Change Your Frame. Change Your Life. -- Part Four: The Solution is Dissolution




Change Your Frame. Change Your Life.
 Part Four: The Solution is Dissolution



Psalm 119:49, Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.

Hope is expectation. What do you expect?

"In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." – Eric Hoffer

Dissolution is: “The act or process of dissolving”

Rather than wrestle with problems, first determine if the problem IS the problem. Some “problems” need to be dissolved or deconstructed. The solution is dissolution. Surface problems should be dissolved so that underlying problems may be seen and resolved.

There is no solution in staring at a problem. There is no hope in the problem. I did not say you were hopeless. I am saying there is no hope in the problem itself.

Hope is expectation, so hope lies beyond the problem. We don’t wait on problems, we work towards solutions to problems.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1. What does it mean to dissolve a problem?
2. How is denial different from dissolution?
3. Why is there no hope in focusing on a problem?

YOUR CASE STUDY (Based on examples in the teaching):
What is your problem?
What is the core problem?
What do you need to dissolve to get at the core problem?

How the Kingdom of God Works EVERY TIME!



Mark 4:26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

We can rest in the fact that some things always work. This morning I awoke to another sunrise, just like yesterday, and everyday of my life. The sun has always risen, whether or not I saw it. 

The kingdom of God is like a sunrise and more! God's “kingdom” (The King's domain), always produces for you, IF you “seed” it. All of our spiritual disciplines like prayer, serving, giving, and worshipping are forms of sowing seed––activities related to our covenant with God empowered by grace.

Jesus said, “The earth yields crops by itself” in explaining how the kingdom of God works. It has power and capacity in itself. He explained, “The kingdom of God is is if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.

Understanding is overrated. Following kingdom principles is underrated.

REFLECTION QUESTION:
In what ways are you seeding the kingdom of God, so it can produce for you?

Change Your Frame. Change Your Life. -- Part Three: What Is In A Name?



Change Your Frame. Change Your Life.
Part Three: What Is In A Name?


Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God 

Genesis 17:5, No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

We are going to use the parable of a frame.

People whose name God changed, changed their frame, and changed their life. In our culture we use names as handles or identifiers. Call our name and we will look up. In the Bible, names have meaning and significance.

As new creations in Christ, God makes all things new. In the Bible, we often see that God changed someone's name in order to change their frame or purpose. Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel, Simon became Peter, and Saul became Paul. In the context of Black History Month, Isabella Baumfree became Sojourner Truth. In every case, changing one’s name changed one's frame and changed the course of one's life.

Your family name has significance. In Christ, God has elevated your name above the letters and words to represent your purpose, your character, and your hope in God. Your given name doesn't have to change, but your frame and name in light of God's purpose can and should change.

Reflection Questions Based on the Teaching:
1. What is your frame?
2. Why did God change the names of some of His leaders and key people in the Bible?
3. How did changing someone's name change their frame?
4. How can your frame and name change without actually changing your given name?

An Old, Sick, Self-Serving Game



It was not unexpected that Republicans would acquit/excuse former president Donald J. Trump 
for inciting the January 6 insurrection on our U.S. Capital.  We always knew they (except for the few) lacked the character and courage to hold him accountable. What was insulting and galling was to use Black Lives Matter as a false moral equivalence and argument to not hold DJT accountable. It has always been easy for these folks to disrespect and blame anything “Black.” 

As an educated rational Black man of 64 years, Christ Follower and community servant for 43 years, it is not lost on me what too many white folk have done, or will do, to cover up one another, while easily hanging blame/guilt on others. It is an old, sick, self-serving game. 

The only consolation from this ordeal is knowing who is who by words, deeds and silence. The whole world knows.

Matthew 7:16, You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Change Your Frame. Change Your Life. -- Part Two: Living by the Power of Another


Change Your Frame. Change Your Life.
Part Two: Living by the Power of Another 


Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Not only have WE been crucified with Christ, OUR PROBLEMS have also been crucified with Him. We can live an empowered through Christ and re-frame problems as an opportunity. As part of being made in God's "Image and Likeness," humanity was designed be "fruitful and multiply," not only by having children, but being fruitful in every area of life. 

The gift of a problem is activating your ability to flourish and thrive. It is essential to have self-awareness of your potential as well as your problems. We don't need to practice denial because we have been empowered by Christ to face every challenge victoriously!

Reflection Questions:
1. How have you been tempted to change your frame and purpose? 
2. What do you need to stop denying so God can help you?
3. What do you look like when you are flourishing and thriving?
4. What does seeking first God’s kingdom and righteousness look like?