"Look to Creation!"developing Christian character Job 12:7-8 But ask now the beasts, & they shall teach thee...
Many folks have questions about applying character changes they know they need... these resources should give you more information and a handle on moving forward with actively becoming more and more like Jesus, Whose character we should be always striving to reflect...
Authorstream (here you can see our powerpoints) Chirbit (here you can access most of our audio sermons & teaching) Docstoc (here you will find downloadable notes & takeaway papers) Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) CharacterFirst! The Character Doctor Embassy Institute
On Being Responsible
Responsibility vs Unreliability Knowing & doing what God & others are expecting of me “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Ro 14:12
As Christians our responsibility is first to God. If we fulfill this responsibility all other responsibilities will be fulfilled. What is our responsibility to God?
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandment: for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
Practicing this truth, we should be able to walk together in complete harmony. Are you walking in harmony with your fellow Christians?
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3
On Living with Courage
Thoughts on Lesson 10 ~ Courage lesson 1...do we freeze? hide our light? join the world? or boldly face our challengers and/or fears? What is courage? One facet is responding to danger without thought of retreat... (watch the ppt hear the lesson read the takaway)
Thoughts on Lesson 11 ~ Courage lesson 2...all of a sudden the plans we made put us into an extreme & dire situation~now what? What is courage? Applying my resources creatively when facing overwhelming odds... (watch the ppt hear the lesson read the takaway)
Thoughts on Lesson 12 ~ Courage lesson 3...Oh, wow, no! My boss, parent, God, preacher, teacher,partner wants me to do what? What is courage? Following difficult instructions in the face of danger... (watch the ppt hear the lesson read the takaway)
Thoughts on Lesson 13 ~ Courage lesson 4..."Look, bub, I'm just going about my day..." OR "Enough! How can this be allowed to continue! ? If you
On Living with Determination (see an overview ppt from CharacterFirst...)
Thoughts on Lesson 14 ~ Determination lesson 1... "when times get tough, the tough get going" & "that which does not kill me...."
Thoughts on Lesson 15 ~ Determination lesson 2... "Wow, this is such a huge thing to do! How can I possibly get that done? Ok. time to start...."
Thoughts on Lesson 16 ~ Determination lesson 3... "Give it all you have, plus some..."
Thoughts on Lesson 17 ~ Determination lesson 4... "Focus, focus, focus! "
On Living with Orderliness (see an overview video from The Character Doctor...)
Thoughts on Lesson 18 ~ Orderliness lesson 1... "ok, what is the best way to use what I have at hand...."
Thoughts on Lesson 19 ~ Orderliness lesson 2... "You mean, first impressions really ARE important?"
Thoughts on Lesson 20 ~ Orderliness lesson 3... "Taking inventory~to keep or not to keep; that is the question..."
What is orderliness? Removing items that could hinder achievement... (watch the ppt hear the lesson read the takaway)
Thoughts on Lesson 21 ~ Orderliness lesson 4... "Every place has a reason, every reason a place..."
What is orderliness? Providing specific areas for different functions... (watch the ppt hear the lesson read the takaway)
On Living with Initiative (see an overview video from The Character Doctor...)
Thoughts on Lesson 22 ~ Initiative lesson 1... "Oh cool! Another neat thing to know how to do!"
Thoughts on Lesson 23 ~ Initiative lesson 2... "Let me help you here; I have an idea..."
Thoughts on Lesson 24 ~ Initiative lesson 3... "I'm on it, no, really, I have this..."
Thoughts on Lesson 25 ~ Initiative lesson 4... "Alright, let's think about this and find the best way..."
Living with Decisiveness (Lesson 26~An Overview... watch the ppt hear the lesson read the takeaway presentation by Matt Stauver on the decisive choices a church must consider)
Thoughts on Lesson 27 ~ Decisiveness lesson 1... "Uh, no... I've already made my choice..."
Thoughts on Lesson 28 ~ Decisiveness lesson 2... "I do not want the wrong path. so I choose to read the map first..."
Thoughts on Lesson 29 ~ Decisiveness lesson 3... "I'm focused on getting it right..."
Thoughts on Lesson 30 ~ Decisiveness lesson 4... "Immediate, efficient, wise... and now!"
