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January 26, 2021

A Gospel-Shaped Identity

There’s only one perfect father:  Our Abba Father in heaven who speaks life and identity and blessing over us!  We dive into the incredible words the Father speaks over us from Ephesians 1:  We are chosen, adopted, redeemed, given eternal hope and the Holy Spirit as the guarantee of our eternal hope.  Because of what Jesus has done, the Father says to us now and forever: “You are my beloved and in you I am well pleased!”    Then, if you’re a believer who battles to live into your God-given identity you’re not alone.  Shawna admits that it’s easy to fall into trying to get her identity in what people think of her.  But that identity is so fickle.  Because what people think of us is so fickle.  Our God given, life giving identity is found in Jesus:  The One who loved us and gave himself for us.  It’s a conversation about surrendering our futile attempts to achieve our identity so that we can receive the identity that we long for:  Being the one Jesus loves.    Next Perry admits that if he’s given a choice between showing his scars and coming off as a Christian hero, it’s so much easier for him to choose the latter.  But that’s not the way of Jesus.  The way of Jesus is boasting in our scars so that others can be healed.  So, Perry takes a risk and brags about his scars!  And finally, Perry and Shawna explore what gospel identity looks like with a quote from Dr. Tim Keller: “If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts.”  If you’re encouraged, please share!


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Perry LaHaie

Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.


Shawna Beyer

Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.

Perry and Shawna Mornings

Perry and Shawna Mornings helps start your day with spiritual encouragement, conversations on topics relevant to you, and Christ-centered music.