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sapphire-connect, Issue #024 discovering a bigger view of GOD
February 07, 2017
WELCOME to the sapphire-connect newsletter to help you discover a bigger view of GOD.
Some people ache because they have no community. Some people ache because they do have community. There are answers for each problem. Unfortunately, the answers are not easy, just good.
if you are not up to date with the LAC livestreams, they are achingly good tools to help you move forward in this new season. may i encourage you to check them out.
now, on to the newsletter
in this issue:• upcoming events
• among the gum trees
• sapphire connection online study group
• the mesmerizing spirit
Upcoming EventsFEBRUARY 2017
LIVESTREAM: LAC Building Authentic Community Saturday, February 4th at 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Cost includes 60 days of access after air date.
Leadership in the Mercy Season-KY March 4, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Georgetown, KY
Deliverance from Leviathan - Austria March 11, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Vienna, Austria
Change of Seasons - Austria March 18, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Innsbruck, Austria
LIVESTREAM: WHOLENESS Airs on Monday, April 10th-14th at 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Cost includes 60 days of access after purchase date.
Leadership in the Mercy Season-TX April 1, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Grey Forest, TX
Deliverance Practicum - Canada April 29, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Calgary, Alberta
Leadership in the Mercy Season-CA June 3, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Anaheim, CA
Leadership in the Mercy Season-UK June 24, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Milton Keynes, UK
Deliverance Practicum - Anaheim, CA
August 5, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Anaheim, CA
Among the Gum Trees
Please give a warm welcome to Chris, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.
HI CHRIS, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?
I was born and raised in Maryland, grew up in and attended a Lutheran college. I've taken the scenic route in my career path. After two decades in sales and operating my own landscaping company, I am now back to teaching tennis. My wife Amy and I have been married almost two years. Between us, we have five kids, four grandchildren and another on the way this summer. Amy and I live in the Atlanta area, about ten minutes from Stone Mountain.
HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?
I initially connected with SLG through Amy. She had shared with me numerous articles and videos.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?
My redemptive gift is Exhorter. Mercy and Prophet come in second and third. My Exhorter gifting plays out daily in that I am certainly my wife's biggest cheerleader. Amy's calling is speaking, teaching and writing. I firmly believe that will be how we make a living in the near future. Along with being a tennis coach, I am a staunch encourager of people to become who they were called to be. Doing the same for myself can be the challenge.
WHAT TEACHING HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW?
I think the Redemptive Gifts teaching has been the most impactful. To be able to read explanations along with the definitions is awesome. We also tuned into the New Years Eve podcast and are quite intrigued by the Mercy Season and how we fit there. We are definitely on the verge of breakthrough.
I LOVE TO DISCOVER A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD. CAN YOU SHARE A GOD-SIGHTING OR STORY TO HELP US ALL DO THAT?
Here's a cool God-sighting story; We have had a rough go of things financially and our Christmas was extremely frugal. I teach tennis to a bunch of sweet pre-schoolers a couple of days a week, and on the final Wednesday before Christmas, one of the moms of a sweet boy pulled me aside and had a gift bag for me. They gave me a personalized "Coach Chris" travel mug and little Braden had put his paint-covered handprint on a canvas that reads "Give Me A High Five!", which is something he loves during tennis. When I got to my car to leave, I found the Christmas card they had also included. Meredith, Braden's mom, had written the kindest note about how much I influence her son and the other kids I teach. It was amazing. It was the best Christmas present I could have asked for. The timing was incredible.
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don't forget to pray for Chris or leave a blessing.
Sapphire Connection Study Group
Welcome to the Office of Personhood study group.
This is the third in our series of teachings and we are really excited about exploring this one together.
When you were growing up, were you an asset, a liability or were you a child?
Let’s say you grew up in a home where you were valued for your musical, educational or sports ability. How might that impact your life? Could the value placed on a particular skill set reduce you to the level of a commodity and not a person?
A commodity is defined as something that has value for what it produces.
Without being valued as a child you cannot enter into the office of personhood. If you didn’t enter into the office of personhood, then there are other offices you have not been able to enter like that of son or daughter, man or woman and husband and wife.
In this album, we will be addressing this widespread problem and the consequences which are profound, that of being a commodity. We will be exploring the ways of going back through the foundational offices and correcting the gross neglect that cripples our ability to be in the advanced offices of adulthood and the Kingdom.
The good news is in the exploring of an equally thorough game plan to heal this problem in adulthood.
click here to read more and to join in on the group discussion
The Mesmerizing Spirit
Exchange is the basic principle of life at a cellular level, receiving and giving. Where we voluntarily cease to exchange, we limit the amount of life that we can have.
Honor before exchange:
God has designed us to be tribal and enjoy our own group but also to interface and enjoy other tribes. Where there is dishonor there is no desire to exchange. Silence can be the same as dishonor.
The theft of honor is devastating to any community. It can be based on reality or non reality. The enemy is intent on stealing honor, primarily thru the mesmerizing spirit.
The mesmerizing spirit draws our attention to just a part of the picture to prevent us from seeing the whole. It controls our focus, giving honor to someone who will defile you. It is often coupled with the victim spirit.
Many people have been rejected and alienated because the mesmerizing spirit has been able to cause them to be seen and to see things in a particular way.
Honoring those who are not worthy of honor causes you to follow people who shouldn’t be in leadership because you focus on the one good thing that they say or are able to do for you.
The mesmerizing spirit focuses on your problems, bringing them close, way bigger than God’s power and plans for you and God’s design.
The primary focus of the mesmerizing spirit is to..
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Ways To ConnectThere are a variety of ways to contribute to this newsletter.
Do you have an encouraging story, something to celebrate? A comment or perhaps would like to get on the 'Among the Gum Trees' interview list?
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A big thank you to all contributions for this newsletter. Honored to include you here.
Especially to you, Chris, for taking the time to be counted!
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Until next time...
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