068: To Post or Not to Post that is the Question. [Podcast]

Learning to live a life of holiness.

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.

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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.

Count it all joy when you face trials.

3 Life-Changing reasons Fear holds you back

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)

4 Proven Steps to Fill Your Dry Spirit!

Finding refreshment in the dry seasons of life.

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.

3 Ways Humility Creates Better Leaders.

Leading with purpose and counting the cost.

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.

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.