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Four Key Indicators of Shared Identity

Four Key Indicators of Shared Identity 

When we embrace shared identity we may not always be able to predict the outcomes, but here are four key indicators that reveal God is at work through our relationships anchored by our shared identity. Sustained Change Getting ourselves or others motivated past a few weeks is not an easy task. Change that lasts is…

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Shared Identity: Where to Start?

Shared Identity: Where to Start?

Shared identity and purpose is sought through a purposeful step into the journey to find it. But how do I start this journey to find shared identity, or purpose, if I am still asking myself, ‘Who am I? Who needs me? What am I doing here? Is there anyone who I can connect with who…

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Shared Identity: Love is an End Result

Shared Identity: Love is an End Result

At its best, family is all about connecting and belonging to one another. Because, at its most fundamental core, God provides marriage and children as a bonding agent, allowing each of us to experience a sense of security and well-being.  A family shares everything but most importantly love: love for one another and for each…

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TJ Morelli Interview

Purpose Interview with TJ Morelli

As ABBA continues to explore the very complex subject of purpose, we’ve talked most recently about the Pitfalls of Purpose, and heard a personal story of Rich discovering his own purpose in a covert military operation. Knowing that most Christians want to find meaning and purpose in their lives, this topic has a wide variety…

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The Pitfalls of Purpose

Pitfalls of Purpose

  The Dictionary defines a pitfall as a lightly covered and unnoticeable pit prepared as a trap for people or animals, or any trap or danger for the unwary.   There are moments we will feel in full stride with our purpose, humming or whistling along our path of purpose with our purposeful shoes tied…

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3 Unexpected Emotions that come from Purpose

3 Unexpected Emotions that come from Purpose

  While we are familiar with feelings of empowerment, peace, revelation, release and many more that accompany a deeper connection with our purpose; here are three biblical feelings that we often pay little attention to in terms of purpose.     PURE JOY   “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face…

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Clarity: A Biblical Perspective on Purpose

Clarity: A Biblical Perspective of Purpose

  Clarity always has a way of bringing forth life to purpose.   Jesus had a clear understanding of the purpose of his life, and he derived his purpose from his Father and not from his own ambitions or aspirations. This model of listening and learning from the Father is the beginning of wisdom for…

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Unexpected Parts of Purpose

Unexpected Parts of Purpose

As we search for a deeper connection with purpose we can find ourselves forgetting that a portion of that journey will require elements that are, shall we say, less desirable, less glamorous.  Purpose is not a destination where we arrive to discover zero problems with never a confrontation or issue to address. In an effort…

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Purpose Bootcamp

Purpose Bootcamp

Now and then, in life, the unexpected reveals with almost perfect clarity what our life’s purpose will be.   As a young Special Forces Officer, I was assigned to counterinsurgency operations in Central America.  This meant that I was attached to a local Battalion that regularly found itself in combat.   I knew early on…

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself to Discover Your Purpose

10 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help Discover Your Purpose

Countless books have been written and podcasts recorded about purpose. We have an innate drive to better understand why we are here and what we are supposed to do with our time here that will have lasting meaning. Unfortunately there is not a formula that will unlock the mysteries of purpose. Fortunately, we have a…

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