Captivating Heart to Heart - Session 1: The Heart of a Woman

     As we begin this series together, know that it is a on of discovery. A journey, really. For you to discover who God meant when he meant you. What does it mean to be a woman? What is my calling in life? What does God value? What does He want from me? What do I want? And is that okay?

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Fathered By God - Session 8 - Let Us Be Intentional

Over the course of this video series, John’s mentioned that you are prized by God, that you are his delight! Jesus addressed this directly in asking the question, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?” (Matthew 7:9). In other words, if we, as human fathers have some natural inclination of generosity toward our own sons, how much more is your heavenly Father’s love for you? You are prized by God. He longs to be generous toward you!

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Fathered By God - Session 7 - Sage

This is the final stage, the crescendo of a man’s life. This is the time of wisdom and fathering others, counseling others: Scripture calls it the “elder at the gates.” This can be a difficult time because it can feel as though your kingdom is shrinking, but in fact this is the time of your greatest influence. Your life experience is flowing over into the world, shaping the lives of young kings coming up in your steps.

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Fathered By God - Session 6 - King

We come now to the “goal” of the masculine journey, the maturity for which God has been fathering the man since his first breath—to be a king. It is a man’s destiny to wield power, influence, and property in God’s name. It is as great and noble an undertaking as it is difficult; history makes that very clear. The reason behind many of our miseries upon the earth in these days is that we have lost our kings.

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Fathered By God - Session 5 - Lover

Now we come to a fork in the road in the masculine journey, a stage that is both essential and, sadly, often overlooked and bypassed by many men. It is the lover stage. By this I do not primarily mean that time in a young man’s life when he falls in love with a girl. Though that is part of it, I don’t believe it is the core of the stage or even its ultimate expression. Instead, this is the season in a man’s life when his masculine heart is awakened to beauty and ultimately “The Beauty” when he discovers a sacred romance with God.

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Fathered By God - Session 4 - Warrior

Historian Thomas Cahill, speaking of the violent origin of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, observed that “there are humiliations a proud people—even one oppressed for generations—cannot abide”. Indeed. It may take time, and require repeated provocation, but eventually a man must come to realize that there are certain things in life worth fighting for. Perhaps, when we appreciate the truth of this, we can better understand the heart of God.

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Fathered By God - Session 3 - Cowboy

Men, and boys, learn by doing; we learn through experiences. It’s one thing to be told you have what it takes. It’s another thing altogether to discover that you have what it takes, through some trial brought up in an adventure or through some test that hard work demands. For masculine initiation is not a spectator sport. It is something that must be entered into. It is one part instruction and nine parts experience.

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Fathered By God - Session 2 - Boyhood

We begin the journey of being fathered by God by looking backward, to what our lives as boys were like. More important, we want to examine what they were meant to be. So much of the way we approach life as men was set in motion in our youth—some of it for good, and some not so good. We want to recover what was good and find healing for all that was not.

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Fathered By God - Session 1 - The Masculine Journey

The world in which we live has lost something vital, something core to understanding life and a man’s place in it.  Our way of looking at the world has changed. We no longer live, either as a society or even as the church, with a father-view of the world, a view centered on the presence of a loving and strong father deeply engaged in our lives, to whom we can turn to at any time for the guidance, comfort and provision we need. But this is actually an occasion for hope! Because the life you’ve known as a man is not all there is.

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Becoming Myself DVD Short - Write Down Your Dreams

An Excerpt from the small group video series from Ransomed Heart and Stasi Eldredge, Becoming Myself.

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