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What I’m Reading

The Art of War: Sun Tzu

  • About: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is as timely for business people today as it was for military strategists in ancient China. Written in China more than 2,000 years ago, Sun Tzu’s classic The Art of War is the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations.
  • Comments: Reading through this under the lens of fighting off Satan and spiritual warfare. You’ll never look at a relationship with Jesus and the “battle” the same way ever again.

Essentials of Prayer: E.M. Bounds

  • About: E. M. Bounds is the foremost authority in the knowledge and intimacy of prayer. This book will elevate the reader in the mode and practice of prayer far above any other… All due to the hours of devotion spent by Mr. Bounds.
  • Comments: After completing The Necessity of Prayer, this work follows suit. A new outlook on prayer follows anything read by E.M. Bounds work. While Essentials is good, The Necessity of Prayer might be one of the best books I have ever read on the subject.

The Measure of a Man: Gene Getz

  • About: Gene Getz delivers the newly enhanced message of what it takes to be a man of God. Men will gain encouragement for what they can be in Christ as fathers, husbands, and mentors to other men.
  • Comments: Two chapters in and excited for what’s to come. Love anything that talks about principles; this work is right up my alley. Anxious to get into discussions with other men about the material, hearing their thoughts regarding these biblical principles.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie

  • About: The rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
  • Comments: Great book with so many good takeaways. Reading it again under the lens of biblical leadership and weighing the truths inside against scripture to test validity. Never take one’s opinions as gospel, let the Bible do that!

Fight: Craig Groeschel

  • About: Craig Groeschel helps you uncover who you really are—a man created in the image of God with a warrior’s heart—and how to fight the good fight for what’s right. You will find the strength to fight the battles you know you need to fight—the ones that determine the state of your heart, the quality of your marriage, and the spiritual health of your family.
  • Comments: Often times the material feels dangerously close to John Eldredge Wild at Heart study. However, I’m super excited the guys at church are getting a lot out of it so I’m going on the trip as well.

What are you reading?


Do You Know Where I Stand

The amount of meetings goes up considerably the older we becomes. It doesn’t matter if a meeting is for work, for fun, or over a meal. For whatever reason, people like meetings. We like getting things accomplished with each other.

In small gatherings (two or three individuals) a person will often become open, stating their viewpoints and beliefs on certain issues without reservation.  However, in large gathering, thoughts and viewpoints are rarely communicated from individuals who were vocal in smaller gatherings. Why does the individual that was quiet suddenly become timid, giving little feedback.

While we could blame this lack of communication on personality, a true leader needs to have a point of view.

I’m reminded of reading the gospel accounts of Jesus and the disciples asking questions. The disciples asked Jesus because they wanted to know His thoughts, His reasoning behind His actions, and why He was responding to situations and circumstances a certain way. Jesus, without delay, stated his point of view. He knew he had a responsibility to generate a factual response to lead these men properly. His time was limited so His leadership was communicated.

Jesus leadership.

You’re thinking, “Sure He did… He was God.” Good point. However, if we go further into the biblical text you’ll see that after the ascension Jesus leaves His disciples to act as He acted. The disciples are now charged to respond to people when they asked questions regardless of the group size or people present. They communication was to be on factual points because of the truth they had not only known with their mind but had experienced with their lives.

If you’re passionate at all about helping hurting people, you must start to come to some conclusions about life. There are far to many timid people out there hiding behind the presence of an appearance of humility.  False humility is often panic which becomes silence which can be a hindrance for growth. There may be multiple things you don’t know or even want to know but a knowledge of factual reasoning behind your thoughts is one of the greatest weapons a human you can obtain.

“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.”

The next time someone ask what you think, be prepared to answer them. Encourage each other to grow by communicating opinions and seeking to build thoughts and ideas off factual truth.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15).

