The Word Made Flesh

The Word Made Flesh,

          Incarnate You came.

You gave up Your glory

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          To give us Your Name.

You gave up Your rights

          To right all of our wrongs.

You gave up Your high place

          That to You we’d belong.

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The Word Made Flesh,

          Became human like me.

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You gave up Your freedom

          That sin’s slaves could be freed.

You gave up Your power

          To seek and save that which was lost.

You gave it all up –

          Without thought to its cost.

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The Word Made Flesh,

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         The Father’s only Son –

You gave up Your position

          To make the Father’s love known.

You spoke of His kindness,

          And our hurts You did bear.

You gave it all up

          To bring us back to there.

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The Word Made Flesh,

          Flesh of the Father’s voice –

At Your birth all the angels

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          Over You did rejoice.

All Your life many people

          Rejected Your Name.

You deserved all their worship,

          Yet You took all our shame.

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The Word Made Flesh;

          The wonder of it all!

You came to give Your life

          As the ransom for all.

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To we who were the least

          Deserving of Your love,

You came to give pardon

          And our guilt to remove.

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The Word Made Flesh;

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        My God became man!

You took all I was

          And made me what I am.

You took all my inadequacies

          When Yours I became.

Because of You my whole life

          Can never be quite the same.

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The Word Made Flesh,

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As God walked on this earth.

You gave up Your own life

To give mankind new birth.

You shone like a Light

In the dark when You came.

You paid the ultimate price

To give undeserving men Your Name.

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The Word Made Flesh,

As man beheld God’s own face.

You became just a Man

To save man’s fallen race.

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The Word Made Flesh,

As God walked as a man.

Because of what You’ve done,

Man knows the touch of God’s hand.

“The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.

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We have seen His glory, the glory of the one true Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1: 14

Orrin Woodward – The Place of Religion in the State

Orrin Woodward

Orrin Woodward wrote an article called Separation of Education & State, where he said,

Thomas Jefferson, one of the earliest and strongest proponents of religious freedoms, shared these principles with his fellow Virginia delegates, arguing that it’s unjust to charge Presbyterians, Baptist, Congregationalist, etc, to support the Virginia Anglican State Church.  For example, if a Baptist moved to Virginia, he was required to pay a tax to support the Anglican church even though he didn’t attend nor believe the Anglican creeds. Liberty loving Virginians could see the justice in Mr. Jefferson’s views and repealed the mandatory tax supporting the Virginia State Church.  The Separation of Church & State became a foundational plank in Virginia, eventually finding its way Thomas Jefferson (The Edgehill Portrait), Thir...into the Constitution through the Bill of Rights, inspiring millions to come to America to enjoy religious freedom.  An interesting aside is George Washington’s thoughts on the Separation of Church & State, believing that churches built character through faith and creeds, Washington was hesitant to see churches not funded by public taxes; therefore, he proposed to tax all citizens, but give them a choice of which church to support.  Mr.

Washington proposed a voucher program for religion,

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George Washington

giving freedom of choice while ensuring that churches thrived to build character in the people for the benefit of society. No, I’m not proposing launching church vouchers, invoking the name of the great George Washington to bolster my position.  I believe keeping government out of local churches, the true meaning of Separation of Church & State, has been a blessing, allowing each church to serve their God and congregations as they please, not requiring, nor asking for, government handouts.

Our Founding Fathers clearly understood the proper relationship between Government and Church life.  Our current culture has tried to explain the concept of the Separation of Church & State to mean the Church should keep its views out of the State’s doings.  A careful reading of these things, however, has led me to the opposite conclusion.

It is to be noted the phrase “Separation of Church & State” does not appear at all in the U.S. Constitution.  The first time anything close to this phrase being used was in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a church in Danbury, CT.  He was discussing the church being separate from worldly influences, meaning both sin and control from outside forces.  This was reinforced in later writings by other Founders, as well as arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.   Jefferson’s clear intent was to keep government out of the Church, not the Church out of secular government.  The Church, according to the Founding Fathers, had, and still has today, a moral obligation to take part in secular government.

Read for yourself.  Find out the truth.  Sift it from commonly held beliefs, which are so often in error on this topic.  And then be comfortable with owning your religious and political views together,

Cathy

The True Story on TEAM LIFE’s 8 F’s – Faith

What does faith mean to you?  Do you have a faith, something or Someone greater than yourself to believe in?  How do you define your faith?

In an article from December, 2010, Orrin Woodward wrote about The Master’s Hand &

Orrin Woodward

Vicarious Victories

The paradox of success is solved only when we view life through a Biblical lens.  Several days ago, I asked why the paradox existed.  Why fans, who love excellence in competitive sports enough to pay for the right to experience it, will not apply the same standards of excellence in their own competitive professions, even though others are paying for the right to experience it.  The answer to the paradox is lack of belief in themselves and their purpose in life.  They are beautiful people, with amazing potential, with great passion (we can see that at every sporting event), but missing out on their purpose in life, due to the faulty wiring at birth.

If life has no purpose, no meaning, why are we living it?  Victor Frankl, noted author and holocaust survivor, called mankind’s search for meaning in life a search for self-transcendence.

