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Labeling Boxes

October 3, 2012

This is a post by Michael Glover, my twin brother. He lives in Wasilla, AK, with his wife Megan, and their 2 high maintenance cats.

This weekend I accidentally made one of the best decisions of my life. I read an article my wife was writing an abstract on for her college English class. “The Stanford Prison Experiment”. A psychologist, Philip Zimbardo, wanted to “study the process by which prisoners and guards learn to become compliant and authoritarian.” (Zimbardo)

He picked 21 volunteers, they were all (except one Asian) average, middle-class, Caucasian, college age males. They were to participate in a 14-day simulation of a real prison, without the actual violence, rape, etc. real prisoners face.

He built a mock-prison in an empty area of the Stanford campus, and randomly assigned 10 to play the role of “prisoner” and the other 11 “guards”. Role-playing only. Fantasy. Not real life.

The prisoners were “dehumanized” immediately, lost all freedom, identity and the guards controlled even bathroom visits.

The guards were “deindividualized” with identical khaki uniforms and aviator style reflective glasses. The only training they received was the directive to maintain law and order.

Long story short, Zimbardo terminated the experiment after only 6 days and nights, because the fantasy became their reality. As the guards became more aggressive, prisoners became more passive.

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This is a post by Michael Glover, my twin brother. He lives in Wasilla, AK, with his wife Megan, and their 2 high maintenance cats.

The story of Peter denying Christ portrays the outcome of Peter’s pride and self-will. It’s a warning to every emerging disciple. Never tell Jesus, ‘I will’.

In the fifth chapter of his book, James tells us how to avoid this situation altogether. In verse 12 he says, “But above all [things], my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.” (James 5:12 AMP)

Amen.

Unfortunately, this sobering story didn’t end when Peter denied Christ. Sadly, it has seen itself told and retold in congregations all over the world. The actors have changed, but the story hasn’t.

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This is a post by Michael Glover, my twin brother. He lives in Wasilla, AK, with his wife Megan, and their 2 high maintenance cats.

We Glover boys speak our own short hand style language.

We use events that happened back in the day (I am 37 years old, so “back in the day”, is now in my vernacular toolbox). We use key words from things we’ve seen or experienced in our past to describe situations, or actions in our present. We can literally sum up an entire social event, how we are feeling or encourage one another, with a few words only we understand.

It’s tight, we know what we’re talking about, or predicting: you don’t that’s the point.

“Dude, hit my truck one more time …” we picked up from the “fight that almost happened”.

For some reason this guy (Scott) wanted to fight (Anthony). I mean he was snorting through his nose, pawing the ground, kicking dirt with his back feet – everything short of actually getting it on and throwing a punch.

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Uh … Who is Sophia Grace?

September 29, 2012

This is a guest post by Michael Glover, my twin brother. He lives in Wasilla, AK, with his wife Megan, and their 2 high maintenance cats. He is about to become a Father, loves CrossFit, and is emerging as a disciple of Jesus.

My wife and I just came back from the ob/gyn clinic. We had an in-depth ultra-sound, and guess what? It’s a boy! Rrrrreeeeewwwwiiiiiinnnnddd back to when we first found out we were expecting.

Megan and I were sure we were having a boy. We had already named him, Jackson Gregory Glover. Now that name will sound good on the loud speaker, if he plays sports!

We were proud to honor my twin brother by giving Jackson his name (initially I wanted to name him Gregory Anthony, using my Dad’s middle name, and mine but that just doesn’t flow).

We were excited and didn’t even think about girl’s names, because it was a boy! We knew it!

I feel

Ever had certainty in something you felt, even though you didn’t have any evidence that it would come to pass? Ever see something by standing on the promises of God, and the authority of His Word, even though you just had a feeling?

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Play those Cards!

September 28, 2012

I would hate to know that someone else could win with the hand that I’ve been dealt.

This quote by Pastor John Harrell shook me out of negative thinking. I was putting together a list of all the reasons why I couldn’t do this or be that. Then I heard that quote.

