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Now displaying: February, 2017

Stories of leadership and life with Jo Saxton and Steph O'Brien

Feb 27, 2017

Identity is one of the areas God often puts a finger on during our wilderness seasons. We may suddenly find ourselves stripped of our identities or taking on an identity in an unhealthy way. Often wilderness seasons lead us back to the question: ‘who am I actually?’ and hopefully then onto finding out who God says we are: His masterpieces.

 

Before Jesus starts ministry His identity is declared: This is my son, who I love, with whom I am well pleased.

He is then driven into the desert to face temptation. If He had forgotten who He was, He would not have been able to face those temptations.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Who are you really in God? Take a moment to discuss or write a list of what God says about you as a child of God and the gifts and callings God has spoken over you. Where is the enemy trying to get you to deny your true identity?

 

2) We can be tempted to try and earn God’s love, thinking that we can only be His children if we are perfect.  Where have you been tempted to earn your identity as God’s masterpiece and His love?

 

3) Read Psalm 139: v1-18 & v23-24 out loud . Do you feel you are too much or not enough? Why? What does God say about you? Where do those feelings hold you back?

 

4) Jo mentioned reading Psalm 139 over herself in the mirror during times when her identity was attacked. How can you practically embrace God’s truth about your identity? (Have a verse written in a prominent place, paint or write out your identity, memorize scriptures…)

 

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Feb 22, 2017

Jo and Steph talk racial recognition, representation and reconciliation in today’s episode.  Listen in to this fascinating and informative discussion on what true historical and biblical justice really looks like and why a diversity of faces in the room is not the same as racial diversity.  Also hear their suggestions for being a bridge in your culture between different diverse people. 

 

Resources:

Be the Bridge

http://www.latashamorrison.com/

https://beabridgebuilder.com/

 

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Feb 20, 2017

Jesus has two significant experiences before His ministry begins - first His baptism and then He is driven into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by Satan.  First he receives a declaration of love and approval from His Father before He has done anything, and then He is driven into a harsh physical wilderness. 

 

In this episode Jo and Steph discuss Jesus’ wilderness journey in Matthew 3:13-4:11.  They look at the three temptations Jesus faced from the enemy and discuss where the enemy has similarly tempted them in those areas:

 

1) Appetite

2) Approval

3) Ambition

 

After facing those temptations, Jesus comes out of the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Steph shares about her wilderness journey into ministry, where God broke down her desire for approval from others, and Jo shares how God made her step out of worship for a season to address unhealthy ambitions. 

 

Take-aways:

1) The promise of the wilderness is God’s power.  God’s Spirit is with you in the wilderness and it is God’s power which will lead you out.

2) Surrender to God in the wilderness.  Not necessarily surrender to it, but surrender to God.  He is still the safest place to be.

3) Let God expose those three A’s in your life.  It is the safest way.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Which of the three A’s are you struggling with right now? How is that affecting your life in a negative way?

2) Where do you need to surrender to God in the current wilderness? Do you believe God is the safest place? Why or why not?

3) Think back to a wilderness you have come through.  Where has God’s power been manifested in your life as a result of that season?

 

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Feb 13, 2017

Re-broadcast of Life in the Wilderness.

 

The start of a new series of Life in the Wilderness, Jo and Steph discuss those times we all face but all would prefer not to - those desert times.

 

They discuss what the wilderness may look like and has looked like for them: times where we feel spiritually dry, where our faith has been tested or where God has used difficult circumstances to form our character.  Jo shares about adapting to a new life in the US after a fruitful season in the UK, and Steph shares about her journey with singleness and dating.

 

Looking at the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt, we learn the the distance between slavery and the Promised Land is the wilderness, and how God uses that time to correct the wrong mindsets the Israelites had in terms of their identity, purpose and relationship with God.

 

God sees you, He is with you in it and He wants to walk with you. You are not forgotten.

 

Discussion questions:

  1. Describe a desert time in your life that has now passed and you have now seen breakthrough.  What did it feel like physically, emotionally and spiritually during that desert time? How did God meet you in that desert time and form your character?

 

  1. Where in your life are you still in the wilderness? Where are you seeing the opposite to what you believe God has promised right now? The Israelites were given truth in the wilderness.  What truths do you need to remind yourself of and how can you do that practically? (Have a verse in a prominent place, set a timer weekly to re-read words spoken over you, have a time to meet regularly with someone to pray about the wilderness season).

 

  1. Where are you wrestling against God’s purposes for you in the wilderness? Where do you need to surrender and trust that God sees you and is with you and wants to meet you in the midst of this wilderness?

 

Download the Resource guide to accompany this series at:

www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources

 

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Feb 8, 2017

Jo and Steph chat with Amena and Missi from the ‘Hear for the Donuts’ podcast about using their voices - Amena as a traveling recording artist and Missi as a blogger, homeschool mom and midwife.

 

Check out:

http://www.amenabrown.com/

Missi’s blog:

http://www.audacitermatris.com/

 

Find their podcast: ‘Here for the donuts’ at

https://soundcloud.com/here-for-the-donuts or on iTunes!

 

Remember to check out the Lead Stories community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

 

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Feb 6, 2017

So it turns out God had other plans!  Although uncomfortable, going into the wilderness can be a place where we meet with God and are empowered by Him. Jo and Steph share why and how they felt God is leading them to revisit the wilderness and take us along too!

 

In this podcast Jo and Steph share about the ‘desert fathers and mothers’ who deliberately embraced the wilderness as a withdrawal from consumerist ‘Christian’ society.  They discuss how the desert fathers and mothers met with God in power and also led others who sought them out to encounter God powerfully.  They explore how the same principles could look for us without us leaving our homes and becoming hermits in a physical desert!

 

Discussion questions:

1) What is your gaze on right now? Which of those things are blocking your gaze on God? What are you going to do about it?

 

2) What do your daily, weekly and monthly rhythms of rest and meeting with God look like right now? How can you be intentional about them this year?

 

3) Are you scared of the wilderness? Why? Where do you find it hard to believe that God is enough?

 

4) Where might God be inviting you into the wilderness right now?

 

Check out the new resource study guide for groups and individuals: ‘Life in the Wilderness’. It is an opportunity to dig deeper and explore questions. Find it at:  

www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources  

 

Check out Lead Stories Community at:

www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS

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Feb 1, 2017

Jo and Steph chat leadership and speaking with Nicole Bullock.

 

Nicole leads a church called ‘Blue Oaks Covenant church’ in the Twin Cities but she is originally from inner-city Chicago. 

 

Listen in to hear what life was like for Nicole growing up in Chicago, how she was influenced by Christians who served in her neighborhood. Find out how she came to lead a Gospel choir without knowing how to sing, how that lead to her going into ministry and how, despite having no desire to do so, she became a church planter and a foster mom!

 

Also listen in to hear her top-tips for women related to public speaking.

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) When you look back at your childhood, which people were influential in your life now that you didn’t realize at the time?

 

2) Nicole says: what you are doing right now, whether big or small, know that you are making a huge impact and God is watching you being faithful.  Where do you need to hear that encouragement in your life right now?

 

3) How do you feel about public speaking? Do you think it is a skill that is gender specific? Is it possible you could have assumed that you are not called to speaking? Are you open to God providing opportunities for you to learn how to speak in the next season?

 

Come and join us at Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox

Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast

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Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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