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.
Facebook, Twitter and you name it social media is all the rage. People feel empowered to share what they want, when they want. But is that how we should be living our lives?
In today’s episode, we’ll be looking at the dangers of posting what we want, versus lifting people up. As leaders, our job is to encourage and empower people to succeed in life. If you truly want to have a voice that people will listen to, you can’t post what you want.
Listen to episode: (0:48:59)
This post is in memoriam of my friend, Bess Lorence.
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.
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.
It’s amazing at how we get so surprised when we encounter hardships. We know they’re going to come – and we know that they will be painful, yet it still catches us off guard.
James the brother of our Lord says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
We all go through dry seasons in our spiritual walk. These desert times can either be an awakening or a time that keeps us from pursuing God. It can be difficult for most to find the time to get unstuck. It’s like the mud of life keeps you from moving forward. As you spin your spiritual tires and nothing happens, what can you do? How do you apply traction to an otherwise dry season of life?
I served my college internship in Australia, at a sister church of the world famous Hillsong Church. One night after the Hillsong Conference, I was dropped off late at my host home. I walked up the path to the house and I heard, “If you go in, you won’t hear what I have to say.”
Last week I attended the annual Harvest Network International assembly (pastor and leader’s conference) in Minnesota. The music, speakers, workshops and fellowship/networking were out of this world. I’m so glad I decided to go this year. This conference is designed to help leaders take their ministries and lives to the next level.
This year we had an awesome lineup of speakers; Ken Roberts, Francis Frangipane, Jim Anderson and Kirk Bennett. I took tons of notes and the Spirit of God spoke heavily to my spirit. I want to focus on talks given by Francis Frangipane and by Jim Anderson. Their focus; humility.
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.
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.