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Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron; so one man sharpens another. (NIV)

Our purpose is to learn new information and apply it in our lives with support from each other.  Just as in the proverb, we are here to sharpen each other.


Prepare for each session. The point here is to be purposeful in learning from the material and each other, and follow through with application in our lives. What we are learning will need to be customized to what is needed in your life.  We are all coming from different places.  

Participate in each session. We are here to learn and learning requires participation.  You need to engage.  It doesn’t have to have a measure of ‘success’ of any kind.  This is a place to express and to practice.  We hope for growth in our ability to relate lovingly and joyfully to those closest to us. To achieve this we will need to seek out and accept feedback from trusted sources because we believe they want what is best for us. This is iron sharpening iron.

Practice between sessions. There isn’t an expectation of getting it right every time but there is an expectation to understand what happened and what could have happened.  How could I have thought differently and therefore behaved differently?  We are ultimately trying to embrace who we are and embrace that in a new way .  We are not trying to become someone we are not.


Meeting Time:  9p Eastern Time US.  The dates are associated with the sessions below.


What to expect each time

  • Welcome

  • Day by day review.  What was impactful in the last 2 weeks?

  • Conversation based on the materials

  • Short recap


Session 1


Who knows what "Immanuel" means? That's right = GOD WITH US. This is one of God's greatest "desires"... to be with and close to His people; and for His people to be with and close to Him.


THE GARDEN- The Garden is best understood as a cosmic temple of God... where heaven and earth overlap...where God and humanity were meant to dwell together. Sin, of course, broke that "overlap" so-to-speak so God made another way to dwell with His people...

THE TABERNACLE - a portable dwelling place for God to meet with His people...the OG set up tear down church-haha. This was a temporary means of God's dwelling with His people....where heaven and earth overlap

THE TEMPLE-a permanent structure and dwelling place for God to meet with His people...where heaven and earth overlap...although the building was more permanent than the tabernacle... this was only a foretaste and foreshadowing of what was to come! JESUS - God sent Jesus to "tabernacle" or dwell among us...God was literally and physically with us!! The human embodiment of heaven and earth overlapping!


THE HOLY SPIRIT - Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He said that He would send the comforter...God's Spirit to dwell with WITHIN US...that we would be a little bit of heaven on earth to those around us.

A quote from “The Coaching Habit”

I’ve heard him frame the work he does as “giving people the responsibility for their own freedom.” That’s a big statement that raises as many questions as it answers. One of those questions might be “What’s freedom?” and Block would probably respond by saying that it is being able to show up as an adult in our work and being able to deal with those around us as adults, too. 


THIS IS THE MINISTRY OF PRESENCE - that as believers....followers of Jesus...apprentices 

committed to BEING WITH JESUS... BECOMING LIKE JESUS...AND DOING JESUS-Y THINGS... we are called to participate in the lives of others. But we all know that is easier said than done, right?? There are all sorts of ways that our presence gets distorted or watered down....

  • ABSENCE - never available...not reliable...rarely around...too busy to be with

  • PRESENT BUT ABSENT - Probably the most in body...but somewhere else in thought or feeling.

  • PRESENT BUT ANXIOUS - here, but on edge...frenetic...distracted...scatterbrained... worked up


But the ministry of presence that is showcased in the Bible (OT & NT) and ultimately exemplified in Jesus is a NON-ANXIOUS PRESENCE


Here are some characteristics of a "non-anxious presence":

  • Unhurried

  • Rested

  • Slow 

  • Intentional

  • Thoughtful 

  • Curious and Inquisitive

  • In the moment 

  • Others focused

  • Fully engaged

So here's a question for us to ponder: WHAT WOULD HAVE TO BE TRUE OF US TO BE A NON-ANXIOUS PRESENCE at home with our wife and children?


The other half of church course 1.

Soil assessment from TOHC

Slide Deck

Session 2

Video:  Two Versions.  The one listed here is optional.  Everyone should watch the one in the video player below.

The other half of church podcast

  • Michael Hendricks, Spiritual Formation and Stagnation

  • Jim Wilder  Neurotheology and Loving Attachments

  • Right Brain, Left Brain Why it matters

  • Joy, the first Ingredient


The Other Half of Church:  Right Brain Left Brain

Joy - The First Ingredient

Slide Deck

Session 3


The Other Half Of Church:  Hesed

Slide Deck

Session 4


The Other Half of Church:

Group Identity


Slide Deck

Session 5

Reading:  Focus during session will be "Remain Relational"

Other Half of Church: Healthy Correction

Rare Leadership:  Chapters 6 (Where to Start)  & 7 (Remain Relational)

Healthy Correction Slide Deck
Remain Relational Slide Deck

Session 6


Rare Leadership: Chapter 8 (Act Like Yourself)

Slide Deck

Session 7


Rare Leadership: Chapter 9 (Return To Joy)
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Session 8


Rare Leadership: Chapter 10 (Endure Hardship Well) & Chapter 11

Slide Deck 

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