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Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Hear

Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,

“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … We are scheduled to close the transaction on June 12th, so, supposedly, this will happen the week following. I want to assure you that this is indeed a baseless rumor. There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”

I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false.

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Help Me Write a Book Presenting the Gospel to Unbelievers

Only 2 days left to get The Buzz Master Course which teaches anyone who can write (1) how to write and publish a book, (2) how to hit a best-seller list, (3) how start a blog that people actually read, and (4) how to monetize your blog. Unless you hate writing or you don’t desire to increase your income, this course is for you and I expect it to change your life.

A few weeks ago, I was leaving a restaurant and someone handed me a Gospel tract.

Today, I finally got around to reading it.

It was . . . horrible.

The entire tract used religious jargon, assumed that the reader had an understanding of the Bible and Christianity, and used verses that I would never use in sharing the gospel with a lost person.

It was ineffective at best. It was damaging to the gospel message at worst.

I say this based on talking to scores of non-Christians. Most of them wouldn’t even understand the tract, let alone finish reading it.

This provoked me to pick up an idea that I’ve had for years.

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10 Lies About Porn: A Review

Stephen Kuhn’s 10 Lies Men Believe About Porn is a well-written tomb designed to shake people out of the delusions that revolve around the addiction to pornography.

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Kuhn speaks from experience and explains what ingredients factored into his own deliverance from the addition.

He deals with the heart motivations behind porn addiction, the lies that keep people in bondage to it, and the power of God’s enablement in contrast to behavioral modification.

Kuhn deals with questions like,

“Why are some people addicted to porn?”

“Who does porn hurt and how?”

“What is needed for a person to be set free?”

The book offers hope through encountering the 10 lies that Kuhn believes keep men in bondage to the habit.

Don’t underestimate the power of lies when it comes to addictions. They are very powerful.

Deception is often involved here. And Kuhn takes a hammer to blow apart each of them.

If you struggle with addictions of any kind, one thing I’d recommend in addition to what Kuhn lays out in his book is a specific kind of fast.

Try it and on Day 2 and 3, watch the cravings go away.

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How to Avoid a Problem I Hate: Wasted Talent

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”

~ from The Bronx Tale

When there’s an opportunity before you to make use of your talents and gifts or to improve them, don’t make the mistake of watching that opportunity pass you by.

Seize it. Immediately.

That’s how to avoid the problem of wasted talent.

Procrastination is your enemy here. I know this from experience. I wasted years because I put off golden opportunities. Thankfully, I learned my lesson.

On that score, I have a confession to make regarding a specific kind of talent. The gift of writing.

(If you don’t possess this gift or don’t know anyone who does, feel free to stop reading this post now. The rest deals with a specific opportunity for those who can write.)

There are three things I hate seeing. All three frustrate me to know end.

It’s because all three embody something that doesn’t have to occur . . .

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Pressing Into the Kingdom

The 103rd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just released.

It’s a message I delivered in October 2010 called Pressing Into the Kingdom. It can also be entitled Holy Violence.

The talk is a practical unfolding and application of these two texts:

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.”

~ Luke 16:16

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”

~ Matthew 11:12

I believe it will stir your heart to pursue the Lord and press into all that He’s made available to you.

Listen to the episode in the following ways:

iTunes

Podbean (Stream)

RSS Feed

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A Jesus Response to Suicide

Last month, I wrote about the issue of suicide from a Christian perspective and made some comments about Robin Williams’ death. The article is called A Jesus Response to Suicide.

You can read it here

Also, I re-recorded the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The original recording was poor and the update at the beginning was far too long.

The new recording is far superior and there’s no lengthy update at the beginning.

I regard this episode to be immensely important. If you feel it’s valuable, please share it.

Just go to 7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship[Continue Reading...]

10 Lies Men Believe About Pornography

Stephen Kuhn has just released a new book called 10 Lies Men Believe about Porn. The book is designed to help those who struggle with an addiction to pornography.

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I caught up with Stephen to interview him about this subject and his new book.

If you find the interview helpful, share the interview with your friends using the share buttons below.

Enjoy!

Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Stephen: Men who struggle with porn (or any habitual sin) frequently have thoughts such as I’m the only one struggling like this, God must be so ashamed of me, or I’ve got to get stronger to overcome this. These thoughts are common, but they are also lies that contribute to their bondage.

10 Lies Men Believe About Porn holds these lies up against the truth of Scripture. Readers will learn how lies such as these can deceive them into missing out on the freedom Christ offers. Ultimately, readers will discover that the message of the Gospel isn’t about learning to fight better—it’s about being brought to a point where they no longer need to fight at all.[Continue Reading...]

Why I Gave Up Being a Talk Radio Show Host

Originally Posted June 17, 2009

Recently, a friend of mine encouraged me to get into talk radio. So I tried.

Once and only once. Never before, never again.

It was a first-class disaster.

This isn’t the whole show, but it’s the first phone call I got that night. . . and the last.

Click the link below and listen to the hot-boiling phone call from a disgruntled caller. It’s less than 4 minutes long. That was the call that shattered my dream of becoming a talk radio show host!

Sigh.

Click to listen to “The Disgruntled Caller” episode

The podcast — and this episode — is also on iTunes

September 2014 Update: The “Disgruntled Caller” again made his appearance on the 100th Episode with more ammunition to throw at yours truly.[Continue Reading...]

Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

The following is a guest post by my friend Jeff Goins. In it, he shreds a profound misunderstanding that some Christians have about money, selling, and marketing.

I’ve addressed these questions myself in years past. See the links at the bottom of the post. But Jeff’s article does a terrific job of excoriating some of the ludicrous ideas about money, promotion, and selling that some Christians have in their heads.

Thankfully, the viewpoint that Jeff obliterates is fast becoming a “dinosaur view” among believers today because it’s both unscriptural and illogical, not to mention that it’s extremely selfish as well.

Be that as it may, the warped view that Jeff addresses still exists. So our hope is that this article will put such notions to rest once and for all.

Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

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What You Need to Know About Gmail & How It’s Preventing You From Seeing Valuable Emails

One of the most frustrating things to encounter is to send a highly valuable email to someone, only to discover that they never saw it.

Equally frustrating is to sign up for a blog or email list, and then never see the emails you signed up to receive.

If you use Gmail, you’re never seeing some of your most important emails.

Most Gmail users aren’t aware that Gmail has created something called  a PROMOTIONS tab.

And genuine emails that you signed up for often go into that tab. So unless you check it regularly, you’ll never see those emails.

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My Unforgettable Meeting with A.W. Tozer

In the 102nd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast, I talk about my unforgettable meeting with A.W. Tozer.

Here’s the book I mentioned on the show.

The Life of A.W. Tozer: In Pursuit of God

Other books by Tozer can be found in my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written list.

You can listen to the episode in the following ways:

iTunes

 

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Stitcher

 

PODCAST ARCHIVES – click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page.[Continue Reading...]