Life on Mission Ep.2 | Kelly McSparran in Peru

Life on Mission Ep.2 | Kelly McSparran in Peru

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Life on Mission Ep.2 | Life in Peru

by Sharon Sands + Kelly McSparran | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • The role that Kelly plays at Mission Hills Church | 1:08
  • You don’t have to be a missionary to live life on mission  | 1:41
  • There’s no such thing as a typical experience living abroad  | 3:33
  • Living your faith out in a dark, spiritually confused area | 6:18
  • Sometimes, the transition back can be the hardest part and living out our mission on our home soil | 10:47
  • It’s good to look at the areas around us that we can pour into | we’re not always traveling overseas | 14:20
  • What is your next step that you will take to become more like Jesus and follow Him on Mission? | 19:148

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | EVERYONE IS CALLED ON MISSION

The focus of this series is centered around being called on mission with Jesus. Craig has a great saying around here that everyone is called to ministry, only a few are called to vocational ministry. And we thought that applied really well to mission work as well. We are all called to be on mission with Jesus, even when we’re not part of a short-term trip, or travelling to exclusively share the gospel. The truth of Christ should be so interwoven into our lives that whatever we do, whoever we talk to, can see it coming out of us. Even when we are teaching in another country, or working for a non-profit, the way we live our lives on mission should be contagious and evident in all that we do.

2 | PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO CONNECT

Even though Kelly received a lot of pushback on some of the ways that they outwardly lived their faith, they were inundated with conversations. People would express some previous hurt from the church, ask them questions about their faith, and open up to vulnerable places in their pasts to them. This is the power of the Holy Spirit working through them. It’s human nature to want to connect and build community and the tools that the McSparran’s were using to build their community in Peru were based in their faith. When they relied on their relationship with Christ, they were blessed with opportunities to share who they’ve built their lives around. Sometimes, you’re not the ones to get another to come to faith. But you are another touch point in their lives, you could be their only exposure to the Gospel! It’s important to remember that we’re called to be the best representations of Christ that we can be in all areas of our lives. God has placed you where you are in life (spiritually, emotionally, physically, etc.) on purpose, make sure you don’t ignore that and you use that to connect.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back for our second episode in our, “Life on Mission” series. Throughout this series, which will run indefinitely over the duration of this podcast channel, we will not only interview those going out on short-term trips. We will also be speaking with women who have lived abroad! We really love these stories because they are focused on spiritual growth, from those that are called to mission (as we all are).

Today, we hear from Kelly McSparran, our Communications Director here at Mission Hills, on her time in Peru. Kelly and her husband Ryan lived in Peru for a bit at the beginning of their marriage and learned lessons about being public with your faith, growing closer to God to solidify your marriage, and travel do’s and don’ts in an incredible part of the world. She wasn’t “on-mission”, but since she loves Jesus, she was joining Jesus on mission in her everyday life. 

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A Heart of Valor | Finishing Strong

A Heart of Valor | Finishing Strong

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A Heart Valor | Finishing Strong

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • No one usually one for visual aids | Preaching on Hebrews 12 | 2:57
  • We all have been marked for our own race, how is yours going?  | 4:15
  • Are you familiar with the Hoyt Team?  | 8:10
  • A few Keys to being someone of Valor/having a heart of Valor | The things that matter to my heart | 9:35
  • Hold on to God’s goodness, even when you’re faced with shaky circumstances and foreign lands  | 18:55
  • Prone to wander, Lord I feel it  | 22:45
  • Corrie Ten Boom and this generation’s Corrie ‘Six’ Boom  | 29:03

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | FINISH WELL

We each have been marked for a race by the greatest coach of all time: Our Father! We don’t know if this race is a 50-yard dash or if it’s an ultra marathon, but we’re each running a race. A race that is marked for us! And the best thing is that our course has already been laid out for us, and we can control how we run and how we finish the race. We have to have an ache in our bones to finish the race well. The truth that Sharon wants to drive home in the message about our race is this:

The truth of finishing well doesn’t impact us, “way out yonder” in the future it should impact how we live today!

2 | DEFINE YOUR PASSION

A passion in your life is a thing that causes you to move to the edge of your seat, can bring you to tears, can light up your face, can cause you to raise your voice or even pound your fist! You go to bed thinking about it and wake up and it’s the first think on your mind; it will move you to action! It is so important for us to realize what God has gifted to us, and seize that for his glory. Passion is not so much an emotion you feel, but rather a foundation that you live your life from. It is knowing Him and knowing His word! What raises your voice? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Are you currently chasing it?

