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Obedience is better than sacrifice
We see the phrase Obedience is Better than Sacrifice written in 1 Samuel 15:21-23. In the Old Testament, they didn’t have the book of Jesus to cover their sins. Instead, they sacrificed sheep and goats to cover their sins. However, this was a temporary measure. Because we needed someone who
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1 Timothy 6 is once again about combating false teachings. This was a big issue in the early church, and something Paul wrote about extensively. At this time people were trying to meld Christianity with Judaism, and other religions. They wanted to feel comfortable in their faith, so naturally, they
1st And 2nd Timothy
1 Timothy 5 is about keeping a proper balance in church relationships. It gives insight to women and elders on how they should behave. But it also states how they should be treated and provided for. A lot of this is just good common sense, but it’s also a great
1st And 2nd Timothy
1 Timothy 4 is a warning against false teachers. It gives us a basic outline of things we need to be aware of and what we need to avoid. False teachings can come from anywhere. I’ve faced false teachings in ministry school and in various churches that I’ve attended. However
1st And 2nd Timothy
1 Timothy 3 is a short chapter but it gets straight to the point. In the past, I’ve quoted this chapter and James 3:1-12 a lot too many would be leaders in the church. Truth be told, leadership in the church can be very difficult, you have many immature people
1st And 2nd Timothy
1 Timothy 2 continues on where the 1st chapter ended. Sometimes I wonder how they decided where the chapter and verse breaks are. The verses don’t have a good stopping point. Anyway, in Chapter 2, Paul goes into the proper way to act, and worship God. Who we should be
1st And 2nd Timothy
1 Timothy 1 is the first chapter in a book written by Paul and addressed to Timothy. The book contains affirmations and instructions to Timothy so he can fight false teachings that people in the church were starting to teach. Paul goes into the reasons for these false teachers, and
1st And 2nd Timothy
The book of Jude is short and doesn’t get a lot of attention. Books with more familiar names like 1 John, or even 1 Peter are slightly longer but get more attention. I think it’s mostly named recognition. Because I finished doing my analysis of John and Peter but realized
Thoughts From The Bible
3 John
3 John is a short book in the bible. In fact, it only contains one chapter. Much like 2 John, which I’ve written about previously. it focuses on loving the people around us. It also contains a warning, that when leaders aren’t full of love, you should continue to do
2nd & 3rd John
2 John
2 John doesn’t have multiple chapters. In fact, it has no divisions whatsoever. The main point of this letter is to give an introduction because John himself is coming to speak with this group of Christians. During this time frame, many deceivers were going out and twisting the gospel. Paul
2nd & 3rd John
1 John 5
Text 1 John 5: Faith in the Son of God, And How To Be Saved 5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ[a] has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his
1 John Living In The LIght
1 John 4
1 John 4 starts with a stark warning about False Prophets. In my lifetime I’ve seen quite a few of these, and even interacted with a couple of them. One time, I was working my job as a produce manager, and I was approached by this man. He seemed nice
1 John Living In The LIght
1 John 3 is a short but powerful chapter in the bible. Here John breaks down and explains what Jesus meant when he said Love one another. He also phrases love as the main way we can identify who is a follower of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 13, we have
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1 John 2
1 John 2 is exclusively about followers of Jesus. It gives a great description of what a follower should look like. It also explains what our actions should be. Whenever I go through this chapter I get really convicted because I know that I can do better. I fail often
1 John Living In The LIght
1 John 1 (kinda a tongue twister) begins with the Apostle John talking about the truth, he’s proclaiming that what he is saying is true. He also says the terms we, our, and us in here a lot. I believe that he’s referring to other people in his stories and
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2 Peter 3
2 Peter 3 is specifically about the Day of the Lord. This day goes by many names: The Apocalypse Judgment DayThe End of the World. Every year Hollywood releases blockbusters about the end of the world. In fact, the apocalypse is engrained in our cultural mindset. Deep down, I think
2nd Peter Faith Obedience And False Teachers
2 Peter 2
2 Peter 2 teaches about false teachers and their teachings. The bible is very specific about sin and how to find Jesus but these people twist the truth and have deceived many people throughout the centuries. A good standard for every Christian is to know the bible, so when anybody
2nd Peter Faith Obedience And False Teachers
2 Peter 1
2 Peter 1 Is An Epistle Written By Peter And Apostle Of The Early Church. The Document Covers Increasing The Faith Of Christians And Obedience To Scripture. There’s a difference between the writing styles of 1 Peter and this epistle, and the writing is very similar to Judes. However, it
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1 Peter 5
1 Peter 5 is the final chapter in this epistle. Here Peter encourages the church, encourages them, and tells them to be on guard from Satan’s attacks. Originally I noticed the heading in my bible for this chapter said “Advice for Elders and Young Men.” However, in the text, I
