THE PARABLE OF THE TREES 2: (Leadership Lessons From Abimelech)

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(1) Bramble Leaders Don’t Really Have Much To Offer – Except The Title.

Without the title of ‘King’, the fig tree was producing figs, the vine trees wine, and the olive tree oil. They were still being sought out – and a blessing to God and man.
The title did not determine their productivity.

BOOTCAMP EMOTIONS (Conclusion): Recognizing and Protecting Divine Relationships

Scenario 1:
Until I left the area, I used to attend an amazing weekly service a few years back: awesome music, relevant and uplifting word – and the tangible presence of God.

The head pastor – while not as ‘extremely famous’ as some other ministers – is still well known in the country. He is also regarded by some other leaders as a ‘father’: not really in terms of age or spiritual status – but with regards to his heart…

BOOTCAMP EMOTIONS (Part 3): Practical Ways To Guard Your Heart Against Emotional Entanglements 3

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(4) Limit Your Communication
A certain man once fell deeply in love with a lady – but there was a major problem. He was far, far away at war. To show the seriousness of his intentions, he decided to write her a letter and mail it – every single day.

At the end of 365 days and after 365 letters, the lady got married – to the mail delivery man…

BOOTCAMP EMOTIONS (Part 3): Practical Ways To Guard Your Heart Against Emotional Entanglements (2)

(3)Don’t Pray With – Or For – The Person. Rather, Pray About The Person.

I know this sounds very strange, but since I am predominantly talking to Christians, this has to be said – and it is so important that I am dedicating this whole post to it.

BOOTCAMP EMOTIONS (Part 3): Practical Ways To Guard Your Heart Against Emotional Entanglements (1)

Usually, before you become emotionally attached – before a person gets past your walls and into your heart – you know. There’s an awareness. It might be gradual or swift, but you know there’s ‘something’ going on.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE HURTING…(Bootcamp Emotions)

Years ago, I ‘fell in love’ with someone. I put the phrase in quotation marks because, even though it sounds normal and healthy, it is a gross, laughable understatement.

My feelings were neither normal nor healthy.

I was obsessed. Crazy about him. Overwhelmed and consumed with emotion. Possessed with thoughts of him.

BEING REALLY SINGLE AS A CHRISTIAN SINGLE (Bootcamp Emotions, Introduction)

Two points for our groundwork:
  (1)A recurring lesson throughout these bootcamps will be: The foundation you both lay as singles in the army will greatly influence – positively or negatively – your marital impact as a unit.
  (2)As stated in an earlier post, a major part of any bootcamp is indoctrination. Therefore, as God works in certain areas of your life, He deals with your mindsets and belief patterns in that area…