How to Know What God Wants You to Do Next

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Do you know what God wants you to do next? Do you want to?Are you trying to discover God’s will for your life yet fearing you may just make a mess of everything?Join the club.I chatted with a bright college-aged young man recently about life direction and what God may have in mind for his life. Our talk reminded me of the critical decisions that each of us must make at that stage of life, decisions that will go a long way in determining how our life story gets written.It also … [Read more...]

Announcing a New Site for Church Worship Music

In my post "Why I've Stopped Singing In Your Church", I offered some candid critiques of worship music in many of our churches.Tyler Braun is a friend of mine who recently launched a project that I believe is a step in the right direction and a terrific resource for worship leaders and worshippers alike.Check out  WorshipSongs.me to discover new church music that might not be heard on your Top 40 Christian Worship factory. Share songs you've enjoyed  or even vote for your personal fa … [Read more...]

Do You Ever Wish You Could Just Get Over Your Bad Self?

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Have you ever failed to walk by faith? Have you ever fallen and felt as if you would never get back up? If not, please click off this page. There's nothing for you to see here.And you'll make the rest of us feel bad.Not long ago, I confessed that a healthy sense of self-loathing can be a good thing when we fail to overcome the Resistance in our walk of faith. [ See my post To All Those Who Just Want to Quit ] Our anger at ourselves in those times of frustrated failure can and should b … [Read more...]

Off to Guam with Equip Leadership!

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It's time.It's time?Did he just say it's time?Sorry. Couldn't resist a little Veggie Tales action this weekend as I return to Guam for an animated few weeks of equipping leaders for the work of Christ.For those of you who are geographically challenged -- as I was -- Guam is about equi-distant from Australia, the Philippines, and Japan. Sort of out in the middle of nowhere yet with access to anywhere in the South Pacific.Oh, and it's not all that far from North Korea.A … [Read more...]

5 Steps to More Intentional Living by Faith

I've never heard anyone say they accidentally became a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ.I've heard many say they wish they could be. I've heard the sound of disillusionment in their voices, as if they've resigned themselves to not being among the chosen ones wise enough to decipher the secret code to more intentional living by faith.But living by faith simply means that you act, speak, and think based on what you believe to be true -- not on what you feel to be true. The Bible … [Read more...]

How Going to Sleep Earlier Can Transform your Morning Prayer Time

I confess. I slept in today.Of course, it is Saturday, so I don't feel all that bad.Recently, I had some back pain that was just annoying enough to keep me from falling asleep. Combine that with the usual stuff that can tempt all of us to keep thinking every night long after we should have stopped -- and each of us can easily find ourselves waking up long after we should have been spending focused time in prayer.Aargh! Er -- I meant, Amen.I'm sure you've had one of those … [Read more...]

Remember to Stop Being Afraid with Humility

Welcome to a series on How to Stop Being Afraid with wisdom from Psalm 46. Our quest continues to step two in the journey to learn How to Stop Being Afraid. We began by exploring the call in Psalm 46:1 to remember who God is and what that means. He is both our defense and our offense. We get grounded on Him in the face of life's chaos and overwhelming storms that the psalmist so vividly describes: Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried … [Read more...]

5 Resources to Discover Your Strengths and Life Purpose

As most regular readers know, I've been on a journey -- call it a quest -- to discover my life strengths for the last five years. I've made quite a bit of progress, I think. The journey has caused my to take some pretty dramatic steps of faith into the unknown.But I haven't stepped completely into the unknown, thanks to five key resources that helped me discover my life strengths. On a recent stay with friends, I shared some of these resources with their sons. It reminded me that I have been … [Read more...]


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