1 Peter: Letters From A Disciple
1 Peter 4
1 Peter 4, Talks about the right way to live for God, and what to expect when you follow him. Life is difficult, but when you have Christ you have an advocate to walk with you. Peter begins the chapter by talking about the sufferings of Christ. It’s something we
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1 Peter 3
In 1 Peter 3, we have a continuation of Peter speaking to the church about holy living. When discussing holy living you have to dig into the actions and reactions of people. Look into that and add some cultural context and you’ve got a lot to decipher. 1 Peter 3:
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1 Peter 2
In 1 Peter 2, we read him continuing from Chapter 1. This chapter continues a call to Holy Living and describes to us what that lifestyle looks like. In Chapter 1 I spoke a lot about repentance. Repentance is asking for forgiveness and turning away from sin. in this chapter
1 Peter: Letters From A Disciple
1 Peter 1
1 Peter is a letter to multiple churches. The early church didn’t have a bible they could reference, so instead, they listened to the people who traveled and lived with Jesus. They also had the Holy Spirit to guide them, but having spiritual leadership helps immensely in your spiritual walk.
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John 21
In John 21 we have a final heartfelt moment between Jesus and his disciples (soon-to-be apostles). The disciples are probably emotionally, spiritually, and mentally drained. So they get on a boat and go fishing. If you read my post on John 1, you’ll remember this was the vocation of many
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John 20
In John 19 we saw the death of Jesus. But In John 20 we see him triumph over death. When the devil thought he’d won, victory was snatched from his claws. The death of Jesus was needed to reunite us with God. We broke the connection when we sinned, but
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John 19
John 19 Covers the trial, death, and Burial of Jesus. (***Spoiler Alert***) His Ressurection comes in the next chapter, so of course, this one ends sadly. Everything Jesus was warning his disciples about was coming true, even in their worst nightmares they didn’t think it was going to end this
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John 18
John 18 is a turning point that has been building for the last few chapters. Now the story receives some action to its narration, and the action is the arrest of Jesus. Jesus knew what was about to happen, so he spent a lot of time trying to prepare his
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John 17
In John 17 we see Jesus having a conversation. It’s a one-way conversation but that’s only because a response isn’t recorded. Personally, I think it might be another one of his prayers where it’s meant for those around him, but I can’t be sure since that’s not spoken. (However, if
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John 16
In John 16 we have Jesus giving some final commands and information to his disciples. It’s a very powerful but overlooked chapter in John. It doesn’t have a lot happening except dialogue, but it states what will happen to them in the future. It’s also a continuation of John 15.
The Gospel Of John: A Simple Walk Through
In John 15 we have Jesus explaining that he’s the vine, and weirdly enough our hope. A connection with Jesus is how we connect to God. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth, and into the presence of God. When Jesus said it is finished on the cross,
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John 14
In John 14 We see a candid moment between Jesus and his disciples. It’s the night before the crucifixion and Jesus is trying to instill strength in his followers. Hindsight is always 20/20 but I think Jesus knew what was about to happen. So I see his message here as
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John 13
In the New Testament, we have the book of John. While it’s similar to the other gospels (Matthew, Mark, & Luke). John takes on a meaning of its own. In John 13 Jesus teaches servant leadership and predicts who will eventually betray him. For example one of the main premises
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John 12
I took a few liberties on the title of this post. Yes, Jesus dies soon after this chapter but rises again freeing us all from slavery. In John 12, we see the final pieces move into place. The stage is finally set. And Jesus surrenders his life for you, and
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Has the world gone crazy? Or is it just me? I’ve been asking myself this a few times today over the last few years. In all actuality, I’ve come to the realization that I’m mad like the rest of the world (crazy mad not angry mad). At the time of
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John 11 Jesus and Lazarus
John 11 opens with an introduction. We meet Lazarus and we learn that he’s sick. Many of us in life are in a similar circumstance to him. We are sick and waiting for Jesus to come, and heal us. However, our timing and God’s timing are two different things. We
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Handle The Stress
Learning a few ways to reduce stress can be extremely beneficial to you. There’s a lot of stress in this world, I’d even say the stress of it is too much to bear sometimes. In this day and age, we seem to take it all on, and it hurts us
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Is God In Control?
