Transformed Episode #255: The Discipline of Hearing God!

Date June 21, 2015

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“Having time to be alone is a valid need for most creative people. Over 90 percent of the creative people I know like solitude. They enjoy that time when they can be alone to think and create, to write, play, dream, imagine, and express themselves artistically. But when the desire to be alone becomes selfish, it becomes a very destructive thing. Solitutde is great if it is yielded to the patterns of the Lord, who withdrew to a solitary place before ministering to the masses. Solitude should not be used to withdraw one’s gifts from humanity but to refill oneself for ministry to others by yeidling to Jesus Christ.” ~ Darlene Zschech

 

The most practical and powerful way to get believers headed in the direction of spiritual maturity is to help them establish habits that promote spiritual growth.

As we open this episode of the Transformed Podcast, we are here today to help you develop the spiritual growth habits you need to develop yourself into all Jesus longs for you to become!

Being a disciple certainly requires discipline. At Eagles In Leadership, we believe these habits are to be enjoyed rather than endured. We don’t want you to be afraid of the spiritual exercises that will strengthen and develop them.

Of course, there are dozens of good habits we need to develop as we grow to maturity. In this series, we are going to talk about the foundational habits that must be learned first in order to grow.

We cannot talk about character without talking about habits. As Dr. Smith teaches his students at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California, he wants to remind you that character is the way we habitually act.

 

 

Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? 

Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!

Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book? If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!

Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

You can order your copy Gathering Missional Leaders at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in Bell Gardens, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

Hearing the Voice of God

Date June 18, 2015

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If you want to hear his voice, get away for the weekend.

No phones, no music, no tv, etc. UNPLUG!

Then go to a quiet place with a Bible and a note pad.

Start by praying, “God, here I am waiting to hear from you. Talk to me please.”

Then, open your Bible and start reading SLOWLY (I recommend reading 1 John and James) – making notes about what you read; asking questions constantly … LOTS of questions. Write them down with the verses you are reading!

Stop often and talk to God about what you are reading / how it applies to your life right now / how it could have changed your life in the past / what God wants you do since reading it … etc.

Take it slowly! Allow God to speak. Stay quiet. Listen.

Just keep doing this until He speaks … trust me, HE WILL!

 

Let me know how it goes!

Transformed Episode #254: The Discipline of Surrender!

Date June 7, 2015

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Worship is the abdication of my rule for the reign of Jesus in my life. ~ Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, PhD

As we open this episode of the Transformed Podcast, we are here today to help you develop the spiritual growth habits you need to develop yourself into all Jesus longs for you to become!

Being a disciple certainly requires discipline. At Eagles In Leadership, we believe these habits are to be enjoyed rather than endured. We don’t want you to be afraid of the spiritual exercises that will strengthen and develop them.

Of course, there are dozens of good habits we need to develop as we grow to maturity. In this series, we are going to talk about the foundational habits that must be learned first in order to grow.

We cannot talk about character without talking about habits. As Dr. Smith teaches his students at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California, he wants to remind you that character is the way we habitually act.

 

 

Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!

Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book? If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!

Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

You can order your copy Gathering Missional Leaders at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in Bell Gardens, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

7 Ways to Tell It May Be a God Thing—Helping Discern If God Is in This

Date June 4, 2015

Editor’s Note: The will of God. It’s a big issue for the disciple. In this great article by our friend, Ron Edmondson, there are some practical thoughts on discovering God’s will. As we ask at Eagles In Leadership, “Are you praying God-sized prayers?” Ron has some great insights into that thought.

will-of-God questionsBy Ron Edmondson

And without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. 2 Chronicles 20:12

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27

God calls people to seemingly impossible tasks. It gives Him glory when I can’t do something, but He can. I can do “all things through Christ who strengthens me,” but often what He calls me to do can seem foolish to attempt (at least to others—and sometimes me) at the time. Imagine what the friends of Abraham, Moses and Noah must have thought when God called them to what appeared to be impossible assignments. God calls people to walk by faith into the unknown.

