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    garyslavin
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    After you have listened to the lectures for each lesson you need to post a comment about something that you found interesting. You also need to post a follow-up comment on two(2) other students comments on the lectures. (If there are no other students comments in the topic then you only need to post your own comment).

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    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 1 The five phases of spiritual growth for SoulCare are
    Brokenness: Realization that we are deeply and hopelessly self-centered. Only God can change that.
    Repentance: a released desire from within that longs for God and others centeredness
    Abandonment: we have to completely abandon ourselves to God and allow him to change us.
    Confidence: Which develops over time and is faith and belief that God has provided all that we need to move toward where our souls truly want to be.
    Release: This release allows the SoulCare provider to be able to offer what is inside them to the other person.

    The two questions are, What is happening inside of me and am I aware of my own interior world? What passions are ruling me. The second question is what is happening in the other person that shows me what direction to move into with the conversation.

  • #7343

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 2 There are four basic types of conversations, three of which do little or nothing to generate holy tension or restore the soul. These three are:
    1)Social conversations which are designed to keep things pleasant and to have a good time. parties, social events and etc…
    2) Task Centered conversations: are designed to establish an agenda or list of things to cover and accomplish. This can generate productive tensions which are 0nly effective if they lead to pooling resources and agreeing upon points.
    3) Informational Conversations: are primarily a teaching scenario where information is given and received. The tension of confusion can result and should be embraced. this also will not release the needs of the soul either.

    The fourth type which will provide release is Spiritual information conversations. The purpose is to celebrate God’s Spirit by paying attention to and making ourselves available to what he is doing and to celebrate the immediate availability of God. the passion for God that has all ready been placed in us is nourished as our ruling passions continue to resemble the interior world of Jesus.

  • #7344

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 3 God has all ready provided us with everything we need to reveal his character to other people. SoulCare conversations do not have an order or systematic process they have a mystic flow. there is a rhythm to the conversation that requires the presence of the Holy Spirit which is why my interior passions are so important. I must be in harmony with the Holy Spirit and be tuned in to the spiritual process taking place. There are several movements to this rhythm. (1) The fragrance of grace in you encourages the experience of safety in someone else so they feel safe to share their journey with you. So soul care begins with grace in your heart. (2) A sense of excitement stirs within you when someone shares with you. This is accompanied by a profound sense of inadequacy. (3) As you enter into the cycle of spiritual formation, you have a sense of dependency upon the Holy Spirit. (4) You enter into the soulcare relationship with confidence that the Holy Spirit is their and spiritual wisdom is available.

  • #7345

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 4 The 4th movement also entails you thinking about their soul and beginning to understand what is happening within them. There is an additional element to the process which is Spirit dynamics, which is God’s provision for empowering people to move towards the purpose for which they were saved. We should keep in mind that we do not transformed be renewing our circumstances rather we are transformed by renewing our minds. As our interior worlds become more like Jesus and our core desire is to delight in God and reveal Him to others, we begin to make progress. We must abandon ourselves totally to God in order to mature spiritually. God has designed within us a deep desire to have a perfect relationship with him, so that if circumstances change or not, we can still move toward maturity. So we have flesh dynamics and Spirit dynamics and our core strategy should be to stir up the love that is all ready within a person that was placed there by God. The doctrine of first and second things is a doctrine of our desires and the priority we place upon them. For most people the priority is out of order. They want personal and temporal things of the flesh and then they want to experience God. God is first and all else is second. All else may or may not happen but with God first, it wont matter so much. The gospel has been provided so we can pursue first priorities in this life, God. When we want something more or most, only then will we give something up to have it. When we have God first and if the second things do not happen, we are not devastated because we are pursueing the first thing, God.

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  • #7347

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 5: The two points concerning tension are that tension is required for deep learning and that the New Covenant allows Christians to face the deepest holy tensions in our soul that only the New Covenant can release. There is an echo of Holy Tension present in non-Christians but the new Covenant is required to bring it to fruition and to relieve it. Something deep in the soul must be disturbed for change to occur. Most live their lives to avoid the very tension that could become their salvation. We need to suffer in the core of our soul to desire the provisions of the new Covenant. The awareness of where we are and where we long to be, Holy Tension, is required for the richest spiritual formation to take place. When there is a gap between who God saved us to be and who we are, holy tension develops. We must bring thoughts to awareness of a desire to be so loved by God that nothing could threaten the sense of wholeness derived from that love. As this thought develops, so does holy tension. The understanding of a higher calling than self and giving oneself to God begins the spiritual maturity. The tension between spiritual formation and the desire for self-preservation is a real battle taking place. The battle of the good self vs the bad self or the false self vs the real self. if in the core of our soul we do the “first thing” first, the Spirit will begin to work and change our hearts so obedience to and worship of God will become our passionate desires. There are four provisions of the New Covenant (1) New purity, from the grace of God, makes sin less attractive. (2) A new identity in Christ is that I am no longer a sinner, I am a Christian who committed a sin. (3) A new inclination is provided by the Spirit that gives us an appetite that actually wants to do God’s will. (4) A new power, which is released by the Holy Spirit, moves from us and touches the soul of someone making them want more than anything to move toward God.