Is God In Control? I feel like I’ve asked myself that question multiple times today. At the time of this writing, our country is divided, the Afghanistan government has fallen to the Taliban, and we are on week 70 or so to flatten the curve. (I hate Covid, but I
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How To Stop Worrying
When I was 10 years old my family went on a vacation. It was the first and only vacation I remember us ever having, and for some reason, I couldn’t stop worrying about my life. Funny enough, I broke down crying in the middle of my vacation, because I didn’t
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John 10
In John 10 Jesus begins with a parable. A parable is a story with a moral lesson, and Jesus used parables a lot during his teachings here on earth. Jesus used parables to explain the world as it was, our place in it, and his. In Matthew 13:10-17, His disciples
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John 9
If John 9 had a theme it would be blindness, and how to heal from it. It starts out with Jesus walking along the road, and Jesus sees a man who’s been born blind. He obviously heals the man, and then the religious leaders complain about him doing that? It
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Fight The Good Fight
When I hear people say fight the good fight, I picture far-off battlefields and Knights In Shining Armor. They fight for glory, honor, and the name of the king. What they battle for is worthwhile, needed and their countrymen are grateful. Recently I hit a bit of depression and looked
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John 8
John 8 is a chapter in the bible (from the book of John). And it begins with religious leaders trying to trap Jesus in his own words. In the text, they bring a woman caught in adultery to him and ask what should be done with her. Instead of invoking
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John 7
John 7 shows a division in the people. It shows that some believed that Jesus was the messiah, and others doubted him. The former viewed him as a Godsend, he was the person who’d lead them to victory against Rome. The latter considered him a nuisance and someone that should
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Entrepreneurship Is Important
Entrepreneurship is important for our country. Most of the fortune 500 companies in our world today, have grown from small businesses. But even if a business isn’t part of the fortune 500 lists, it’s still important. Each business is the livelihood of the owner and the small number of people
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Entrepreneurship Isn't For Everyone
Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone; I know that sounds harsh but it’s reality. I’ve been in this realm for the last few years and it’s hard. Being an entrepreneur isn’t a walk in the park. In fact, I’ve wanted to say forget this and quit many times. Take a second and
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Jesus Died
Why did Jesus Die? What was the point? Many people read about How Jesus died and they stop right afterward. They don’t realize the significance of his death, and even worse, they don’t understand the significance of his resurrection. I think people have trouble believing in the resurrection of Christ
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Did Jesus Become God
There’s a lot of questions about Jesus that people try to push as teaching. Some are based on fact and make sense while others are outright lies. Did Jesus become God? Or has he always been his son? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about Jesus. 16 “For
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John 6; Jesus is the provider
John 6 Is About Provision. At The Start Of The Chapter Jesus Feeds 5000 People And At The End, He Declares Himself The Bread Of Life. Why did Jesus yell out that he was the bread of life? How did he expect people to react when he said they needed
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Stop Giving Up Start Letting Go
The last few months I’ve experienced some massive problems. My job has been increasingly stressful, my mother in the hospital, and my finances aren’t where I want them to be. This has caused major feelings of depression and heartache. I’ve felt like giving up was my only option. Are You
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John 5 Jesus Vs. Religion
In John 5 we see Jesus fighting the religious leaders of the Jewish faith. In fact, he is disobedient to THEIR LAWS and Customs. Jesus came to fulfill the law, but the Pharisees had added to it. Anytime you see Jesus “breaking” Jewish law in the Bible dig into it.
