Personal Gifts

If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
— Romans 12:8

Our culture sometimes pushes us to be something that we're not, but this is a good reminder that each one of us is unique with our own talents. We should treasure the things that we're good at and do those things well. You can honor God by putting your talents to good use. Do them with passion, kindness and vigor.

Halloween Giveaway

Halloween has arrived, and this year there won't be any tricks from Anchored Apparel, only treats. And to win is really easy, want to know how? 

All you have to do is follow our Facebook or Instagram page, comment #HalloweenAA on this photo and tag 2 friends who do not know Anchored. You can comment as many times you want, keeping in mind that the more you comment, the higher chance you have to win. You just cannot repeat the same friends. Two giveaways, one on Instagram and the other on Facebook. We will analyze if the winners followed the rules. Winners will be announced on November 10th, 2014.

Good luck!

Hearing God

We must never forget that God speaks to us through other people. This means, when you are disconnected from community the enemy can stop the voice of God in your life. Many times God speaks through people who don’t “have it altogether” — therefore, don’t dismiss the message from God because of who delivers it.

The Enemy Within

God saw the trouble we were in. God’s love never fails. He rescued us from our enemies. God’s love never fails.
— Psalm 136:23-24

I feel like the word "enemies" doesn't always mean people. Sometimes the greatest threat to our happiness is within us; those lies in our hearts that nobody else knows about. Thankfully, God can see that too, and He has the power to save us from the only enemy we're powerless to kill: our own thoughts. His love never fails, and it's more than enough to compensate for whatever you think you've been missing.



CAROLINE SOARES

Seeing The Artist At Work

Luke 11:15-18

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

 

Have you ever noticed, when reading the Gospel, just how much time Jesus spent healing the sick and diseased? Have you given much thought as to why?
 
Generally speaking, people focus much of their time on what they deem most important. While it can be said that the sheer number of petitioners for healing would have taken up much of Christ's time, perhaps they came because He welcomed them. He thought healing of their bodies to be important. But why would He pay so much attention to the body, if it would just die anyway?
 
Part of the answer lies in the Godly artistry of the body. Genesis recalls that God stooped down to make Adam from dust and Eve from his rib. With both, He handmade their bodies. Nothing else in creation is handmade but us.
 
The Psalmist tells us that each of us has been knit together by God's own hands, whilst in the womb. What if the Lord sees Himself as an artist, and our bodies give one expression to the multidimensional living art that we are to Him? What if He healed then, as He does now, because the artistry of our bodies matters to Him?
 
He took the time to put His own hands into the raw matter from which we are made, and He takes the time now to attend to our diseases, so that He may heal and restore the damage that sin does to the artistry of our physical canvases. Why? Because He made us, including our bodies, in His own image, with the purpose of our whole person reflecting His glory.


This is a post taken from C3 Brooklyn's "The Temple Prøject" blog — Be sure to visit the link and check out their other entries. 



SAMUEL NICOLOSI

#ExploreMore Hawaii

The first video to commence  the "#ExploreMore" series by Anchored Apparel.

The purpose of these videos is to encourage and inspire others to explore these places a bit more. We also get to show everyone a little bit that goes behind the scenes with all our creativity and fans from across the globe. In this particular video, the Anchored team was able to travel to Oahu, Hawaii on June 2014.

Director: Bryan Trindade (Anchored Apparel)
Production: Jessica Trindade (Anchored Apparel)
Animation: Branko Jass (frametouch) — www.facebook.com/frametouch
Music: Imagine Dragons "On Top of the World"

#ExploreMore Iceland & Paris

Anchored Apparel will be on the road again... and this time, we are going all the way to Iceland and then Paris! 

We are actually looking for models located in both Iceland (in general) and in Paris, France who would be interested to part take in some photo shoots for our upcoming new collection. Please get in touch with us via Facebook message or email so we can plan it out!

We will be in Iceland starting this Saturday, September 20th until the 24th and the we head to Paris until the 28th.

Beyond excited!

#StayAnchored
#AnchoredAdventures

Blogger Dress Like Jess

You can find out more about Jessica Lemos and her blog Dress Like Jess here

Imagination Is Not Creation

Let’s define creative. Cause it seems like to me that the way we often use the term in church work today misses the point.

Some people fancy themselves as being “creative”, or “creative-types” because they have a lot of ideas. Cool. You have ideas.
So does my 3 year old.
That doesn’t make you creative.
An idea without implementation isn’t creation.
It’s imagination.

By definition, being creative requires that you create something.
True creative people don’t just dream it-they do it-or oversee the strategy to get it done.
True creativity results in a product. Not just an idea.

We’ve all met people who shy away from the hard work of action steps because they “don’t do the details”. They’re “more into the creative side of things”.
But as far as I can tell, the Chief Creator didn’t just think about light, stars, and human life-the proof of His creativity is the tangible detailed expression of His vision.

That’s what I appreciate so much about our creative team at Elevation.
They imagine-then they implement.
Otherwise, they know they’d just be playing make believe.
And we don’t give paychecks to big boys and girls for playing make believe.

What will you create today?
Don’t settle for conceptualization. Bring it into existence.


This is an excerpt taken from Steven Furtick's blog — Be sure to visit the link and check out his other entries. 



STEVEN FURTICK