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...]

Why Pastors Dared the IRS to Restrict Religious Freedom

Across the nation this past Sunday, October 8, about 1,600 pastors told the IRS to go to – well, let’s just say they gave notice of non-compliance in defense of religious freedom. In an annual event that began in 2008, pastors preached sermons from the pulpit that offered Biblical critiques of specific candidates’ political positions in violation of the Johnson Amendment of 1954. Read the CNN account here.Videos of many of the sermons were then sent to the IRS as pastors dared them to act. Thei … [Read more...]


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