The Power in Reconciliation

Sometimes when we are so far removed from God, we tend to hangout in the darkness rather than reflect in the light He shows us every day. Evidence of this can be found in our very actions and motivations, or something as simple as the words that come out of our mouth. When God is near, we experience the joy of His presence. But when we push Him away, darkness quickly sets into our hearts. We may find ourselves in constant internal turmoil or be unwilling to forgive others like Jesus forgives us.

There was a sermon delivered by Pastor John Stange (from my home church at Core Creek) in which he talked about the struggles the prophet Jeremiah endured while he preached to the kingdom of Judah beginning around the year 627 B.C. At that time, the people were not very receptive to his message. In fact, they never welcomed Jeremiah at all and were continually at odds with him about it.

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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

The Importance of Solid Foundations

When I’m working at the office or traveling to the office I usually opt for a good podcast, like many of you do. Sometimes music just doesn’t cut it when you’re going thru a difficult season of life. Especially if those melodies stir painful memories in the subject matter. Yet the information contained in a good sermon or life skills podcast can offer up perspective that we may just as easily have overlooked in the past.

Such is the case with one particular podcast I came across called the Jocko Podcast. I don’t know that much about it since I just started with one episode. But in short, it’s a podcast hosted by a retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink and director, Echo Charles that discuss discipline and leadership in business, war, relationships and everyday life. Yet from the particular podcast I had selected (Ep. #56), Jocko mentioned how the root of the show always seems to drift into the exploration of human nature at some point.

I had hoped to learn how to better manage stress and sleep deprivation, since that was what was in the episode’s description, yet it ended up being so much more than just that.

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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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Dec. 28, 1983—Pope John Paul II visits his would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Ağca in prison.

The Challenge in Loving Our Enemies

The sales clerk that gives you unjustified attitude as you make a purchase from their store. The manager who doesn’t respect your presence in the workplace. The neighbor that doesn’t discipline their kids for leaving trash strewn about your property.

How difficult is it to love people like this despite their apparent flaws? INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT. Continue reading