The God of Details (from my book #TheWalk)

Don't be deceived into thinking God is only interested in the big stuff. He is involved in the details.

Permission to Do It Tomorrow

If you are having trouble knowing when to stop, take a lesson from the Creator. Pace your day.

Life at Smartphone Speed

The Christian life was once known as "The Way" it has never been "The When." An excerpt from my book #TheWalk.

My First Book #TheWalk

Thanks to all who helped inspire me in this process. The book is published!

October 14, 2014

The God of Details (An Excerpt from my new book #TheWalk)

  You make a critical mistake if you believe that God is not interested in the details of your life.  You may feel that God is uninterested because you are unimportant.  You may not be one of the 40 most influential people under 40 in your city.  You may not be a leader in your company.  The only picture of you in your high school yearbook is the one they made you take in front of a cheesy background in the cafeteria.  You may not think anyone is interested in your steps, but, if you walk with God, He is interested in each one of them.  Look at Psalm 37:23 again.  If you delight in His way, He will take delight in yours. 


Another mistake is to believe that God is interested only in the big things.  Whom should I marry?  Where should my kids go to school?  What should I do with my life?  Psalm 37:23 doesn’t say God is interested in your leaps.  God is interested in your steps.  If you will learn to acknowledge God on your way to taking the plunge, you will find that He would not have walked you to the edge of the cliff in the first place.  Even big decisions which require great risk are the culmination of many steps.

I like the choice of the New Living Translation.  The NLT says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives.”  The qualification for God’s involvement is not the size of the step, nor is it the size of the person.  For the godly, God is involved in every step.



October 8, 2014

Pacing the Day (An Excerpt from My New Book #TheWalk)

pages 28-29

Have you ever thought about what God teaches us in the pace of creation?  If God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, don’t you think He could have just as easily have said, “Let there be a universe, fully furnished” and there would have been life as we know it?  Yet it took Him six days to talk it out and work it out.

If it took God six days to create the world, what is it that you and I think we can accomplish by trying to outpace Him in a week?

We must learn to do what God does - pace the day.

God has infused a rhythmic schedule into creation.  It would benefit us greatly to walk accordingly.  There is day and night.  Some of us never quit, so God turns the lights out as a signal.  The sun has gone down.  So should you.

Get off of Facebook.  Turn off the television.  Stop working.  Shut down the computer.  Relax.  Don’t work.  Talk.  Tell the story of your day - God tells us the story of His.  Go to bed.

If God waited until day 2 to create the heavens (Gen. 1:6-8), what is it that you and I have going on that can’t possibly wait until tomorrow?

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October 6, 2014

Life at Smartphone Speed (Excerpt from #TheWalk)

from page 12:

Guided by GPS, we can arrive at any destination and have no idea how we got there.

  Long life with the Lord is not merely about arrival at a destination, it is about steps.  It is less about praying about where we want to be and more about paying attention to where we are and how what the Bible says applies to today.  

Living at smartphone speed, we are deceived to believe we need all the answers.  If you want to go further, do what David did in Psalm 37:23.  Do life at a walking pace, with the Word of God in hand to light the path before your feet.  If you live like that, you don’t need all the answers, you need only one.  What’s the next step?

We need to be asking more questions like "What's next?" rather than questions that begin with "When?"  Your phone may know exactly "when" you will arrive, but God is less concerned with the "when" and more concerned with the “way” you get there.  

At one time the Christian life was actually known as “the Way” (Acts 9:2).  Living long for God has never been referred to as “the When.”



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October 3, 2014

First Step Promotion #TheWalk Book

THE WALK - FIRST STEP PROMOTION!!! HOW YOU CAN HELP

Truth is - you can order a copy of #TheWalk RIGHT NOW at my estore:https://www.createspace.com/4961701 or on Amazon at:http://www.amazon.com/The-Walk-those-ready-far/dp/1502472333/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412363753&sr=8-1&keywords=brian+branam

If you can hold off - HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP. On Tuesday I am going to offer the print edition of #TheWalk at $14.99 ON AMAZON ONLY instead of the retail price of $16.99. The goal is to sell 500+ copies in 48 hours. BUY YOUR BOOK ON TUESDAY ON AMAZON!!!

