Daniel Zopoula

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Just Hear Me Out!

Licence Your Life

Hear me out!

Who told you that you needed their permission to BE?

People Live in their own Myths.
You live in yours, they live in theirs
They pay their bills, You pay your bills
Skip the Bull, Silence your handlers
You’re on a mission, You have an assignment,
Let Your Life Speak!

This is your life, This is your time. This is your truth, Don’t crap your pants
Who told you that you need their permission to BE?
I lived long enough to witness the profound,
The changes that happen
When you begin to find truth
The truth in your own story;
The Devine deposit,
To give yourself permission
To live that truth.

Fire your pimps, loose the mask,
Put your own face on, Don’t spoil your story,
Face the wind, Beat the odds,
God’s in you, the Hope of your Glory,
Your shield’n defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendour’n girded with praise
My glory my comfort my peace’n the lifter of my head

Unto him I cried with MY voice
He heard me out, out of His holy hill
So Skip the Bull, Silence your handlers
You are on a mission, You have an assignment,
Let Your Life Speak!

This is your life, This is your time, this is your truth. Don’t crap your pants
Far from the peace, stained from within, Souls in danger, look above,
God is on you!
Unable to swim for good, sinking to rise no more,
Out of the angry waves,
Master of seas, my despairing cry, HEARD!
From the raging waters, me, LIFTED!

In safety I be, billowing thunders, His will obey,
On peaceful shore, Forever my feet to stand
His goodness and mercy, hunt you down, all the days, the days of your life
Frail children, of dust you may be, and feeble as frail,
In God do we trust.
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

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Fall Political Fever in Canada

Pax Vobiscum (Peace Be With You)!
Brothers and Sisters, I strongly urge you to exercise your citizen right on October 19th. So many people died for the right to vote.  Do not vote in the hope of electing a christian legislative body. You will be disappointed. Do not be driven by the Polls, you will have a heart attack! they move up and down, so much! Refuse to vote in fear or in protest __ vote in hope!
Should a Conservative or NDP or Liberal or Green get in as your MP, remember, these are fabulous Canadians. Serve them and help them do their job well  __  each of them, if elected, will represent their Jurisdiction in office, the very best they can offer.
Do not vote for either political parties, hoping they will champion your particular Christian cause. You will be disappointed once more. Have you noticed that even your religious leaders don’t necessarily represent your particular version of morality and expectation that well? I suck at it! By the way, thanks for still loving me and praying for me! Refuse to become a disciple of the ideologies on today’s market: Worship God only.
Manifest profound compassion on these honourable women and men who run for political office. They have it really hard. Politic is a noble space for public service in our society.
If you are like me, chances are, you agree with something, from each of the political parties; and you disagree with something else, from each of the political parties. Canada is one. We do not refuse service and humanity to each other or do life together, driven by our political colours or the colours of skins, but by the content of our characters.
Politic separates people, Theology Separates people. The Economy Separates people. Religion separates people. Ideology distances us and chases people away from people. Jesus Unites People from every tribe and nation and language. Dude, He is cool, that’s what am saying. U ok!
Sursum Corda (Lift up your hearts, be of good cheer)
++ Daniel Zopoula

Four characteristics – inwardly strong–yet, outwardly focused Church

Four Characteristic of Externally Focused Churches


Question: When was the last time you were really proud of what your church was doing?

