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IL 2/1/23: Courage

(Audio Transcription Below) I listened to a podcast about courage and I had been thinking of Moses and the courage required of him. One of my favorite Bible verses is Joshua 1:9 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid for the Lord is with you wherever you go.” As you know, Joshua followed Moses in leadership – courage must be picked up by each new generation. I wondered about my own courage & the level of courage that…

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IL 12/02/22: Stirring Up A Hornet’s Nest

Watch the following video: Hunger Games – When you challenge or threaten the status quo, when you threaten power (which includes: self-sovereignty) your disturbance and your effort to cut things down will be like cutting down a hornet’s nest.  Everybody was peaceful – until Katniss disturbed the nest, then all Hell broke loose. This is essentially what happens when Moses confronts Pharaoh in Exodus 5 -14.  My Question: As a Leader – when you are called to take a stand,…

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IL 11/18/22: Fear

(Audio transcription below)  Fear is a very complex human emotion:  – It can be Practical….See a copperhead snake & decide to back up  – It can be Paralyzing: Overpowered by stress or anxiety and we can’t get out of bed.  What I want us to consider this morning are the common fears which cause us to get stuck from moving forward in a healthy manner, in a way which we know we should go.    Indiana Jones – Leap of…

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IL 10/21/22: Trusting God’s Re-casting & Redeeming of Time

(Audio Transcription Below) RE-CASTING: Coming to grip with yourself – Exodus 2:16-22 Moses settled into his new life: He embraced his new career – shepherding, he got married & had children. The name of the child reveals something important in Moses. This was a profound admission.  Moses finally acknowledged what was underneath his behavior. He was finally able to admit that all his life he had struggled with his identity.  Moses was so accustomed to being unclear about his identity…

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IL 10/07/22: Lessons from the Desert

(Audio Transcription Below) Admiral William McRaven, Navy Seal – delivers commencement speech at the University of Texas titled, “What it Takes to Change the World”. Listen to just one of his points – what he calls “The Circus”. In his speech, McRaven says– “Everyone makes the Circus list, because of the Circus men built inner strength and resiliency, life is filled with Circus’ – you will fail, you will likely fail often, it will be painful, it will be discouraging,…

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IL 09/24/22: Taking Matters into Your Own Hands

(Audio Transcription Below) Theme: Learning about then moving away from a False Self-Assessment & Faulty Operating System  Before Moses can become an effective leader – he must see himself correctly. He can’t live under a False-Self Assessment – AND Moses must see that his current operating system and his current way of getting things done is faulty. Video:Poor Self-Assessment  Background: Year 1500 BC – The Israelites are locked into slavery in Egypt (Exodus 1:12-16). The Israelites population became a concern for…

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