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5 – Your Story

Playlist

Big Daddy Weave “My Story”
Tauren Wells “God’s Not Done With You”
Laura Story “Blessings”
Passion “Bigger Than I Thought”
Unspoken “Life My Life Up”

Encouraging Scripture

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
Hebrews 12:10-13 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.  “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
1 Peter 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy or you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 3:13-18 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answerto everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

Resources

Articles:                                                   
“6 Reasons Why Your Story Matters by Life in the Spacious Place” https://lifeinthespaciousplace.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/6-reasons-why-your-story-matters/
“The Key to the Christian’s Joy” by R C Sproul https://www.ligonier.org/blog/key-christians-joy/ 
“3 Reasons Your Joy Matters (And Isn’t Just About You)” by Melissa Kruger https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/melissa-kruger/3-reasons-your-joy-matters-and-isnt-just-about-you/

Story Counseling for you or your company: https://istoriaproject.org

Seasons video: California Academy of Science, 3 min 16 sec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgHmqv_-UbQ

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