Seismic Shifts: The Little Changes That Make a Big Difference in Your Life

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It's easy to talk about changing your life. Here's how to actually do it. If you long to experience transformation in the most significant areas of life, this book will become your road map. Seismic Shifts is about change---positive, quality change that can help you ? experience deep and lasting joy ? engage in a growing and dynamic relationship with God ? feel healthy, rested, and peaceful ? build intimate relationships marked by honest communication ? attain financial security and contentment ? enjoy sharing your faith naturally and consistently By making small adjustments in just the right places, you can set off a chain reaction that will redefine the landscape of your life. Dreams really do come true when you learn how to take little steps that make a big difference. Small changes can yield huge transformations in the most important areas of your life. My friend Kevin Harney shows you how in his inspiring and practical book. ---Lee Strobel, author, The Case for Christ and The Case for a Creator Kevin Harney is both a gifted communicator and a seasoned pastor. Seismic Shifts will be a gift to individuals and churches alike. ---John Ortberg, Teaching Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of God Is Closer Than You Think and The Life You've Always Wanted Kevin Harney is totally on track with Seismic Shifts. With skillful pen, Kevin teaches us how to create powerful movement in our lives. ---Randy Frazee, Teaching Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church and author of The Connecting Church and Making Room for Life

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Kevin G. Harney serves at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. Harney is the author of Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, Leadership from the Inside Out; Seismic Shifts; Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You've Found; and more than sixty small-group Bible studies. SPANISH BIO: Kevin G. Harney es pastor de ensenanza en Faith Church en Dyer, Indiana. Es autor de Seismic Shifts: the Little Changes that make a BIG difference in your life y coautor de varios libros.

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Seismic Shifts Copyright 2005 by Kevin Harney Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Harney, Kevin. Seismic shifts : the little changes that make a big difference in your life / Kevin G. Harney. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25945-9 ISBN-10: 0-310-25945-2 1. Christian life. 2. Success --- Religious aspects --- Christianity. I. Title. BV4598.3.H36 2005 248.4 --- dc22 2005017302 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked TNIV are taken from the Holy Bible: Today's New International Version. TNIV. Copyright 2002, 2004 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means --- electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other --- except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Ruth Bandstra Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 / ?DCI / 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about this book to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com. Thank you. Part 1 Shifts That Bring Greater Joy Than You Can Imagine The Seismic Shift from Infancy to Adulthood Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is, Christ. --- Ephesians 4:14 -- 15 TNIV In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righ teous ness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity. --- Hebrews 5:12 -- 6:1 Babies are cute. They can do the smallest thing and adults cheer with delight, laugh with joy, and stare in amazement. Think about it, parents actually talk with pride about how their little boy holds his head up or how their little girl smiles on command. They act as if these relatively common activities rival the exploits of great athletes. Chapter ONE Chapter 1: The Seismic Shift from Infancy to Adulthood 23 How do parents feel when they realize their child's growth is stunted? The answer is obvious: they are deeply concerned. If their little boy or girl has a physical problem, they call a doctor. They will go from specialist to specialist and do all they can to help their child overcome this obstacle. If their son or daughter is dealing with an emotional or mental hurdle, they will contact a Chris tian counselor or a psychologist to get help. Any loving parent who sees something hampering the growth of their child will take action. Seismic Shifts That Lead Us toward Spiritual Maturity One Sunday morning, I was preaching about God's desire to see us grow into mature followers of Jesus. To make the point, I showed a video clip of a dad and mom teaching their little boy to walk. I borrowed a home video from a woman who works in our church office. This sixty-second clip of John and Chrisann teaching their firstborn to walk communicated more clearly than I could have hoped to with mere words. Little Evan was doing his best to keep his balance, putting both arms straight up in the air. In his white T-shirt and diaper, he took wobbly steps across the kitchen floor until he got to the little mat by the sink. As he stepped on it, the mat shifted ever so slightly, and he lost his footing and dropped to the floor. His mom cheered him on, 'Great job, Evan! You're doing great.' He struggled to his feet and kept crossing the floor, arms in the air, a look of determination on his face. Then with no warning, he pitched straight forward and fell with a thud to the cold tile floor. The congregation gasped. You could sense that everyone wanted to reach up to the screen and help this little guy back to his feet. There he was, sprawled with his nose just an inch off the floor, his little butt sticking up in the air. Then his father spoke, 'Evan, stand up and walk to Daddy.' He lay there, frozen for a moment. Then from somewhere deep inside, Evan found the strength to push himself up, turn around, and begin walking toward his father. The congregation watched, wanting to cheer but absolutely silent. Step by step, he crossed the floor until he fell into his daddy's arms. The response from the congregation was both joy and a huge sigh of relief. This video clip illustrates something God wants all of us to understand. He looks at us and sees beloved children. When we lose our balance and fall flat, he is right there. He says, 'Stand up and walk to Daddy.' That's the heart of God for you and me. He wants us to get back up each time we fall and continue the glorious journey across the linoleum tile of life until we reach the arms of our Father. Maybe you are lying on your belly in the middle of the kitchen floor. You are tired, discouraged, and don't feel you can get up and press on. It feels better to just stay right where you are. Your Father is there. Can you hear him? 'Stand up and walk to Daddy. Stand up and walk to Daddy.' He is so close. His arms are open. Don't give up. Stand up one more time and keep on trying. When the apostle Paul wrote to the church in the city of Corinth, he lamented the fact that they were not growing up spiritually. They had slipped and fallen, but they refused to get up and try again. He writes, 'Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly --- mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready' (1 Cor. 3:1 -- 2 TNIV). In common language, Paul is calling the believers in the city of Corinth a bunch of spiritual babies. Ouch! He then goes on to tell them about some of the signs of their spiritual infancy and challenges them to enter a process of growing up in faith. The Holy Spirit invites every Chris tian to enter the joy of spiritual growth. We accept by learning to identify signs of spiritual adulthood and committing to take consistent steps toward maturity. These seismic shifts propel us to deeper places of intimacy with God. Along the way, if we listen closely, we will hear our heavenly Father cheering for us and celebrating each step. In the rest of this chapter, we will look at seven key indicators that we are moving toward spiritual maturity. Seven Indicators of Growth Learning to Feed Ourselves When a baby is born, we know he needs help eating, at least for a time. He can't find his own food and prepare it. A mother offers her milk as the basics of life. But if Mom and Dad refuse to provide for the baby, he will die. Someone must spoon-feed this little guy for many months. But all parents expect a healthy little boy or girl to learn how to eat on their own eventually. If they don't, the parents know something is very wrong. Chapter 1: The Seismic Shift from Infancy to Adulthood 25 Seismic Shift Suggestion This Week's Menu. For many people, a great step toward spiritual maturity is simply spending a little time in God's Word each day. Block out at least fi ve minutes for personal Bible reading

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