SHARE #THEWALK Book with your friends and encourage them to buy a copy on Tuesday as well. I AM GOING TO POST AN AD YOU CAN SHARE ABOUT TUESDAY'S FIRST STEP PROMOTION

WHY? One of the reasons I am excited about #TheWalk is not only is the book full of wisdom for life, but it is full of Scripture and the gospel. Sadly, many Christian books published today have a lot of great information in them, but they do not have a clear invitation for a person to be saved. #TheWalk contains a clear, simple call for a person to respond to Christ in repentance and faith.

By concentrating sales of the book on a certain day, the book will pop up on Amazon and other sites as recommended reading for customers purchasing books in similar categories. Yes, it will pop up in Christian living, but I am hoping it will also search in "management" and "family" categories.

I am praying for God's favor on this project and that we will see many people come to Christ. There will be other promotions announced along the way - and some fun stuff as well!!! I hope #TheWalk becomes a community as we read it together and learn to break life down into one simple question, "What's the next step?"

#TheWalk Book is Here!!!

It has been quite awhile since I have posted to FeelMyFaith.  I have a good excuse.  I have been writing!

I have started many books, but I have never finished one.  I am happy to announce, however.  That is no longer the case.  On October 3, 2014 I became a published author with my first title #TheWalk.

This book has been an incredible experience to write from inception to publication.  It all began with a great deal of frustration about the status of some goals in my life and a morning of praying, no - more like whining, to God.  As I prayed/whined I cam across a verse in Psalm 119:133, "Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me."

Steps!

You can't accomplish goals unless you are taking steps.

Through an incredible study of the concept of "walk" and "steps" in Scripture I came to a life changing question that has revolutionized my prayer life.  Instead of asking God "why" I have learned to ask God "what."  More specifically, "What's the next step?"

Through this prayer God has helped me to focus less on my dreams and more on my days.  As a result I have seen more things come to fruition and carry a sense of blessing with them than ever before.

In the coming days I will be releasing more information about #TheWalk.  There will be promotions, sales, and conversations.  You can be a big help in getting the message of #TheWalk into people's hearts and hands.  The thing I am most excited about with #TheWalk is that there is a clear presentation of the gospel throughout.  More than selling copies, I want to see people saved.  I am praying for God's favor on #TheWalk as a means of spreading the gospel.

Thanks to everyone who said, "I can't wait to read it."  You kept me going!

For information and updates, keep visiting the blog, but you can also join #TheWalk community at:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkCommunity

or

Twitter:  @ReadTheWalk, https://twitter.com/ReadTheWalk

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August 20, 2014

My ALS 50 for 50 Challenge, A Twist


ALS Challenge with a Twist from Brian Branam on Vimeo.

I took the ALS challenge from Joel J Dison, but I want to add a twist. My friend ChrIs Jones has been trying to move his family to sLOVEnia to be missionaries for the 2.5 years that I have known him. He has sold his business and his stateside stuff, his kids are enrolled in school in Slovenia, he is ready to go. They need to be there by Sept. 1. They are $2500 per month away from their goal. I issue a new challenge for every follower of Christ watching this video. Share this with your friends. I need 50 for 50! 50 people to pledge $50 per month for a year so the Jones family can get on mission in Slovenia. Let's send them!!!! Donate here: http://www.send.org/info/jones/

August 19, 2014

The Devil of it All in Ferguson

The story of the protests in Ferguson, MO is complex.  Why did the police officer gun down an unarmed teenager?  How will justice in the case be served?  How much of what is going on there is magnified by the angles of media coverage?  I'm sure Ferguson is a populated place.  What else is going on in the town?  There are people protesting and causing chaos in the area that are not even from Ferguson.  For that matter, many of them are not even from Missouri.  Who is sending them?  Why are they coming?  What is their agenda?  Are they being helpful or hurtful?  Who is taking advantage of the situation and who is actually working to rectify it?  Furthermore, what else has happened in the area to make the situation so volatile?  These questions need our attention, but it seems no one is interested in knowing the answers.

