Unplug and…

You cannot multi-task with the Lord and know Him more deeply, intimately, and affectionately. Sure, you need to walk in His Spirit as you do life. But to draw nearer to Him, grow closer to Him, have your affections stirred by Him, you have to get alone with Him. Jesus did (Mark 1:35; Mark 6:45-46; Mark 14:32-34; Luke 4:42; Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12).

C.S. Lewis’ once wrote that if you want to assure yourself of the Lord’s “absence” in your life then simply do the following:Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances.  Keep the radio on [and TV, and Computer, and Ipod, and Iphone, and...]. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation.  If you must read books, select them carefully. But you’d be safer to stick to the papers.  You’ll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or snobbish appeal.”

This week try to get up an hour earlier, or go to bed an hour later, and just be with Him. Ask your spouse for the gift of booking a hotel room for the night just for yourself. Have the front desk cut of access to cable, wifi, and the sort. Take your Bible, a journal, a pen… and just be with Him. Leave the office a little early, book the baby-sitter for an extra hour, and go to the park, or go to a grave yard, or go to the lake… and just be with Him.

Unplug and… be with Him.

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Random life lessons & thoughts at turning 40…

(In no particular order…)

• A pure conscience is one of the greatest joys of life.

Physical health matters.

Emotional health is as important as physical health, and the two are intertwined.

Nothing is as bad as it seems, nothing is as good as it seems.

The reality of heaven is sweeter and more real than ever.

Pain is the best teacher.

Only Christ satisfies, still.

Cynicism lurks to dominate my heart as I age.

The gospel through the local Biblical Church is God’s only plan to redeem the world.

I am not the Messiah (can’t do everything and can’t help everybody).

Truth and Authority matter.

All people are “sheep” w/ fractured souls. No longer surprised at how easily people can be deceived.

Don’t take anything personal.

The Bible is True.

No matter what, some people won’t like me or trust me. And that’s okay. (See first point).

Mentoring others is more powerful, impactful, and far-reaching than speaking from a platform to multitudes.

Social media is as much a curse as a blessing.

All Secular and ALL Christian media should be eyed with skepticism.

80’s-90’s Music is the greatest.

Bring back the Magic, Bird, Worthy, McHale, Bird, Ewing, and Abdul Jabaar of old!

Television is a soul stealer.

Eat for energy not for pleasure (except once a week J).

Continue to refuse to shift blame or play a victim.

Fashion is overrated.

Money and possessions are tools only.

The Great commandment is the rule of life in all dealings of life.

Solitude is a gift.

There is no spiritual maturity without emotional maturity.

Allow people to help me. Don’t steal their joy.

Rest is a non-negotiable.

Live and work and play and behave like I’m 40, not 20.

It truly is more of a blessing to give than to receive.

Identity in Christ is pivotal as I age.

My wife is for me and doesn’t have a conspiracy against me. J

Solitude with Christ is the food for my soul, character, holiness, strength, and love.

Tell people you love and appreciate them often.

What comes around goes around. (What you sow, you will reap).

The easiest way is rarely, very rarely, the right way. (The path of least resistance has usually been the wrong path.)

Growth in faith comes through risk, sacrifice, pain, struggle, and mission, primarily.

Not about what happens to you in life, but how you respond to it.

Under promise, over deliver.

Work according to strengths instead of spending time on bettering weaknesses.

Strong and healthy marriage makes for a strong and healthy man.

Conversations without depth are frustrating and feel like a waste of time.

Authenticity and transparency are beneficial to all of life and work.

I never would have chosen some of the life experiences to 40, but I would take nothing in exchange for them now.

What are the top three that spoke to you? What else would you add at this stage in YOUR journey?

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Atheist Penn Jillette (of Las Vegas’ Penn & Teller show) shares about being given a Bible.

I originally posted this in December of 2008. Still today, a telling clip. I love this guy. For years I’ve been fascinated by his giftedness, his creative genius, his perspectives and views, his “what you see is what you get,” his outspokenness, his political incorrectness, and his passionate atheism. When I came across this video four years ago I was moved by what he shared. Still am. He’s one of those guys I’d love to just hang out with over coffee to learn more about him personally.

I shared about this clip with the Grace folks this past weekend. My question to all of us was if we truly believe what we believe how could we not be lovingly bold to share the gospel of Jesus with our lives AND our lips. Note Penn’s line: “How much do you have to hate someone to not tell them how to have eternal life…”

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Sowing Lesson #5 (Finale): Trading Your Fears

Sowing Lesson #5 (Finale): TRADING YOUR FEARS (2/12/2012) If we cannot ever lose what is sacrificially given to God’s eternal work, and if God is committed to the financial lives of those who sacrificially give, then we must fear not that we give too much, but that we give too little

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Sowing Lesson #4: Planning Your Joy

Sowing Lesson #4: PLANNING YOUR JOY (2/5/2012)If sacrificial giving is to flow from joy and pleasure, instead of bitter feelings of guilt or pressure, then we must prayerfully and thoughtfully develop and follow a plan of sacrificial giving in light of God’s promises and our life circumstances.

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Sowing Lesson #3: Serving Leftovers

Sowing Lesson #3: SERVING LEFTOVERS (1/29/2012)
If we want to experience God’s financial peace, joy, and security, we must sacrificially give to HIM first, and then live on the leftovers.

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Sowing Lesson #2: Ending Delusions

Lesson #2: ENDING DELUSIONS (1/15/2012)
God is the true owner of my money and possessions and I will be free to give sacrificially, at peace financially, and secure in accountability before Him, when I see myself as His manager of money and stuff.

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Sowing Lesson #1: FACING YOUR FEARS
(1/8/2012)
If I want confidence and peace that God will meet my financial needs, then I must involve Him in my financial life by seeking Him first through sacrificial generosity toward His Kingdom work.

(To listen to podcast teachings, click on titles)

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Marriage Truth #7: Fight (Marriage Series Finale)

TRUTH #7: Fight. For audio teaching (11/27/11) go HERE. Theme, truth statement, marriage work, and vow, go HERE.

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Marriage Truth #6: Glorious Collision

Truth #6: Glorious Collision, for audio teaching (11/20/11), go HERE. theme, truth statement, marriage work, vow, and how to fight fair, go HERE.

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Marriage Truth #5 (Part 2): You Complete Me—Submission

Truth #5: You Complete Me (Part 2)– Submission, for audio teaching (11/13/11) go HERE. For theme, truth statement, marriage work, and vow, go HERE.

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