Thoughts on Lesson 32 ~ Flexibility lesson 1... "If I read you right, you'd like us to .."
Thoughts on Lesson 33 ~ Flexibility lesson 2... "I think my best choice right now is..."
Thoughts on Lesson 34 ~ Flexibility lesson 3... "If it goes this way, then we can...and plans B and C would allow us to..."
Thoughts on Lesson 35 ~ Flexibility lesson 4... "Stop, think, consider my options... and head this way!"
Thoughts on Lesson 37 ~ Alertness lesson 1... "Keep your eyes open, bro .."
Thoughts on Lesson 38 ~ Alertness lesson 2... "Move!"
Thoughts on Lesson 39 ~ Alertness lesson 3... "Look for the clues, especially from ill-wishers..."
Thoughts on Lesson 40 ~ Alertness lesson 4... "Picture the possibilities, especially the lurking dangers..."
Thoughts on Lesson 42 ~ Availability lesson 1... "Gather around, family; let's see what we need .."
Thoughts on Lesson 43 ~ Availability lesson 2... "I will not go for the shiny stuff!"
Thoughts on Lesson 44 ~ Availability lesson 3... "Does this opportunity fit with the service needed?"
Thoughts on Lesson 45 ~ Availability lesson 4... "Quitters never win, and winners never quit..."
when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised." Hebrews 10:36 Experiencing the power of God’s love by rejoicing in trials and tribulation
What is Endurance? Setting aside privileges which weaken me or others....
What is Endurance? Maintaining commitment to a goal in times of stress....
What is Endurance? Uniting with other like minded people to withstand destructive influences...
What is Endurance? Knowing how and when to use the resources available to me... (note: we had many sound problems, but with patience, you can listen to the lesson)
On Joy (Lesson 51~An Overview...Joy vs. Self-pity) Keeping that bright spirit & radiant countenance which comes from full fellowship with the Lord, even when faced with unpleasant conditions . Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
Thoughts on Lesson 52 ~ Joyfulness lesson 1... "Rain or shine, keep your chin up & don't be afraid to share love, comfort, & joy with others."
What is Joyfulness? First serving my family, before I consider other wants or needs...Providing brightness in the lives of others regardless of outward
Thoughts on Lesson 53 ~ Joyfulness lesson 2.."Cut out the practical jokes & gossip, & stop with the assassination around the water cooler
What is Joyfulness? Refusing to enjoy anything which harms the person or reputation of another
What is Joyfulness? Be an energy giver!! (Stop lookin' at chur bellybutton... :-) 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
What is Joyfulness? Eyes up! Set your sights on something larger than just you! John 15:10-11
Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, & friendship, using what God has given us so we might demonstrate to others His love for them. John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also
What is Hospitality? Making sure that the environment is suitable for those whom we serve.
Hebrews 13:1-2 Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
What is Hospitality? Knowing how long a visit should last. addtional reading: Overstaying Our Welcome, Brian Olson
Proverbs 25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, & so hate thee. Rereading Judges 19, Claude Mariottini
What is Hospitality? Providing an atmosphere which contributes to growth.
Proverbs 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
What is Hospitality? Providing leadership for a peaceful, harmonious surrounding.
Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Demonstrating the nature of God by wisely reinvesting the resources that He has entrusted to me and carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need. John 15:13; 3:16 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. God so loved…that he gave…"
Proverbs 18:24 A man who hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend who sticketh closer than a brother.
Another Way to Say It: Be other minded & treat them as you’d like to be treated.
1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation & a snare, & into many foolish & hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction & perdition.
Another Way to Say It (an old fashioned warning): Be careful what you ask for…
2 Samuel 24:24 ...Neither will I offer … unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.
Another Way to Say It:
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Another Way to Say It: Do what you can when you can…
Knowing the importance of right timing in accomplishing right actions. Proverbs 19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
Thoughts on Lesson 66 ~ Cautiousness lesson 1... Living within the protection of my God-given resources.
which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
Thoughts on Lesson 67 ~ Cautiousness lesson 2... Realizing my greatest ability is also the point of my greatest vulnerability
Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Thoughts on Lesson 69 ~ Cautiousness lesson 4... Recognizing that the majority is often wrong. (watch the ppt hear the lesson read the takeaway)
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.