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Wisdom Unlocked: The Ways of God

In our world today, there is more information available than at any other time in history, but wisdom is in short supply. Lionshare’s podcast WISDOM UNLOCKED: THE WAYS OF GOD, features discussions on how learning about God’s character and ways are guides to wisdom. Check it out on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

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How To Disciple Children to Be Great “Relaters”

One of the things that stands out about Jesus is the way he related to people. He spoke to the weak and vulnerable. He dined with the "enemy." He called His disciples his friends. God cares how we treat others. How do we teach children to be good "relaters?"

Equipping Children to Advance God’s Kingdom

God has designed us with a purpose and a desire for purpose. It’s innate to the human DNA to want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Research finds that this is especially true of younger generations, and it’s something that even children long for. How...

Five Ways to Disciple Your Children

We know we’re supposed to disciple our children, but it feels overwhelming. Even though there are countless devotionals, Bible studies and books for teaching children about Jesus, where do we start?

Help Children Discover Their Spiritual Gifts

The Scriptures say the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts so we can help each other, but do children receive them too?  Kids do have a role on God’s team. We discuss how to help them figure out their gifts and how they manifest when they are young.

Can Children Hear the Voice of God?

God speaks to us but do we hear him? Learning to hear His voice is something we all should do. In “A Discipleship Journey Kids,” we learn that you are never too young to hear the voice of God.

How Do I Disciple the Children in My Life?

To truly prepare our children for faith-filled adulthood, we need to consider reframing “children’s ministry” as something closer to “child discipleship.” That’s the conclusion of a new study from the Barna Group and Awana. But how do we disciple the children in our...

The Father Heart of God

The image of God you carry around in your heart and mind affects the way you live your daily life.  For too many of us, that image is flawed,  Scripture refers to God as our Father.  That can be a source of comfort if you have a good relationship with your dad.  But...

1 Corinthians 13 Isn’t Just for Weddings

You’re familiar with 1 Corinthians 13: Love is patient, love is kind, yada, yada, yada. But often, familiarity leads us to skip or gloss over important Scriptures. In the days we are living, it is very important that we understand what love is and what it is not.

Braving the Mess

How do we practice the way of Jesus when we’re bumping into people that hard to love, and people that we disagree with? What does love require of us? The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us to love regardless, and we do that by practicing the spiritual discipline...

Leading Yourself God’s Way

Leadership isn’t just about being confident, getting the most out of people and achieving success.  It’s about leading the way God wants us to lead.  That includes truly examining ourselves, stopping behaviors that hinder us and making choices that help us thrive. We...

Broken But Not Destroyed

God often uses our life circumstances to bring us to the end of ourselves, leaving us completely yielded and dependent on Him.  That’s easier to accept in theory than in practice.  In the midst of the pandemic, Lionshare board member Kent Chevalier lost his brother to...

Christians and Profanity (What the $%&!)

Are all words relative or neutral in meaning? Does our standard of word choice always come down to intent or just what we’re personally convicted by? John 1.1-2 says that from the beginning, there was the Word and the Word was God. Ultimately, it’sGod that puts a...

Dying to Self

It’s one thing to surrender your rights so you can better serve God and others, but it’s another thing to die to self.  We die to self-will to do God’s will.  We die to self-pleasing in order to please God.  We die to relying only on ourselves to put our full trust in...

Surrendering Your Right to Be Right

We Americans love our rights. Our country was built on them.  We love to proclaim them, any time we feel someone has infringed on them.  But God calls us to servanthood and that means surrendering a lot of things we think we have a right to. Are you willing to lay...

Spheres of Friendship

Wisdom says that we’re permitted to speak into others’ lives only to the degree they allow us. But not all friendships are equal and not all require the same commitment. So, what are the different spheres (or levels) of friendships in our lives and how do we...

The Ministry of Availability

The cost of discipleship is more than just about saying “yes,” but also what we’re saying “no” to.  The ministry of availability is a commitment of discipleship that promises access to your life within healthy boundaries.  Are you available to those you want to...

