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Team #2—Monkey See, Monkey Do

If you will fear the Eternal and serve him, and listen to his voice and not rebel against the command of the Eternal, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will follow the Eternal, your God. 1 Samuel 12:14 The dynamics of teamwork are unique in that the principle of cause … Continue reading

Team #1— “E Pluribus Unum”

Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” reflects his understanding that the command to “love your neighbor” occurred as the positive contrast to the commands not to bear a grudge or take vengeance against those in our community who were seriously annoying, those close to us who were opposing or undermining our efforts to contribute to … Continue reading

Transformation #8—Final Transformation

The Lord, Jesus Christ, will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:21. O Life-changing God, our hearts rejoice that you bring your transforming power to bear for us. We delight in … Continue reading

Transformation #7—Specialized Transformation

To each one of us Christ graciously gave a gift … for the equipping of the saints for the work of service: the building up of the body of Christ; until we all reach the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God. Ephesians 4:7–13 We all began as babies; but today … Continue reading

Transformation #6—Beneficial Transformation

To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the benefit of all. 1 Corinthians 12:7 First, creation; then, recreation. When God first assigned human beings the task of exercising authority over creation as his representatives, he intended for us to continue subduing chaos so that he, and we, could label the end … Continue reading

Transformation #5—Fearful Transformation

Evil individuals are rebellious to the core. They do not fear God, for they are too proud. The words of their mouths are treacherous and troubling; they never consider doing good … How happy is the person who fears Yahweh, who takes great delight in obeying his commands. Psalm 36:1–3; 112:1 Fearing God will transform … Continue reading

Transformation #4—Holy Transformation

Fix your hopes totally on the grace which will be yours when Jesus Christ reappears. As obedient children, do not conform yourselves to what you desired when you were ignorant, but, like the Holy One who called you, you be holy in all your behavior. 1 Peter 1:14–15 Almighty God, who was revealed through the … Continue reading

Transformation #3—Transforming Thoughts

Do not conform yourselves to our current culture. Rather, transform yourself by renewing your mind so you can experientially confirm what the will of God is—that which is good, soul-satisfying and well-designed. Romans 12:2 Picture an ox-drawn wagon traveling down a wet dirt road; then another cart and another and another … Imagine how deep … Continue reading

Transformation #2—Glorious Transformation

With unveiled faces, we who are beholding the glory of the Lord in the gospel of the glory of Christ—who is the image of God—are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18 It seems to be a natural law that we become like those we admire. After all, imitation … Continue reading

Transformation #1—Purposeful Transformation

When Jesus calls us to follow him, he’s not just inviting us to go where he’s going; he’s challenging us to imitate him while we walk through life with him. When we respond to him, we agree to begin a process of transformation called discipleship. But as we look at the first disciples, we see … Continue reading