The Church an Emerging Minority

  • The world no longer regards faith as central, the world does not share Judeo-Christian values and ethics anymore. The church may once have been the center of the community,which has changed its focus and left the church behind.
  • The religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing currently carried out against Christians throughout the Middle East and Africa
  • Church is fighting for a voice of relevance, struggling to maintain strong links with the outside world, yet simultaneously remaining faithfully steadfast to the rule of faith.
  • As  minority communities, Christians face 3 choices as to their response.
    • For one, we could “accommodate” the increasing secularization by submitting to religious liberalism.
    • Or, we may “resist it,” thereby violently radicalizing into the pattern of religious extremist groups in many parts of the world today.
    • In another choice, we  “withdraw into protected enclaves,” religious communes, such as present-day successors to early Anabaptists, or similar radical groups within Orthodox Judaism.
  • Christian—can function as creative minorities– This demanding yet risk-laden choice, the Lord demanded of the Jewish people while in Exile in Babylon:

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” Jeremiah 29:5-7

The Church is “withdrawing into protected enclaves,”

  • We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
  • Why have so many churches emotionally or physically withdrawn from their communities?
  • Maybe this separation has something to do with the New Testament word for church. It is the word ecclesia, meaning “the called out ones.” Many have mistaken this to mean a physical separation from the world. The church is called to be separate in lifestyle but never to be isolated from the people it seeks to influence.
  • In our evangelistic zeal, we often think people just need more or better information in order to believe. But what do they really long for?Fewer are asking, “What must I do to be saved?” Instead their question is “What can I do to make my life work?” When the people who talk about a loving God demonstrate love, the gap between doubt and faith is narrowed, and the people around them often find themselves wanting to believe.

The Church will thrive as creative minority – inwardly strong–yet, outwardly focused Ministry

  • Definition of ministry: Ministry is simply “meeting another’s need with the resources God has given you.”

Four characteristics – inwardly strong–yet, outwardly focused Church 

  • Operate as if good deeds and good news can’t and shouldn’t be separated.
      • Just as it takes two wings to lift an airplane off the ground, so externally focused churches couple good news with good deeds to make an impact on their communities.
      • The good deeds, validate the good news. The good news explains the purpose of the good deeds.
      • God proclaimed the “good news…through Jesus Christ…and…he went around doing good…because God was with him” (Acts 10:36-38).
      • Motto:  it’s really not “church” if it’s not engaged in the life of the community through ministry and service to others.
    1. Assume presence is vital to the health and well-being of community.
      • They believe that their communities cannot be truly healthy without the church’s involvement.
      • They recognize that God has placed them in their communities (whether they feel wanted or not) to be salt, light, and leaven.
  • It is only when the church is mixed into the very life and conversation of the city that it can be an effective force for change.
    • In joining in the life and rhythm of the city, they seek to serve and bless the city, not to control it
    • After all, salt, light, and leaven are agents of influence, not of control.
    • Thus we seek to build bridges instead of walls–assets of our communities, not one of the liabilities.
  1. They value impact and influence in the community more than attendance.
    • Discipleship is not what happens inside the four walls of this church— We begin to grow when we take healthy responsibility for the growth of another person.
    • Christians grow best when they are serving and giving themselves away to others.
    • Because service and ministry are part of growth model for the church and the spiritual formation of its people, it is not unusual for huge percentages of their congregations to serve and minister outside the walls of the church.
  2. Fourth, The way to inwardly build a church is through outward service.
    • Congregations with a strong commitment to social justice and with direct participation in community outreach ministries are growing.
    • Externally focused churches have the advantage of deploying people into the community where they can be church to people through their love and service. Their light is not hidden under a bushel– No, their light shine..
    • Although these churches serve their communities expecting nothing in return, many people are drawn into the kingdom through their presence, service, and love.

The Bible tells us that Peter encountered a “paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. ‘Aeneas,’ Peter said to him, ‘Jesus Christ heals you. Get up…’ Immediately Aeneas got up. All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord” (Acts 9:33-35). The healed man was simply the evidence of the existence, love, and power of the healer, Jesus. After observing Jesus’ compassion and love, people responded, “God has come to help his people” (Luke 7:16b).

      • Church must intersect the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people in Lethbridge.
      • “The only way the gospel can be biblically shared is to focus on the whole person, with all [his or her] hurts and needs, and to involve the church in ministering to those persons and leading them to Christ. This is the essence of our ministry evangelism.”
  • If you go after the people nobody wants, you’ll end up with the people everybody wants.