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John 4
The Great Meaning Behind John 4, is that Jesus can connect with people no matter where he is. We start out the chapter in Samaria and Jesus meets a woman that was despised by her own people. Then we move on and Jesus heals an officials son. Every time Jesus
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John 3
John 3 Is A Synopsis Of The Christian Faith. God Sent His Son Jesus To Save Us. So We Can See The Kingdom Of God And Live With Him. In Addition To That, By Stating That God Loved The World So Much, That Jesus Was Sent To Save It. He
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John 2
Jesus was 30 years old when he performed his first miracle while attending a wedding in Cana. John 2 describes the wine running out, and Mary the mother of Jesus turned to him. Shortly afterward, he turned water into wine. I love this story because it shows Jesus’ love for
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John 1
The Opening Verses Of John 1 Is Creating A Description Of Jesus. The Word In VS. 1 Uses The Word Logos To Describe Him. Logos Means Word, Thought, Principle, Or Speech In Greek. There’s also an active element to the word logos. It means he was active in creation, and
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What Do Entrepreneurs Do?
Entrepreneurs Are Dreamers, And Builders. They Are The Ones Who Problems And Develop Ways To Fix Them. Instead Of Following The Crowd, They Step Out On Their Own, Making Their Own Path. Entrepreneurs Aren’t Just Business Owners. They Are Problem Solvers And Visionaries. I know that first paragraph sounds epic
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Chase Your Dreams
I’m a very stubborn person, and because of that I have a strong desire for being persistent, and often refuse to give up. This is the case when I’m passionate about something. When you chase your dreams. It should be the same way. In the long run it’s a very
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Accomplish Goals
The feeling you get when you accomplish goals that you’ve set for yourself is pretty amazing, almost euphoric even. However many people never set goals for themselves, much less strive to attain them. I like to call these people dreamers, because a goal without action is nothing more than wishful
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How To Lead
I know a lot of people with leadership skills that are wasting away. They think if they wait eventually they can lead. They hope that sometime in the distant future they’ll be in charge and it’ll be their time to shine. My response to them is always the same. Your
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Why Micromanagement Doesn't Work
One of the biggest issues you’ll ever face in the business world is having a manager that loves to micromanage their people. Micromanagement is the bane of free thought. It kills collaboration, makes people feel inferior, and annihilates free thought. For years I’ve been a student of leadership, and I’ve
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Choose Your Future
When I was growing up everything seemed very simple. I believed that you wanted something bad enough, the world couldn’t stop me. However, I’ve learned since then, that no matter how much I want something. I’m usually the one who stops me from achieving my dream. Making the choice today
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What Christianity Means
The idea of basic Christianity is something that has been splintered in recent years. Personally I view it as something easy, and yet it’s complex. It’s easy when we follow the words of Jesus. He tells us to love one another, our enemies, and obey the authorities above us. However,
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Running Away From problems
I’ve seen a lot of people in my life who are always running away from problems. They hate the system, society, even their family and friends. However if people would look at themselves, I think they’d see some issues inside to face as well. This article isn’t going to be
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John 10:10
In John 10:10 Jesus compares the thief to himself. The Meaning of Abundant life is that Jesus brings comes freely to us, while the thief came to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus gives a multitude of blessings, life, and the ability to grow with him. 9 I am the gate.
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Fear Without Reason
Throughout my childhood and adult life, I’ve had an issue. It usually happens during the darkest, most quiet part of the night. I’ll wake up out of the blue, and a terror has gripped me. Sometimes there’s a spiritual element to it, and sometimes it’s a fear without reason. When
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Fear Is Good
In our culture fear gets a bad rap. It has a negative connotation that people can’t seem to get over. They see people in movies and books who are courageous, and they know that’s not them. but what If I were to tell you that’s all a lie, a facade?