  • #7353

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 6: An impelling vision for SoulCare is for someone to feel their desire for Christ to be stronger than ever as a result of their conversation with you. For this to happen we must have purity of motive that inspires trust and discernment that produces confidence in the other which motivates them to open up to you. SoulCare begins when two people are drawn to each other by a recognition of God-centeredness and you are drawn together by the detection of the grace of God. At this time the person invites you to share in their inner world, as the Spirit moves you recognize the opportunity for a God experience to happen. You sense the persons desire to connect deeper but you know you are inadequate and you aren’t sure what to do next. This is when you listen to the Spirit’s direction and depend upon the resources of Christ. Two things happen when the person is sharing their concerns and burdens; you pay attention to your interior world and you make sure you are present I their journeying reality. You need to be present as a safe person that encourages the individual to experience the freedom and safety to want be known by you. Failure at this point is fatal. They can only feel safe if they know they can neither control nor destroy you. They must know that you are ruled by a power much stronger than them and can not be swayed or manipulated. They of course also want to know that you are warmly engaged and genuinely care. The provider must be so centered in God that the other person can never rule the conversation. No compliments from another person should ever reach the center of your soul. If you are effected you will not be a safe person. Sometimes people will try to control you with interpersonal pulls which is an attempt to get you do do something or to effect how you feel. Don’t be quick to verbally identify the pull and when you sense the pull, look inside yourself to determine what you sense is good and clean verses what seems controlling. Respond to the Holy Spirits pull, not theirs. This will help make you a safe person that will generate a freedom in the other person to open up and be explored.

  • #7354

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 7: If you offer advice or solutions before the person has meaningfully cooperated with the process you will short-circuit the work of the Spirit of God. The person will not be ready until you are ready by having listening, having a vision and responding to the pull of the Holy Spirit as opposed to the pull of the person. The person must be eager to go beyond the superficial and enter into a meaningful discovery with nothing held back. You must be the type of person that makes the other person willing to be explored by you. David wanted to be explored as exemplified in Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. The four points of that prayer are (1) David wanted to be explored. (2) David was willing to have his ugly side explored. (3) David knew he could only be led on the spiritual journey by someone who had explored him. (4) David had a vision of something so wonderful he was willing to face everything painful to get there. People do not want to be explored and we have to become the type of people who creates in the other a desire to be explored. We also need to be centered enough in Christ to resist the other’s pull and respond to the pull of the Holy Spirit. Spirit centered excitement creates in you a sacred curiosity that awakens the hungry soul in another to want to be explored. If you are filled with excitement then you will have a sacred curiosity and you are entering holy ground that creates in the other a desire to take part in the process.

  • #7355

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 8: The Lord leads gently is a comment made in the lesson that should be listened to by all. Conversations that are critical of someone should be done with humility and without feeling prideful or eager to expose the perceived wrongs. Nothing kills SoulCare more quickly than the spirit of superiority. The conversations must be with a purity of gentleness and humbleness. Paul said in Romans 2:1 You, therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same thing. That doesn’t necessarily mean we commit the same sins, it refers to our nature to engage in activities that nourish our souls without God. At the base of all our struggles exists our natural man, without the Spirit of God, that is behind our desires. We must understand that at the foot of the cross, the playing field is level. we have all sinned and we all fall short of the glory of God. Our goal then is to develop the purity of a humble spirit that exposes sin in others without an arrogance and a superiority. Without that purity of spirit, the spirit that drives the other approach disqualifies you from providing SoulCare. If you engage that same humble spirit of humility in response to conversations with people about other people, someone may realize it and actually seek you out for further conversation. When we see our own flaws the Spirit gives us more wisdom, to see more clearly, the flaws in others.

  • #7356

    coopertlc123
    Participant

    Lesson 9: The real work of SooulCare is not done through insightful interpretation nor firm confrontation. it is accomplished by a certain kind of relating stirs the deepest appetite for God. the core disease in the human soul is that we treasure someone or something more than God. The gospel not only forgives us for that sin it has placed within us that are in Christ, a new appetite for God which is waiting to be released. the new Covenant theology suggests an appetite model for SoulCare which states, there is an appetite within me that if you relate to me in the power of the Holy Spirit, that you have the power to stimulate that appetite within me. the appetite model is always based solely upon what the Spirit is doing. You put the work of the Spirit and the new appetite of the new nature next to the flesh dynamics in such a way that creates the holy tension that releases our deepest desire to move towards God. This requires wisdom and discernment which will enable you to see problems that only the resources provided by God can handle. There are seven maxims for providing wise discerning SoulCare. (1) You understand a persons flesh dynamics only when you feel totally defeated. (2) You don’t always have to reveal the bad to release the good. (3) You are less concerned with the pain caused by abuse than you are with the choices and justification of self protection methods utilized for self protection. (4) To crate an illusion that life works without God people must deny 2 things. (a) the core desperate pain of an empty soul that only God can fill (b) the core sin of valuing something other than God as the greatest good in life. (5) Nothing in the past explains present emotional problems. It can only bring to light the strategies someone has chosen to make life work without God. (6) you cant force a conviction of sin. Wait for a sense of release from the Spirit. (7) When someone wants to know what they should do it usually means they don’t know who they are in Christ.

  • #7397

    coopertlc123
    Participant

    Lesson 10: To be a Soulcare provider you must be a safe person, an excited person, a pure person and you must be a released person. You must be so released and so aware of Christ in you that nothing matters more than pouring out the living water on others. This requires active love and without it, very little will happen. If we release in a way that touches the soul of another we can wet their appetite for Christ in a way that will strengthen them to follow Christ no matter what life does to them. This requires a spiritual touch which is when something literally comes out of us and into the other that restores their soul. Death and life is in the power of the tongue. Don’t let any unwholesome words come out of our mouths, only use words that are helpful for building others up according to their needs at that moment. The rhythmic movements that will help you touch a soul by releasing are (1) be prayerfully sensitive to what is stirring in the moment within the sanctuary of your own soul. (2) make sure you are in relationship with the one you are providing SoulCare for. (3) Off what you are aware of in your heart as a gift to the other. (4) Exercise your full freedom in Christ in what you give. Whatever the Spirit puts within you, give freely with no strings attached.

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