Most months I read through the Bible book of Proverbs. Sometimes I will just read through it. Other times I will read through looking for and noting specific themes (e.g. money). Here’s a link to many things I’ve found in Proverbs that have been insightful. Because there are 31 chapter in Proverbs it is fairly … Continue reading Here’s why you should read Proverbs
Today, I am working on material for a teaching series that I am going to give at Church180. We are going to be studying a letter that St. Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae around 60 A.D. As I am working on this material, I keep thinking about basic principles that guide my approach … Continue reading Guiding principles for students of Scripture
This morning I was listening to the Bible on my way to the gym (thanks to The Bible app). A phrase jumped out at me that I can’t quit thinking about: “It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words.” (Matthew 12:34 MSG) Here in the south we joke about one of … Continue reading What do you mean?
Today, I learned a new phrase. It’s a concept that I’m familiar with… you probably are too, but it’s new phrase, and I like it. The Circle of Five. I’m currently reading Darren Hardy’s book, The Compound Effect. In it he talks about the people you spend the most time with and the tremendously formative … Continue reading Who’s in your circle of five?
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in preparation for turning 40! One of the things I’ve been giving considerable thought to is the idea of mental strength. I give a lot of energy and thought to the development of physical strength. Research shows that the brain is much like a muscle… it can develop … Continue reading The top five thoughts this week (week 1 of June 2015)
Yesterday was week three of our teaching series… If you’ve not been tracking with this series, we’ve been asking this question… “How would I explain my God to my friend who doesn’t believe in Him?” The first thing I would say to my friend is, “I don’t always understand Him!” (You can watch that lesson … Continue reading Weekend review (5/24/15) – My God is kind
Yesterday was week two of our series called, “Kill The Monster”. We talked about killing the Anger Monster. If you missed it you can watch it here. This particular monster is a big one for me. I hate it. It surprises me from time to time… and I’m never like, “Oh hey! It’s good to … Continue reading Weekend review (4/11/15)
This coming weekend at Church180 we are starting a four week conversation about words. This series of conversations is going to revolve around this key idea… “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21 NIV). The next four weeks we are drilling … Continue reading Words
Yesterday I learned that David Yonggi Cho is going to prison. Here’s the scoop: David Yonggi Cho, the 78-year-old leader of the world’s largest Pentecostal mega church, was recently convicted of embezzling $12 million and sentenced to serve three years in prison. (You can read the entire story here). The following are my unfiltered soul … Continue reading Thoughts on another pastor’s fall
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” So says Solomon, purportedly the wisest man to ever live and the author of 3,000+ proverbs (this one is found in the Bible book of Proverbs – 4:23). I read this and wondered several things: What is the “heart”? How … Continue reading Determine your future with this action…