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March 14, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

When You are Hurting

When you are hurting: Pour, pour, pour into others. It’s not fair; it’s better.

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January 15, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

The Weight of a Promise

Don’t treat the promises of people like the promises of God. They will disappoint. God will never.

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January 14, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

The Preacher’s Beatitudes

The Preacher’s Beatitudes was Originally Published by ‘The Ministry for World Evangelism‘ March 1954 Volume XXVII; Number 3 **Not a recommended publication in almost all situations


  1. Blessed is the preacher who knows how to preach.
  2. Blessed is the preacher who shortens his introductions.
  3. Blessed is the preacher who modulates his voice and seldom shouts.
  4. Blessed is the preacher who knows how and when to stop.
  5. Blessed is the preacher who preaches at himself.
  6. Blessed is the preacher who preaches on great themes.
  7. Blessed is the preacher whose sermons are articulated and progressive.
  8. Blessed is the preacher whose sermons are a unity, with a definite aim and every word cut out.
  9. Blessed is the preacher who sometimes allows the congregation to sing an entire song unexpurgated. (Why not get the time by cutting the sermon?)
  10. Blessed is the preacher who rarely uses the pronoun “I” (I shall read our passage).
  11. Blessed is the preacher who knows that the object is the end and the subject only the means to the end of the sermon.
  12. Blessed is the preacher who knows how much of the sermon he is responsible for, and how much he may and must leave to the Holy Spirit.
  13. Blessed is the preacher who is called of God, and called to preach.
  14. Blessed is the preacher who, having fully surrendered his life to God, is inspired of the Holy Spirit and anointed with power to reach souls for God and to educate them once they are saved.

Old yet Timely

How refreshing to get to read a short peace from a time so different than our own. These words were written in 1954 and yet they reach applicable to us today. The Preacher’s Beatitudes. May we as preachers know just what we ought to do. What is the next thing you are going to work on from here?

Source from andrews.edu – https://www.andrews.edu/library/car/cardigital/Periodicals/Ministry_Magazine/1954/1954_03.pdf

**Note that this publication is from a Seventh Day Adventist Publication and University. I would not encourage you to study from this site, however I found this particular piece useful for pastors. Again, I do not recommend their teaching for personal use or devotion.

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I Don’t Read: The Excuse that Wont Die

How many times have we felt shamed by our insufficiencies about our reading ability? Many of us know full well how bad we are at reading. We know our own struggles with wading through thousands of words, just trying to find the intended meaning of a certain book. We’re left dizzy after not only seeing sentences that are hard enough, but when we have a hundred pages more to go.

Do our struggles with reading in general apply with our reading of the Bible? Is there a difference between reading Dickens and reading Paul? Hate me if you want, but I don’t think Continue Reading

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January 9, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Next Good Thing

Sometimes we wonder what God’s will is. For those times when He seems not so direct: God’s will is the next good thing. No need to wait around for all the answers.

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January 7, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Online On Purpose

It’s almost second nature to have some sort of an online presence. For some, that means keeping up with relatives and friends from a distance. For others, that could be that they are on it for a past time. Others use it for work or advertising. Truth is, most of us can easily fall into the trap of making social media more than it was ever supposed to be.

Social Media as Supplement for Real Life

For whatever reasons that we joined the online space, it probably started out small for us. Uploading a profile picture and a quick bio. Maybe we posted vacation pictures or started a blog to keep everyone up to date with their missions trip. But quickly, you may have noticed that you soon started putting more and more time and thought into what you were posting online.

Often times, as I have seen it constantly, social media use transforms into a consuming venture. At that, it becomes one with limited dividends. Which is where a lot of us find ourselves frustrated and not certain as to why.

Social Media – The Candle Stick that Became the Main Light Source

How many of us find ourselves scrolling to the bottom of the Facebook universe, searching for something insightful, entertaining, emotionally engaging and come up empty? I mean every day, if we aren’t careful, we fall into this cycle where we hope to find something that is revolutionary.

I believe that there is content out there that can be that, but we rely so much on chance when we look for it on Facebook or Insta. We become addicted to the hope of finding something that we can pass our time with. And it’s a hope that we can[t count on. All too often we scroll down and down, just to find the same video from yesterday.

Redeeming the Blackhole

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January 5, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

To Be at the Service of Others

To be at the service of others alongside people whom you respect. That’s something to spend a life doing.

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October 6, 2016 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Scripture Memorization Challenge – October 2016

It’s six days into the month and I’m giving myself 30 more to memorize ten Bible passages. Yes 10!

Why Memorize Scripture?

Information comes in handy. I’m a Barista at a local Starbucks, and from time to time a customer asks me a random, but in-depth question about the different components of a coffee’s flavor profile. Or they may ask what is the benefit to one brewing method over another method. These questions are quite technical and require special knowledge. Me spending time in my Coffee Master training, preparing for the to Continue Reading

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October 5, 2016 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

What does Communion Do?

Communion lets us recognize two things about Jesus and therefore it also brings out of us, two other things. Two and two, easy.

Two Things Communion Tells Us about Jesus

We have these symbols, a piece of bread, and a cup of wine (juice), and Jesus himself tells us what these things are supposed to mean.

In Matthew Jesus tells us:
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body. That was broken for you.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

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May 24, 2016 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Following that Counts – Followership

Leadership is all a-buzz in our western culture, unlike every before. Case studies, theories, biographies, and what have you are piling up on the shelf of every book rack across the West. Almost as quickly, in fact, they are leaving the shelves and dawning worn pages as they are read in our possession; we can’t get enough of them.

Leadership is a hot topic, and amongst all the hype, followership has been marginalized and even despised. And that leaves us in a sad state of affairs.

Following Well Means You:

  1. Follow leaders and organizations whose passions align with yours.
  2. Follow in such a way, that the best of your character is displayed and continually built.
  3. Follow to make a difference.

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