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Once You’ve Gotten Vaccinated…
Registrations for DC Forum Climbing
New Faith Connections at the White House
Love to Temporarily Lead USICH
Equality Act Causes Great Consternation
Charitable Giving Legislation Update
ECFA Webinar Forecasts 2021 Giving
Board Training Opportunity
Looking Down the Street
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Japan Addresses Rising Suicides
Do Cash Payments Really Help Homeless People Long-term?
More Money for Those Working Through Your Programs
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Educating Teens About Dating Violence
Pandemic Benefits to Continue
The government has also increased the EI availability to 50 weeks total, reflecting an additional 24 weeks. Trudeau also said the $500-per-week Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit will now covering four weeks of missed work, rather than the previous two weeks.
Pandemic Hits Canadian Charities Unevenly
Treasury Nominee to Focus on Economic Inequality
Disproportionate Business Ownership
Accounting Online Adjunct Faculty, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Addiction Counseling Online Adjunct Faculty, Techmission/City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Bookkeeper, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Business Development/Partnerships Director: remote, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chaplain/Case Manager, Union Gospel Mission, Dallas, TX
Chief Executive Officer, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA
Clinical Director, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Coach, City Mission of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
Controller, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC
Culinary Food Truck and Catering Instructor, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Custodian, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Development/Fundraising Online Adjunct Faculty, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Director of Development, Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, Reno, NV
Director of Family Life Center, City Mission of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
Director of Human Resources, Winston Salem Rescue Mission, Winston-Salem, NC
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Director-San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Donations Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Holbrook, AZ
Donor Engagement Specialist, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Driver, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Executive Chef, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH
Executive Director, The City Mission of Findlay, Ohio, Findlay, OH
Facilities Manager, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Family Recovery Program Director, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Food Service Manager, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Health and Wellness Nurse, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Maintenance Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Holbrook, AZ
Maintenance Technician, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC
Major Gifts Officer, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA
Major Gifts Officer, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Manager of Donor Relations, Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY
Marketing Specialist, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Men's 2nd Shift Supervisor, City Mission of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
Men's Ministry Program Manager, Jubilee Ministries, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Prison Chaplain, Jubilee Ministries, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Prison Chaplain - SCI Frackville, Jubilee Ministries, Inc., Lebanon, PA
PRN Residential Care Mentor, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Program Director: Justin's Place Women, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Program Manager, Central Coast Rescue Mission, Santa Maria, CA
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Security Team, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Senior Director of Women and Children's Ministries, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Sr. Database Manager, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC
Street Outreach Case Manager Assistant, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ
Vice President of People Services, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Vice President of Programs, Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO
Women's Recovery Counselor (CADC I), Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Women's Transition Specialist (Live-In), Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Practicing Self Discipline
But I discipline my body and keep it under control,
The experts say it takes twenty one days to form a habit. After reading that, you may think, “Just 21 days of waking up early to read my Bible and then it will be easy!” But it doesn’t work like that. Spiritual self-discipline isn’t a pursuit that we simply force into habit; if that were the case, we wouldn’t need the Holy Spirit in our lives. Galatians 5 tells us that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. We wouldn’t have it without the Spirit as it His gifting and work in us.
This realization begs the question then: How do we become more self-disciplined in our spiritual lives? Consider what Jeff Iorg puts forth in his book The Character of Leadership: “No fleshly effort will please God or build true discipline. Self-discipline refers to self as the object of discipline rather than its source. Even though discipline is learned, and self is the object of the discipline, the motivation and power to develop discipline comes from the Spirit.”
In order to become self-disciplined, we need to stop trying to take on the Spirit’s role as the source of life-changing power and rely on the strength He will faithfully work in us. Paul told Timothy to be strengthened by the grace of Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). If our motivation doesn’t come from the Holy Spirit, then we will continue in vain and fail in the practice of self-discipline.
Our motivation will be of an eternal scope when we press into the Holy Spirit, and He will give us the strength to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Written by Jordan Loftis and used with permission from www.shortdailydevotions.com
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