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4. Eldering: The First Value


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  • eldering in courage
    By : Cheryl On October 11th 2019
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    Right on! In this time we live in, if we want to go on to the deep places of God and help others to make the journey we have to first count the cost! It will cost, but the payoff is worth everything! Keep on breaking that new ground, Arthur!

  • Courage
    By : Judy On October 2nd 2019
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    This article so makes sense. I’m getting slammed, hammered, and rejected. I’m a fighter and don’t give up. Your article showed me I’m in the right place and the rule people are really uncomfortable with me.

  • Core values
    By : Barbara L Wall On September 30th 2019
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    This whole aspect of holy treason has been on my heart for a long while. Its that one word that takes time to raise to the top like heavy cream when everything else settles beneath. I love how God works to infuse a word the enemy has tried to erase without success. In recent days, I've been asking God to weigh my attempts to obtain "said ball". I think it will always be costly, because its all kinds of worthy. There remains only one lifetime to hold up a truthful attempt to elevate whats yours to change. Whether using a rock as a hammer or a piece of dental floss as a mighty sword--It's in showing up when you feel ill equipped but you decide you are fully clothed because God says you are His emissary of change in the dirty, unforeseen battlefield of liberation. He uses ordinary people & that's that. I have been asking Holy Spirit to test my heart & to brand me with fresh courage as I know I need it now more than ever. Along with it, I'm committing to taking time to renew & create deeper spaces for mental fortitude. I know that the courage I'll need to invest won't be enough for the total picture of transformation I hope to impart without this balance. Thanks so much for this blog article~it's very timely.

  • Courage - risk even without the payoff
    By : Maryalice Harris On September 28th 2019
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    I keep coming back to the formula of faith given in The Seven Principles – Faith = Belief + Knowledge of God’s will + Risk (action! works!). So many times I’ve head sermons about the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 about how sinful and broken the people mentioned in fact were. These sermons have always take the slant that there is hope in the midst of our sin to start over and have faith. Thinking through this again, I feel like the people mentioned in the Hall of Faith are there because despite their sin, they moved the ball down the field for their team. THAT was what was important! Also, hard to hear for American Christians, these people that moved the ball for their team did so, “without receiving the promise.” They didn’t see the pay-off, the justification of their action to hold up to their fellow Christians and say, “this is why.” Jesus died amidst a hornets nest of unresolved issues that made him look extraordinarily foolish and beaten to those there at the time. He knew it too, and he still did exactly what he was supposed to do. I’m digesting that part of courage/risk, because personally, I want the pay-off at the end that justifies my reasoning/argument/actions to the nay-sayers. I didn’t even realize that about myself until now.

  • Courage
    By : Elizabeth Jones On September 28th 2019
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    When I first read this in my email I was very confused by the last two paragraphs, so I waited and asked Father for revelation. After reading several comments on your post, I have new understanding. I especially liked your response to one of the comments on courage. …"it is moving toward what is right, because it is right, knowing that consequences can be horrific." Instantly I had a flashback to 9/11 and seeing those firefighters run into the towers hoping to rescue anyone they could, knowing the consequences could be horrific, and they were. Those first responders were truly courageous! I now have a visual to go with the word courage, to do whatever God calls me to do, no matter what! To keep getting up and running my race!

  • Courage
    By : Corné Hurter On September 28th 2019
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    Asked to compose a statement of my leadership purpose recently, I phrased it around courage:To courageously do what I know to be right and enable others to do the same towards the establishment of an ecosystem of intergrity and best practice in healthcare delivery. Thank you for this, I will surely soak it in!

  • Fear-Less
    By : Tova Ratzon On September 27th 2019
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    Most excellent, brother. The battle may wage but the war has been won. The enemy is de-feeted. With my hand on the plow I press forward toward Yeshua. Everything else is just white noise. Shalom alechem.

  • Building courage
    By : Martha On September 27th 2019
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    : I applaud your emphasis on courage. With worldwide chaos, it strongly appears that the end times are imminent. We need to build COURAGE to stand/witness for Jesus, despite the persecutions of believers, injustices and possible martyrdom, which may come here also. I have for some time included reading Christian testimonies of current beheadings, mass murders/martyrdom – praying for God’s strength and grace worldwide for people and groups facing this possibility. Also, I pray that I have the personal strength/courage to continue doing what God asks of me. There have been tests throughout my life, building commitment and muscle in preparation for whatever future God intends for His glory. Interestingly, last month I began a time away from my shed-behind-the-bicycle-shop project to study I John. The book’s purpose (I Jn5:13) calls us: (1) to know that we have eternal life in Jesus (I John 3:14a), and (2) to not be deceived (I John 3:7), nor [deliberately? cowardly?] abandon Christ for idols (I John 5:21). Thank you for reiterating our need for total commitment to Christ and the courage to walk it out.

  • Facing the music!
    By : Jane On September 27th 2019
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    As I am looking at an alternative to the institution of church, I am confronted with suspicion, skepticism, even hostility. One of the ways I see is to liberate people into the fullness of sonship which in itself appears to be controversial! So for me, and many others I’m sure, it’s going to be a David and Goliath. My courage has to come from my conviction.