If you know God has called you to something, don’t be dismayed if others can’t quickly identify with your calling. In my experience, God is often raising up others with the same heartbeat, but you can’t always see them at the time, so there may be periods when you have to stand alone on God’s calling. That may be for a season, but at times it could be for years. (Consider the case of Noah.)

With that in mind, what are some indicators what you are experiencing might just be of God.

Here are seven ways to tell it may be a God thing:

  • Everyone says it can’t be done. There’s no way. It’s never been done before.
  • You feel you aren’t qualified. You don’t have what it takes. You’re scared. Overwhelmed. Under-prepared.
  • There aren’t enough resources available. Not enough money. Not enough people. (Or so it seems.) You don’t have the building, or the location, or the perfectly mapped-out strategy.
  • It makes no rational sense. Seriously, who in their right mind would do this?
  • People are questioning your intelligence. Or asking if you are “sure you know what you are doing.”
  • Accomplishing it would give God all the glory. There would be no other explanation.
  • It honors God and is true to His Word.

I’m not saying this post confirms what you are attempting is from God. It might. It might not.

What I am saying is that you should not dismiss the call you believe God has placed on your life because it doesn’t make sense to others around you—or to yourself at times. God things seldom do. Read a few Bible stories if you need some inspiration—or confirmation of what I’m saying.

Are you in the midst of a God-calling?

Has God called you to things which made no sense at the time?

What would you add to my list?

You can read the original article here.

 

Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he’s been helping church grow vocationally for over 10 years. 

More from Ron Edmondson or visit Ron at http://www.ronedmondson.com/

Studying James 4:5!

Date June 2, 2015

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Welcome to the Transformed Podcast!

Dr. Matthew Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, continues to teach verse by verse through the book of James, one verse per podcast. These studies were recorded live in his class at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California.

The book of James has been called, “the faith explained” and that is the purpose of these teachings. These short studies are designed to help you grow your faith.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to the book of James as Dr. Smith, Director of Eagles In Leadership, discusses our faith from the words of the step-brother of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem Church …

 

 

This podcast was recorded in Hawthorne, California and edited by Ryne Longsworth.

 

Transformed Episode #253: The Discipline of Giving Up to Get Alone With God!

Date May 31, 2015

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“Fasting is giving up food or some other activity in order to devote more serious time and attention to prayer.” ~ Dan Southerland

As we open this episode of the Transformed Podcast, we are here today to help you develop the spiritual growth habits you need to develop yourself into all Jesus longs for you to become!

Being a disciple certainly requires discipline. At Eagles In Leadership, we believe these habits are to be enjoyed rather than endured. We don’t want you to be afraid of the spiritual exercises that will strengthen and develop them.

Of course, there are dozens of good habits we need to develop as we grow to maturity. In this series, we are going to talk about the foundational habits that must be learned first in order to grow.

We cannot talk about character without talking about habits. As Dr. Smith teaches his students at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California, he wants to remind you that character is the way we habitually act.

 

 

Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!

Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book? If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!

Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

You can order your copy Gathering Missional Leaders at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in Bell Gardens, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

Transformed Episode #252: The Discipline of Talking to God!

Date May 24, 2015

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The most practical and powerful way to get believers headed in the direction of spiritual maturity is to help them establish habits that promote spiritual growth.

As we open this episode of the Transformed Podcast, we are here today to help you develop the spiritual growth habits you need to develop yourself into all Jesus longs for you to become!

Being a disciple certainly requires discipline. At Eagles In Leadership, we believe these habits are to be enjoyed rather than endured. We don’t want you to be afraid of the spiritual exercises that will strengthen and develop them.

Of course, there are dozens of good habits we need to develop as we grow to maturity. In this series, we are going to talk about the foundational habits that must be learned first in order to grow.

We cannot talk about character without talking about habits. As Dr. Smith teaches his students at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California, he wants to remind you that character is the way we habitually act.

 

Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!

Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book? If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!

Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

You can order your copy Gathering Missional Leaders at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in Bell Gardens, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

Do You Have the Courage to Lead?

