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October 15, 2018

If you have been around the Exploring More podcasts or to any of our The Heart of a Warrior Encounter men’s events these past several years, you have crossed paths with our Special Ops Director, Scott Stankavage. I’ve known Scott for 25 years and our friendship has seen births and funerals, celebrations and restoration, good times and hard times. Walking with God with oriented friends … few things are better. In July of 2013 Scott was diagnosed with a rare and terminal Leukemia. The doctors said, “Twenty four to thirty six months is the mortality rate; all we can do is try to get you as much time as possible.” That was almost 5 years ago. Scott recently wrote a blog that I felt led to post and share as a guest on The Warrior's Heart. I trust it will be as meaningful to you as Scott is to

October 08, 2018

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. - Luke 10:19 Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm. - Sun Tzu Knowing the truth concerning the deep workings of the evil spirit helps the individual not only to overcome sins but to eliminate unnecessary afflictions as well. - Watchman Nee Overcoming. The word implies there are obstacles, hurdles … something in the way. In Luke Chapter 10, we read one of the most significant stories in the gospels where obstacles to a life with God are overcome. Jesus commissions his friends to go out and do what He does: teach, heal, and deliver people from the oppressive work of the kingdom of darkness ... proclaim

October 01, 2018

A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me. - Philip Yancey You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.- 1 John 4:4 We live in a fallen place. We live in between the comings of Christ. The First Coming was to rescue and redeem and empower us. Jesus came, and died, and rose again, defeating death. He now gives us power and authority over death, with our wills and our status in the Kingdom, if indeed we are Kingdom citizens. That is the first order of business: moving from a citizen of Darkness to a citizen of the Light. Jesus is the Light. Once we are born again, our status as God's reclaimed, we are to then walk as the friends of God, engaged in the Kingdom

September 24, 2018

Honor is the reward of virtue. - Cicero And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:6 Have you ever had someone famous sit down next to you? Have you ever had tickets in the cheap seats and someone blessed your socks off with a big upgrade? That is what God did. The King of kings sets us right next to himself, and upgrades our seats from the general admission to the best seats in the house. Do you feel the privilege? Do you feel the honor? I remember the Thanksgiving that I was moved up from the Kids' Table. I grew up with a big extended family. Both my parents had three siblings, so cousins were plentiful, and that meant a couple of kids' tables during the holidays when we were all together. I was the oldest grandson on

September 17, 2018

…and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:20 Until the will and the affections are brought under the authority of Christ, we have not begun to understand, let alone to accept, His lordship. - Elisabeth Elliot We all have a will, and therefore, we all have a power in exercising that will. Who and what is influencing that will ... our ability or lack thereof to chose is a different matter all together. This is where the game is played and the battle fought, at the level of the heart and what “beliefs” we hold there. If Romans 9:9-10 is true ... because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from

September 03, 2018

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. - Colossians 2:15 Long-lasting victory can never be separated from a long-lasting stand on the foundation of the cross. - Watchman Nee It was the greatest fight ever! The most influential and cosmos changing knock out ever, and Jesus didn’t even throw a punch. To see when the “date” of the re-match was announced, you would have to go back to the first fight, back to the wilderness. Right after the Jesus' baptism, he was led by the Spirit into the desert, into the ring where, for 40 days, Jesus and Satan went toe to toe. Luke Chapter 4 has the summary of how it all went down, and the last round details are recorded: Satan threw two jab punches at the identity of the Son of

May 07, 2018

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. - Jesus, Luke 9:23 Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies. - Howard Thurman Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person. - Albert Einstein The “offer”, the invitation of Jesus to come and follow was far more than an invitation to obedience, though that is often how Luke 9:23 is preached. The offer of Jesus was an invitation to make a commitment to mastery. The Master was signing on men to take a journey of

April 15, 2018

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. - Luke 10:19 Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live. - C.S. Lewis Our original job description, the one handed to us by God in the garden, was to “reign and rule over creation.” We didn’t do the creating... that was done by the Trinity. We were handed the keys and put in charge. That was God’s original intent, that we reign and rule with His authority. It doesn’t take long before we hand the keys over to Satan in The Fall. Just before Christ goes to the cross, Jesus calls him the Prince of this Dark world, a position of reign and rule and authority. The cross is much more than

April 08, 2018

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:6 We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging. - Patch Adams Growing up, I had the blessing of big family, lots of aunts and uncles and cousins on both sides. Both my grandparents lived in the same town (my parents were high-school sweet hearts) so a visit for holidays was always a large gathering and the making of wonderful memories. Meals were banquets and of course, family style. There was always a seat at the table and an environment for me to be me; to play, listen to stories, be asked questions, enjoy and be enjoyed. I knew I belonged; there was always a seat at the table and it came with all the privileges

February 04, 2018

God is up to something in your life... There is a battle for you to engage in that is worth fighting. And there is a story for you to live that is far bigger and better than you have ever known. Michael Thompson, The Heart of a WarriorDear Bravehearts... Going back with God into some of the lines and paragraphs I wrote a few years ago is always a wild and often encouraging experience. On the pages of The Heart of a Warrior book are a collection of “discoveries” given to me as God and I explored the depths of my heart and the intentions of His heart for me. Often I remember where I was and when it was that the truths were unearthed and words became my attempt to express the significance of these discoveries in my life.This is the way for every hearts journey... the question is, do we take