New Year, New Struggles (But New Hopes, Too)

Forgive me for not posting here in a very long time…

An entire year has gone by and yet it feels just like yesterday when I got the new job offer. (Yes, I finally received my blessing almost one year to the day.) Here is my last post while still at my previous job to give you an idea of where my emotions were. Though I wish that a one year anniversary would be a reason for sheer celebration, that’s not necessarily the case.

As I think back on the past year, the anniversary becomes more of a reason to be reminded of my ongoing need for God. We often pray to Him when things take a turn for the worst in our lives, but truly we need Him more, especially when things go right.

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Revering the Holy Name of God

A Levite was a man between the ages of twenty and fifty in the days of the Old Testament—a descendent from the line of Aaron that had been called to do priestly work. One of the jobs of the Levites was to transcribe the text of the Torah. These scribes meticulously copied what were on the scrolls given them—the ancient books of the Bible—to make sure every word was accurately and precisely passed down for generations to come. The level of detail and integrity was of utmost importance since this was not just any text; it was a holy text.

Every single letter was duplicated precisely so that not a single error was made. Once the scribe was done with his day’s work, an older Levite would come over to inspect it. This older man would choose a letter at random, and if it didn’t match up perfectly with the original text, the entire scroll was discarded and the scribe would have to start all over again. Continue reading

Forgiveness Without Explanation

We have all been hurt before, or maybe even betrayed by somebody at some point in our lives. (If you don’t know what that feels like, be on guard, because it will inevitably happen to you at some point. It even happened to Jesus and He was the Son of God!) None of us are immune from the pain of these moments and recently I was reminded of just such a thing. Continue reading

The Devastating Effects of Depression

Today, a lot of people are talking about the tragic death of Chris Cornell. (Although I bet the majority of them haven’t recently listened to his music. Today, they probably will.) If you listen to some of the man’s lyrics overall, and even reports of his last performance, this guy was desperately trying just to tell us something. Here is an article that I found rather interesting in regards to that.

Too often, those that have been consumed by the darkness of depression are also trying to tell us something. It’s about time we started to listen. Continue reading

Leading Thru Action

If a certain concept keeps showing up in your life over a short duration of time, take note my friends, it could be something that is in your benefit to take careful note of. One of those things that’s been showing up for me has been the notion of leading thru action, and not just words.

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One Minute of Encouragement

Recently, I got a chance to chat with Dylon, who also attends Core Creek Community Church with me. Dylon’s a guy that just radiates positive energy every time I see him. And now you can pick up on that same energy in his new YouTube channel called The One Minute Meeting. The vlog aims to help people have the best day possible, one minute at a time.

Just one minute of positive encouragement each day. How simplistically effective is that? Continue reading