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These are various thoughts about growing as a person. Realizing certain things in our lives are just junk and fixing them. No shame, unless you do nothing about it.

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November 1, 2018 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

A Lesson in Love from a Night out Driving

Yesterday, my wife and I took a half day trip up to Estes Park, Colorado to enjoy some fresh snowfall and a day around the quaint mountain town. We had a nice meal with family and friends and enjoyed some of the communities’ festiveness with their celebration of Halloween. We had coffee, caramel apples, chili, and a handful of candy.

My First Caramel Apple! Free in Estes Park for Halloween

After the fun times, we had to start thinking about driving down the mountain canyon back to our home an hour away.

Usually, when I am driving up or down this area I become a little annoyed with how people drive. Estes Park is a very tourist-y place so people often go up to the town without knowing much of how to drive in the mountains. This can really annoy me, because well, I struggle with a self-righteous bent from time-to-time.

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September 25, 2018 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

How to do a Devotional Bible Study

The foundations of a maturing Christian faith are not complicated. They just take time and care. Bible Study, Memorization, Church Attendance, Prayer, Service; these are all pillars of our growing faith.

But how do we get started when we know so little? The Bible is a huge book. The church is thousands of years old. There is so much need in the world. Where should I begin?

Devotion and Devotional Bible Study

What is devotion, first of all?

It is a loyalty and commitment towards one that is expressed through enthusiasm and excitement.

Is that what is happening when you are thinking about pulling out the Bible? Often times, when we first start really getting interested in studying the Bible we are hit with feelings of inadequacy and frustration. Here is some encouragement: This isn’t a performance task. You aren’t judged from on high about how well you are studying and comprehending every last word.

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September 23, 2018 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

What it means to walk in Humility

Humility is one of those traits that is so out there on the spectrum of human emotion and character. It goes against so much of what we have come to know about being a growing, successful person. Especially when we look at culture, humility seems to only be used as a tool to look better, which is one of the greatest flips that can be done.

Why should we show humility?

This is a matter of ethics; how we, ourselves, treat others. Humility is one of those virtues that scales. It works in a marriage between two people. It works at your job. It works in society. It scales.
Additionally, it is one of the founding principles of the Christian faith. Humility is what gets us out of our heads and into the lives of other people. We can’t adequately love other people if all we want is to have them know how great we are at their expense.

What is humility?

A dictionary would say that humility is a lowly-sense of yourself, especially having the perspective of there being other people outside of yourself. However, I would be tempted to say that it is more like the knowing the existence of our own shortfalls and weak spots in life when we are made aware of other peoples.

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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

Beatitudes for Preachers

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. I, however, enjoyed reading about the beatitudes for preachers.


  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 piece 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. Wise sayings, beatitudes for preachers. May we as pastors/preachers know just what we ought to do. What is the next thing you are going to work on from here?

The source is 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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