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Spiritual Mentoring

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Cooky Wall

Our community group recently gathered to share a meal and talk about God and our journeys with Him in this thing called “life.” Our leader had us break up into groups of two-three, and passed out cards containing a portion of a picture. We were to describe what we thought we had on our piece. Hopefully, in the end, we would be able to figure out the whole picture. As God would have it, I had a pretty big chunk of a picture on my card so I figured I knew the whole picture. It was interesting to see how everyone’s piece fit into the whole. The exercise was a visual illustration of the community of Christ and how we have a clearer picture of who God is when we are together. We might think we have the whole picture of who God is in Christ, but chances are we do not.

This was a great illustration of what happens in Christian community when we come alongside others in Spiritual Mentoring. It’s one person coming alongside another that helps us grow and have a clearer understanding of who God is and what He might want us to know. It’s easy to think we have the whole picture of God in a given situation. Everything can change when someone comes alongside another in their struggles and listens, or asks a good question, or suggests another way of seeing Jesus in the midst of it all.

What does all this have to do with the shepherd’s call in the way of Jesus? Scripture paints many pictures of what a shepherd is and does. A shepherd is one who tends to the welfare of Christ-followers by watching over, nurturing, and guiding them to greater Christ-likeness. A shepherd can be a community group leader or someone involved in a one-on-one relationship. The relationship can be intensive or occasional. These descriptions and more fall under what we call spiritual mentoring. At the Spiritual Mentoring Forum in 2016, we gave an overview of spiritual mentoring models to help us see the breadth of what it looks like at Cedar Mill Bible Church regardless of where we engage in spiritual mentoring/shepherding (make no mistake, we are all under-shepherds to the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ). To exercise our calls as shepherds of others, we must be growing in our relationship with Jesus.

We’ve had some great opportunities to learn and grow in our respective calls: from the Journey Launch Training last summer, to the mentoring classes in October, to the Mentoring Forum in November, and the Intentional Community in March. I am convinced Spiritual Mentoring, given and received, is the way of the disciple of Jesus. We are all on this journey with Jesus together.

I am blessed to come alongside others and to have others come alongside me in all seasons of life. I am struck by the impact of a well-placed question that causes me to think about how Jesus wants to stretch me in a new way, or how through the introduction of a new spiritual practice, my identity in Christ and my experience as the beloved of God grows deeper. This is all part of the process and journey of being formed and transformed into the likeness of Jesus as revealed in the Word. God designed us to live in community, to walk with Jesus and become more like Him in every aspect of our lives. We need each other to help us keep on track, have a fuller picture of who God is, and experience God’s love in a deeper way. Jesus said, “people will know that you are my disciples by your love for one another."

We are excited that teaching series starting October 1 will be from the book of James. The wisdom and practicality of James provides great opportunities to love and come alongside each other in various spiritual mentoring relationships. This is all about becoming like Jesus together and making Him known in all of our relationships. We can make Him known through our love, actions, and words in our homes, neighborhoods, the workplace, on the sports field, or anywhere else.

We are on an adventurous journey with Jesus. He has given each of us a part to play in His Kingdom story. What a privilege to be a part of what God is doing in and through us for the sake of His name and His kingdom! If you have any questions about this journey we are on with Jesus, about your own journey with Jesus, or how all this fits together, ask someone. Ask me!  

Do You Have Relationship Expectations?

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Ron Carlson

A recent issue with someone has made me try to evaluate how some hurt feelings cropped up in our relationship. One of the things the Lord confronted me with is my expectations. I have a certain way I expect to be treated, a certain expectation for how another should respond when I do them a favor or give them something. I expect a thank you, I expect another to speak pleasantly back to me when spoken to, I expect to be respected. When those things don’t happen, I get upset at times and tend to judge the other as someone who doesn’t do things the right way…or more accurately doesn’t do things the way I would do things.

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Are You Generous?

