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Gary Sims
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Hearing God Speak As I Imitate Christ
By Gary Sims

"As I Imitate Christ" is a study on Godly leadership through example; leadership of leaders; being a mentor; and being a leader according to God's design. It is a prayer and a desire to be everything Christ would have us become and to recognize that all things are possible when we choose to follow the example of Christ in our lives.

"It is a prayer and a desire to be everything Christ would have us become…"

Prayer, desire, and action; these are the action verbs for Christ-like living. When we first don the mantle of Christ-likeness it feels a bit awkward. It is a coat of many colors that sits a little loose on our shoulders and rides somewhat uncomfortably around our frame. We are uncertain that it was actually made for us to wear and we are self-conscious of its appearance and fit. Our tendency is to remove it and to set in aside, perhaps for special occasions or when we think that no one is looking.

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A Humble Walk with Jesus
By Karen Deikun

A great spiritual leader died this year. His name wasn’t mentioned on the news networks and no famous people sent condolences to his family to mark his passing. He was not a preacher or pope, nor a TV evangelist. His name was Ray MacDonald. You’ve probably never heard of him.

He was a soft-spoken, gentle man who loved to fish or work with his tools in the garage. A professional painter and paper hanger for many years, he always did the very best job that he could wherever he worked. People noticed that and they appreciated it. They also enjoyed his gentle humor and unfailing good nature.

Children seemed to gravitate to him. He carried erasers in his pocket which he would hand out to the kids. Perhaps they were symbolic of the fact that Jesus could erase the penalty for sin and begin a child’s life over with a clean page. Along with each eraser came a smile, a hug, or just a hand laid gently on a shoulder.

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Take to heart Absurd! Absurd?
By Joyce Pool

Over the last several years, I have learned many powerful lessons behind the Word which says, "Lean not on thine own understanding." When the Lord has opened your ears, there’s no mistaking His voice. He said "My sheep hear my voice. I know them. And they follow Me." Those of us who hear His voice do not sometimes follow Him, or consider following Him. We follow Him... no matter what. We follow even when what He says to us doesn’t seem to make sense or when we’re unsure of the outcome.

We obey, regardless of how absurd it may seem because we do not lean on our own understanding... we just follow Him. And sometimes, He will tell us to say or do something that really does seem absurd to our own understanding. But there’s always a reason... even if that reason is simply to test our obedience. I can’t see someone knowing His voice, hearing His voice, and then being anything but obedient. But that’s my own understanding. His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways are not our ways. They are above ours... high, high above ours.

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