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Why Entrepreneurs Fail
I wrote an article a few months back called Fail To Succeed. This topic about why Entrepreneurs Fail is similar. Most people don’t realize that success is a process, and it usually is a long and stressful one. At the time of writing Fail To Succeed, I had two e-commerce
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Jesus Talk To Me Now
There comes a time in every Christians’ life where they ask a simple question. “Will Jesus Talk To Me?” You also don’t have to be a Christian to ask this, in fact, I wonder if Non-Christians ask this question more. This question might pop up after a major transgression, or
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Does God Listen To Me
This post might be hard to take, especially if you’re in a tough situation. Most likely you’ve ever asked yourself, Does God Listen? Let me start out by saying stating the truth. God does listen to your prayers, and he has a plan. However, that’s easier said than believed. I
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admit you were wrong
When you admit you were wrong a liberation happens in your soul, it frees you to be yourself. There are a few hurdles to overcome prior to your admission of guilt and most of these are mental however, if you can weather the storm. You’ll come out on the other
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What Discipleship Is And Is Not
Discipleship is a huge buzzword in the church today. Maybe it’s been this way for years but to me it seems like I’m always hearing about it. The frustrating thing for me is to see people who don’t know what it is, proclaiming random stuff as gospel. We have to
My Thoughts About Jesus
Will Jesus Forgive Me
I grew up going to church and gave my life to Jesus at a young age. Even when I followed Jesus, I always worried about sin. Fear would creep into my heart, and I’d worry that I screwed everything up. God was now mad at me, and there was no
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Leadership With Integrity
One of the biggest issues an organization will face, is having a lack of integrity. The public doesn’t care if it’s real or perceived, it’s always bad for business. When you have leadership with integrity, you’ll minimize the risk of that happening. While it won’t eliminate everything, having the proper
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Jesus Is The Answer
Jesus is the answer, it’s a phrase that has frustrated countless people for the better part of 2 millennia. What does it mean? And Why Is He The Answer? Couldn’t It Be Someone Else Like Gandhi Or Buddha? What makes Jesus so special, and how can I know he is
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Who Jesus Is
Jesus is a topic that many people try to write about, and many people fail. To me words cannot describe who Jesus is, but I feel the need to try. Understand as you read this, that he is so much more than anything you can comprehend or understand. A few
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Why Am I Losing Hope
The last few years have been really rough. My father had cancer and passed away. My businesses have been struggling, and I was hoping to find love. Everything I’ve been focused on has failed, and I’ve been losing faith. When you go all-in with something failure will rip your heart
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What Is Worship?
Growing up in the church I had a huge problem with worship. It was boring and I hated all singing, and the clapping. Also there were so many people that I didn’t like being around there. Every Sunday I had the same experience. Needless to say, I slowly developed a
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What the Bible Says About Karma
Karma isn’t a word that you’ll find in the text of the Bible. This is due to it originating in the Far East where Hinduism and Buddhism developed and grew. In Buddhism and Hinduism, karma has a similar meaning. You can sum it up by saying your choices in this
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Is Leadership A Skill
Over the last two decades there’s been a lot of people writing about the skill of leadership. Some of it has been amazing. John Maxwell is a leadership guru who’s probably taught millions of people how to lead. There’s also been a lot of bad advice written about it. Leadership
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Hope Is Dangerous
Recently I read an article that stated there were 7 downsides to hope. While I agree that Hope is a dangerous thing. However, I inherently disagreed with the article and felt the person writing it was extremely pessimistic. Having hope is what humans do, and without hope, life is boring
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Forgive And Let Go
One of the most difficult things you can do in life is forgiven and let go. Especially when someone you loved has hurt you. Those are the deepest wounds, and they’re not easily healed. However forgiveness isn’t for them, it’s for you. When you forgive you’re not saying what they
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anxiety and depression
As someone who fights anxiety and depression regularly, I’ve developed a battle plan to help me overcome it. It works most of the time, and the times it doesn’t, are the times I choose to fall into it. I know that sounds silly, but sometimes we choose to give up.
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How to Have A Generous Heart
Having a generous heart can be difficult. Most people think their money isn’t going to do much. Or they think it will be used for nefarious purposes. However I think giving is a God given responsibility for all people. There’s always someone in a worse place, and blessing them could
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Does God Love Everyone?