What if somebody else became CEO of my gifting and potential? Could they do more and be more with what I’ve been handed?

Perhaps.

We can spend too much capital on what we don’t have, when the miracle is in what we do have (Peter – such as I have, give I thee).

Maybe we don’t see what we’ve been given because it’s still in raw form. God gave Adam a chair and a couch, when He gave Adam a tree. Sometimes our resources are nothing more than raw material that needs to be cultivated and developed. Don’t let that fact stop you from seizing your moment and destiny.

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This is a guest post by Michael Glover, my twin brother. He lives in Wasilla, AK, with his wife Megan, and their 2 high maintenance cats. He is about to become a Father, loves CrossFit, and is emerging as a disciple of Jesus.

My brother, Greg, preached a message recently that asked the question, “What was the purpose of the spies?”

You find the story in Joshua 2. Joshua sends two spies to check out the Promised Land, but especially Jericho.

Why?

God already knew how He planned to conquer this city. Easy. He would have the nation of Israel do what they do best.

Walk.

God wanted to show them what a little unity of purpose could accomplish, along with his power. Wow. (God’s people could use a refresher course on this principle.)

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This is a guest post by Michael Glover, my twin brother. He lives in Wasilla, AK, with his wife Megan, and their 2 high maintenance cats. He is about to become a Father, loves CrossFit, and is emerging as a disciple of Jesus.

There is a fashion in the ministry that never goes out of style.

What is it?

Using armor you haven’t proven. (1 Samuel 17:39)

An example: A preacher, listen to TD Jakes, writes his outline pause button by pause button. Then just rips it the next time he preaches.

Why? Because being known in their organization, you know, being able to hang with the big dogs is where it’s at!

Forget fulfilling the Mission Statement Jesus came to fulfill. (Luke 4:18-19)

You know the coolest thing about doing this? You never need to pray, study the Word for your own inspiration, or God forbid, fast, (you might miss the after church social scene and the pats on the back that define you).

However, when you wear armor you haven’t proven, you do so minus the authority, anointing and relationship (with Jesus), that made that armor what it is today.

Why?

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Passion Police

September 21, 2012

He cried.

Being blind, Bartimaeus had a tremendous need.

What’s a sunrise look like? People are always talking about the beautiful palm trees in Jericho. What do they look like? Can you imagine being born blind in a beautiful world?

His hearing was exceptional.

Somebody told him that Jesus was passing by.

There was nothing wrong with his voice. He cried.

Vocal passion. Blindness. Jesus.

Those that were walking with Jesus heard his cry. Such a cry was unusual to this band of disciples. They had been walking with the God-man for a long time now. His crying out with desperation was unacceptable to them. They told Bartimaeus to hold his peace. Bartimaeus was trying to let go of blindness; he was tired of holding stuff.

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How much is Sophia worth?

September 19, 2012

This is a guest post by Michael Glover, my twin brother. He lives in Wasilla, AK, with his wife Megan, and their 2 high maintenance cats. He is about to become a Father, loves CrossFit, and is emerging as a disciple of Jesus.

My wife, Megan, and I are going to become parents sometime in the beginning of December.

Exciting, scary and scary, but we cannot wait!

When we found out we were having a baby girl something clicked in my head. An unexplainable protective ferocity enveloped my soul.

People keep telling me I need to buy a shotgun. Are you kidding me? I will take care of business just fine with my bare hands, and you better believe I’ll … well never mind.

Sophia Grace

As new parents, of course our baby, who we’ve named Sophia Grace, will be the best-behaved child since baby Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes.Not like those other kids, in fact she will probably start discussing the ins and outs of Jesus’ teachings during His time on earth by the time she is two years old.

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John 20:15 – Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away.

Mary thought she could carry Jesus.

Jesus + 100lbs of spices = Heavy.

Still, Mary said she would carry Jesus away if only she could find Him.

She was desperate for Jesus.

Jesus had done big things for her. She was ready to attempt big things for Him.

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