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On Ambition: Johnny Depp’s Depth

In one of my training classes a college student inquired about how to reach his highly ambitious friend. How could he talk to a person who is driven for success? Does the gospel have appeal to someone like him? So, we sat and deliberated for a time about his dream-driven mentality. Soon, ideas began to percolate about where conversations could go. Though there is nothing wrong with the benefits of hard work, or the blessings that accompany success; and we have many biblical examples of people possessing status, fame and wealth; the fact is, there is something inherently elusive about ambitions and dreams.

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Catch His Wind – 3 Lesson on God’s Leading Part 1

When your plans fail, God’s wind will blow! For me, the new chart began with going back to school. Of course we had a little problem: no job or money to pay for it. Would mom and dad float a loan? It was a bad idea. But before I could retract to sidestep the financial abyss, my parents called to say they wanted to pick up the costs, all of them. No arm-twist needed. Just wind. Off to class I went.

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Faith-Sharing: How Do We Understand the Role of the Spirit?

While posting the Soul Whisperer YouTube series, one routine comment that we have gotten prompted this blog. At times, Christians on Facebook will see our appeal for mission training and reply: “We just need to follow the Spirit.” Let me be quick to affirm that following the Spirit’s lead is a biblical concept and applies to all conversations, and it appears to […]

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Aslan’s Jesus Revision: My Critical Thoughts

Not to be confused with the God figure of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, Reza Aslan is the author of the 2014 New York Times bestselling book on Jesus called Zealot. Through his revisionist eyes, readers will be led to believe that the New Testament writers with full-hearted intention got the story all wrong. Jesus is […]

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Five Perspective Shifts That Win Souls

Blog recipients: To supplement one of our YouTube videos, we linked this chapter from Soul Whisperer. Enjoy! — Chapter 18 — PERSPECTIVE SHIFTS  The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. —WINSTON CHURCHILL   I don’t know if this reflects a masochistic desire for pain, or sheer stupidity, but I […]

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Be a Picture for God

Paul and the Gospel: There are so many things to learn from God’s chosen “instrument” to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15). What a calling! When God looked down from heaven, it might seem like he chose the wrong guy. Yet we know in God’s infinite wisdom, this was no mistake. God saw in Paul many things that […]

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The Significance of the Scrawl

Meditating on the story of the adulterous woman caught and corralled by a religious stone-throwing community, I puzzled over why the Gospel writer captured the detail, “But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger” (John 8:6). Initially, I surmised that it was just one of those mindless actions that had […]

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