Does God Love Everyone? Yes, he does, in fact, the Bible confirms this fact many times. John 3:16 is one of the most well-known verses, and it says that he does. However, we must also remember that God’s love is something we don’t always feel, God may love us, but
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Reconciliation With My Father
A few days ago I had the opportunity to visit my father on his death bed. Our relationship had been strained for years, but we had finally found some reconciliation and forgiveness. It was a touching affair where I held his hand and prayed with him. We knew his time
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Father Dying Of Cancer
Two and a half years ago I received a phone call from my brother. He told me our father was dying of cancer. At the time my father and I had a huge falling out. He’d made some choices that I didn’t agree with and hurt me pretty badly. However,
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Entrepreneur On A Tablet
I’ve been in this entrepreneurship game for two years, and one thing is certain. It’s very lonely. During the day I work manual labor jobs and at night I work on my business (I even have a 3rd job sometimes). With so much time spent working. I get very little
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Who We Are In Christ
Who are you? It’s a profound question that many of us have trouble answering. Who are we in Christ? Well, that’s even worse, If you don’t know yourself how could you know that? I’ve been trying to study this topic for awhile now, and when I’m down and out. I
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Luke 16:10
The Bible says a lot about faithfulness and endurance. Luke 16:10 is a prime example of being faithful with little, to be trusted with much. Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will be dishonest with much. Luke
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Chasing Dreams
In my life I’ve been a failure, at least that’s what I tell myself whenever I look into my list of Dreams & Goals. It seems like the list gets longer and I keep growing older. However, my dreams keep getting larger, and more epic, and I don’t ever seem
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Fear And Freedom
Fear and anxiety will creep in fast and unexpectedly. It strikes me during the quiet time of the night. I wake up startled, gasping for air in a cold sweat. And in my memory, a terrifying dream fades away slowly. However, a feeling of terror remains. My heart is beating
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Parental Death
This post sucks to write, and it’s even worse to go through. Dealing with parental death isn’t something you ever think about. One day it hits you. I feel like I was lucky, I knew it was coming. My father had cancer for two years and he was fighting it
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Fighting Depression And Anxiety
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll notice I won’t shy away from the truth. In my book ‘Hurricane Jerald’ I talk a lot about fighting anxiety from my childhood experiences and bringing them to light. Now I’d go a little bit deeper. I’ve never been diagnosed
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encouragement
The mind is a beautiful and dangerous thing. One second you can be on the top of the world, and the next falling into the depths. Chances are good that sometime in your life you’ll be needing some words of encouragement. It doesn’t matter who you are, life is hard,
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Fail
Have you ever thrown your heart and soul into a project, only to have it fail, disintegrating right before your eyes? For the last two years, I’ve been an entrepreneur, trying to find my place in the world. Some of my projects have born fruit, and many more have blown
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1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 13 is a chapter in the Bible, and its nickname is the ‘love chapter.’ I think most people would agree with me when I say it’s the most quoted chapter in the Bible at weddings. This is due to its great definition of love, but I feel like
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Servant Leadership
In the business world, the term servant Leadership gets thrown around too much. It’s been happening for so long that I’m not sure many people understand what it means. It becomes a buzzword, something people throw out hoping to get the group excited. I get really annoyed by that because
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John 19:30 It Is Finished; The Crucifixion Of Jesus
The Crucifixion Of Jesus Is A Symbol Of Love. During His Life Jesus Said The Greatest Love Is A Man Who Gives His Life For Others And With His Death On The Cross. That’s Exactly What He Did. 2000 years ago the crucifixion of Jesus happened. He was an innocent
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Psalm 121
Psalm 121 is a chapter in the Bible that’s dear to my heart. I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve been in tears quoting the verse to myself. In my life, I’ve lived through a heavy depression, fear, and loneliness. But through it all, I’ve learned that God is
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John 14:6
In the Bible, Jesus said, “I am the Way, The Truth, And The Life.” It comes from a portion of scripture with an address of John 14:6. Sometimes Jesus said some confusing things, but when you dig a little deeper, you’ll find the truth. 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way,
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leadership characteristics
Great leadership characteristics are something that most people aren’t born with. For many, it’s a learning process while they’re making horrible mistakes. I could tell you some leadership stories from my life that would make you laugh and some would make you cry. In my early days of being a
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Losing Hope
Have you ever been to a place, where you don’t know what to do? Your body is exhausted, mentally you’ve shut down, and the situation can’t be fixed. In despair, and depression you cry out for help, but nobody answers, and you believe there’s nobody that can help you. You’re
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Qualities Of A Leader
What Are The Qualities Of A Leader? Can Anybody Lead? And How Do You Become A Great Leader? These are questions many people ask once they get into their first leadership position. I’ve been in leadership positions my entire life, I’ve failed many times doing it, and also learned how
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The Difference Between Faith And Hope
Faith and Hope aren’t that different from each other. I don’t think you can have hope without faith, and maybe vice versa. A lot of people have their own definitions but mine comes from Hebrews 11:1. 11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of
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How To Be Happy
The last few weeks I’ve been in a funk, it’s been depressing and I haven’t been able to think. I started to come out of it yesterday and I looked over my posts since January. They are depressing, I needed to write them, but I should balance everything out better.