  • Stirrings
    By : Janis Leal On September 27th 2019
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    This is making me realize that courage is a subject people generally think they know about, but upon reflection I find more questions and ponderings stirring than I would have guessed. Several things pop up. Among them: 1) What sometimes passes for courage in the culture is not really courage; 2) Likewise, there are many forms of cowardice, even in disguise that may look bold, and so I wonder about different forms of courage; 3) Sometimes those who are acting in true courage may not even be aware of it, because their focus is beyond self, which is a very reason for their ability to be courageous in the first place; 4) What is (are) the main motive(s) for true courage? Etc. This is deepening my perspective. I like your example of Jesus displaying an “offensive” (as opposed to defensive, and also as in “offending”) brand of courage. I am moved to wonder that although He rocked the oligarchical boat on purpose, He didn’t do it to hurtfully demean, as one with legitimacy issues, but rather for the greater goals for all and for His kingdom, as one with secure identity and proper power. I also feel a stirring in other ways – one in a bit uncomfortable, another in the way of passion saying, “Yes!” and needing to find an outlet, something like a horse chomping at the bit waiting for the gate to open in order to take off and run. This is making me realize that courage really has more facets. You’re opening up a subject that has too long been a bit jejune in our culture, and I have deep anticipation in ways that smell change in the air. Thank you for being a boat rocker, whether someone likes it or not.

  • Being dangerous
    By : Lisa On September 26th 2019
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    Thank you Arthur. But in reality your charge “to go out and be dangerous” for years has been spurring us on to take risks, to not be afraid of failure, to remember that the process IS the product. You blaze new trails and send us off to do the same! I can’t imagine what this season is going to look like... but I imagine things like a instrument training to fly directly into storms, machetes to cut thru heavy jungle brush, precision surgical tools, submarine training to explore the depths, and of course, big wave surfing. Years ago, a dear Hawaiian Auntie nick named me “Fearless” and it stuck. I don’t particularly feel that way, but I do know this. In anyway that my ministry and lifestyle is fearless it is because of you and your influence in my life. Thank you Arthur. And may we all become more fearless and dangerous in the years to come!

  • Courage
    By : Nancy tucker On September 26th 2019
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    Arthur, What a sense of hope this brought me, I don’t know where my healing is at or where my maturity level is, BUT I DO HAVE COURAGE, and with courage I will continue to push forward regardless of the pain! I thank my Father for loving me enough to heal my fear and my cowardice!

  • courage
    By : Becky dymond On September 26th 2019
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    Wow, yeah... I don't know that I can claim much courage... But what has kept me going against serious pushback is a holy fear of God... I was more afraid NOT to go forward than I was to quit. I heard someone speak years ago about Noah "moved with holy fear" to build an ark. For me, it is that holy fear that has kept me on track at great personal cost. Maybe that is what "the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom" really is...

  • Courage
    By : Bo Bell On September 26th 2019
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    Arthur
    Your blog on courage is right on the mark
    Thanks always for articulating the culture and the radical shift it will take to confront and build a new expression of the Body
    Prayers

  • Perfect timing
    By : Samantha Roberts On September 26th 2019
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    The timing of this call to THIS kind of courage is so perfect!
    I woke up this morning seeing with new eyes, breathing the fresh air of hope after an extended valley season.
    Ready! Already making courageous decisions.

  • it is time.....
    By : Carrie Murray On September 25th 2019
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    I am roaring an AMEN

  • Courage
    By : Jason Blaiklock On September 25th 2019
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    This is profound and so deeply challenging, a timely word and one to pursue. Courage is NOT the absence of fear, but actions taken even when fear is present and we CAN do this!

    Replied by : Arthur Burk Very much agree. It is moving toward what is right, because it is right, knowing that the consequences may be horrific.

  • AMEN
    By : Nathan On September 25th 2019
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    I am listening through the MRI of Fathering and in it you talk about HR person who was really good at hiring leaders. This person said that they asked something similar to your "Where in your journey have you demonstrated courage of any sort?" Those were people who could then become leaders. So many people are network traversers. They are great at increasing their own power/influence, but it is a different matter to take a stand - alone. It is easier to drink from the steam once it has become a river than to trace it to its source. AMEN. I am going back and re-reading the previous blogs on this topic. May this "sink down into my ears" in this season.

  • Kudos for Courage
    By : Jim Banks On September 25th 2019
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    It seems that the fight is already at hand involving the newly posted policies of the church we attend. It is sad, for the Lord is working there. It seems that whenever God choses to move someone has to rise up and organize everything around it.

  • Eldering with Courage......
    By : Kathy BIGBY On September 25th 2019
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    I love what you are saying here. This is precisely why "eldering" can only be done by those who "don't care" anymore. These people have absolutely zero concern for what man thinks, nor are they afraid of what man can do. Most of these people, who have reached the place where they "don't care" about anything but the Great Commission (which is SO MUCH more than what most think), are seniors, or "elders" in age. And some of the don't care is simply because they have given up: those are not the seniors I am talking about. I am a senior and i will NOT RELENT until I have finished my race for my King! I don't give a hoot about what man thinks. I am coaching a beautiful young lady, who is the ripe old age of 25, who has reached the place of "I don't care about anything but Jesus." She is a RARE Jewel in God's hands, and an unbelievable privilege and honor for me to mentor: I am in awe of the fact that God has entrusted her to me to raise up into her destiny. Courage and Boldness, which go hand in hand, are HUGE, especially in the day in which we live, and this young lady has both. I believe there are many of these courageous young people out there, aching to be found, raised up and set free to do the Kings business. Thanks for leading the way Arthur Burk!