Sent in an article to Youth Worker Journal this week. It’ll probably be a sidebar in their September/October “Hard Times” issue.
It’s titled “Seven Truths to Remember Before and During Hard Times”
Here’s part of it that I posted on Facebook, while I was writing it.
“Knowing examples from the Bible of God’s faithfulness is our foundation but it’s important to also remember that it’s not only a theological check list.
It’s not merely the abstract that gives us hope but also when we remember our personal Ebenezers. When we do that, we can more likely appropriate the fact that the God who has been faithful before in our own lives will be faithful again, it just might not look like what we expect, and that’s okay”
It’s good to be writing again. Good meaning, excruciating and an ordeal to get the right words out that share truth from my story without me being the focus of the story. This one is very satisfying because I know my friend of many years, Tim Baker, will do his editorial wizardry and make it better.
Had to send in a new bio, so I went with this:
Now to try and write a few more blog posts before it get’s published so it’s not so random. :-)
In our world of social media, everyone has a voice and some people think they have the best voice and everyone needs to hear from them.
Being able to share what you think gives the feeling that your opinion matters because people might interact with it and some may even agree.
Unless others validate you’re an expert, you’re probably not. And even if a lot of people say you are, that still does not make it true because they might all be idiots.
Just because you can say something or share information about someone else doesn’t mean you should.
If you think you’re an expert, here’s a test, you can take.
Do people ask you what you think about something or a particular subject or field? If not regularly, you’re probably not an expert.
It’s great that you can share your experience and thoughts but if you really want it to be listened to and seriously considered, share it with someone who knows you and cares to hear your perspective.
Like the old saying goes, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”
Care and love others more today than you did yesterday and you can become an expert in what matters most, loving others unconditionally.
I’m speaking to the Irons Middle School FCA on Friday, April 17th.
They typically have around 250-300 students and they asked me to share the Gospel during the message.
Please pray for clarity and for students to respond to God’s offer of redemption.
In January I shared I was hoping to travel to Houston within the first few months of 2015 to meet with the leadership of
God is always at work, even in the events that we don’t anticipate.
In December, I was laid off from my job as a hospice chaplain. (Read the rest of the story and please pray after you hit the link or download the PDF)
Saw that Saving Christmas is now officially IMDB’s worst rated movie as trending topic on Facebook.
Began reading the links and is it really a story that anti-Christian groups decided to push this to the worst movie ever?
Hadn’t seen it, probably won’t and I’m not one to make a martyr out of someone but if you are a Christian and take a stand against the norm, you will probably not be liked and embraced by people who are not believers.
You may not like how Kirk Cameron is doing evangelism but he’s following his convictions.
Reminds me of the classic story told about Billy Graham.
Billy was once criticized about the way he did evangelism and he replied with, “I like the way I’m doing evangelism versus the way you’re not doing it.”
Part of achieving the unity that Jesus prayed for in John 17 is to allow people the freedom of convictions that you disagree with. We should be more concerned with how we will follow our convictions and pursue God’s purpose in our lives and ministries rather than how others don’t match our convictions.