Tita Evertsz

Monday, February 26, 2018
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Tita Evertsz is the founder of Vidas Plenas, a ministry in Guatemala that gives impoverished children and families an opportunity to experience full lives in Christ. For over 20 years, Tita and her team have been serving in La Limonada, a large urban slum in Guatemala City. Today, Vidas Plenas operates four academies with an enrollment of over 400 students, as well as a scholars program, mercy ministry, and gang rescue ministry. Through her faithful presence in the community as a servant and friend, Tita has earned the trust of the gangs that control the neighborhoods, giving her and her staff daily opportunities to extend the love of Jesus. Lemonade International was founded in 2008 to act as a conduit of generosity and love from sponsors and churches in the United States to the mission of Vidas Plenas.


What is God’s call for your life that you need to be obedient to?

Who are the people you need to forgive and show God’s love to?

How are you plugging into God’s worldwide mission?

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Jesse Eubanks

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Jesse Eubanks is the Founder and Executive Director of Love Thy Neighborhood. Love Thy Neighborhood is an urban missions agency putting young adults on the front lines of nonprofit work and social action. Through social justice internships and Christian community, they’ve helped over 150 young adults transform from people who THINK about justice to people who are DOING justice. Jesse is also the host of the Love Thy Neighborhood podcast, a documentary storytelling program which recently reached #3 on iTunes in Religion & Spirituality that explores the intersection of social justice and Christian community. Relevant Magazine also named him one of the top 50 Christian artists and activists making an impact on culture in America. He’s been married to his wife Lindsay for 12 years and they have two beautiful children together. They live in Louisville, KY.


Reflect

Where has God commissioned you to love?

What are doubts you have in the midst of that?

How can you trust God and find power in Jesus among your own weakness?

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Liz Dong

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Liz Dong works at World Relief as the Midwest Mobilizer for the Evangelical Immigration Table, helping Christians respond to immigration from a biblical perspective. Having herself been welcomed into the church and introduced to Jesus as a young immigrant from China, Liz is passionate about seeing more churches welcoming the stranger in Christ’s name. Liz is also the co-founder of the new Voices of Christian Dreamers initiative, a Dreamer-led movement seeking to change the conversation about immigration in the Church and beyond through story-sharing and other efforts. Liz holds a BA from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

www.evangelicalimmigrationtable.com

www.christiandreamers.us


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Dr. Ed Stetzer

Monday, February 19, 2018
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Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Previously, he served as Executive Director of LifeWay Research.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than one million individuals each week. Stetzer is also Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine, a Christian leadership magazine with a circulation of more than 70,000 readers.

In 2015, he began serving as the co-host of the BreakPoint This Week radio program with John Stonestreet. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.


Reflect

To where do you feel the call of commission?

Who are the people you feel like you need to share the love of Jesus with, today and long-term?

What is the first tangible step you are going to take to follow the call of this commission?

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Spirtual Renewal: J.R. Briggs

Wednesday, February 14-Friday, February 16, 2018
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J.R. Briggs’ passion is two-fold: to grow fruit on other people’s trees and to collaborate with others to create good kingdom mischief. He started Kairos Partnerships in 2011 to see these two passions meet the needs of hungry kingdom leaders.

His role with Kairos Partnerships is expressed through coaching, consulting, speaking, teaching, equipping and writing serving a wide variety of leaders, pastors, churches, non-profits, ministries, companies and denominations. Over the past several years, he has invested in kingdom leaders in over 23 states from over 40 different denominations.

In addition to starting Kairos Partnerships, he planted The Renew Community, a Jesus-centered congregation for the hungry and the hurting in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Over the past 15 years, he’s served in mega-churches, church plants, and house church networks.

He received his Masters of Missional Theology degree at Biblical Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at Biblical, writing his doctoral thesis on how question-asking in leadership can advance God’s mission. He is an adjunct professor at Biblical Seminary and guest instructor at Friends University, specifically with the Apprentice Institute.