Two strategies

  1. First, identify needs of your community and start ministries or programs to meet those needs.
  2. Second, partner with existing ministries of human-service agencies that are already accomplishing a shared mission in the community.


  • The way to inwardly build a church is through outward service. A good church demands attendance–a great church values impact and influence in the community. More than attendance; a great church manifests the soul of community; it is salt and light, agent of influence–not of control.
  • Discipleship is not what happens inside the four walls of the local church. We never really begin to grow till we take healthy responsibility for the growth of another person.
  • The test of your spiritual growth is simple – How has your heart grown in the past twelve months? Are your arms open wider toward others, or are they wrapped around yourself? Do you have room for anyone else in your life?

Greetings – Christmas Day 2014

Nothing profound to say…Merry Christmas…

Humbly, we welcome a new year of “Goodwill” to ALL people (inclusive). Christmas inaugurates the Goodwill of God, now come to humanity (Luke 2:14).

When we struggle to feed only ourselves, everyone goes hungry. But when we focus on our neighbour’s hunger, we discover there are ways to feed everyone.

Lord, that each of us may find every excuse to extend the generosity, profoundly over extending goodwill to ALL! Even so Lord, let it be !!!!

++ Daniel Zopoula

Ubuntu: We are all connected

Happy New Year!

May this year be for each a season of “Goodwill” to ALL people at ALL places(Luke 2:14). I champion to deliberately find every excuse to extend the generosity, profoundly over-extending goodwill to ALL

As the African Philosophy of Ubuntu teaches us, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” or “I am a person through other persons”. “A single straw of a broom can be broken easily, but the straws together are not easily broken.”

This truly is the essence of being and becoming; you can’t exist as a human being in isolation; you can’t be human all by yourself, you belong.  We are all connected! What you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity. You diminish when others are  diminished, when others are humiliated; you famish when others are famished, when others are tortured and oppressed. This is the year, this is the moment.

The government of fear is over! I am resolved, aggressively, provocatively and deliberately living to enable the community around to improve and become it’s uttermost. When we struggle to feed only ourselves, everyone goes hungry. But when we focus on our neighbour’s hunger, we discover there are ways to feed everyone. The world is my Parish.

No one walks  alone into higher realms. As expressed in the title of the acclaimed, and Number one hit song released in January, 1970, with gospel overtones, and recorded by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, unity is our only “Bridge over Trouble Water.” Without a bridge that leads to unity with others, who will support us through our perilous times, we will fall and sink, hopelessly, into the troubled water.

With unfeigned love, always, still becoming,
++ Daniel Zopoula

On Mental and Spiritual Sobriety

On Mental and Spiritual Sobriety – Musings

I wonder if In the absence of a clear understanding (or revelation) of how God sees those people He so strategically placed in our lives, most of us (thru lack of patience which is a form of anger) mistakenly try to make copies of ourselves into the suffering and afflicted amongst us.

I am learning that before I can help someone deeply, I must first gain spiritual and mental sobriety  by coming under this clear divine understanding of people.

Mandela’s mental sobriety stands out to me in a political dimension

I am moved by 1 Peter 5: 3-11: …..not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders.