3 | LISTEN TO OUR CAPTAIN’S CALL

We shouldn’t be the same person now that we were 5 years, 1 year, or even 1 month ago! When we look back, and look forward, our walk with our Father should be changing us, changing our hearts. There should be more peace, more humility and gentleness, more of a willingness to serve, and more boldness and as we receive the characteristics of Christ. We press forward, we should want to change, and be different, as we become better reflections of Him. As we finish our races and push into them, we should welcome these changes. Why? Because we have seen his hand faithful for that many more years, through that many more trials. We have seen ourselves trip up that many more times, and His grace seems that much bigger!

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. | John 16:33

4 | HE IS LOVINGLY IN CONTROL

Just remember, that we serve a sovereign, loving God! He is lovingly in control of our race, and the circumstances that constantly surround us. Louis Giglio has a great quote when he says, “This great ‘star breathing God’ fashioned you and wove you together… and He says He will hold you in His hand and carry you all the days of your life.” How are we responding to that? Are we marching forward with a Heart of Valor? Are we confident in the God we believe in, and are we convicted that he is able to guard what we have entrusted to him until the very end? Take comfort in who is our coach. Take comfort in a God that wants us by His side when it is all said and done.

Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. | Isaiah 46:4

SHOW NOTES

Hebrews 12:1b states that there is a race marked out for us.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. | Hebrews 12:1

Before we were even born, even when we were still in our mother’s womb, it was marked out for us! Join us today as our own Sharon Sands shares with our Mission Hills Staff what it looks like to run your race with courage and power. No one can run your race for you so today we want to ask the question, “How is your race going?”.

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Life on Mission Ep.1 | Colombia 2018

Life on Mission Ep.1 | Colombia 2018

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Life on Mission Ep.1 | Colombia 2018

by Sharon Sands + Jacque Carlson | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Jacque and her team worked on bringing hope and encouragement to moms in Colombia | 1:31
  • Karissa | Why she decided to go  | 4:31
  • Emerald | What was important to you on your decision to go?  | 6:36
  • Reflecting on the moments that matter, that we carry with us | 8:58
  • When you are on Mission, be open to what God wants you to see and hear  | 17:50
  • Sometimes the Mission Field throws bats and spiders at you  | 20:03
  • Along with our suitcase, we always bring experiences, emotions, and stories home with us  | 24:01
  • 2019 is bringing the MOPS team to Guatemala  | 31:18

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | INVEST IN THE NEXT GENERATION

When we want to see change, growth, and obstacles overcome, we need to pour into those that will be taking up the mantle after we are done. Legacy is so important, and mentoring those that are young and hungry is imperative to break paradigms. When Jacque and her team were in Colombia, they spent time with moms and their kids, teaching them about the hope that can be found in Jesus. When we give value and raise those that are younger than us up, we are empowering them to become agents of change for their own circumstances. All of that through Christ, Jesus!

2 | IT’S WHAT YOU TAKE WITH YOU

Throughout this episode the team talks about pouring into those that they went down to serve, along with receiving amazing hospitality and reciprocated encouragement from those they were around. When we think about serving globally we sometimes get bogged down by the fact that we’re only there for a week or that we meet so many faces, how are we making a difference? Not only is Jesus working through us while we’re there, but we become agents of change when we come back. When we’re able to serve alongside partners (both locally and globally) we are forever transformed into advocates for their organization and the incredible work that they’re doing. Whatever the circumstance, location, or emotion that is evoked within us while we spread the Gospel, Jesus is there working through it for good.

3 | FOCUS IN ON THE NEEDS OF THE HEART

Often times, especially with short term mission trips overseas, we look at the big picture. We really love that 30,000-foot overview of the greater impact that is occurring. We tend to get our feet out in front of us and think about the pieces of ministry that are going to fall in to place after you have left. It’s often times that we miss the opportunities that God is putting right in front of us when we’re living in the present. These moments are fleeting and God has placed them in our laps to be cherished. While it is important to think about 5 and 10 years out, what impact will the work we’re going now have, it’s equally as important to hold those around you and pray with them in the moment.

SHOW NOTES

We are so excited to launch our new series, Life on Mission. Craig Smith, our lead pastor, has charged the staff and congregation alike to live life on Mission with Jesus. It’s what we’re called to do! So, throughout the life of Anchor + Waves, we will be bringing you missional stories from our short term trips, our local partners, and our global partners alike! We will be focusing on what it truly means to serve, as He’s called us to do.

