Voices Distract the Peace of Mind

2 Ways to Stop Fearful Thoughts and Trust God.

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.

Don’t Lose Your Focus!

Learning accept God's grace and forgiveness.

This is a sample from my new book, Grace: What’s So Amazing About It?

Sitting in the optometrist chair, I was asked several questions. Which one is better; this one, or that one; this one or that one? Please read off the smallest letters you can read.

I usually start with the giant letter, E. Though my vision is not considered bad, I do lose focus when the sun goes down. I have a harder time driving at night, than I do during the day. The reason, there is no light.

What My Friend Bess Lorence Taught Me About Prayer.

3 Ways Prayer Connects us to God's Heart.

This post is in memoriam of my friend, Bess Lorence.
1931-2016
Gone, but never forgotten. A woman after God’s own heart.

When someone wants to connect with another person they talk. It’s that simple communication style that brings about the greatest benefit. Prayer is no different. We usually think of prayer as asking God for something than it is simple communication. My goal is to change that through this blog post.

My family and I were headed to Iowa for my cousin’s wedding and a family reunion when my phone rang with shocking news. My friend, Bess Lorence, had passed away suddenly. Just four months prior her husband, Ed Lorence, had died. Both were such blessings in my life.

How To Understand Your Potential.

Finding the courage to Dream.

The J. B. Sisam Show will return next week with an all new episode.

A couple years ago, my wife and I went to a VIP screening of a movie called The Identical.” The movie stars Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and newcomer Blake Rayne. Here’s the story from their website:

Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family.

060: 3 Powerful Reasons You Need Nature in your Life. [Podcast]

Why Time outdoors will revitalize your spirit.

Have you ever wondered why you’re always so tired and exhausted? Like most Americans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. The other 10% is walking to and from our cars and mowing the lawn. We sit at our desks, drink coffee and don’t take the time to rejuvenate.

In today’s episode I’m talking about taking the time to get some fresh air. When we take the time to shut down the blue light coming from our computers and Kindles and bathe in the sun, we’ll find our strength returning.

When is the last time you took advantage of the spiritual, physical and mental benefits of Mother Nature?

Listen to the Audio:

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How To Respect Sacrifice this Memorial Day!

3 Lessons I learned about faith from LTJG. Merton Willette

Sacrifice is a part of life for those in the Military. These men and women put their lives on the line so that we can live freely in this Republic. But as time passes, I often wonder if we’ve truly forgotten why we even celebrate Memorial Day.

As a Pastor, I get the chance to meet so many different people. Each of them have a special place in my heart. They make me a better man by encouraging me to live beyond my means and make Jesus number one in my life.

One such individual, whom I considered another Grandpa was Merton Willette. He served his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy and left with a Lieutenant Junior Grade rank. Before his death in 2012 he had the privilege to take a Military Honor Flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. 

Writing is… NOW!

3 Reasons today is the day to begin writing your story!

As a writer, I often wonder what my life would be like if I were a character in someone’s novel? Would I be the gallant hero diving in to save the day and get the girl, or would I be the evil and sinister bad guy who wants to rule the world?

The funny thing is, as I’m writing, I often wonder what it would be like to be one of the characters I’m trying to create. Because, I know this will sound weird, in a sense they are real people. They have real hurts, real goals and real obstacles to overcome. I do what I can to help guide their lives, so that they make good choices. Yet, I have some characters that tell me they’re about to make a wrong choice.

3 Steps to Leaving Your Comfort Zone Behind.

Learning to become worthless, ruthless and have no control.

This blog post was taken from a sermon I gave in 2009 at Life Church in Minneapolis, MN.

I find it quite interesting how people really don’t like doing anything outside of their comfort zone. And now that we are living in deeper tumultuous times it is getting even harder for people to step out into the unknown. Have you ever ventured out into something you didn’t fully understand, or talk with someone you’ve never met? It is not comfortable at all, in-fact it is down right hard to do.

There is one who came to give us a better understanding to know what it means to step out of our comfort zone. His name is Jesus Christ. He was and is and always will be God. He is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. For Jesus to give it all up and step into a place in which he’d never lived was a huge step out of the comfort zone. Our goal should not be to step back and stay comfortable but to be uncomfortable in our life.

Why time outdoors makes you rich in spirit

3 powerful reasons we need nature in our lives.

Looking for The J. B. Sisam Show? I’ll return next week with a new episode. In the meantime, enjoy this blog post.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend most of  your days indoors. We sit at our desks. We stare at our computers and drink our coffee. Hardly, do we take time to rejuvenate outdoors.

From one of my fishing trips to Detroit Lakes, MN. There is a 17.5′ Largemouth Bass in the image.

For the most part, every year, my buddy and I go on a several day fishing trip in northern Minnesota. We don’t stay in lavish hotels or resorts. We don’t rent  a cabin. We pitch our tents, set-up camp and eat food out of cans. It is the life. I shut my phone off and don’t allow distractions of daily life. I come to Park Rapids, MN to fish–nothing else.

002: 3 Ways to Actively Seek God’s Face: Learning to be People of Righteousness

In the second episode of A Devoted Life, we look at what it means to be people who are active in our faith. What does that mean and what does that look like?

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