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God's Toolbox: Practical Power for Christian Living > Wisdom: Navigating with God

Vic Pentz

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March 1, 2015

Today we don’t simply want advice. We say to an expert, “help me navigate this process." The more complex our lives become, the more we need navigators. Navigation is more than advice; it’s access to higher wisdom.

God's Toolbox: Practical Power for Christian Living

How fitting that the author of the phrase “be doers of the word” was James, Joseph’s biological son and Jesus’ half-brother. Both Jesus and James grew up in Joseph’s carpenter’s shop, and carpenters tend to be practical people. Like his father, James was about tools. James helps us learn the craftsmanship of faith. What are the practices we can apply daily to create a life of true beauty and excellence?

James 1:5-8, 3:13-18, 4:13-17

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Perseverance: Pushing Through the Pain

James 1:1-4

Perseverance rocks. We have more clichés, mottoes and slogans about perseverance than any other virtue. Hang in there. Tough it out. And so on. Perseverance is how you go from wish to fulfillment. All it takes is stick-to-it-iveness.

Vic Pentz, Joe Skillen
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Ephesians 6:10-18

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Mark Crumpler, Joe Skillen
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Ephesians 6:10-18

Unlike armor you wear, the shield is a tool used for specific times in battle, such as for protection when advancing. If you’re getting fiery arrows in your life, that means you’re a strategic person in God’s kingdom. 

Vic Pentz, Marnie Crumpler
The Importance of Offense

2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

How do we wear spiritual armor in 21st century culture? The best defense is a good offense. We need to stay constantly on the offensive, using a simple strategy with three parts.

Vic Pentz, Chuck Roberts
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Ephesians 6:10-18

Why do so many of the Bible’s glowing phrases feel like unfulfilled promises? We’re not wearing our armor. The world, the flesh and the devil are creaming us. We’re unarmed with what we think is clunky spiritual discipline and unable to wear Christ’s victory.

Vic Pentz, Mark Crumpler
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Luke 11:1-13

For many of us, prayer is something we do, like brushing our teeth. For Jesus, it was a way of life that opened the floodgates of heaven.

Chuck Roberts, Vicki Franch
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Acts 2:42-47

When friend requests are digital and we move an average of 11 times in a lifetime, community can be hard to come by. The early followers of Jesus knew each other, cared for each other and shared life together—and people noticed. Where is your community?

Marnie Crumpler, Jay Madden
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Acts 2:42; Psalm 119

The Bible is consistently one of the best-selling books in the world. At the same time it is one of the least understood. We respect the Bible – but we don’t read it. Many simply lack the confidence to open this book on their own. The best way to develop skill in reading the Bible for yourself is to simply read it for yourself.

Mark Crumpler, Chuck Roberts