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A transition is the in-between period of life development of a Christ follower. In a transition, individuals consolidate past learning, process issues of character, deepen convictions and values, and are prepared for the next phase of their development.  Transitions bring closure to the past in order to move forward to the next stage of personal development.  (Walling, Terry B.: Stuck! Navigating the Transitions of Life and Leadership, Church Smart Resources, (2008, p. 8)

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As you seek direction for your life, remember that true wisdom is in keeping with God's priorities, whether it comes from your inner voice or from those around you. (Burton, Valorie; What's Really Holding You Back, Waterbrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO (2005, p. 153))

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Dr. Wayne Cordeiro tells a story in his book, Dream Releasers: Over the years I have closely watched several world-class tennis players, as well as many Olympic figure skaters. In nearly every case, I have seen a common practice: they always travel with a coach. ...A Dream Releaser is a kind of coach.  Coaches can make the difference between winning and losing.  Often, the greatest ideas, the most monumental thoughts and the most creative answers lay suffocating beneath the rubble of mistakes, character flaw, the fear of failure, a history of rejection, the fear of accountability or personality quirks.  These are dream killers. (2002, p. 98)

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Just as a distance runner won't win the race by starting off like a sprinter, you also must manage your spiritual, physical, and emotional energy deliberately and for the long haul.  As you break free of the restraints that have held you back, you will notice that the journey to complete freedom is a process.  Identifying energy drainers is crucial to developing the strength to persevere, the attitude to overcome,and the power to live fully every day. (Burton, Valorie; What's Really Holding You Back? Water Brook Press, Colorado Springs, CO (2005, P. 11))

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The last days have begun.  God, through his Son, has fully revealed his nature, and his purpose which stretches back through the prophets to creation. The Son has made it possible for sins to be purged away.  He has been exalted to God's right hand, and has been given a supreme title, higher than that of angels. (Ellingworth, P. 1993)

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The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity--hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory-- because at the Father's will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.  - J.I. Packer

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Micah in this chiaroscuro takes us back to the cradle of David's line and exhibits the Messiah as representing a new beginning out of a famous heritage. As God unexpectedly anointed David and rescued his people upon the failure of Saul, so he will give his people David's true successor after the defeat of David's descendants. (Wiseman, D. J., Alexander, T. D., & Waltke, B. K. (1988). Obadiah, Johah and Micah: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 26, p. 199). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.)

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Are we willing to trust the wisdom of God and to allow Him to plan our lives as He sees fit? Faith must be tested, otherwise it could not be verified.  So, we need not fear when our faith is exposed to trial that it indicates any displeasure on God's part toward us.  Rather it indicates His deep interest in and concern for us. (H. A. Ironside, 1947)

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When our hop is in the Lord, we can rejoice no matter what life throws our way. In fact, we can GREATLY rejoice... Jesus is risen, so be glad even in times of pain. (From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Our Living Hope, 4/26/2011)

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