Vanguard Movement

October 20, 2014

Winds In The Heavens…Boots On The Ground

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One last thought on whirlwinds to set the tone for the year ahead… We know that this year will be defined by clashing whirlwinds that shift the status quo. Power structures that have kept much of God’s Kingdom shrouded in darkness are about to be exposed.  He wants people to see. But what role do we play? I can tell you for sure, it’s not to sit around and let the winds of the enemy blow our lives apart. In fact, I believe that when God says He’s sending a whirlwind, what He’s sending is us. He’s about to release [...]

September 5, 2014

When God Pushes The Pause Button

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The concept of time is very interesting. Every minute and hour has equal value to the others, but in God’s hands, the pace and significance of time is constantly shifting.  At certain points in life, it feels like He hits the pause button, marking the significance of what He is speaking.  In those moments, He's extending an opportunity and a choice. How we respond is crucial. One choice can accelerate us on a path of purpose; the other can push us into a cycle that stalls the flow of time in our lives. I believe God has pushed the pause [...]

August 29, 2014

when you feel small…

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This week kicked off going back to school in Texas (and all of the parents shout a hearty HALLELUJAH!)  Going back to school is really exciting, but it’s also really chaotic if your child is in elementary school. This is totally the fault of the parents. The first day of school is the one day of the year that parents show up, cameras ready, to capture the memory of children in their new, first-day-of-school outfit complete with matching backpack/lunch box ensemble. We get photos at home, in front of the school, in the classroom, at their desk and with their [...]

Hitting The Reset Button

By |August 8th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Prophetic words are great, aren’t they? Who doesn’t like getting revelation straight from heaven about the good things that God has planned for your future. Yup, they’re great…unless God uses a prophet to get after you. Recently, I received a word from a leader that I trust telling me that I was being disobedient to the Sabbath. After receiving the word, I did what any good Christian would do… I went to DEFCON 1 … denial, religious analysis and defense. Maybe she heard wrong… Maybe she was in a bad mood… We were all crowded together pretty tightly…maybe something bounced [...]

Do People Like Me Do Something Like This?

By |August 1st, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly using this question as a lens to evaluate the world we live in. Everything from products to social movements rises and falls on this question. Do people like me use this? Do people like me go there? What do people like me believe about this idea? We may not want to admit it, but subconsciously, we like to flow with the herd. It makes life easier. A filter helps when I am being bombarded with choices. There's also a security in knowing that my friends, or the people I want to [...]

July 25, 2014

What Makes Us Different?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this question. There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about advancing the Kingdom of God into the main culture systems of society.  We know it won’t be the work of a few charismatic leaders. Instead, it will be led organically by a tribe of people who shake off their limitations to partner with God’s vision. So, we know this is what wants us to be doing...we're just trying to figure out how to do it. How do we shift culture back to Kingdom principles? How do we leverage influence in order to [...]

Fat Or Fight: It’s Time To Choose

By |July 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have had a problem with obesity for most of my life, although I didn’t know it. Since I was nine years old, I have been consuming a lot. I consume when I feel bad about myself and when I am worried about my family. I also consume simply because it feels good.  I've tried to do something about it, but just when I get moving, something seems to happen that gets my focus back on consuming. I didn’t think I had a problem. I didn’t notice it was happening.  Until, one day…I looked in the mirror and I didn’t [...]

May 27, 2014

When God Gave Up

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Even as I write this, I am struck by the ridiculousness of that statement. "When God gave up.” We might not say it outright, but so much of what we believe about the world validates it.   Clearly it seems He gave up on: Science – too many Darwinists and athiests hanging out there. Hollywood – the sex, the violence….enough said.  But if I fast-forward the bad parts on the dvd it’s OK to watch it, right? The business world – money is the root of all evil, isn’t it? Government – just a bunch of corrupt, bleeding heart liberals that [...]

Who Wants To Go First?

By |May 19th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

That’s a loaded question. It really depends on what you’re talking about, doesn’t it? I mean, if you’re asking about being first in the line for the restroom after drinking three diet cokes (please, for the sake of us all!), or being chosen first when they were picking teams in grade school, then count me in. But if you’re talking about the first to give the big presentation, or first in line for getting your wisdom teeth removed, there probably won't be as much jockeying for the front of the line. Dancing with uncertainty: Going first isn’t always an easy [...]