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Living on Purpose: The Eternal Call to Meaning and Adventure

A 7-module e-course to help you discover and pursue God’s purpose for your life. 

Partner with God

Know what God’s Word says about you and what it means for your life.

Know Yourself

Get practical tools to utilize your unique experiences, passions and spiritual gifts.

Live Your Purpose

Find deep joy knowing you’re walking the path God designed just for you.

Meet Your Guide

As the founder of a Christian relief and development organization called Forward Edge International, Joseph Anfuso has spent the past four decades helping thousands of Jesus followers discover and pursue God’s purpose for their lives. This course is the most complete distillation of all he’s learned and experienced as a church leader and follower of Christ. 

Hi, I’m Joseph Anfuso. Like many Jesus followers, and perhaps like you, I was serious about my Christian faith and desperately wanted to be used by God.

For many years, I tried to deepen my relationship with God by faithfully attending church services, reading my Bible daily, and praying often. For a time, I even lived communally with other committed Christians, joining in daily prayer meetings and Bible studies, as well as frequent trips into the street to share the gospel.

Most of the time, though, I felt like an invisible barrier was blocking me from having greater intimacy with God, from feeling as useful to Him and others as I wanted to be. It was deeply frustrating. And the months and years seemed to slip by with little or no progress.

It wasn’t until I experienced more of God’s love for me—and allowed Him to replace the lies I was believing about myself with His Truth—that things began to change. Not overnight, of course. But gradually I began to move forward. I took on more responsibilities in my home church, and was even ordained as an elder.

What I didn’t realize at the time, though, was that God had a more specific and personal calling on my life—one that fit me to a T. I didn’t know exactly where He was leading me, and I had to be willing to take “baby steps” along the way, but where I ended up exceeded my wildest expectations. Not only because of the positive impact this calling had on my life, but because of the impact it had on thousands of other lives, too.

That’s what inspired me to create this course: the deep conviction that what God did in my life is something He can do—and wants to do—in every Christian’s life.

You see, your life matters. You were designed by God to make a real and needed difference in the world. And by discovering and pursuing His unique plan and purpose for you, you can experience the same deep sense of meaning and fulfillment I have experienced in mine. That is the purpose of this course.

Check out my Spotify Playlist by clicking here. It includes music to complement the Living on Purpose e-course with some of my original songs as well.

7 Modules, 7 Promises:

Through the completion of this 7-module e-course, you’ll learn:    

Your Unique Purpose

How to weave together your personal life story, and the passions and gifts God has given you, to create a life with meaning and purpose that will change the world 

That Nothing is Wasted

Why every detail of your story matters—even the painful parts 

How to Let God Mold You

Why inner transformation is the key to living a life with purpose  

The Importance of Flexibility

How your response to life’s “curveballs” can make or break your sense of meaning  

Your Place in The Church

Why the Church and the world need YOU to step up in your unique calling

Courage to Step Into The Unknown

How to gain courage to follow Jesus into the adventure He has in mind for you  

How to Partner with the Holy Spirit

How to notice and respond to the daily nudges of the Holy Spirit

100% Money Back Guarantee

The Living on Purpose course is designed to produce results. If for any reason you’re not thrilled with the content and potential impact it will have on your life, we’ll refund your tuition 100% within the first 30 days. No hoops and no questions asked. Just send us an email. 

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Living on Purpose

by Joseph Anfuso

A well-known 19th-century philosopher once said: “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

So, what does that mean? It means that someone who’s found a purpose in life—a “why” to live for—can overcome any obstacle in his or her path. It means that if you know why your life matters—and have a positive purpose for living—you can suffer through almost any defeat without giving up or falling into despair.  

The vital importance of “knowing your why” is what inspired me to create the new online course: Living on Purpose / The Eternal Call to Meaning and Adventure. The premise of the course is that every person was designed and equipped by God to reach outside themselves to serve and bless others, which is the key to living a meaningful life.  

Recent scientific studies confirm, in fact, that human beings are neuro-chemically wired to need purpose…purpose being defined as “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.” You could also say “the reason for which someONE is created or exists.” In other words, our purpose as individuals is our usefulness, our contribution. And it’s the ability for purpose to lift our eyes off of ourselves that makes it so powerful in enhancing both our spiritual and physical well-being.   

A recent study from Rush University, for example, showed that older people with a risk for dementia who “identified a purpose in life outside of themselves” were only half as likely to develop Alzheimer’s, while a 15-year study in Japan found that a “strong sense of purpose” resulted in a 72 percent lower risk of stroke and a 44 percent lower rate of heart disease.

Two recent UCLA studies actually identified a part of the brain—the posterior superior temporal cortex—that seems to be hard-wired for altruism, which is a selfless concern for the well-being of others.

These studies revealed that when we reach outside ourselves to help others we reap a neurological and physical reward in the form of a rush of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine—what neuroscientists call “the happiness trifecta.” Oxytocin supports empathy and social bonding. Serotonin regulates mood. And dopamine plays a major role in motivation and movement.

You see, without some higher purpose for our lives we don’t feel any motivation, which confirms what the Bible says in Proverbs 29: “Where there’s no vision the people perish,” or as it says in another translation “the people lose heart.”  

Living for something greater than ourselves is also the only way to overcome the emptiness and boredom we all feel at different times in our lives; the only way to maintain hope and transcend life’s hardships; and the only way to make our unique and needed contribution to God’s purposes in the world.

Most of us grew up hearing these words from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”    

What many have discovered throughout the ages, though, is true happiness can’t be “pursued.” Happiness is actually a byproduct of the pursuit of meaning. It’s the result of a certain kind of life.

If you don’t believe that, someday take time to see how frustrated people spend their time. You’ll likely find their lives filled with a desire to get away, to go on vacation, to buy more stuff and make their lives more comfortable. 

Then search out the radiant few, and you’ll find them sitting beside sickbeds ministering to people of God’s goodness. They’ll be carrying food to the hungry or interceding on behalf of others. You’ll find them sharing the profits from their businesses to help people in need, empowering individuals, and sometimes whole communities. 

In fact, you’ll find them in nearly every occupation and place on the globe. And one thing will always be true: they won’t be pursuing happiness. They won’t be asking to be served, but asking to serve. From first to last, the men and women who were and always will be the forces for good in the world are those who rejoice in the title: servant. In short, they’re those who’ve found “a why to live” that’s greater than themselves.

Perhaps you’ve found a part of your “why” by participating in God’s work through Forward Edge: by serving on mission teams, sponsoring a child in one of our international programs, or donating some of the profits from your business to help transform the lives of vulnerable children. The number of “whys” God can call a person to live for, though, are virtually endless. The only criteria are that it’s something that benefits others, something that aligns with your unique gifts, passions and life experiences, and something you could never accomplish without God’s help.

Would you like help finding and pursuing your God-given “why”? If your answer is “yes,” go to www.living-onpurpose.org and sign-up for my new e-course. It could be one of the most important and rewarding decisions you’ll ever make.   

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Transform a Child's Life Through Sponsorship

Hola (hello), my name is Alejandro

  • location

    Mexico

  • 13 yrs. old

    10-11-2008

Entered the program: September 2013

Alejandro lives with his mother, father and two sisters, Suidi and Itzel (who are also in the Trigo y Miel program). They recently received a home built by Forward Edge’s ministry, Operation Enduring Homes, that has a kitchen, indoor plumbing and running water. Alejandro's father's job as a school teacher in a small village keeps him away from home for weeks at a time. Alejandro's mom works part-time at the Trigo y Miel program.

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