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How I Started My Own Business
Two years ago I was working in the business field as a Project Manager, for a Fortune 500 company. I was content, paying my bills, and had money in my Roth. Some people love this feeling, to them it’s heaven, but I died a little each day, and felt trapped.
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perseverance
Perseverance is the art of hanging in there when everything looks bleak. It isn’t admitting defeat, and it isn’t throwing in the towel. When you persevere, you’re holding on, believing that something will change. While sometimes this can lead you toward wishful thinking, I honestly believe many people give up,
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How To Inspire Others
Last winter I became a snowboard instructor for a ski school called Skijammers. The school teaches elementary and middle school students about Snowboarding (and skiing). I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, and at times it seemed like I learned more than I taught. However one of the
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Fight Depression
I’ve been in a fight with depression for most of my life. It stems from my broken childhood, and many of the lessons I learned during that time. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to make my fight public. The more I speak, I realize that many people don’t
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What Is The Meaning Of Life?
What is the meaning of life? Why are we here, and what should we be doing with our lives? These are questions that thousands of theologians and everyday people have pondered for centuries. I’m going to be completely honest with you. I don’t have the answer, but I do like
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When Pride Comes Before The Fall
In my life, I’ve walked a fine line. It’s a thin line between cockiness and confidence. This is a huge driving force in my life. However, I’ve always been prideful because of it, and pride comes before the fall. Pride goes before destruction,    a haughty spirit before a fall.Proverbs 16:18 (the Bible) I’ve
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The Christian Walk
I grew up in the Church and was taught how a good Christian boy should act. The impression I received was to be a nice guy, a quiet guy. For some reason that rolled into piety, and the understanding that Jesus would be happy with us. As I grew older,
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You Are Forgiven
I think young Christians and people new to the faith have trouble with this concept. I know when I was young I did. You hear these words, ‘you are forgiven,’ but if you don’t believe you can go home and forget. In fact, forgiveness was a hard topic for me
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Emotional Pain Walking The Path Of Healing
I’m not a psychiatrist and I’ve never played one on TV, but I do have real-world experience in the field. I lived through years of mental, and emotional abuse, with a father who probably needed medication. My emotional pain was born from years of neglect, torment, and abuse. I have
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Emotional Healing
Since I became a writer a few years ago, I’ve been focusing on certain topics and you see them on my site. I’m honestly tired of writing blog posts on depression, and Forgiveness. Today’s topic is a breath of fresh air. It really excites me, because it’s the outcome of
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Jesus Has Forgiven You
I remember a time when I lived in constant fear and darkness. It was a time when I didn’t believe that Jesus forgives. I don’t remember ever trusting God, and I waited constantly for him to pounce when I did something wrong. I’ve come a long way since then, and
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Why Did Jesus Come
Over 2000 years ago a monumental event happened. A little baby was born in a manger outside of Bethlehem. Angels sang in the fields to some shepherds, and wise men in the east observed a bright star. This birth was an invasion and a powerful one at that. Jesus came
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Miracle Prayers
Do you have a need for miracle prayers? I need one in my life right now. I’m at the point where if God doesn’t step into my situation, I’ll lose everything. Are you there too? Are you weak, and your problem is all you think about? I’ve been there, I’m
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Trust In God
I heard this term every Sunday when I was young. Trust in God, and he will see you through every trial. Most of those people didn’t know what I went home to, and I wasn’t in the mood to explain. I felt like they didn’t care, and they were just
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How To Hear Gods Voice
The voice of God can be a difficult thing to decipher. A good reason you aren’t hearing his voice can stem from doubt. Deep inside you might be fostering a belief that God won’t speak to you. However, when you are trying to hear God’s voice, it doesn’t have to