In our kick-off episode here, we will be speaking with Jacque Carlson, Emerald Holden, and Karissa Kellerstrass about their recent trip to Colombia. While in Colombia the team had chances to work with leaders, children and moms to provide hope in the name of Jesus. Listen in as we learn what it looks like to emulate the characteristics of Jesus in Colombia.

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Interview with Lindsy Tucker | The Heart of Worship

Interview with Lindsy Tucker | The Heart of Worship

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Interview with Lindsy Tucker | The Heart of Worship

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • From the beaches of California to the Snowy Winters of Colorado | 1:49
  • Writing songs that capture your heart is an amazing way to worship  | 4:57
  • 6 years old at a Vacation Bible School isn’t anything to doubt | 8:28
  • No one on this planet will ever love you more than your mom and your dad | 13:13
  • Even when you’re not paying attention, the Lord will care for us and provide | 18:09
  • God is The Great Healer and The Great Provider for us | 21:38
  • It can be so easy for us to focus on the wrong things, even with the best intentions | 27:19
  • Why Worship? | 30:14
  • An incredible live performance to close us out | All That I Need | 34:07

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | TAKE IT TO THE LORD

We will never meet any in our lives who loves us more, knows more about us, and wants to fight for our hearts more than Jesus. When we run into obstacles that seem insurmountable or come across pain that seems unbearable, your first and only knee-jerk reaction to those circumstances should be this; bring it to Him. Those precious moments where you sit, weeping, with your Bible open praying to Jesus are special. Through His grace, we’re able to get through anything! It really is true that there is nothing new under the sun, the Lord knows what you’re going through. Today may be tough, and tomorrow may be too, but you don’t have to walk through that journey alone. And He doesn’t want you to! He wants to pick you up and hug you and carry you when you’re too weak to continue. Lean into Him!

2 | GOD IS ALWAYS WORKING FOR GOOD

He is the only one that is continually, without rest, working for good for you. When we take that first step out of the boat, eyes fixed on Him, we can accomplish anything. Lindsy discussed her husbands first marriage and their amazing conversations that come out of it because they believe that God is kind, and loving, and working for the betterment of their relationships with Him! Sometimes, the moulding and shaping that occurs while we’re in our own valleys are necessary down the road, to determine who we are to become in Christ! And we can’t always see that at the time so please, take comfort in the fact that God is on our side.

3 | WHY WORSHIP?

Because it is everything. It’s incredibly important to invest and lead those around you to the throne and we’re called to do exactly that. When we go through the presence of the Lord we are completely changed forever, and that’s what worship does. Worship is more than just song. It’s being in the Word, it’s focusing and turning your attention to Jesus, it’s rejoicing in your circumstances (always) and praise Him in the midst of the occurrences of our lives. When you set the time aside to worship and pause before the Lord, it takes the attention off of yourself and your circumstances and places it on Him!

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back to our first episode of 2019! Today, we have the privilege of hearing from Lindsy Tucker. Lindsy is a worship leader at Truth Calvary Church in Denver who is passionate about communicating what it means to truly be a,“worshipper”. Lindsy has an amazing story that she will take us through part of today in this episode.

Sharon and Lindsy discuss what it means to be a mom in uncharted territory, what it means to have those around you invest in you, and to run whole-heartedly after our Creator, every single day. We’re so glad you’re here and we’re really looking forward to an incredible 2019, with plenty of more episodes in the works.

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Ep. 3 | Understanding Your Bible – Books of Poetry

Ep. 3 | Understanding Your Bible – Books of Poetry

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Ep. 3 | Understanding Your Bible - Books of Poetry

by Janet Carter + Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • What exactly are Books of Poetry? | 0:34
  • Starting with the trials of Job | Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs | 1:56
  • Let’s hear from the Leaders from our Psalms Bible Study – Discovering Hope in the Psalms  | 6:32
  • “It’s impossible to lack creativity while standing in the presence of the creator” | 10:33
  • One of the most practical books in all of Scripture, thanks Solomon | 20:09
  • Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon – A look at the different stages of a man’s life  | 23:52

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | WHERE DOES YOUR STRENGTH COME FROM?

