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Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice:

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Dr. Ashley Denton’s book on Christian outdoor leadership is the first of its kind.

Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice offers a relevant and innovative approach to leadership development, evangelism, discipleship, and spiritual formation through outdoor adventure. People today are eager for more experiential approaches to learning. This book re-asserts
Jesus’ experiential discipleship strategy by showing how to incorporate outdoor adventure into ministry the way he did. Few books on evangelism or discipleship probe the outdoor dimension of Jesus’ apprenticeship methods, and this book fills that gap.

This book builds on Dr. Robert Coleman’s classic Master Plan of Evangelism by addressing an element of Jesus’ apprenticeship strategy that has been given too little attention: The outdoor setting and timing were often the crucial elements of his teaching that fueled radical change of heart. Jesus often coupled his teaching with adventurous outdoor experiences to facilitate experiential learning. This is exactly what many people are hungry for today. Let Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice introduce you to a new way of making disciples that is profoundly anchored in Jesus’ ancient style of apprenticeship, utilizing experiential learning and outdoor adventure as a catalyst for transformation.

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Oregon and the Redwoods 2016

I just wanted to add a an entry to my blog about our recent trip to Oregon this Summer.

Here are many photos and not so many words.

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Burlington State Park along the avenue of the giants.

Thanks http://www.southwestrving.com/ for a great RV experience.

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Astoria – Fort Stevens Camp ground.

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Fort Clatsop and Lewis and Clark’s final destination spot on their Discovery journey.

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Astoria and Fort Stevens State Park.

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Lewis and Clark on Nehalem State Park beack

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Crator Lake Oregon

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The Deschutes River

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Meghan’s Story: the Spirit of Power, Love and and Self Control

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For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ” – 2 Timothy 1:6,7 – (ESV)
Very little can be done under the spirit of fear. ~ Florence Nightingale
 
Negative minds full of fear and doubt produce negative lives, which can ultimately destroy your life. ~ Joyce Meyer
 
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. ~ Robert H. Schuller
 
Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love. ~ Rick Warren
 
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one. ~ John C. Maxwell
 
The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident. ~ Max Lucado
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  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  
– 2 Timothy 1:6,7 – (ESV)
 
Overcoming fear is something we all face when we endeavor to do new things, such as take a new job, fall in love, create a new product line, or start a business. For example, when we consider where to invest money, we must face the fear of failure. In short, there can be no progress in life without taking risks. You cannot succeed in life if you give in to fear
 
FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT OF THE POWER TO TRY AGAIN, AFTER  FAILURE.
FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT TO LOVE AGAIN AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN HURT.
FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT TO RISK AGAIN .
 
 
The GIFT to TRY AGAIN,
The power to lead, risk, speak and get things done.
 
The GIFT to LOVE AGAIN.
The power to love beyond limits.
“We know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love ….
because God’s perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John 4:16a, 18a NCV)
 
The GIFT to RISK AGAIN.
The power to fly straight in the middle of the storm.
“without faith it is impossible to please God” –  (Heb. 11:6).
It is better to risk failure to do what God wants you to do than to do nothing.
FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT  OF BEING THE PERSON YOU WERE MEANT TO BE.
 
Fear is the end of your story  …. perfect love starts the story again…..
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The Gift Of A Good Fight, Some Good Friends and a Good Book

 

 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7

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We have all heard the quote; “Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone.”

Paul must have really lived an adventurous life because he left his comfort zone years before this letter~
List of Paul’s Sufferings
Shipwrecked, attacked by murderous mobs, beaten, starved, imprisoned,
betrayed by friends…
And the hardships he endured? Shipwrecked three times and floated for 24 hours Criticized by other Christians Under arrest for two years without a trial Bitten by a viper
Escaped the mouth of the lion .
all to serve the one thing the Apostle Paul at one time sought to destroy… Christianity.
Persecuted for Jesus Christ, Paul was… Stoned and left for dead Beaten with rods three times Whipped with 39 lashes five times Attacked by an angry mob Many death threats
Paul’s response was, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” 2 Timothy 3:12 And the hardships he endured?
And to these things, Paul said, “Endure hardships with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus,” 2 Timothy 2:3
THE GIFT OF A GOOD FIGHT.
 
