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Kris Kringle and Personhood on Trial

Written by Ben Cheek on .

20121226-230657Christmas Eve our family watched the original Miracle on 34th Street. For those who may need a refresher, it’s about the crusade of Kris Kringle, a fill-in department store Santa who tries to get a single mom and her daughter to believe again (with the help of a prince-charming neighbor). In the process Kris raises the hopes of a whole city, all while rescuing Christmas by converting Macy’s from its rampant consumerism. I like the movie and It got me thinking. Not so much about Christmas and consumerism, but about personhood and belief.

In the movie, Christmas is in real trouble when Santa gets committed for saying who he really is. The handsome next-door lawyer comes to his rescue, but wants to keep St. Nick out of the looney bin by proving he is the real deal. During the course of the highly-publicized trial, the judge has to admit it can’t rule on maters of personal opinion (or belief). Although the court can’t rule on the existence of Santa, it can commit Kris for saying he’s the real deal without authoritative proof.

The film plays on the problem of extraordinary claims of personhood. Society takes real offense at people who claim to be something but are not. Sometimes it’s criminal, but even when it’s just a YouTube fame prank, people are outraged. There might be more than one reason, but I think our indignation stems from the violation of the root of our certainty: personhood. The world isn’t exactly full of credibility these days, and between those selling and those buying truth, about the only thing we can be sure of is who we are — our authority is our own story. So whenever anyone claims to be something the are not, they take away some power for each of us to define ourselves and erode our trust in the authenticity of people in general.

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Sun Stand Still - A Review

Written by Joe Schlosser on .

I am currently reading "Sun Stand Still" by Steven Furtick and it is amazing how the Lord tends to speak to me through other people.  One statement the author makes in Chapter 3 just jumped out at me and really resonates with what Go Ahead, Launch, LLC is all about.

Seize God's Vision.  Activate Your Faith.  Make Your Move.

I love this. 

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5 Steps To Cure Procrastination

Written by Joe Schlosser on .

As I am returning from a trip to Branson, MO where we met with a client church this weekend, I am reminded of all the things that now need to get finished so we can launch our new eCourse, fresco.  When I sat down this morning to read through my daily devotion from Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, his devotion screamed at me words of wisdom and truth.  I felt like I needed to pass these words on to you, our readers, so here is a recap of the devotional by Rick Warren.

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That's My King

Written by Joe Schlosser on .



Downloads and DVDs are available at Igniter Media. The late S.M. Lockridge once presented an incredible message "That's My King", describing our God and who He is. Though God can't be described with just words, this is as close as you can get this side of Heaven.

joe mugJoe Schlosser is a creative faith-driven strategist who teaches entrepreneurs how to turn their passion into profit using social media, web-based platforms and soul-based communication. My approach integrates proven strategic analysis and intuitive discernment so each client can identify their specific life purpose, the right resources to use, and how to advance God’s kingdom in a powerful and sustaining way.
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Business as Ministry - Integrating Faith and Work

Written by Joe Schlosser on .

The following blog article is posted on Business As Mission's website.  It is a very good article that outlines the challenge the Church faces when approaching it's members about how to integrate their faith into their workplace.

 


 

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From LeTourneau University Center for Faith & Work - (DALLAS, Texas) – Do faith and work mix? And if so, as America’s workforce increasingly wants meaning beyond a paycheck, do pastors help? From a recent national study commissioned by Dallas-based LeTourneau University’s Center for Faith & Work, answers are, “Yes,” and “Not enough.” “Ninety-three percent of pastors say they want to help members of their congregations integrate faith and work but fully two-thirds of them admit their efforts fall short,” Bill Peel, Center for Faith & Work executive director, said. “People work more, and better, when their labor carries a sense of calling. But most employers can’t give it, and most pastors don’t.”

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The Beauty of Fresco

Written by Joe Schlosser on .


Michelangelo's fresco painting technique demonstration from a NOVA episode.

Fresco means "Fresh" in Italian, painting on the wet plaster. The Lord gave me this word "Fresco" for this organization on January 11, 2012 as I was praying and seeking His will on moving forward with this concept.

I am praying into this and receiving "fresh" revelation for Go Ahead, Launch! Stay tuned for more details. My good friend talks about how the process of painting a fresco puts the image being painted "into the structure of the wall." I love that imagery for ministry. The pigment becomes part of the structure. Sounds like God's plan for our lives doesn't it. This method of painting takes time and is very durable often lasting thousands of years.

Tell me, what call has God placed on your life and how do you live it out on a daily basis?

is there anytning you can think of which stands in the way of you discovering and walking out your God-given destiny?

How can we help each other discover and live out what we are meant to do?

I would love to hear your answers in the comments below.

joe mugJoe Schlosser is a creative faith-driven strategist who teaches entrepreneurs how to turn their passion into profit using social media, web-based platforms and soul-based communication. My approach integrates proven strategic analysis and intuitive discernment so each client can identify their specific life purpose, the right resources to use, and how to advance God’s kingdom in a powerful and sustaining way.

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