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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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January 4, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

Christian Community; Sanctified Conversation

Christian Community Exists Where Sanctified Conversation Exists

This morning I was reading a seemingly meaningless article about a Men’s community group that meets weekly in a town called Beverly. This article gave the unique picture of a group of men actually getting together and talking about bigger things in life than football. Although, I’m sure football makes its appearances.

The group welcomes diversity, and at this time represents Lutherans, Methodists and former Roman Catholics. Therefore the conversation is never dull or limited, always lively, including personal observations about life’s experiences. Sometimes these are expressed in spirited (no holds barred) “male bantering.”

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October 22, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Needn’t be Wealthy

You needn’t be wealthy
to give plenty

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October 20, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Smug Christian. No Christian.

Who did Jesus die for? We are quick to answer, “He died for us; for me.” Very true. But why did He die for you?

Christ Died for the Ungodly

Romans 5:6
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

It’s a much-known fact that this stub of rock that we live on is a messed up place. How many poverty stricken people did I pass today? What’s the name of the latest medical scare or epidemic? Who are the people of the world who threaten what is good and wholesome? When is the last time someone grabbed for water and it was brown?

It’s fast and easy for us to think about what is wrong in the world but we are, however, much slower to see what’s wrong in us.

Jesus died for you because he saw the little ball of sin and hopelessness that we all are, and thought it best for His glory, that you should know His name. We were saved not merely from a hell we barely understand but from a life of sin and fruitlessness. The stuff of humanity is awesome and carefully crafted, but it is also now corrupt and tainted.

When the Ungodly Turn to God

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October 13, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Bible’s Shadow

Be oh so worried when the Books about the Bible are more interesting than those books in the Bible.

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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?

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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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October 3, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Not a Job for Professionals

God has been very faithful to me through his Word, and I have been continually refreshed and challenged this last couple months.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)

When we have Scripture planted firmly in our hearts, God will often use that to deal with us. And deal with me he has. And the few words I have and the conversation that I hope to have through this article has been birthed out of my study from last week.

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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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