There is a growing desire in the hearts and minds of those around us to know and want to feel love. Not the love that we just throw around, but a knowing that everything is ok and a love that permeates our entire being. Love is the only way to eradicate hate and bring hope to someone’s life.
People all around are looking for a God who is not full of wrath, but love. Yet many times, we take a look at some people and write them off, as if they’re hopeless. However, we are commanded to love those around us and we are to show them that true love comes only from God and God alone.
The world is a complicated place. We see heroes, villains, lovers, and haters. Then there’s those who don’t fit into either mold and choose not to get involved.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several days, you’ll know there have been major clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacists, neo-nazi, and other hate filled groups–from both sides of the aisle–clashed in a violent fashion over the weekend.
Have you felt the desire to quit, throw in the towel, and give up on your dream? The fear of failure is a powerful emotion that keeps us from pressing forward into tomorrow. What’s worse, we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In today’s episode, I want to take you on a journey of my own fear of failure. I hope my story will help you take that fear and turn it into your personal superpower. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin, and how we leverage them both can determine success or failure.
Originally published on 04/16/2009 as a special article on this blog. I have significantly changed this article for today’s podcast episode. If you’d like to read the original, click here.
People have been on a health kick for some time. We see on TV all kinds of ways one can lose weight fast. Take this pill, drink this potion and if you don’t see a significant notice in your weight loss in two weeks get a total refund and keep the steak knives as our free gift for ordering.
In today’s episode, I’m talking about living a healthy, balanced life. It doesn’t matter what we’re writing or doing in our lives if anything is out of sync inside us, we will not be effective as communicators of the message God’s given us.
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It’s soon to be Christmas Morning! The gifts are ready to be opened. The turkey is thawing. Despite all of the festivities, don’t forget the reason we celebrate this season.
As you’re getting ready for company and singing your favorite Christmas songs, let’s not forget we celebrate because of Jesus Christ and him crucified. He came to earth over 2,000 years ago to give us life. Like we set out milk and cookies for Santa Clause, we need to prepare for Jesus’ arrival in our hearts and minds.
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What a year it has been. We’ve seen both the good, the bad and the ugly. But what is the meaning of the holiday season and how should we conduct ourselves in a society who’s given up on hope?
I remember waking up early Christmas morning with a stocking filled with candy, oranges, peanuts and one gift. As a family, we didn’t celebrate Santa Clause or pretend he existed. I was okay with that.
As a pastor, I’ve listened to plenty of people who shyly look away when I ask what they’re passionate about. They either don’t know, or they believe they’ll give the wrong answer. Why? People have a hard time identifying their passion.
We believe passion is self-focused or introspective and are afraid to identify it. But is it? If we identify our passion, that means we’ll have to do something with it. Most people have bought the lie, ‘I can’t do what I love.’
Writing is such a joy for me. I know it’s been two weeks since I’ve published a regular blog post. I’ve had a couple of podcast episodes. Maybe you’ve thought I have forgotten about you. Truth to tell, I have been insanely busy with family, the World Series, deadlines at the church and publishing a book. Did I mention publishing a book?
Writing books is something I get a lot of joy doing. In-fact, when I see my completed book, I know I have just finished something special. If you would like to get a copy of my new ebook, sign up on the top right of this webpage.
Everyone who has ever lived or died had a purpose to fulfill. Everyone has dreams of the future and regrets of the past. But it’s how we live our life that determines our purpose for tomorrow.
When I look or walk through a grave yard I see one thing; countless untold stories, unwritten books, unsung songs, new ideas that have never been formed, or adventures never taken. It breaks my heart when someone doesn’t live to the full potential that God has placed within their lives.