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Embracing New Identities

Embracing New Identites

Finding an Austin native is becoming increasingly rare as Austin expands into one of the nation’s top “move to” cities. Such a transient community creates a unique space for creativity, ingenuity, and business growth. But it also presents incoming Christian leaders with certain challenges as they relocate. With relocation comes a season of reorientation. It…

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A Q+A with Cheryl Luke

Shared Identity a Q+A with Cheryl Luke

A speaker, podcast host and life coach, Cheryl Luke is committed to inspiring the generations to embrace Christ’s unyielding love and live with intention. She lives in the Austin, Texas area where she has attended Shoreline Church for over 30 years and has been on staff for 19 years. Over the years, Cheryl has served…

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Identity is Received Not Achieved

Identity is Received; not Achieved

Our identity in Christ is received; not achieved. Our identity in Christ has everything to do with what God does to us, the relationship He creates with us, and the destiny He appoints for us. God made us who we are so we could make Him known. Our identity is for the sake of making…

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5 Things Shared Identity is Not

5 Things Shared Identity is NOT

Sometimes, the easiest way to explain a term is by examining what it does not mean, what it is not. As we sweep away the cobwebs of misconception, we can gain a clear picture of what words or ideas may mean.  As we explore the concept of shared identity, here are five key things shared…

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Jesus Freaks A Shared Identity

Jesus Freak: A Shared Identity

I was 10 years old when I walked down the church aisle to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. But it wasn’t until the Jesus Movement that I learned to live out that relationship in community.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Jesus Movement, it was the closes thing to a Spiritual Awakening…

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EmbracingSharedIdentity

Embracing Shared Identity with Rene Green

Someone recently asked me to share a personal experience of “Shared Identity,” and what impact it had on my life. At first this was a bit confusing for me, because what many people call “identity” might also be described as “collected experiences.”   How do we define our identity? Is it simply a collection of…

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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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