Date May 21, 2015


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Editor’s Note: Leadership is incredibly difficult. Courage is essential for great leadership. Scott Musselman’s article is a great help in reminding us of the need for true, Biblical leaders. Remember: Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”” (Joshua 1:9, HCSB)

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As a pastor, I wasn’t taught or mentored in how to be a leader.  So I have had to dig deep inside to prayerfully find and develop an inner leader or suffer the consequences.

Perhaps you have been on that same journey.  You would understandably assume that being a pastor is about being pastoral.  But that is not the need of the church in our time.

Today, pastors have to discover what it is to lead people into a culture that isn’t looking for Christianity or the Church.

I remember when many pastors defined their ministries by the distractions – that that was the most important aspect of leading a church.  So you sat in your office and waited for a member to stop by who needed a kind and Godly word.

That is ministry, for sure.  But any Christian can and should do that.  So what is unique about the calling of a pastor?  What does it mean to be the leader of a congregation?

I’m a simple kind of guy.  To me, a leader has followers.  Look behind you.  Is there anyone there?  Make no mistake.  This is hard stuff.  Frankly, I don’t want to do it from a human perspective.  I just came back from a trip to a Mexican beach.  Perfect weather and the worries of the world seemed non-existent.  Is that what God calls me to do?  Eat, drink, and be merry?

So here is how I have tried to become the leader God wants.  Perhaps you can relate and add some ideas of your own.  I start with the types of things which many of us do that we must do, but that I ultimately found insufficient:

  • I read about leaders and leadership.
  • I went to conferences and workshops about how to be a leader.

I think many of us want to believe that doing these two things above should be adequate.  After doing them, however, I knew how to be a leader but still wasn’t being a very good one.  Here is where I found more assistance and effectiveness:

  • I got a coach who keeps me focused.  If you don’t have one, you need one.
  • My church did a consultation which codified what I should and should not be doing.
  • I met with people I considered to be leaders who confronted me where I needed it.
  • I hang out with and pray with colleagues I honor as being leaders.

For me, this has not always been a pleasant journey.  It is hard and often discouraging.  I see this as taking up my cross for the sake of Jesus.  It is what God is calling me to do.  Can you relate?  I can’t accept the temptation to find a paradise (like a church office?) to hide away.  I have to discover the person inside that God has called me to be, to take off the outer garments of life and find where the Spirit of God dwells.

Can we walk together in mutual encouragement, finding the courage to be the leaders God desires and the Church needs?  It means leaving behind what has been of the old wine and wine skins and risking our pensions and pleasures for the sake of the Kingdom of God.  Honestly, this is exactly where I find meaning and hope in life.  How about you?

Read the original article here.

Studying James 4:4!

Date May 19, 2015

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Welcome to the Transformed Podcast!

Dr. Matthew Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, continues to teach verse by verse through the book of James, one verse per podcast. These studies were recorded live in his class at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California.

The book of James has been called, “the faith explained” and that is the purpose of these teachings. These short studies are designed to help you grow your faith.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to the book of James as Dr. Smith discusses our faith from the words of the step-brother of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem Church …

 

This podcast was recorded in Hawthorne, California and edited by Ryne Longsworth.

Transformed Episode #251: The Process of Transformation

Date May 17, 2015

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The most practical and powerful way to get believers headed in the direction of spiritual maturity is to help them establish habits that promote spiritual growth.

As we open this episode of the Transformed Podcast, we are here today to help you develop the spiritual growth habits you need to develop yourself into all Jesus longs for you to become!

Being a disciple certainly requires discipline. At Eagles In Leadership, we believe these habits are to be enjoyed rather than endured. We don’t want you to be afraid of the spiritual exercises that will strengthen and develop them.

Of course, there are dozens of good habits we need to develop as we grow to maturity. In this series, we are going to talk about the foundational habits that must be learned first in order to grow.

We cannot talk about character without talking about habits. As Dr. Smith teaches his students at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California, he wants to remind you that character is the way we habitually act.

 

 

Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!

Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book? If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!

Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

You can order your copy Gathering Missional Leaders at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in Bell Gardens, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

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