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Christians Should Be Praying
I woke up this morning, with a horrible pain in my gut, my normal routine was completely ruined. Usually I’ll grab my phone, and lay on the couch while my breakfast is cooking. Not today, I had horrible dreams that ruined my sleep. I didn’t remember the dreams, only a
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Prayer For healing
When you have an issue and you turn to God, how do you know what you’re doing? Are trying to find a prayer for healing? How will you connect with God? What Do You Want Me To Do?Jesus Matthew 20:32 I don’t know where you are in life. I assume
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There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus
You have authority in the name of Jesus, but It’s difficult to understand. I’ve had trouble writing about this topic. Mostly because of all the information that needs to be covered. However, if you don’t realize the power you’re given, Jesus will only be another historical figure to you. The
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Spiritual Warfare
I wrote this story a decade ago as I was fighting some bad spiritual warfare. At the time I had no outlet, and my pain was huge. So I started to write, and it became a newfound strength for me. In the past whenever I fought, I’d take a huge
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Forgive And Forget
I’ve been told that forgiving is easy, it’s the forgetting that’s hard. However, I don’t necessarily agree with that. When someone does you harm, how do you forgive and forget? Some people just asked a question in their head: Doesn’t that mean what they did was okay? I’ll say it
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New Year
It’s Day 6 and I lost my focus. I’m not really cool with that. This New Year i’m supposed to set me up for the new year, prepare my heart, and give me some breakthroughs. I feel that my heart isn’t in this, and I’m not sure what to do.
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Emotional Pain Walking The Path Of Healing
I used to be wounded and broken. Part of me wondered if I’d ever been able to grow up into a functioning member of society. Eventually, I found my way, or my path I guess you could call it. This is a guide on how I found spiritual healing. Keep
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The Lord's Prayer
For the last few months, I’ve been stuck Reading Luke Chapter 11. No matter how many times I try to move on, I always get yanked back. The whole chapter is pretty nuts, but I’m going to stick with the first section about the lord’s prayer. I’ll be posting a
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Luke Chapter 8
In Luke Chapter 8, we see Jesus giving a great foundation for Christianity. With parables like the parable of the sower and a discussion about the kingdom of heaven, you’ll see a lot about what Jesus is preaching. In addition to that, we have Jesus calming a storm, casting out
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Hurricane Jerald A Book About Forgiveness And Healing
Forgiveness was a difficult road to travel. I hated my father and knew he hated me. Even When I was young he would scream, yell, and he’d threaten me. I was terrified of him. In my ebook ‘Hurricane Jerald’, I go over the depression and hopelessness that I felt, but
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How To Handle Angry Customers
A few years ago in college, I got a job as a valet in the hospitality industry. During my time there I dealt with a lot of angry people. I often wondered what made them angry? Was it years of bad choices and frustration with life? Whatever their intent, in
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Feel Lonely
Have you ever stopped and thought, how’d I get here? For me, the question pops up after I complete a huge project. I get highly focused and make a lot of snap decisions. However, none of that matters when those choices bring me to the middle of nowhere, and you
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How To Stop Fighting Depression
I grew up in a world of pain and heartache. It led me down the cold and dark path and I couldn’t win when fighting depression, and it invaded my heart. It’s still there, waiting to pop out and attack me. I still fight it every day. Part of me
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Snowboarding Anxiety
Anxiety is a horrible feeling, one second you are okay and in the next instance, it grips your soul. For me it’s like a heavy weight, pressing deeply on top of my chest. Every human on the planet has fear, but anxiety is a deeper more intense feeling than that.
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Victory in Christ
If you’ve never felt the stinging knife of betrayal in your back, you’re a rare breed. Most people I meet carry a burden of pain. They carry this pain throughout their lives, and never notice the burden. The lucky ones decide they need Victory In Christ, but many others reject
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