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October 3, 2014

Dancing With A Whirlwind

By |October 3rd, 2014|Categories: spiritual warfare|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Do you ever feel like your brain is going to explode from information overload? That’s exactly how I feel. Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending The Head Of The Year conference at Global Spheres. The list of speakers included key prophetic leaders such as Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, Paul Keith Davis, Robert Heidler and Chuck Pierce. It was an amazing time of enjoying the presence of God and hearing the word of the Lord for this upcoming year. I’m still processing everything that was shared, but I didn’t want to delay getting you a few of the key [...]

September 5, 2014

When God Pushes The Pause Button

By |September 5th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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…

By |August 29th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

The Danger Of Disengagement

By |August 22nd, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |

The last few weeks have been rough, haven’t they? No matter where you look, the world is in a state of conflict. International headlines are filled with the conflict in Israel, threats from new enemies (ISIS), as well as threats from old enemies (Russia.)  At home, the situation in Ferguson has stoked the fires of racial division. A few minutes on the CNN page can leave a person fearful, angry, disheartened or just plain numb. But, the headlines only tell part of the story. What we see on earth is a reflection of what is happening in the spirit realm. [...]

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 [...]

July 25, 2014

What Makes Us Different?

By |July 25th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

The One Question You MUST Answer

By |July 4th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If you’ve spent any time studying creativity in leadership, you know that one of the most important attributes of innovative leaders is the ability to ask good questions. Apple has become the dominant force it is because Steve Jobs forced his team to ask important questions no one else was asking. I never knew I couldn't live without an iPhone, until I couldn't live without an iPhone! Questions are powerful tools to expand your thinking.  They cause you to move past your assumptions and entertain the ridiculous, the nonsensical, the uncomfortable and on occasion, the truly genius. Where Questions Go [...]

June 26, 2014

There’s A Heavy Price To Hesitation

By |June 26th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , |

One of the things that I keep hearing is that the next two years are going to be filled with dramatic changes – both internally and externally.  The idea of change can be exciting – as long as it remains an idea.  That’s why movies and self-help books are so popular.  We like to visualize a better life.   Doing the work to get there, well… The idea of change is great… The other side of change is great… The process of change… not so much. The truth is, nobody likes having to change.  I mentioned in a recent post [...]

Eye of the tiger, baby…

By |June 19th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |

Have you ever had a fear that seemed to define you? Over the past week, we have been dealing with this kind of fear in the Ozment household. About a week ago, my daughter was suddenly struck with a fear of something being in her room when she was going to bed. I tried everything… music, lights on, doors closed, doors opened. There has been a lot of tears, hugs, reassurances, frustration, more tears, guilt, stress and repentance...mostly on my part. Just like that, everything that defined her was lost in the reality of the fear that she was facing [...]

Searching For The Silver Bullet

By |June 5th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |

People are always looking for a silver bullet, for that one thing that will guarantee success. It doesn’t matter if it's in business, your spiritual life or finding a date, someone is out there willing to sell you on the five steps it takes to get where you want to go. I’m one of those people. I want to sell you a silver bullet. It won’t help you lose those 20 pounds (quit blaming it on the camera and go to the gym, people!) and it won’t help you find your future spouse (if you want a laugh, check this [...]