Business Failure and Dry Bones

Emotions During Business Failure

Two years ago this month, I was sitting in a Panera Bread pouring my heart out to my pastor. Back then, my wife and I were business owners…and the business was failing. I wanted someone to commiserate and pray with me.

In Ezekiel 37, God takes Ezekiel to a valley of dry bones and miraculously raises a vast army from those bones. In the winter of 2014, he did the same thing for our business and my faith.

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Things We Wish We Had Said

Synopsis: This book is a collection of personal letters written between Tony Campolo and his adult son, Bart. At time it’s funny; at times it leaves the reader quite sobered. Above all, it’s always honest as it portrays the challenges of growing up and parenting.

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Listening to God in Times of Choice

From the author: All Christians yearn to live at the center of God’s will. But how to discern his will is an art that eludes many of us. And the advice we get often conflicts.

Some tell us to look for a divine “blueprint” – the one perfect plan for our lives that we need to find. Others have rejected the blueprint school of guidance in favor of the “wisdom school”.

The difficulty with both approaches is that they minimize the presence and voice of God in times of choice.

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Trusting God’s Desire for Relationship

Trusting God's Desire for Relationship

We are only beginning to understand the brain and how we think.

Author and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman says that we essentially have two brains. A fast one and a slow one. Or, put another way, a lazy one and an active one. In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, he explains the research that proves his theory.

Over our lifetimes, according to Dr. Kahneman, we develop short cuts in our brain to help us cope and make decisions more quickly and – many times, but not always – more accurately. Our brain combines our life experiences, our knowledge and our preferences into a decision framework to ease and speed up our decision making.

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How Can I Trust God When I Can’t Understand?

how can i trust god in the rain

I woke up this morning to the pitter patter of a gentle rain on the rooftop. Now, it’s been almost 2 months since we’ve had measurable rain in my area, so I just laid there for 15 or 20 minutes listening to the sweet sound. I was enjoying the sound and thanking God for the much-needed blessing when he started me thinking.

If we can’t know or understand why God acts, how are we supposed to react when he does? How are we supposed to trust a God we can’t understand or comprehend?

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Feel Better About Yourself and Your Life – Guaranteed

Feel Better About Yourself

How can we make sure we’re living joyful, meaningful lives amid all the hurt and turmoil in the world? How can we feel better about ourselves and where our life is headed even if we have a dead-end job or cancer has struck our family or depression seems to rule our life?
br>One of the core principles of Christian belief is we are to serve others both inside and outside of the church; especially orphans, widows and the poor. If we purposefully take action and embed this belief into our life, it will become part of our family’s DNA. It will pull our focus off ourselves and place it where Jesus says it should be – on God and on others.

There are (at least) 13 benefits of serving others according to scripture.

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Someone Gave You the Best Gift Ever – Have You Thanked Them?

Thankful for the best gift ever

Do the names Marvin and Wesley Cousins or Larry Bryant mean anything to you? Unless you’re from Pratt, Kansas and of a certain age, the names probably don’t ring any bells. But to me and my brother, Mike, they’re three of the most wonderful names we’ve ever known.

They gave us the most precious gift anyone has ever given us and it’s time to thank them for it.

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