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

8 Be sober-minded; be watchful.

Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you

  1. It is not fair, it is not reasonable, it is not right. Where does all this come from? These are the fruits of sickness and dysfunction. These are the fruits of abuse and poverty.
  2. The question becomes … What do I do with what I have experienced? What do I do with what I am experiencing?
  3. How do I come to understand the affects of all of this upon myself? How can I reshape how I feel and respond to these events and their affects?
  4. How do I learn (and relearn) to manage myself?
  5. A man once said to me that “I have a lot to learn about people”. I have learned that while this is true I also have a lot to learn about myself.
  6. I started with the question: how could I ever have known? Who was around to teach me? Who was committed to try to teach me?
  7. A problem that I have encountered in the church is that some people in it presume to know the answers to these questions. It is my experience that this is a lifelong journey of discovery and I am responsible to do most of this work.
  8. I think the question now becomes “who will walk with me in this journey of discovery and restoration.
  9. What will I do with this strength. How will I invest myself?,
  10. Isn’t all this interesting? Lots of good questions … Who will do the work? Why does this work matter? What will grow out of this work? What will fail to grow if I do not do this work?
  11. Many of us have direct and indirect knowledge of the terrible cost of a failure to  do this work.
  12. Who will I trust to walk with me? Who will say that I have proven myself to be worthy of your trust?….

Many a time we work so hard to cast out the hell  from “in there” to “out there” only to realize that the very hell we try to cast out is only given life, energy and fueled by our demand to um-pluck it out of the depth….You are more than a paragraph, you are the book.

Musings of a Friend



  • “People do not see the world as it is – they see it as they are. A leader needs a broader view.” From the movie Anna and the King
  • “… Since our interpretations hinge on our expectations, beliefs, and values, our internal world is as important as what is outside – sometimes more so, because we manage to see what we expect and want. The fuzziness of everyday life makes it easy for people to make the world conform to their favored internal maps.” Reframing Organizations by Lee G. Bolman and Terrance E. Deal  (p. 33)

If it helps, ask:

  • How does my point of view inform how I hear and understand?
  • How does my point of view take away from how I hear and understand?
  • Are we solving the “right” problem?
  • What does a “win” look like?
  • Confirm what “success” looks like

Create the right space to seek understanding

  • Create space to see from another person’s point of view
  • Create space to listen
  • Create space to wonder
  • Create space to explore
  • Create space to discover
  • Create space to risk

Keep Commitments

  • Say what you’re going to do, then do what you say you’re going to do.
  • Make commitments carefully and keep them.
  • Make keeping commitments the symbol of your honor.
  • Don’t break confidences.

Extend Trust

  • Extend trust abundantly to those who have earned your trust.
  • Extend trust conditionally to those who are earning your trust.
  • Learn how to appropriately extend trust to others based on the situation, risk, and credibility (character and competence) of the people involved.
  • Demonstrate a propensity to trust.
  • Don’t withhold trust because there is risk involved.

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”  Mark Twain Get some perspective, Get Help

Critical Carefrontation:

Critical Carefrontation:

Self-management Practices

  • Desiring to be at peace with people is a good thing
  • Use conflict as an opportunity to serve others
  • Encourage good practice by personal example
  • Deal only with issues that are too important to overlook
  • Overlook minor offenses
  • Guard your attitude from negative thinking

Helpful conflict management thinking

  • “It is my intention to provoke your thinking.”
  • “It is not my intention to offend you.”
  • “People decide to be offended.”
  • “Please decide not to be offended.”
  • People are responsible to be gentle
  • People are responsible to be forthright
  • People are responsible to challenge ideas
  • People are responsible to detach their self worth from their ideas.

From the “Critical Confrontation” Principles

  • Start with Heart. The clearer you are on goals, the less you’re controlled by fears.
  • Learn to Look. What you see is what you get.
  • Make it Safe. Defensiveness is not a sign of too much candor, but too little safety.
  • Master my Stories. To take control of your emotions, take control of your stories.
  • STATE my Path. How to be persuasive without being abrasive or evasive. Work to say things in the most acceptable way possible.
  • Explore others’ Path. When you learn to do this you have a responsibility to increase the pool of shared meaning…
  • Move to Action. How you end a crucial conversation is as important as how you begin it. At the beginning you need safety, at the end closure. Tricky parts are beginning and end.

Why does it help to stop and examine your motives?

  • Because the motive you can’t see controls you.
  • Because you aren’t that good an actor.
  • Because if you can see it you can change it.
  • Because questions provoke the brain.

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