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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.

Discipleship does Disciple-Making

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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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May 20, 2016 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Reading: A Special Pain – How Reading’s Negative Stigmas, are Actually to Your Benefit

There is no doubt that reading is natural to some and completely unnatural to others. No doubt. In these contemporary times, Psychology has shown us that not everyone’s best way of learning is through books- or words even. Though, I believe modern Psychology is a little weak; weak in regards to that it often gives people permission to be weak and lazy. “I wasn’t born with that learning style,” “My mind just doesn’t work that way.”

Again, there are legitimate credences to those thoughts. My conviction is this though:

“For everyone; reading is a skill (a function) that can be mastered or left alone to die. It’s up to you the individual to see it’s worthwhileness and make it your own art.” Continue Reading

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April 14, 2016 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Action: Bursting False Confidence

Our minds have those subtle ways of being both daringly idealistic and ignorantly optimistic. This fusion builds a bubble of a fortress that holds for as long as possible before it inevitably bursts. Bursts because of what, you maybe wondering? Action.

Not only must this feeble combination be broken up– of daring idealism and ignorant optimism; but we must battle everything that is inside ourselves that would help it. To do that, let’s first give it a name: maybe ‘Our False Reality’.

What is the False Reality?

Like any proper, feel-good Disney Blockbuster, our False Reality coddles us into a make-believe confidence– or you could think of it as an ego of sorts. I mean, we’ve met these people (although hardly recognize the characteristics within ourselves). Millions of unemployed football coaches yelling at their screens on any given Sunday afternoon, “Why’d you call that? I would have never have ran that option!” Oh, and the back seat drivers; God help us, with just a pinch less of self-restraint Continue Reading

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October 14, 2015 • Letterbook

When I Read

When I read, I breathe new air, wear old shoes, and all the knowledge in the world is sat before me; teeming. Earth, now a little smaller though now also a little bigger. It’s all the same. Little things become complicated and complicated things beautiful. It begins to seem like the problems of this reality are solved. Yet, the answers are bound to the black Continue Reading

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