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Are You Making Any of These 3 Common Mistakes That Keep You From Growing Spiritually? How To Get Back On Track. (Yes, You.)

3 mistakesIntentional spiritual growth is the number one strategy for keeping your relationships with God, with others and your own soul vital and strong. People in your circles of influence will be drawn to the feeling of God working in you and then want to know more from you.
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And you DO want to grow spiritually, right?
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Here are 3 of the most common mistakes and what to do instead.
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Mistake #1 – Hoping that spiritual growth will somehow just happen on it’s own.
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As kids, we need parents to make us brush our teeth and wash ourselves every day. As adults, if we don’t take responsibility for these things, they don’t get done. The same goes for spiritual growth.
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What to do instead – Live as a spiritual adult.
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Bring the same diligence to your spiritual hygiene that you do to your physical hygiene.
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Mistake #2 – Thinking that church attendance will cover all your needs.
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Church attendance, as well as participation in groups and classes, certainly brings rewards. But thinking that being present will result in the growth you desire is like hanging around in a gym and thinking that you will lose weight from simply being there.
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What to do instead – Give yourself permission to seek out and follow a time tested program of spiritual growth.
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Working with a trained spiritual director can increase your sense of inner peace and connection to God. A director can also help you navigate a sense of calling in your life, and help you to untangle questions of discernment.
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Mistake #3 – Believing that working for a church will get the job done.
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This doesn’t apply to everyone, but it does apply to anyone working for or volunteering in a church. And it is a soul killer.
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What to do instead – Take personal responsibility for the health of your own relationship with God, outside of your role in the church.
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God invites you to this personal relationship, but you are the only one who can take the step forward.
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and a bonus mistake (#4) – Not finding simple growth practices to begin to use immediately.
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Almost every person I talk to says that want to grow spiritually. They have an idea of what they want to do and not enough time to do it. At the same time they know they need to do something.
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What to do instead – Grab your free copy of  ‘Soul Care for the Rest of Us: Simple Time Tested Steps to Spiritual Growth.’
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It addresses the hidden fears that are holding you back and teaches quick and effective practices that kickstart your spiritual growth. You can claim your Free Instant Access to our exclusive ‘Soul Care for the Rest of Us: Simple Time Tested Steps to Spiritual Growth‘ when you visit http://redbackpack.net/soulcarebook
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As a bonus here is a link to an Mp3 recording and transcript of a beautiful guided prayer that you can begin to use today on your path to increasing your spiritual strength. http://redbackpack.net/guided-prayer-i-have-time/
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Brought to you by Bill Todd, Spiritual Director at Red Backpack – Committed to Your Spiritual Growth.

026 How to Play Michael Jordan One-on-One with Ken Eller

 
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Our guest for Red Backpack Show episode 26 is Ken Eller.

From his website mevsmj.com:
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Being a HUGE Jordan fan, I thought why not see if I can get a game of 1-on-1 with the greatest basketball player to ever live.
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So that’s how I came up with Me vs. MJ.
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One game.  Me vs. Michael Jeffrey Jordan.
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Simple right?
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The last time I remember playing good basketball was over 12 years ago.  Good basketball of course, on the regular guy scale.  I never played any level of pro ball, or college, or even more than one year of high school basketball (sophomore).  On any court USA I was a pretty good player back in those days.  Nothing more.
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This is what I am today.
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Six feet, two inches (almost), 175 pounds and nowhere close at this time to where I want to be physically for this challenge.  I’m 33 years of age and call Central Florida my home.   I spend my days working for a large financial institution.  My nights relaxing with my lovely wife, of just over two years.  I play basketball a couple of times a year.
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That’s me.
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That wasn’t always me though.  As I said, I am a HUGE Jordan fan.  Growing up sports was my life.  Countless hours were spent playing and studying the game of basketball and the man, Michael Jordan.
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So can you picture me?
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A 6 foot almost 2 inch caucasian fellow, who once could play a decent game of roundball, and was introduced to the game of basketball by a guy from N.C. who went on to be the greatest basketball player that ever lived.
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A youngster who poured his heart into the game he loved, his only teacher in those days, a man who was growing to Worldwide hoops fame.
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I wanted to “Be Like Mike” and growing up, Nike and Gatorade helped me believe I could be.
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Fast forward through life to where I am today.
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This is a dream, no doubt about it.  Though, why not dream?  There are only two outcomes that are possible for this endeavor.  As Michael once said, to paraphrase, you can’t make a shot you don’t take.
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So this is my shot.  Maybe one of you will help the ball go in the hoop.  I thank you in advance.
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RBP 025 Spray Painting Graffiti on the Walls of Religion with David Hayward (nakedpastor)

 
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Our guest for Red Backpack Show episode 25 is David Hayward.

In 2010 David left the professional paid clergy. He is still passionate about how people can find and follow their own spiritual path with courage and joy, as well as in how people can freely gather and form community in healthy ways.
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David started a blog called nakedpastor in 2006, and initiated his public analysis of religion, religious community and spirituality through his writings, art and cartoons. Thousands of people are challenged and entertained by nakedpastor every day.
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In 2012, David launched The Lasting Supper, and online resource site and community for the spiritually independent.
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His art, cartoons, writings and book have found their way all around the world.
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David was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when he was a teenager, changed to Pentecostal in his late teens, married another Pentecostal named Lisa, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, and planted others.
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He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a Masters in Religious Studies and Ministry from McGill University in Montreal.
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David lives with his wife Lisa on the beautiful Kennebecasis River near Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. They have 3 grown children close by.  
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RBP 024 What It Takes to Help People with Wayne Elsey

 
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Our guest for Red Backpack Show episode 24 is Wayne Elsey.

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Wayne Elsey was sitting at home watching television coverage of the deadly impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 when he saw a single shoe wash up on shore. Having spent his professional life in the shoe industry, that simple visual changed everything. As Wayne puts it, “I felt an immediate urge and compulsion to do something to help, although I had no idea what one person could do.” I may have known how to work the sales floor and consistently improve the bottom line – but I was a beginner when it came to charity”. Elsey orchestrated the collection of over 250,000 pairs of new shoes and had them delivered them to people in areas impacted by the tsunami. The next year, when hurricane Katrina hit the United States, Elsey spearheaded an effort that collected nearly one million pairs of shoes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Shortly thereafter, he founded Soles4Souls (S4S), a Nashville based charity that has amassed and distributed over 19 million pairs of shoes to people in need in over 127 countries.
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Today Elsey continues to be involved in charities around the globe, working to change lives throughout the world and shape the scope of nonprofit outreach.  
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RBP 023 Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling with Becca Stevens

 
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Our guest for Red Backpack Show episode 23 is Becca Stevens.

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The Reverend Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest serving as Chaplain at St Augustine’s at Vanderbilt University, and founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from violence, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets. Magdalene, the residential model, serves women for two years at no cost to residents. Thistle Farms employs 35 residents and graduates who manufacture, market and sell all natural bath and beauty products in over 200 retail stores across the globe.
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