As a discerning Christian we should be sensitive to the specifics of the complexities of the people and issues involved.  We should not be merely image driven, but rather driven toward truth.  At the same time, a text from Scripture is very apparent in this that we cannot ignore.

In John 10:10 Jesus described the evil one as someone who comes only to "steal, kill, and destroy."  No one can deny, those three words are inseparable from this situation.

The situation in Ferguson is a very physical reality.  It is emotionally volatile.  But what we see and hear should not serve as a camouflage for another reality that is readily apparent.  Satan is having a field day in Ferguson.

From a social perspective this is a situation that will only aggravate racial tensions.  The media capitalizes on this.  But there is more here than skin color.  This situation is an assault on life and peace.  It is the noise of demonic chaos designed to drown out the message of the gospel.  What we hear on the television is that we need the National Guard, we need Presidential policy, we need the ACLU and the NAACP.  We need judicial justice.

No sir, we need Christ in Ferguson.

In the midst of his own very tense, judgmental situation, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul pens these words:

For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:13-21 ESV)

How does the gospel instruct us as we watch what is happening in Ferguson?
  • There is a spiritual reality of demonic activity, in a fallen world that we cannot ignore. Humans are not well. We need miraculous intervention in our lives, not from policy, not from politicians, not from military might. We need the Lord. We do not need a change in a situation, we need a change in our nature. We must be born again (John 3).
  • The work of reconciliation should not be relegated to response in crisis. The work of reconciliation is something we are called to everyday. There should be more to the work of law enforcement to patrol a community, it should also be their work to know the community. The tensions of relationships are being exploited by the media and driving nightly ratings through the roof. The real work of reconciliation is not done with posters, T-shirts, or in protest. There is more to knowing a person than viewing his picture. The work of relationships is done at dinner tables, in homes, in church communities, and in conversations. Knowing what is in the heart of man is not a newsflash.
  • The gospel calls us to an ideal higher than ourselves. The talking heads are running to the podium to bring peace to the situation. The problem is that this situation will not be solved in pleasing a person or appealing to an ideal, the question in all of this should be asked, how does our handling of this please the Lord? The need for justice and the ensuing emotions as well as the various opinions should all be subject to the desires of a righteous God as revealed in Scripture. The Lord is not pleased in all of this. We cannot lose sight of that reality. Reconciliation will not be made by making statements. Reconciliation is made through repentance before a righteous God. All we want to do is win the argument and prove who is right. Until we are willing to kneel together and confess what we have done is wrong, there will be no peace.
  • The church must itself become a community of protest and demonstration. I do not mean this in the sense of causing chaos in the streets, but the church should rise up and articulate the implications of the gospel in the culture. The church should be able to offer a convincing narrative of what is wrong and how to make it right. If there is racial prejudice, the church should not be merely a microphone for political pundits, the church should demonstrate that the gospel creates a peaceful community for both Jews and Greeks, men and women, white and black, rich and poor, etc (Gal. 3:25-29). What is in our pews should show an alternative to what is going on in the streets. Until the church repents of its own prejudice we have no voice in this.
  • Through the lens of the gospel, Ferguson should cause us to open our eyes in our own communities. What is happening in Ferguson is merely a flashpoint for underlying tensions. We should not watch this situation from a safe distance, we should watch it and think critically about all of our communities. What is happening in Ferguson could just as easily happen in your town. We can't turn a blind eye to this. Ferguson is a micro-narrative of a macro problem of secularism, spiritual apathy, unrestrained evil, and human rivalry that is threatening the fabric of our culture in all places. We need an awakening. We are blind. Ferguson is teaching all of us that it will cost us far more in human life and property if we wait until our problems are on the news before we begin to address them.
What we see on the news should force us to our knees. This is not a Ferguson problem, this is a gospel issue. God planted a garden on the Earth for us to tend and to keep. His desire was for us to subdue the earth, not to cause more chaos upon it. Instead of a garden, we dwell in a dangerous wilderness. We cannot neglect the hard work of spreading God's Lordship and dominion over all the earth. We need to tame the chaos and turn wildernesses like Ferguson, like America, into gardens of God's good graces. We should seek gospel centered reconciliation and not underestimate the power of God to bring peace to Ferguson and to our culture.


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