a pill. The symptoms may be temporarily relieved but the source of the problem will only grow stronger. So, what to do?
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What It's Like To Be A Minister

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Friday February 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM


 
I just read this blog by Mark Love called, Eleven Things You Might Not Understand about Your Minister. I feel like this fell into my lap at the perfect time, and it touched a deep part of my soul. So, for my first blog in this newsletter – I’m committed to just write, and not edit. No guts no glory, right?
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The Kingdom of God is within you.

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Thursday May 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM


 
What the heck does that mean? Seriously … great idea! But how does this pithy quote get my bills paid? If it’s right inside then why do I feel so inadequate at times, insecure and afraid? How do I actually find it so I can have it help me get this damn extra twenty pounds off? Again, great idea, could be a brilliant one, but if I, or you, can’t make it practical and applicable, then what’s the point?
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Why would I need a coaching component in my spiritual counseling?

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Friday February 3, 2012 at 12:17 PM


 
A coaching component combined with spiritual counseling brings compassion and acceptance together with intention and accountability. A great spiritual counselor/coach practices the fine art of knowing when to bring forgiveness, grace and acceptance into the session and when to support their client in setting clear goals that help them move boldly forward.
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Outrageous Self Care is the Key to your Church’s Growth

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Tuesday January 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM


I can hear you thinking, “Whaaaaaat?” It seems counter-intuitive, but taking great care of yourself is your best investment if you want your community to grow. It’s not easy to put your own well-being first. Traditionally ministers, church leadership, and care-givers are known for putting themselves last. Suffering for the good of others is an outdated paradigm of helping that does not work and truthfully, never did. It’s time to wake up to the fact that running on empty makes you feel like a victim, resentful and ineffective. Running on empty serves no one.
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How to get a New God that Works

by Mark Anthony Lord


 Posted on Tuesday December 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM


 
Here’s an exercise I use to help groups start exploring a God that Works. On a flip chart, I collect all the negative ideas about the external God that the group can suggest: male, judging, punishing, scorekeeping, patriarchal, fickle, sends people to hell, limited to Jesus’ “true believers”… Usually they don’t seem to need many suggestions from me!
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