Chris Brady

Chris Brady wrote about the search for self-transcendence in an article in November, 2010 called The Pursuit of Happiness,

Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth century French

mathematician, philosopher, inventor, and all-around smart guy, once said, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made

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known through Jesus.”

It is through our faith, our belief system, that we discover our purpose in life.  And it is in walking out that purpose that the paradox of success resolves itself for us.  It is my prayer you find your purpose, and unravel your paradox.

Cathy

“Resolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE” by Orrin Woodward – Book Review

Well, folks, he’s done it again.  Leadership Guru and best-selling author Orrin Woodward

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has hit another one out of the proverbial park with his latest book, Resolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE.  Here’s my review on Amazon.com.

This review is from: Resolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE (Paperback)

Resolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE by Leadership Guru Orrin Woodward is one of the best and most practical books I have read. Orrin teaches both theory and practical application with all the 13 Resolutions, showing how an average person can get un-average results by following them. It is a great book to give to history buffs, people who want to have a better life, young people just starting out . . . Anyone!

Resolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE by Orrin Woodward

Resolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE
It is not just a book for our times. It is a book for all times.

I believe every word I said!  Orrin‘s first book was the landmark run-away best seller Launching a Leadership Revolution, co-authored with Chris BradyThis new book has the same way as the first of telling deep truths in ways understandable to the anyone, while giving practical suggestions for changes to easily follow.  It is also a very enjoyable read.

Find a copy at your local bookstore or online, and see for yourself.  Happy reading!

Cathy

Orrin Woodward — An Insider’s Look at TEAM LIFE

Recently, Orrin Woodward published an article by Chris Brady about The Circle of LIFE.   It is so good, I am posting all of it.  Enjoy!

Chris Brady and I flew up to Atlanta for a 6 hour

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mastermind session on Tuesday. Here is one of many concepts that were generated from brainstorming together. Generating ideas with Chris Brady is like drinking water from a firehose – fast and furious! :) I love our 17 year business partnership! LIFE is something special and I have never felt as good about community building as I do today. Laurie and I started a new leg 10 days ago and it is now over 10 levels in depth! The LIFE Business is good because it helps people become good in their Circle of LIFE. Here is Brady’s article explaining what our products do in a person’s life. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

Chris Brady

I had a very engaging conversation with my friend and co-author Orrin Woodward today.  As usual, we kicked around a ton of stimulating ideas and pieced together something that, in our estimation, will immediately convey greater understanding as to the purpose of the LIFE business.  (See the inset diagram).

The CIRCLE of LIFE

In each of the 8 F categories of Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friendship, and Fun, one can imagine a certain grade based upon how one is doing in that category. In the diagram the center represents horrible, as in, you are totally “stinking up the joint” (as my kids say) in a certain category. Working your way out from the center to the outer ring in any of the categories represents a stronger grade.  So someone with a dot near the outer ring is doing well in that category.  By connecting the dots on your subjective personal estimation of your life at this moment in each of the categories you can come up with a shape that roughly represents your life right now in each of the 8Fs.

Quite simply, the LIFE business supplies life-changing information to help you increase your score in each of the 8Fs.  The goal is to take someone from the not-so-good black shape represented toward the center of the diagram to the much improved (and happier, we would think) life represented by the red outline toward the outer ring of the circle.

Who doesn’t have at least a category or two, or three, or eight, in which he or she would like to have a better score? Who wouldn’t want to transform his or her life from the tiny blob (and who among us hasn’t felt like a tiny blob from time to time?) in the center to the big wheel (and who hasn’t wanted to be a big wheel at least once in his or her life?) toward the outer ring?

That’s it.  From little blob to big wheel.

But all kidding aside.  This CIRCLE of LIFE is the snap-shot diagram to which people can easily relate when it comes to understand the goal of LIFE and the life-changing information we offer.  We will help people learn and apply truth in each category and thereby improve their shape.

LIFE: Because leadership is for everyone!

That is so awesome!!  Everybody has the chance to go from being an unbalanced blob in their lives to being balanced, well-rounded leaders.  The question is, are you going to take it?

Cathy

TEAM LIFE Marriages — A Leading Lady Tells As She Sees It

Why are some marriages long lasting, and others barely last beyond the “I do’s”??  Do

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couples who are married for long times have secrets they are willing to share?

Recently, Terri Brady, wife of leadership expert Chris Brady, wrote about marriage and one of their secrets.  In an article called My Dad is SO Obsessed! she wrote,

Chris & Terri Brady

Chris has a game he plays, and once he told me about it, I jumped into playing it too. He likes to pretend that every year we have a chance to end our marriage and choose anyone else. He says that he takes it upon himself to make sure that he is the one whom I would choose again. He knows the qualities I love (because I’ve told him!) and he works hard to be the best at them. So I took it upon myself to do the same. If he could start over tomorrow, would he choose me? Would I be THE hot chick?  Am I the playmate he married – throwing football for fun on a crisp fall day, singing in the rain, laughing out loud at his jokes? Do I make him feel more important than all of the other people with whom I deal? Am I doing MY best to keep my health (because angels can do no more!) so he knows my efforts for his physical attraction?   Is my beauty on the inside one of which he can be proud? So often, I feel like I fail, (and I’m glad the marriage contract lasts through that! Ha!) but with the goal set to be THE one, I can get back up and try again.  One thing I know: he is obsessed with a hot chick, and I am blessed he chooses me.

