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 Pastor Mike Burns

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Six Characteristics of Kingdom Risk Taking

Six Characteristics of Kingdom Risk Taking

On Sunday, July 25th, I finished preaching the series, Taking a Kingdom Risk. In this series we learned that Kingdom Risk Taking is a necessary component of true discipleship and is a Kingdom protocol (code of conduct) for following Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to risk, to obey and step out in faith for His glory and to the fullest potential for the kingdom of God realized. Every great risk in Jesus’ Name begins with confidence in the goodness and trustworthiness of God. That He who calls us to “step out in faith” means to trust the One who supplies us with whatever we need to fulfill plans and purposes in and through us.

Kingdom Risk Taking has 6 Characteristics that helps us recognize and understand what is required in in this endeavor. The first five characteristics I have preached about and they are described on the podcast at our website ( Here is a synopsis of the last and sixth characteristic:

  1. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Identity.
  2. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Calculated.
  3. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Faith, Not Fear.
  4. Kingdom Risk Taking Invites Uncertainty.
  5. Kingdom Risk Taking Requires Persistence.
  6. Kingdom Risk Taking Ensures Growth.

Psalm 92:12-14

The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green

Godly risk taking is different than the risk tied to immediate gratification, which is plentiful in our culture.

  • Immediate gratification is often self-serving and short sighted.
  • Kingdom Risk Taking is God-driven with long range

The latter can take you some place different, some place better!

Obeying God and stepping out of our comfort zone to trust Him and to walk by faith not only has positive repercussions for us and others around us today, but also for generations to come in the future (see Gen. 26:24).

Because it requires discipline, tempering the uncertainty (characteristic #4) and persistence (characteristic #5)…however, Godly Risk Taking is less common among many Christians.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 4:10 PM

Living Strong - The Shameful Gesture I Still Regret: A Warning for Parents

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 4:10 PM
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 4:10 PM

Happy New Year Everybody!!

I hope you were encouraged by my Living Strong articles and musings in 2015. I am ready for 2016, so let’s get started with a topic that speaks to all of us as parents, grandparents, leaders, and anyone who is responsible for children. I don’t normally use other folk’s articles in Living Strong, but I could NOT pass this one up!!

It is written by Joshua Rodgers and comes from his own real life experience. I am passing it on to you, MOM and DAD and GRANDPARENTS and LEADERS. Here we go…

When I was growing up in south Mississippi, there were some Pentecostals who sold peanut brittle door-to-door and in grocery store parking lots.  At one point in my childhood, I remember having a positive view of them because -- well, they had sweets.  But my dad took care of that really quickly.

Dad said they were part of a cult, and whenever they approached us, he wouldn't even acknowledge them.  Behind closed doors, he also made fun of them.  I took note.

One day, some ladies came to our small apartment building wearing ankle-length blue jean skirts, long sleeves, and beehive hairdos.  When I saw the peanut brittle, I knew it was them.  I watched them go to each apartment, selling their wares, and I began jeering at them.  They ignored me.

As they were leaving, they walked under the staircase where I was standing, and that's when I did something I still regret to this day: I got as much phlegm in my mouth as I could, and then I spat.  It landed right in a teenage girl's hair.  She just kept walking.

You know something interesting about that memory? I'm certain my father wasn't there, but it feels like he was when I recall it.  I think it's because my decision that day was fueled by the many times I heard him mock those people.  But those weren't the only folks he ridiculed.

I heard Dad make fun of Yankees, Democrats, and a host of other folks who weren't like us.  And when I heard him do that, I took it to mean that it was okay to objectify those people.  They weren't any bigger than their political party, their accent, or the peanut brittle they sold.

All of us who are raising or influencing kids should recognize that when we mock other groups of people, we poison our kids' ability to see those people as individuals.  Maybe we do it by impersonating accents, using demeaning names to refer to a racial group, or always casting adherents of a particular religion as the bad guys.  It's a great way to handicap our children, to make it harder for them to grow up and engage with other adults maturely.

You know, if I could find that teenage girl who walked away with spit in her hair, I would apologize and beg her forgiveness.  That may not be possible, but there's one thing I can do: watch the way I talk about other people around my kids.

Joshua Rogers is an attorney and writer who lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow Joshua on Twitter @MrJoshuaRogers and Facebook, and read more of his writing at


On to Victory,

Pastor Mike

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