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Three Resources from Jennie Allen

Update: we had a great conference with Jennie Allen on October 11-12, 2013. Make sure you check her resources out soon.

This weekend Jennie Allen will be speaking at our Women’s Conference | Embrace Adventure | at The Hills. Jennie’s passion is to inspire a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God. She loves words and believes God uses them to heal souls and to reveal Himself to people. With that in mind, here are 3 of her resources you should check out:

“Zac and I climbed into bed on a completely average night two years ago. We were pretty tired. We just laid there looking at the ceiling, with only small firework fantasies of what God might say. Zac took my hand and spoke the simple words we had been processing for the past few months but not yet been ready to say.  God had been opening our eyes to how precious our temporary lives were and how numbly we were moving through them. We were over it. We were over building our lives. We were over houses and cars and cute Christmas cards. We wanted something; we couldn’t put our finger on it. It was burning in us. We had loved so many other things more than God. We were ready to do anything. So we prayed. As sincerely asI have ever prayed any other thing, I prayed in my heart as Zac spoke: ‘God we will do anything. Anything.’ It didn’t feel fancy. It wasn’t even a big deal. But the prayer held in it a thousand little deaths. In saying anything, it meant we were handing him everything. My heart raced a little at the thought… and then we fell asleep.”

“We’re all chasing after something, something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone’s approval. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind. A man after God’s own heart… As David’s life weaves throughout the pages of Scripture, we see he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. Chase explores the events that defined David’s life and the Psalms that flowed out of those experiences. Through David’s example we’ll discover what God really wants from us. The lessons in this study are simple yet deep and very interactive, offering Bible study, stories, and projects to dig into Scripture and deeply engage the mind and heart. God has carved out a space in each of us that only He can fill. So whether you are running from God or working your tail off to please Him, David’s journey will challenge your view of God. God is invisible, and yet He is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty.”

“This study began for me out of a deep struggle—a stuck place. It would serve better to call it something a tad more dramatic . . . it was a war. The kind of war that happens inside of you, the kind that nobody sees. God versus me and all my junk. It wasn’t something I could even put words to at the time. In fact, those close to me were oblivious to the chaos ensuing behind my gathered exterior. But it was real and raging, and even though I couldn’t describe it, I was keenly aware of its presence and was exhausted by it. I was stuck. I experienced a sense of bondage I could not name and did not know how to escape. The outside of my life was bright and shiny, but inside I was a mess: anxious, lonely, afraid, and looking for significance. This study exists because I know I am not alone in this. The more I am let into the deep crevasses of people’s hearts, the more I am convinced that every one of us is fighting something. Yet we look out from our secret wars and see people who smile peacefully and seem to be all right—and we smile back at them.  I’m done smiling. God is about doing something on this planet. He is about doing something in me, and as long as I am privately fighting and losing inside, He is not getting a thing done through or in me. He has a plan for these spaces inside of us, the places we feel broken, but we have to go to Him. Stuck is a journey to take an honest look at the fight going on inside, leading us to the God who has a plan to restore it, to restore us.”

Your turn… Take a moment to share how any of her resources have blessed you.  PS: Make plans to attend the conference this weekend, October 11-12 at The Hills Church, North Richland Hills, TX. Register now!



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Three Resources that Focus on Authentic Manhood

Here are 3 great resources any man would benefit from watching (from 33 The Series: A Journey to Authentic Manhood as Modeled by Jesus in His 33 Years on Earth):

This volume contains six sessions that explore the basic foundations of Authentic Manhood and God’s clear design for men.  It envisions and challenges men in a clear and compelling way.

This volume contains six sessions that provides men with a powerful perspective of their “story.”  It equips men to embrace how their past has affected their present and prepares them to deal with whatever the future may hold.

This volume introduces a framework and process that challenges and equips men to go below the surface, look deep into their hearts and explore areas that are too easy to ignore.

Erich’s note: 33 the Series is a multi-volume collection that is designed to be experienced by individuals or groups. Make sure you get the Training Guide that goes with each volume. I have used the first 2 volumes in this series with our Men’s Ministry at The Hills and we plan to do volume 3 later this year (we are in the middle of volume 2 right now, it’s very good). Our guys are loving what they are learning (and so are their wives). The material is amazing and the video production is outstanding. By the way, 3 more volumes are in the works and will be coming out during 2014: Volume 4: A Man and His Work; Volume 5: A Man and His Wife; and Volume 6: A Man and His Family. These messages are shared by a great team of contributors. John Bryson, Bryan Carter, and Tierce Green have been the presenters for the first 3 volumes.

Your turn… What are some other great resources designed to help men in their journey to authentic manhood?

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Three TED Talks You Should Watch (Ideas Worth Sharing)

If you’ve never encountered TED Talks then you should check them out. TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker “ideas worth spreading,” talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been reengineered around TED Talks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed more than one billion times (info via their website).

Here are three TED Talks you should watch (the first two are by Brené Brown and the third is by A. J. Jacobs):

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Author, philosopher, prankster and journalist A.J. Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible. Immersing himself in alternate lifestyles and long, hilarious experiments (usually with himself the guinea pig), writer A.J. Jacobs tests the limits of behavior, customs, culture, knowledge — and his wife’s sense of humor.

Erich’s note: I thought this one was interesting even though I disagree with some of what he says (for example, his scientific worldview and his negative comments about creationism). By the way, if you found this video interesting you might want to check this book out (note: I haven’t read it myself but have heard good things about it / follows a similar premise from a Christian perspective): The Year of Living Like Jesus by Ed Dobson

Your turn… Recommend a few TED Talks others should watch.


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