It’s really important to remember where we are rooted in our lives. Like the title of this podcast, we must have a true anchor to keep us in place as life, Satan, and anything else throws everything they can at us to waiver us. When we don’t know where to draw our strength from, where to put down anchor, we can quickly become lost. Remember, as Job did (even when his wife, his friends, and almost everyone else around him questioned him) he stayed true in what he believed. He knows he could put all of his faith and trust in the Lord, and the Lord stayed true to Job.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. | Psalm 121:1-2

2 | YOU WERE DESIGNED BY A CREATIVE GOD

It’s true! Our God designed each and every one of us with passion, creativity, and drive. There is an incredible quote by Mike Rimero that says:

“Here’s the truth: It’s impossible to lack creativity while standing in the presence of the creator. The Lord has graced us with an intrinsic ability to create. To design beauty from nothing. To write, to draw, to build, to sing and to dance for something and someone bigger than ourselves…” | Mike Rimero

As you read through the Psalms, it becomes incredibly clear that we are creations by a God who wants us to be spontaneous, whimsical, and intentional with what we build and what we breathe life in to. Creativity is so much of what gives life joy and meaning and He wants us to have that! Whatever you’ve been gifted with, or whatever you’re passionate about, do it with all of your heart. Artists should dance, paint, write and sing without fear of who is watching. God is watching, and He is proud.

SHOW NOTES

Today, on our last episode for 2018, we are turning back to our series, “Understanding Your Bible”. In this episode, Sharon and Janet break down Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Ecclesiastes Also, we’re able to hear from Karen Beldon, Wendy Humphrey, and Kathy Stafford, who are some of the leaders of the Psalms Bible Studies we have going on at Mission Hills. If you haven’t listened to the first two episodes in the series, you can click on one of the episode buttons below to do that, first. 

The ladies discuss love stories, prophecy, and imagery that a Creative God uses throughout these incredible books. You don’t want to miss it and we learn more about what this incredible book has to offer us on Wisdom and Discernment! We’re looking forward to an incredible 2019, with plenty of more episodes in the works.

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Part 2 | Legacy – Interview with The BRAVE Leaders

Part 2 | Legacy – Interview with The BRAVE Leaders

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Part 2 | Legacy - Interview with The BRAVE Leaders

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Our leaders & the inception of a High School group called BRAVE | 1:58
  • Breez Marker on making acquaintances and coming to own her faith | 2:51
  • Kristen Sands on the importance of Jesus in the home, behind closed doors  | 6:12
  • Sessions from a BRAVE retreat and thinking about, “Who is this great God that makes us Brave?” | 11:01
  • It’s not just identifying sin, it’s bringing it to the Lord so we can defeat it | 20:02
  • How walking with others can impact your journey with Jesus | 25:15
  • Show your daughters how to find faith and Jesus in any of life’s circumstances  | 31:57

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | DISCIPLESHIP IS KEY

The whole idea of older women mentoring younger women and coming alongside them to do life with them is sorely needed in our world today. As the coming generation continues to grow, the lessons and wisdom from the previous generation become key in our spiritual growth with Christ. It is one of the most desired avenues of community time and time again. When we have the tools, leadership knowledge, and access to resources in our own lives as we begin to take ownership of our faith, we are able to continue in developing a relationship with Christ. When there is growth and nurturing in your personal life, at home with your family, behind closed doors, our next generation can learn how to, “feed themselves” from the Word, so they don’t become stagnant on their walk. It’s definitely a two-way street, we crave mentors the same way that they desire to mentor.

2 | LEADING SHOULD TAKE US OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE

When we are put in charge of others, we often don’t think of the situations that are going to stretch us. Good leaders are those that model the culture that they want to see implemented. They partake in growth and actions and behaviours that stretch and push them towards avenues that are desirable, not those that are comfortable. And we’re often not able to realize we’re in those positions until they’re right under our nose. Jesus is guiding us constantly on a path that he’s laid out for us, a path that is designed for our success. The more we lean into him in times of uncomfortable growth, the closer we become to modelling his characteristics daily.

3 | WHEN IN DOUBT, PURSUE AUTHENTICITY

One of the things that teenage girls are really good at is sniffing out things that are not authentic. We are constantly bombarded through numerous media platforms, daily, about the pursuit of these intangible goals. We always hear you should be more this or more that while being less of another thing. It can truly be exhausting. Just remember that we are called to be authentic. We are called to build relationships with others and love them as Christ has loved us. Plain and simple.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back to Anchor + Waves as we go into Part 2 of our series on Legacy, following Part.1- our interview with Lawanna Busby St. Clair. Today we’re speaking with Breez Marker and Kristen Sands, two of our young adult leaders for our High School Bible study, “BRAVE”. Listen in as we discuss finding your voice amongst peers, walking with Jesus when it’s tough, and how to lean into your family in Christ.

Our goal is to help us look either forward on the pathway that we’re looking to take with Christ, or to look back at where Christ has taken us, and reach out to those that are in need. Today, we really push into what it means to put yourself in correct standing with Christ so we can be the next generation of Christ Followers for this world. You can click one of the buttons below to get in touch with us or learn more about our Bible Studies and Women’s Groups.

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