“I’m fighting every day,” recording artist Mandisa said in an interview with MLive.com. “It’s an every-day, one-decision, one-temptation at a time battle I’m fighting.” This reality inspired Mandisa to record a song entitled Overcomer, which has soared to the top of Christian music charts. This contemporary song serves as an upbeat reminder […]Read more "You’re an Overcomer – Now Live Like It!"
“I am like a little pencil in God’s hand. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it.” – Mother TeresaRead more "A Pencil in God’s Hand"
“The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began, Now far ahead the road has gone, And I must follow, if I can.” J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit While I was growing up, my siblings and I often dreamed of finding great adventure in life. This led us […]Read more "Finding Adventure by Stepping Into the Unknown"
“If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we rear temples, they will crumble to dust; but if we work upon immortal souls, we engrave on those tablets something which will brighten all eternity.” ~ Daniel WebsterRead more "A Lasting Legacy"
Have you walked through a spiritual desert recently? If so, may these eloquent words from Charles Spurgeon encourage you, and serve as a reminder that life’s deepest valleys often come just before the Lord’s greatest blessings! “Before any great achievement, some measure of the same depression is very usual. Surveying the difficulties before […]Read more "Spiritual Desert – A Sign of Great Things to Come!"
Your pastors and spiritual mentors are not “Super Christians.” They don’t have it all figured out, and they don’t have all the answers. They have unique spiritual gifts and a unique calling, just like you do, but they also struggle with doubts, fears, and daily temptations just like you do! “Sure, I know that,” […]Read more "Why the “Super Christian” Myth is Dangerous"
“I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.” -George Washington, letter to the General Committee of the United Baptist Churches in Virginia […]Read more "Still Fighting for Religious Liberty…"
After years of chasing one dream after another, things finally clicked into place and God’s plan for my life became exquisitely clear. He was calling me to preach. Sure, I could become a teacher, a private music instructor, a professor, a writer, or a worship leader, and could probably find success. But that wasn’t […]Read more "Most Prized Possession: My Father’s Library"
Stalked by Fear, Part II As I strolled down life’s bright path, warmed by the radiant optimism in the air, my foot landed upon a yellowed page with a soft crunch. Overtaken by curiosity, I unraveled the old paper and realized it was a letter. As it turned out, it was the saddest letter I […]Read more "Stalked by Fear, Part II"
The following post is the result of a Writing 101 assignment provided by Blogging University, here on WordPress. The assignment was to throw caution to the wind and just start typing random thoughts for a few minutes without stopping to think or edit, and to post it if we dared. I’m an “ultra-planner,” so this […]Read more "Random Thoughts on Preparing for Leadership"