Here is LIVE AT THE OASIS week 3 (Recorded 6/7/17)
Live at the Oasis!
Posted by Julie Schultz Studebaker on Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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One of my students recently stated that we don’t face the sort of persecution that confronted the early church. He was right – in this country most of us don’t worry each day about whether we will lose our jobs or our lives for our faith. However, we do face a different and in some ways more challenging form of persecution here. We are continually blasted with non-Christian worldviews. We are tempted to be distracted from our “primary calling” – to know God/abide ...Continue Reading →
How does our faith in God create and sustain margin?
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith involves 2 things: “assurance of things we hope for” as well as “conviction of things we cannot see.” Faith has to do with our vision for the future (that God has made promises for the world, the church, and our individual lives and will certainly fulfill these promises) and faith allows us to hold fast to the spiritual convictions we hold so dear – without wavering.
Martin ...Continue Reading →
Recovering and keeping “margin” in our frenetic culture is next to impossible without a strong sense of mission. Knowing my mission gives me a strong filter for deciding what I will and will not do. But what does it mean to establish and specify my “personal mission”?
First, let’s define “mission.” Mission is one of 3 ingredients of “calling”:
1) Purpose. This is our vertical “calling”–to know God, ...Continue Reading →
How does calling secure margin? The notion of calling is more profound, and its influence more subtle, than we may realize. Though we may tend to think it is discovered through a blinding light or in an other-worldly experience, the pattern seems to be the opposite. Douglas Schuurman states,
“Many assume that ‘hearing’ God’s call is an extraordinary, miraculous event, and so fail to discern God’s calling in their lives. The vast majority of my Christian students are perplexed when I suggest that their ...Continue Reading →
How can I retain Margin in my life on a daily basis? Today we will examine the need to understand our “callings” from God by discerning His “voice” within our daily lives. Then we will discuss how God’s voice helps us create and maintain margin.
Martin Luther articulated the sense of our “holy calling” with precision and clarity. Luther spoke often of our “callings” in this world, which are part of the general law of Christ – to love God first, and also to love our ...Continue Reading →
This week we begin a new focus for Margin Monday. For the next few weeks we will examine the concept of “Calling” and how it relates to maintaining “margin.” Perhaps the most important factor in living with margin is focus. Since today’s society seems to specialize in distraction, we need a well-thought and well-executed strategy to achieve and maintain focus. How do we do this?
The answer, perhaps more than anything else, lies in understanding our “Calling.”
We lose our margin – our physical, mental, emotional, ...Continue Reading →
Is there a formula for recovering “Margin” in our daily lives? Dr. Richard Swenson describes it this way: “Power – Load = Margin” (Swenson, Margin, pages 70+).
“Power” is the amount of energy, skills, time, strength, faith, and other resources in our “plus column.”
“Load” is made up of factors as work, problems, obligations, expectations, commitments, debt, conflicts, etc.
When the load is greater than our power, we operate on negative margin. Over a long period of time this will lead to burnout.
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