Pick a good fight! – Pick something noble, choose to be a world changer, opt for resisting the “status quo” …( which in latin means; “look at the mess were in.”) and guess what…you have just chosen to get yourself in a good fight.
YOU HAVE JUST LEFT YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
In 1st Timothy Paul tells Timothy to: “Fight the good fight of the faith.   1 Timothy 6:12 (niv)
 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7
 
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1. YOU NEED AN ENEMY.
Ephesians 6:10
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2. YOU NEED TO KNOW YOUR ENEMY.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
  It’s not CHRISTIANS THAT ARE DIFFERENT THAN YOU..
It’s not BAD PEOPLE. It’s not your SPOUSE It’s not YOU.
It’s not the Democrates or the Republicans.
  It’s Satan and his demonic forces.
3. YOU NEED TO BEAT YOUR ENEMY.
2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal
Psalms 144:1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war,
4. YOU NEED TO REMEMBER YOUR ENEMY.
John 8:44 the devil, is a liar and the father of lies.
  THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS.
  2 Chronicles 20:17: “You will not have to fight in this battle.”
  1 Samuel 17:47 the battle is the LORD’s,
THE GIFT OF A GOOD FRIEND.
 
Pick some “risk takers for God” –  friends.  The kind of people that are willing to follow Jesus
When you choose some CRAZY for God friends who are willing to chase their God given dreams….guess what? – You have just left your comfort zone.
When you isolate yourself you limit yourself!
Get here as fast as you can. Demas, chasing fads, went off to Thessalonica and left me here. Crescens is in Galatia province, Titus in Dalmatia. Luke is the only one here with me. Bring Mark with you; he’ll be my right-hand man since I’m sending Tychicus to Ephesus. 2 Timothy 4:9-12
 
Paul’s problem’s began when he started hanging out with a bunch of CRAZY friends that where CRAZY about a man named Jesus!
 
If you want to leave your comfort zone….pick some CRAZY friends that are CRAZY about Jesus.
THE GIFT OF A WARM COAT AND A GOOD BOOK.
Bring the winter coat I left in Troas with Carpus; also the books and parchment notebooks. 2 Timothy 4:13 (the message)
Pick out some dangerous books that will change the lethargy right out of your life! – get into some of the minds of the risk takers and the world shakers that made a difference for Jesus on this planet !
This is where you can really go beyond the people you are with everyday – If they choose not to live a life of adventure…..you can saddle up to some amaZING friends.
Go to amazon and buy really crazy friends in the books they have written.
BE CAREFUL, BECAUSE BOOKS BIRTH IDEAS….THE WORDS ARE SEEDS THAT GROW IF WATERED.
MANY OF THE BOOKS I HAVE READ HAVE BEEN CATALYST TO GET ME OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONES.
They birthed thoughts that resulted in getting me where I am today…..SO BE CAREFUL TENDER WARRIOR WHAT YOU READ….IT COULD LEAD YOU TO A LIFE OF ADVENTURE LIKE PAUL
Here he is, at the end of his life IN PRISON FOR THE VERY THING HE USED TO FIGHT AGAINST….JESUS!
And what does he ask for?
Bring the winter coat I left in Troas with Carpus; also the books and parchment notebooks. 2 Timothy 4:13 (the message)
A GOOD OLD COAT THAT REPRESENTS THE COMFORT ZONE HE LEFT YEARS AGO.
THE BOOKS THAT PLANTED THE SEEDS OF ADVENTURE.
THE PARCHMENTS THAT WOULD ALLOW HIM TO WRITE DOWN THE DREAMS AND INSPIRED THOUGHTS THAT WOULD CHANGE THE NEXT GENERATION OF ADVENTURES !
THE GIFT OF A GOOD FIGHT.
Pick a good fight! – Pick something noble, choose to be a world changer, opt for resisting the “status quo” …( which in latin means; “look at the mess were in.”) and guess what…you have just chosen to get yourself in a good fight.
YOU HAVE JUST LEFT YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
THE GIFT OF A GOOD FRIEND.
Pick some “risk takers for God” –  friends.  The kind of people that are willing to follow Jesus
When you choose some CRAZY for God friends who are willing to chase their God given dreams….guess what? – You have just left your comfort zone.
When you isolate yourself you limit yourself!
THE GIFT OF A WARM COAT AND A GOOD BOOK.
Pick out some dangerous books that will change the lethargy right out of your life! – get into some of the minds of the risk takers and the world shakers that made a difference for Jesus on this planet !
This is where you can really go beyond the people you are with everyday – If they choose not to live a life of adventure…..you can saddle up to some amaZING friends.
Go to amazon and buy really crazy friends in the books they have written.
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