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sapphire-connect, Issue #031 discovering a bigger view of GOD
October 08, 2017
WELCOME to October's sapphire-connect newsletter to help you discover a bigger view of GOD.
As we are all moving toward the end of yet another year, I bless you with the continued stability that comes from being one with him. May we finish with more resources then we started with, more hope and certainly more laughter. I love you guys!
now, on to the newsletter...
in this issue:• upcoming events
• new album/livestream
• among the gum trees
• online study group
Healing the Breach at Conception - South Bend, IN October 7, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Waterford Estates Lodge | 52890 SR 933 North | South Bend, IN 46637
Healing the Breach at Conception - Midland, TX October 14, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Homewood Suites Midland | 1401 Tradewinds Blvd. | Midland, TX 79706
Personal Deliverance Workshop - Austria October 20, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Harry’s Home Linz | Donaufeldstraße 3 | 4040 Linz, Austria
1st and 5th Heads of Leviathan - Austria October 21, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Vienna, Austria
Worship, AWE and Land - Austria October 27, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 20:00 PM | Innrain 122 | 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Living Strategically - Austria
October 28, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Innsbruck, Austria
Perspective and Principles Part 1
Some of the best content coming from Arthur’s seminars are in the question and answer type sessions. Unusual questions arise; topics ranging from IVF to racism to Asperger’s to the spiritual dynamics of land, and God gives rich insights into the actual need of the hour.
This was the approach for an entire day. People gathered and brought their own real life Kingdom issues.
For anyone who is in the trenches, with dirt under their fingernails, doing the work of the Kingdom, this teaching is for you.
soon to be available in the Australian office ~
A Secret Covenant
The archived video which aired on Wednesday, October 4th is now available.
While it was modeled on a national basis, this teaching is designed to give you principles that you can apply to your own situation. If you are stuck in some area, have used everything you know and can’t break loose, it is worth your time to explore this new tool to see if there is a secret (illegal) covenant that is forcing you to pay “taxes” in the form of random, relentless devouring.
If you look at all of the transitions you have made, and it looked good when you went toward the new job, new church, new home, but somehow reversed when you got there, the problem might be a covenant from the place you left, rather than critters in the place you went to.
click here to access the Livestream
Among the Gum Trees
Please give a warm welcome to Linda, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.
HEY LINDA, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?
I'm a New Zealand, British & Australian citizen - yes! I moved to Melbourne (10 years ago next month) from London, England! It was a real step of faith leaving London - and I faced real challenges & obstacles on my arrival which really made me question whether I was meant to be here. One particular night I prayed and said "God - you need to prove that you want me to be here - because frankly I am not seeing the evidence of that!" The next day I had a job, stable accommodation and I met the man who was to become my husband. We now have a toddler (which is a miracle in itself as I was age 42 when I gave birth!) My background is in journalism - but I have done all kinds of things over the years. I am now a stay at home mother.
HOW DID YOU INITIALLY CONNECT WITH SLG?
I found tapes - yes, it was that long ago - on the seven curses and blessings at a friends' place when I was on a retreat at their holiday home in Deal, Kent. It was known as Plumbline then - I listened to the tapes and although I didn't fully understand it all, something interested me and I understood it with my spirit - if not with my mind! It resonated with me. I got an order form from the supplier in England and got some of the tapes and CDs on various subjects. From then on I kept in touch with what was happening with SLG.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR REDEMPTIVE GIFT AND IF SO CAN YOU GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY?
Redemptive gift of prophet - wow - so many examples I can use. I am highly opinionated, honest, transparent, and a huge verbal expressive - which gets me into trouble. I keep feeling I have to read and really take on more of the book of Proverbs (and all its advice about talking too much). I process out loud and can be very direct (even blunt) which can be hard for others and for me too (especially living in a mercy nation like Australia) - it can make me appear arrogant and I don't like that. I've also got a very strong sense of social justice and have always taken a great deal of interest in these issues (which resulted in me doing a BA in politics and getting involved in related causes). I have a very strong sense of right and wrong too. I think it's hard being redemptive gift of prophet I have really had to let God 'gentle' me over the years through difficult experiences. I think these have taught me to be less harsh and judgemental of others - and rather to use right judgement and discernment (WHICH I DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO VERBALISE - hahahaha).
CHOOSE A TEACHING THAT HAS MADE AN IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE AND TELL US HOW?
An older teaching called Releasing Singles (see here for link: https://theslg.com/content/141-releasing-singles) which I ordered while I was living in London and really wanted to be married to the right man. Arthur talked about how there could be a cloak of 'invisibility' around women wanting to be brides. Because of this insight prayed that myself and my future husband would recognise each other immediately - that there would be no confusion about whether we were right for each other. That's really how things played out for me - it wasn't perfect of course, as we live in a fallen world, have an enemy and contend with sin - but it really was an immediate recognition when I first met my husband. Our testimony still amazes me!
THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT ONRAMPS TO GOD. WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR KEYS OF MUSIC FOR INTIMACY AND HOW DO YOU MOST READILY CONNECT?
Strangely enough this has been through music and songs..
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don't forget to pray for Linda or leave a blessing.
Online Study GroupWe are delighted to be hosting another study group, a place to encourage and be encouraged to challenge and be challenged; to take from what we have learned, through our successes and our failures and in our own key of music share it in a safe and welcoming environment.
This time around, our study will be focusing on an incredibly powerful book called, Unleashing the Power of Your Story.
Many of you already know Megan, the author of this timely piece, and it is with great pleasure to be reading this with other people who are at all different places on their journey. The thing is none of us have arrived and we can all, and I mean all, encourage, support and lift one another up as we go along.
If you are interested, please drop by. We would love to travel with you as we read this book together.
HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS WE ARE EXPLORING FROM CHAPTER 7.
* Having read the chapter, Flavor of Pain, what are your thoughts and emotions that bubble up? How do you relate to what is being described?
* There are four areas of pain that often block us from connecting to our stories. Can you identify with one of them more than the others? What causes that one to stand out for you?
* Can you identify a time when God reframed the picture and helped you get past the pain? What was that like for you?
* What Bible story of redemption stands out the most for you? Can you relate it to your own life?
click link to continue reading.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ONLINE STUDY GROUPS ~
Looking forward to joining in with this study. May God bless each person that He selects to participate with a deeper revelation of who He has designed them to be. May nothing hinder those He calls from engaging and growing as the weeks progress. May God use the teaching, insights of others, fellowship and emerging community to reveal more of His greatness as we dive into this together. Denise
I feel like I am sitting around a table with a group of friends having a cuppa. Some who have shared, some still to share and hopefully will. Thanks for being here :) Much appreciated. Thanks Lois for rounding us up, so to speak. Your sharing has given me a peace. Thank you for sharing and helping me. Sharon
Dear Study Group: I am beyond excited for this group. Gayle
Hi! What a great site, and what a great idea! This is so helpful!! Cynthia
This has encouraged me greatly in the last week. By doing this study I actually feel like I am getting double the input. Thanks Lois....You are making this journey of unpacking the book so much easier.so thankful to you for doing and leading us in another study. Every single one has impacted me so much. Shazz
Thank you Lois, for doing the heavy lifting and hosting this. Looking forward to connecting, learning and growing thru this journey. Blessings, D.
I am brand new to this..but I am excited..I would like to press in more and I am excited about the study..I look forward in getting to know some new friends. Brenda
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?
Just reply to this email.
We value your time and input.
A big thank you to all contributions for this newsletter. Honored to include you here. Especially to you, Linda, for taking the time to be counted!
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until next time...
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