Executive: A man who can make quick decisions and is sometimes right.” Frank McKinney Hubbard


Your Greatest Gift

From the time I discovered speaking, chatter consumed my life. The instrument of voice was instantly used to echo personal thoughts off every wall, in every room, off every structure I inhabited. Elementary school consisted of yelling the most random statements in lunch lines, on field trips, and other odd places. There was no “inside voice” or even a desire to whisper properly.  Teachers were quick to point out my favorite instrument may very well be a curse.


In Junior High and High School my voice was only engaged in private arenas. The thought that the voice was a weakness was to much to publically display. Therefore, the art of mastering raising tones, articulating pitch, and adjusting volume was done quietly to maximize future public impact. The “curse” must become a craft.

This is probably what I looked like to a lot of grown ups when I was a little kid.

After a year of switching majors in college, a communication degree was the goal. What was done in private would now become public. The voice would go under scrutiny. Feedback would be administered from professionals who were masters at using their mechanism properly. These men focused on my voice, spoke about their own experiences that matched up with my own. They offered suggestions on tweaks while treating me like a person who wasn’t cursed but blessed with a God given ability. They correctly handled untapped potential. Cast a thrown lump of clay into a blazing fire. This experience changed my life forever.

It took over twenty years to take what others thought was a weakness and revolve it into God given ability (and it’s still being tweaked and developed to this day!).

In life we are often most sensitive about what we are most passionate.  What we are most passionate comes from a resource that is often untapped.  That resource is often what one thinks is weakness. We concealed our passions because we often let others limit our potential because of the amount of difficulty it will take to make something weak into something amazing.

“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless” Isaiah 40:19

Have you ever thought that your greatest weakness might just be your greatest gift?

Improvement is never easy. It takes a lifetime to master your skill. A pianist never sits down in front of a full arena the first time they play the instrument.  A runner works for months just to cut down on seconds.  A factory worker may work for years just to move up one position on the cooperate ladder. These actions and desires to be better come with sacrifice and are often met with criticism.  “It’s not possible,” they will say. “Just give up,” they will murmur. However, the determined one never stops making weakness ability. They learn, indulge, consume and correct.

The old saying is true, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Neither were you. God has given you gifts.  Others may see those gifts as weakness. Don’t buy into the lie.  With the proper attitude, training and determination you can take turn insecurity into a powerful God honoring instrument.

Why are you so scared to take that weakness into a passion? “Don’t be afraid,” says the Lord. “Have faith!” whispers the Holy Spirit. I read somewhere that Michael Jordan lost almost 300 games, blowing the game winning shot 26 times. Paul, Peter, Timothy, even Jesus Christ Himself delivered the Gospel to people who rejected it. However, the passion for the gift sparked the ability to take a personal weakness into a potential powerhouse.

What are some things right now that needs tailored or adjusted that you personally think are weakness? This may take time, energy, resources, etc. However, let God do the heavy lifting.  You simply say, “I’ll go… send me”. Think about the possibilities if we utter those words when God says go! Never tell God wait, later or I’ll get to it. Answer the Lord with “here am I… send me”. This attitude will change your life forever. Remember, the best part of doing what God has gifted us to do is that we never have to go at it alone.

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” Michael Jordan

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:19


Penny Prayer Illustration

Blessings to you!


Boogity Boogity

It looks like Joe pastors a small church in Tennessee. I wonder how many visitors they get now a days?

What do you think of his prayer? Was it right, wrong, or are you not sure?


Easter Testimonies

A few testimonies shown at our Easter Service this year at Community Gospel Church.

Jacobs Story.

Brandi’s Story.

Mike’s Story.

“I may be weak, but Your Spirit’s strong in me!”

God is alive!

How was your Easter?


He Said What?

Prayer is the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by which God lays siege to every soul. When our reply to God is most direct of all, it is called adoration. Adoration is the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honour, magnify, and bless God.We ask nothing but to cherish him. We seek nothing but his exaltation. We focus on nothing but his goodness.”  -Richard J. Foster

Recommended readings: Celebration of Discipline and Prayer


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