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Ron Carlson

It’s not easy to be generous when your bottom line has hit rock bottom. My first three jobs after graduating from college didn’t include health insurance benefits. So, when my wife Lin had two children delivered by caesarean section in the first three years of our marriage, we were stuck with some big debt. When all the bills were paid, the checkbook balance showed 11 bucks. That had to last us for the next two weeks. The tempting thought was, it’s foolish to keep tithing. What if the car breaks down or the kids get sick? Still the Lord kept after me not to be swayed by the checkbook balance, but to trust Him and continue giving.

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Are You Too Passionate About Sports?

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Ron Carlson

I’ve enjoyed sports since I was a boy. But, it’s had too much of an effect on my emotions. Why did I care if a bunch of guys who don’t know me lost a game that really provided no possible benefit to my life? But, I did care. If my favorite team lost, I’d be upset for hours. Still, hoping for my team's success, I listened to games on the radio and watched on TV. I spent time collecting sports cards and reading sports articles. I played college soccer and still play. I coached my kids. I even turned it into a career as a TV sportscaster. Sports has been a dominating factor in my life.

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Did You Know You Are A Person Of Influence?

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Ron Carlson

You may not realize it or even think about it, but every time you are with someone you are influencing them in some way. 

“It makes such a huge difference when you recognize your mood, your attitude and your emotion is contagious…every time you are meeting (someone) you’re not just exchanging information, you’re literally influencing their mood, their attitude and their emotion and they’re going to come away from you feeling a little bit better about themselves or a little bit depleted.” (Steve Gutzler, President, Leadership Quest)

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Spiritual Mentoring

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Cooky Wall

Our community group recently gathered to share a meal and talk about God and our journeys with Him in this thing called “life.” Our leader had us break up into groups of two-three, and passed out cards containing a portion of a picture. We were to describe what we thought we had on our piece. Hopefully, in the end, we would be able to figure out the whole picture. As God would have it, I had a pretty big chunk of a picture on my card so I figured I knew the whole picture. It was interesting to see how everyone’s piece fit into the whole. The exercise was a visual illustration of the community of Christ and how we have a clearer picture of who God is when we are together. We might think we have the whole picture of who God is in Christ, but chances are we do not.

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Who Is In Charge Of Your Schedule?

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Ron Carlson

You might jokingly say it’s your boss or your spouse, but realistically most of us would probably say we are the ones who ultimately decide what we will do and when we will do it. We like to be in charge. But Jesus challenges us to reconsider that. If we are truly going to follow Him, we have to be willing to let our Lord make some schedule changes.

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Now What?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Matt Bowen

Ok, so you have decided to take a step in a mentoring relationship, now what? 

Maybe you are second guessing this choice. Maybe you are well traveled on the road of walking alongside someone in their journey with Jesus. Either way, the point is that you are not alone. 

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Are You Just Existing?

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Ron Carlson

Have you ever given your life a tough examination? If so, what have you discovered? There have been seasons of my life where I honestly had to admit that I was just going through the motions, just trying to pass the time, just existing. During those times, I had to pray and ask the Lord to take my situation from merely existing to living.

"For to me, living means living for Christ." (Philippians 1:21)

Pastor Erwin McManus wrote about a time in Beirut where he was asked to fill out an unusual form.

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Do You Measure Success By Your Accomplishments Or Relationships?

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Ron Carlson

My career as a tv sportscaster existed primarily in a world where accomplishment was king. The ones who received the most praise and attention were those who scored the most touchdowns, had the highest batting average or won the most championships. I wouldn’t have lasted long by filling my sportscasts with stories about the most loving player or a coach with the most lasting relationships. Yet if the apostle Paul had been a sportscaster (that conjures up an interesting image, doesn’t it?), I’m thinking he would have highlighted the athletes who were all stars at building a track record of love.

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Have You Ever Witnessed A Miracle?

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Ron Carlson

Before Jesus healed the paralytic, who was lowered through the roof by his four friends, he asked an interesting question.

"Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up you pallet and walk'?" (Mark 2:9)

It was easier to say the man’s sins were forgiven because no one could really see whether that had occurred, but to prove His words were truthful Jesus also healed the man physically. 

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