He also serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network and National Trainer & Equipper for Fresh Expressions U.S. He is an author, co-author, and contributor of nine books that seek to equip and care for kingdom leaders.

J.R. and his wife Megan have been married for over 16 years and have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in the heart of Lansdale, PA.

 

Corwin & Kim Anthony

Friday, February 9, 2018
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Corwin and Kim Anthony have been on staff with Athletes in Action (the sports ministry division of Cru) since April of 2000. They first served as chaplains for the Miami Dolphins providing 10 years of direct ministry to players, coaches, wives and the Dolphins front office. In 2007 Corwin took on the additional role of Executive Director of Pro Ministries (NFL) and in the fall of 2011, the Anthony’s relocated to Xenia, OH to
work out of AIA’s headquarters. Kim serves alongside him to give leadership to the Proministry of AIA. Together they oversee the AIA chaplains serving across the NFL.
Kim is also an author and speaker who has traveled the country inspiring people of all ages with her story of persevering through pain to fulfill God’s purpose.  In her book, Unfavorable Odds, she shares some of the principles she learned after growing up amidst tremendous struggle, surrounded by drugs, violence, and abuse, only to become a world-class gymnast and UCLA Hall of Fame athlete.  Read more about her story at http://www.KimAnthony.net.
Corwin and Kim have had the privilege of serving alongside some of the greatest influencers in the world of sport.  They oversee the ministry that takes place each year at the Senior Bowl, Pro Bowl, Combine and the NFL Owner’s meetings.  Corwin is also the Program Director for the Super Bowl Breakfast which features the presentation of the Bart Starr Award.


Reflect

All of us have had to overcome challenges to walk according to God’s purposes. What have been some of your challenges and how have those challenges shaped who you are today?

The pursuit of deeper intimacy with God usually involves courageous obedience. Share a time in your life where you were successful and where you fell short of courageous obedience.

What aspects of Kim and Corwin’s story can you best relate to?

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Dr. John Foubert

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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John D. Foubert, Ph.D. is Principal of John D. Foubert, LLC, National President of One in Four (www.oneinfourusa.org) and an Endowed Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the College of William and Mary, his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Richmond, and his Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Dr. Foubert is an interdisciplinary scholar with over 50 peer-reviewed publications.  Dr. Foubert has written seven books about the prevention of sexual violence and two about managing life in college residence halls.  How Pornography Harms is his 10th book, and the one he hopes will have the broadest appeal to college students, parents, and the public at large.  His federally funded, interdisciplinary research program has produced scholarship that is featured in some of the most respected peer-reviewed journals in both Education and Psychology.  His grant and government contract work exceed $1,000,000.  He was the first scholar to document a reduction in sexual violence resulting from a prevention program.  Dr. Foubert has given over 200 professional presentations to conferences, universities, community and military organizations worldwide.

In 1998, he and a group of colleagues founded One in Four (www.oneinfourusa.org).  One in Four is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending rape through means shown to be most effective through scientific research.  Since 1993, over 100,000 people at countless universities, state health departments, and military organizations have seen Dr. Foubert’s rape-prevention programs worldwide.

Dr. Foubert has testified Congress and has been called upon by the White House and the Pentagon for his expertise in rape prevention.  He speaks at and consults with colleges and the military regularly about the harms of pornography and how to end sexual violence.  He appears in the national media on camera or in print several times a month in outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Houston Chronicle, and U.S. News and World Report.  Dr. Foubert is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Due to his religious faith as a follower of Jesus, Dr. Foubert often speaks at Christian colleges and in churches about the harms of pornography, preventing sexual violence, trauma-informed responses to Title IX violations, and PTSD.  He remains in high demand for secular private and public institutions as well.


Reflect

What role can the love of believers play in helping brothers and sisters avoid sexual sin?

What is a specific way that you can fight evil with Christian love?

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