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World's Collide - In a Good Way

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Seinfeld character George Costanza greatly feared what he called, "Worlds collide." What he meant by worlds collide is that one part of your life fortuitously meets another part of your life - work does not need to collide with family. These friends do not need to intermingle with those friends. Elaine needs to stay away from Susan! For Costanza worlds collide upsets the equilibrium of life he called the "worlds theory." When worlds collide - "it blows up!" But "worlds collide" is not always a Costanza sized meltdown. Sometimes worlds collide into an amazing experience. I have a lot of worlds. I am a pastor, preacher, writer, teacher, and a chaplain for a high school football team. A few of those worlds collided for me last night as I took some of our players from the Christian Heritage School football team to serve at our Liberty Spring Place Campus . Liberty Spring Place is a campus we planted 2 years ago in a local mobile home park t

The Voice of Intimidation

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This week I am sharing some excerpts from my new book, Pulse . These excerpts are taken from chapter 2, Courage in which David is making his way to fighting Goliath. Before Goliath draws a sword, David is assaulted with words. Personally, I know no one who has ever been attacked by a sword, but all of us are well acquainted with the cutting sting of words. How do we overcome those inevitable, critical voices? We have already looked at the voices of insinuation and humiliation. Now let's discuss the most frightening voice of the three, intimidation.  Critic #3: Goliath, The Voice of Intimidation When David stepped onto the battlefield, Goliath took it as an insult: “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” (1 Samuel 17:43). In the annals of ancient battles, you will discover that before there was fighting, there was talking. It was customary for warriors to brag about their own superiority and strength and to parody their opponent’s weaknesses. Trash talking is an

Overcoming Your Critics, Voice #1, Insinuation

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This week I will be sharing some excerpts from my new book, Pulse . These excerpts are taken from chapter 2, Courage in which David is making his way to fighting Goliath. Before Goliath draws a sword, David is assaulted with words. Personally, I know no one who has ever been attacked by a sword, but all of us are well acquainted with the cutting sting of words. How do we overcome those inevitable, critical voices? In the next few posts I want to share with you how to overcome three critical voices that will try to crush your vision, Insinuation, Humiliation, and Intimidation. Let's learn from David. Critic #1: Eliab, the Voice of Insinuation David had decided to fight Goliath, but before he did that, he had to fight discouragement from Eliab, his eldest brother. When you decide to step out, don’t be surprised if some of the people closest to you step forward to stop you. It’s often the words of those you know best that cut deepest. Upon hearing of David’s ambition, Elia

Men are Giving Up

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According to Forbes, 10 million men between ages 25 and 64 have dropped out of the American work force . They have quit their jobs and are no longer looking. Men are giving up on work. Numerous articles and studies show that American men are giving up on marriage. The number of men leaving their marriages in their 50's is soaring . The number of young men who are not even considering marriage is staggering. With so many men giving up on marriage it seems that the traditional American family is about to breathe its last breath. At an alarming rate, men are giving up on life. Since 2000 the suicide rate amongst men has been steadily climbing from 17.7 men per 100,000 to 21.4 men per 100,000. The suicide rate amongst white males aged 35 to 64 increased 40% between 1999 and 2010. There may be numerous contributing factors to the loss of so many men; stress, fear, failure. Whatever the reason, every man has his low points. What if those low points could become turning points?

The Release of Pulse

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My latest book, Pulse , was released TODAY! Men are giving up on marriage, parenting, and work. At a staggering rate, men are giving up on life. Pulse is an examination of David whom the Bible calls "a man after God's own heart." David was royal, but awful. He was raw, but redeemed. David was a success and a failure. David's heart and life were constantly out of rhythm, but His pursuit of God would bring him back again and again. Pulse is a walk through David's story written in a way that will resonate with men. Using examples from sports and drawing practical applications to life, Pulse encourages men not to lose heart and shows them some simple choices they can make to get life back into rhythm. To purchase Pulse , visit my online bookstore here.  Printed copies are not due to arrive until Nov. 19 - 21. Once they arrive I will ship it to you. Copies will be available at Liberty Baptist Church beginning Sunday, Dec. 2. Pulse  contains discussion que

Will There Ever Be Another Billy Graham? I Hope Not

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On February 21 Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99. It is estimated that he preached to more than 210 million people in over 180 countries. The numbers of people he spoke to through television and radio are incalculable. In 1996 the LA Times estimated that the crusade airing then on KTLA would reach a global audience of 2.5 billion people by the end of its 30-day run. No person in Christian history, including Jesus and the apostles, has shared the gospel with more people than Billy Graham.  On February 23 The Wall Street Journal ran a story with the headline asking the question, “Will There Ever Be Another Billy Graham?” Thomas Kidd has written an excellent article posted on the First Things website that echoes the sentiments of many. No. There will never be another Billy Graham. As Kidd points out, Billy Graham came at a unique time in American history in which television became the primary mover of media and the culture had a respect for Christianity. Billy Grah

How to Drive Through Hollywood and Not Wind Up in Hell, A Christian Guide to Watching Movies

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Christians view Hollywood as the Babylon of modern culture. We criticize it. We despise its ideals and we reject much of what it produces. But then comes the films that Christians seem to drool over; Les Misérables , pretty much every film in the Star Wars universe, The Greatest Showman (which my youngest daughter saw five times), and most recently, Black Panther . Most people outside of the church think we are hypocritical idiots anyway, but what about the confusion that our Hollywood mood swings seem to produce within the Christian community? We are borderline bipolar in our going to and shunning of the theater. For my undergrad, I attended a Baptist university. It was quite a culture change from my public high school. I will never forget the Freshman orientation session in which we were lectured on the rules. The one I found most amusing was “no mixed bathing.” I didn’t know Baptists had issues with jumping in the tub together. But that’s not what he meant. He meant that if you

Raising Cain, Society Struggles with how to Respond to Yet Another School Shooting

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Jaylen Fryberg, Adam Lanza, T.J. Lane, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, and now we add to the list Nikolas Cruz. Each of them rampage killers who entered a school and opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. Last week, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida became the latest scene of terror over which we grieve. As most of us watch through a television screen we cannot help but wonder where it will happen next? How close to home? We all remember the fire drill and the tornado drill at school. Add to those the “shooter drill.” Drills are safe reminders of dangerous possibilities.  As we seek ways to recover from and respond to the rampage killers there is one more name that we should add to the list. His is not the next one. His is the first one. Cain.  It didn’t happen on a day at school. He didn’t carry a gun. But it was a senseless slaughter. The world’s first murder victim was his brother, Abel. As we watch what is happening in Parkland and try to diges

Why Women Love Thomas Rhett, the power of men with words

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In 2015 Thomas Rhett released a simple, stripped-down country song entitled “Die a Happy Man.” The song became his breakthrough hit, topping the Billboard Country charts for 17 weeks. It was a song written for one woman, but it seems like every woman fell in love with it. With a syrupy sweet country song, Thomas Rhett gave women what they want from men – words.   I grew up on Randy Travis tapes. I know I sound like a 44-year-old dad here, but I struggle with current country music.  It seems like you could take the words truck, girl, beer, and jeans and write every song in country music’s top 40. Furthermore, today’s country boys can’t figure out if they’re from Nashville or Detroit. Right after they twang about the beer in the back of their truck they rap about that girl walking across the parking lot in her “torn up” jeans. Can you imagine what it would have been like if Reba had rapped? Emerging from the fray of the redneck Chevy rappers comes Thomas Rhett, the country crooner.