The games we play with ourselves have a great deal to do with our success in many things in life.  As Terri points out, this is especially true in a good marriage.  If we play good and positive games with ourselves, we can remind ourselves what we are grateful for with our marriages and families.  This will help us to make the sometimes hard choices we must make for the health of these oh-so-important relationships.

In this season we have just started of loving and giving, why don’t we give

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ourselves and our loved ones the gift of good family relationships.

Cathy

Home

(For my church family)

 “Home is where the heart is,”

Or at least, it seems to me,

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That I have heard somewhere before

About what a home should be.

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A home should be a friendly place,

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Where a person can be free

To grow and to develop

Into all that they should be.

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A home should be a warm embrace,

Someone showing that they care,

Candle wick burning.
 

A light that’s burning in the night,

As you come in from anywhere.

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A home should be a relaxed place,

Relax

Where you can kick back and just “be,”

Where secrets shared are secrets kept

In gently loving intimacy.

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A home should be a welcome smile                                                                    

Smile ~


When you come in tired at night,

 

And a home should be an encouraging hug

As you go out in early light.

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 A home doesn’t have to be a building,

Or an address on some street,

For I have heard a home can be

Love to all my contacts*

Wherever loving hearts meet.

Made To Measure

Made to measure,

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Cut to fit.

Everything perfect,

A purpose for it.

Designed specifically

A place to fulfill,

Created perfectly

By a loving will.

Designed for a destiny,

Birthed for a place.

Chosen for an hour,

In specific time and space.

Selected with great care,

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Chosen with much thought,

Commissioned with love,

By the Savior, blood-bought.

Called for a purpose,

Touched for a reason,

Birthed to a place,

A time and a season.

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Gifts bestowed,

Commission granted,

Ministry given,

Into a place planted.

There is a destiny

For each human soul

Without which our lives

Can never be whole.

It is a gift

From the Father’s loving heart.

To use it, our purpose,

To perfect it, our art.

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The True Story on TEAM LIFE’s 8 F’s — Family

What makes a successful family?  How do we know a good marriage when we see one?

In an article from September, 2010, Orrin Woodward wrote an article called Marriage –

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The Leadership Team Begins at Home.

Getting on the same page, working together to pursue your dreams, and serving one another unconditionally are keys on your journey to success.  Call a family meeting weekly, developing a “safe zone” to talk over any issues that may be hindering your family from the accomplishment of its dreams.  Do not attack one another, but listen carefully, asking yourselves how you can each improve to serve the other better.  The real TEAM begins at home and expands outward from that solid foundation into the communities.  Get it together, together and your Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friends, Freedom, Fun, and Following will all improve.  

Orrin Woodward and the leaders of TEAM LIFE have always taught leadership begins in the home.  Orrin says he lets his wife make 90% of the decisions in their home, as long as both of them understand the 10% he makes are the important ones for the life and success of their home.  As a wife, this was exciting for me to hear!  I can happily let my husband have final say over the important 10% of our lives, if I get to decide the rest!  I don’t know a wife of my acquaintanceship who wouldn’t feel that way!!

Another crucial area of relationships in the home is the area of our human faults and failings.  Orrin also said,

Orrin Woodward

One final thought: the Bible states that love covers a multitude of sins.  Since all of us need love and forgiveness, let’s start in our homes.

Just as the old proverb states Charity should begin at home, so to should love, forgiveness and giving mercy to one another.  In Bible terms, mercy is unmerited favor, something we don’t deserve but love gives anyway.  Love, forgiveness and mercy, when combined with good communication, are the glue that hold the home team together.  Let’s all glue ours well.

Cathy

Paradigm Shifting

You take the long view.

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          As for me, I only think I do.

You see the entire big picture.

          I can’t even see one small corner of its frame,

                   though sometimes I think I do.

You know every consequence of every action

                   and every chain of events that will follow after.

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          I can’t even think beyond one or two of them

                             most of the time.

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You planned humanity’s future

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           before even our First Parents had ever sinned.

          Some days, I have trouble planning

                             what I’m serving my family for dinner.

You planned Israel’s deliverance from Egypt

                   many generations before any of them ever lived there.

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          I have to make lists in advance to organize what to pack

                             when I go away for a weekend.

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You want me to see eternity.

Earth

          I’m sitting in physical time and space.

You want me to understand and contemplate forever.

          I live in the here and now.

You want me to live in your Rhema words and world.

The famous Greek word logos — “word, speech, a...

Logos

          I live in a Logos time and place.

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Like Nicodemus, to understand You, I must be born anew.

Christ talking with Nicodemus at night (Christ...          My paradigms must shift.

                   My vision must change.

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Only then will I fully understand

how it is to live

                   as a fully spiritual being

                             in a wholly physical existence.The way through the woods

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(Written after a sermon on John 2:23 – 3:15.)