Don't be deceived into thinking God is only interested in the big stuff. He is involved in the details.
If you are having trouble knowing when to stop, take a lesson from the Creator. Pace your day.
The Christian life was once known as "The Way" it has never been "The When." An excerpt from my book #TheWalk.
Thanks to all who helped inspire me in this process. The book is published!
October 14, 2014
October 8, 2014
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
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.
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.”
October 3, 2014
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?"
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."
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:
Twitter: @ReadTheWalk, https://twitter.com/ReadTheWalk
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August 20, 2014
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
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.