God Loves Weakness

No one likes to talk about weakness, but God loves weakness. The Apostle Paul encourages us to see ourselves as needy and powerless, but we live in a culture where we don’t want to show any vulnerabilities. That’s an opening for attack.  But the Scriptures tell us...

Repent to Reset

The new year is a time to reset.  We reflect, we plan and we take action.  But how about starting 2022 with something different — repentance? Taking time for confessions seems like a lost spiritual discipline these days. The heart and act of repentance that should...

BONUS: How do we test the spirits?

We’ve prepared a bonus episode for you featuring a sermon Lionshare’s founder and president Dave Buehring gave last month at Grace Chapel Fairview. He spoke on 1 John chapter 4. In verse 1 it says “Beloved, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see...

How Do I Try to Live and Work at Jesus’ Pace?

  During the last episode, we learned that Jesus paced Himself. He was surrounded by needs but he wasn't driven by them.   He obeyed only what God the Father showed Him to do.  He rested with His friends and was restored through life-giving relationships. How do we...

Jesus Paced Himself. Do You?

We are six months into the year. For most of us, those resolutions we made at the beginning of the year and some of the lessons we learned during the worst of the pandemic are in the rearview mirror. We’re back to being overly busy.  Can Jesus relate? He spent a short...

What’s the Best Weapon Against You?

You have likely heard about the armor of God and how we can protect ourselves in the midst of spiritual warfare. But have you ever stopped to think which of the devil’s weapons work best against you? The first step is to know what tactics he likes to use.  The second...

Spiritual Warfare & Work

The words “spiritual warfare” can promote a visceral reaction.  Some Christians don’t want to talk about it all.  Some Christians talk about it too much.  And most of us haven’t thought about in the context of work.  But think about it: taking something that doesn’t...

Don’t Despise Your Singleness

The word "single" seems altogether different than the word "individual."  Individuality and individual rights and freedoms sound strong.  "Single" can feel incomplete, even among single Christians who sometimes feel overlooked by the church because of its emphasis on...

Celebrating is One of God’s Ways (1 year anniversary)

When we think of the ways of God, we tend to think about serious matters and lofty ideals.  But since we are made in God's image, we know that He has a sense of humor and loves to celebrate. Celebration, including acts of remembrance and demonstrations of honor, are...

2021 is Your Great Opportunity!

Most of us will agree that the last 12 months have been hard. As we’ve already witnessed, things did not magically get better when the calendar flipped to January 1, 2021. But three months into 2021, it’s not too late for you to seize your great opportunity.

Are You A Polished Arrow?

In the Scriptures, we find God calling people to participate with Him in His purposes.  He puts His hand on the life of a man or woman and shapes them into a “polished arrow” in His hands.  Isaiah became that polished arrow. He saw God which led to his shaping by God,...

Integrity: More Please

It’s often said that integrity is measured by what you do when no one else is watching. But as followers of Jesus, it’s more than that—it’s about our hearts. Acting with integrity is not only something we should do; it comes from within. It’s a measure of our...

Forgiveness? Don’t Feel Like It

It's rare to find someone who likes to forgive. We feel justified in refusing to forgive someone. They wronged us! Or we feel they aren't sufficiently contrite. Often, it's easier to hold onto unforgiveness, than to humble ourselves and forgive.  How do we really do...

Operating in the Opposite Spirit

In our last episode, we discussed being offended and how we shouldn’t “pick up offenses.” We decided to dig a little deeper into that because so much of the world right now is engaged in expressing strong opinions, battling to be right, and there almost seems to be an...

Are You Offended?

It seems like everyone is offended these days, whether it be our opinion on politics, the church, race, vaccines, sports, and yes, even masks. Offense usually leads to anger, and we have the bad habit of saying we are “righteously angry” to excuse bad behavior. What...

Begin With the End in Mind (Finishing Well)

At Lionshare, we often reference the practice of “beginning with the end in mind.” So, in the first week of January, let’s do that.  Let’s begin the year with the end in mind, not necessarily the end of 2021 but with the idea of “finishing well.” Research shows that...

Humility Does Not Rule the Day

In this advent season, Jesus’ name Emmanuel reminds us that God is with us.  His act of coming to Earth as a baby and putting on the constraints of being a human was an act of humility.  In this episode, we revisit our discussion on humility—how it does not rule the...

