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Stories of leadership and life with Jo Saxton and Steph O'Brien

Feb 22, 2016

Jesus has two significant experiences before His ministry begins - first His baptism and then He is driven into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by Satan.  First he receives a declaration of love and approval from His Father before He has done anything, and then He is driven into a harsh physical wilderness.   In this episode Jo and Steph discuss Jesus’ wilderness journey in Matthew 3:13-4:11.  They look at the three temptations Jesus faced from the enemy and discuss where the enemy has similarly tempted them in those areas: 1) Appetite 2) Approval 3) Ambition After facing those temptations, Jesus comes out of the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit. Steph shares about her wilderness journey into ministry, where God broke down her desire for approval from others, and Jo shares how God made her step out of worship for a season to address unhealthy ambitions.   Take-aways: 1) The promise of the wilderness is God’s power.  God’s Spirit is with you in the wilderness and it is God’s power which will lead you out. 2) Surrender to God in the wilderness.  Not necessarily surrender to it, but surrender to God.  He is still the safest place to be. 3) Let God expose those three A’s in your life.  It is the safest way. Discussion questions: 1) Which of the three A’s are you struggling with right now? How is that affecting your life in a negative way? 2) Where do you need to surrender to God in the current wilderness? Do you believe God is the safest place? Why or why not? 3) Think back to a wilderness you have come through.  Where has God’s power been manifested in your life as a result of that season?  

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Feb 9, 2016

It is the beginning of Lent, a season where the church has traditionally laid aside things in order to create space for God.

The start of a new series of Life in the Wilderness, Jo and Steph discuss those times we all face but all would prefer not to - those desert times.

 

They discuss what the wilderness may look like and has looked like for them: times where we feel spiritually dry, where our faith has been tested or where God has used difficult circumstances to form our character.  Jo shares about adapting to a new life in the US after a fruitful season in the UK, and Steph shares about her journey with singleness and dating.

 

Looking at the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt, we learn the the distance between slavery and the Promised Land is the wilderness, and how God uses that time to correct the wrong mindsets the Israelites had in terms of their identity, purpose and relationship with God.

 

God sees you, He is with you in it and He wants to walk with you. You are not forgotten.

 

Discussion questions:

1. Describe a desert time in your life that has now passed and you have now seen breakthrough.  What did it feel like physically, emotionally and spiritually during that desert time? How did God meet you in that desert time and form your character?

 

2. Where in your life are you still in the wilderness? Where are you seeing the opposite to what you believe God has promised right now? The Israelites were given truth in the wilderness.  What truths do you need to remind yourself of and how can you do that practically? (Have a verse in a prominent place, set a timer weekly to re-read words spoken over you, have a time to meet regularly with someone to pray about the wilderness season).

 

3. Where are you wrestling against God’s purposes for you in the wilderness? Where do you need to surrender and trust that God sees you and is with you and wants to meet you in the midst of this wilderness?

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Feb 1, 2016

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Jan 25, 2016

Jo and Steph continue on in part two of three episodes on the topic of leadership. The focus for this episode is on how leaders must look for those who will invest in them as well as live intentionally to invest in others. Who is investing in you? Who are you investing in?  

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Jan 20, 2016

In this episode, Steph has the opportunity to interview a friend of her and Jo named Gwen Adams. She is the executive director of a ministry called Priceless that helps to rescue women from sex trafficking in Anchorage. To learn more go to: www.PricelessAlaska.com.  

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Jan 18, 2016

Jo and Steph begin part one of three conversations on Leadership. The focus for this episode is on how deeply leaders must rely on their relationship with God if they are going to lead out in Kingdom ways. They ponder the questions: How do leaders hear from God? How does our relationship with God fuel our leadership and influence?  

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Jan 11, 2016

A new year is a chance to step into new invitations that God has for each of us. It's time to say "hello" to 2016. To do that, we may need to say "goodbye" to some things that God is inviting us to let go of and leave in 2015. Jo and Steph discuss their process of stepping into the new year with God's purposes and direction. What are you saying "hello" to in 2016? What are you saying "goodbye" to in 2015? Let us know! Download "Hello/Goodbye" worksheet here.  

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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Thanks for listening! If you know others who would benefit from conversations about leadership, life experiences and living life on mission, pass it on! #leadstoriespodcast  

Jan 3, 2016

A new year is a chance to step into new invitations that God has for each of us. It's time to say "hello" to 2016. To do that, we may need to say "goodbye" to some things that God is inviting us to let go of and leave in 2015. Jo and Steph discuss their process of stepping into the new year with God's purposes and direction. What are you saying "hello" to in 2016? What are you saying "goodbye" to in 2015? Let us know! Download "Hello/Goodbye" worksheet here.

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox

Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast

Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast

Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

www.leadstoriesmedia.com 

Thanks for listening! If you know others who would benefit from conversations about leadership, life experiences and living life on mission, pass it on! #leadstoriespodcast

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