2020 was hard. 2021 is your Great Opportunity!

Most of us will agree that 2020 has been hard.  There’s no guarantee that when the calendar flips to January 1, 2021 that things will magically get better.  But 2021 could be the year that you seize your great opportunity. 

God Loves Your Job

We may consider our work just a job or a means to a paycheck but have you ever thought about how what you do is rooted in who God is? If you work in construction, God is the master builder.  If you’re an artist, God the Creator has put his artistry on display.  If you...

Is It Time to Shut Up?

It's Election Day and everyone is talking about who will lead our country on the national, state and local levels.  Instead of talking about Christians and voting, Christians and political parties, and how the Church is viewed by the world, let's talk about how to be...

Are You Salty?

If you call someone salty these days, it means they’re irritated or angry.  But that’s not what Jesus meant when he called us to be salt and light.  This episode, we dig into what that looks like on the job and why it’s a wise way to show God’s way of doing things. ...

I’m Too Busy to Be A Disciple Maker

We have enough on our plates.  Working hard, caring for family, developing friendships, making ends meet, saving money, exercising, eating healthy, finding a spouse, cultivating our relationship with God, and a whole host of other responsibilities. On top of all that,...

Does God Care About My Job?

Does God care about my job? Often, we put our spiritual life in one category, and our work life in another. But the answer is YES, He does care about our work! Not only does He care, He created work. Instead of using the words “job,” “work,” “profession,” or “career,”...

Finishing Well

Research shows that on average, one in three spiritual leaders from the Bible, church history, and modern Christian leaders finish well. Does that number surprise you? What does finishing well mean? We define that concept, discuss the barriers to finishing well, and...

The Process of Transformation

Are you being transformed or are you stuck? So often, our interaction with God tends to be functional.  We have our list of “wants” and “needs” that we want Him to fulfill.  We also work hard at learning about Him through His word.  But notebooks full of information...

The Character of God

Misrepresented.  Isn’t that how many of us feel?  Isn’t that how God must feel right now? Both Christians and non-Christians quote the Bible to justify their beliefs and actions.  But do we really know God? Do we take time to study His character, not just the things...

Obeying Jesus

We don’t like the word “obey.” It sounds hard, legalistic and even manipulative.  But obeying Jesus shouldn’t be difficult because of who we are putting our trust in.  Obedience isn’t really about following a list of do’s and don’ts; it’s about following what God has...

Humility

Humility is not valued in our culture.  It’s looked upon as a sign of weakness or often manifests as a false humility.  But God values humility and it is both a fearlessly honest appraisal of yourself before Him AND it neither minimizes one’s achievements nor...

Fear of the Lord

One of the most misunderstood concepts in the Bible is the “fear of the Lord.” Fear is a word with a negative connotation.  We condemn anyone or anything that causes fear; we react from a place of fear; we take medications to calm fear and anxiety.  But the Bible...

Hearing the Voice of God

When was the last time you heard God’s voice? Is that even possible today? There are many ways He communicates with us but it’s important that we discern if what we have heard through Scripture, the Hoy Spirit’s impressions and through others is from Him. Learn about...

Honoring One Another

These days, honoring someone is usually due to someone’s performance or achievement – a sports championship or a new record, a milestone such as a 50th wedding anniversary, a new job or even 25 years at the same company. That’s not wrong but a Biblical value system...

Guarding Your Heart

We live in a world today where our hearts are under attack.  We are wounded by others, we suffer from the consequences of our own sin and we struggle with deep disappointments, betrayal, offenses, rejection and abandonment.  These attacks produce hopelessness,...

Waiting On God

We hate waiting. We try to avoid it as much as we can – in the mundane (standing in lines, slow internet speeds, honking the horn when a driver takes too long) and even for important things (a spouse, a job, a big decision).  But in the Bible, we are reminded over and...

The Ways of God

In the premiere episode of Wisdom Unlocked: The Ways of God, we define the phrase “the ways of God,” a phrase and concept we see throughout the Bible.  In Psalm 103 we learn that God made His ways known to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel. David asks in Psalm...