How to Set Goals That Come to Pass

Awhile back, I started a new practice of goal setting. Because my life is completely intermixed with my walk with the Lord, my goals are also prayer requests.

They also contain my dreams.

So for me, goals = prayer requests = dreams.

They are all the same.

The practice of goal setting has been so valuable to me that I want to share it with all of you.

What follows is how I do it. Your mileage may vary of course, but I hope this post inspires you to set your own goals in life.[Continue Reading…]

A Sneak Peek Into My Workstation

As promised on this podcast episode, I’ve put together a short video of my main workstation. This is the one I use for writing books, blogging, and podcasting.

I have a second workstation that I use mostly as a library (it’s full of bookshelves), a reading chair, a stereo, a copy machine, and filing cabinets.

Visit My Toolbox for info on some of the items featured in the video with discounts.

When you get to the video, be sure to click on the small wheel on the bottom right of the video and set it to 480p quality. If not, it won’t be very clear.

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God’s Favorite Place on Earth has just been added to my entire library. You can now get all my 9 books for $77 (retail $143).

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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.

Another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading…]

Rethinking the Second Coming of Christ

1248, 1306, 1689, 1792, 1836, 1844, 1914, 1936, 1960, 1974, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 2011.

Do you have any idea what these dates have in common?

They all represent the times in which people predicted that the second coming of Christ would occur.

According to a 2006 survey by Pew Research Forum, 79% of Christians in the USA say they believe the return of Christ will happen someday. 20% say it will happen in their lifetime. 34% say the world situation will grow worse before He returns.

Rapture Fever

Many Christians, especially those who live in America, are obsessed with the second coming of Christ. Various interpretations surrounding the when, where, and how of this incredible event have spawned endless divisions among Jesus’ followers. In fact, some Christians are so fixated on the second coming of Christ that they haven’t given sufficient time to understand His first coming.

In our book, Jesus: A Theography, Leonard Sweet and I explore the return of Christ in a way that transcends classic interpretations. Rather than enter into the eschatological wars that have raged over the last two hundred years, we focus our attention on how the First (Old) and Second (New) Testaments harmonize in telling us what God has in store for the future as it concerns His Son.[Continue Reading…]

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: God’s Favorite Place on Earth – Now on Audiobook!

Finally, my life’s work – God’s Favorite Place on Earth – is now on Audiobook.

God's Favorite Place on Earth

It’s not yet on Audio CD. But you can now download the audio version of the book for your iPhone, iPod, iPad or any other audio device.

Click here to get God’s Favorite Place on Earth on audio

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Bono on Jesus: My Personal Reflections

The 78th episode of my podcast just released. In it, I share my reflections on Bono’s statements about Jesus that I posted on the blog recently.

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If you’re new to the podcast, be prepared to hear a few “commercials” sprinkled into the episode (we have to keep our sponsors happy, you know . . . Cough).

The podcast ends with a (comical) blast from the past. You can listen to the podcast in one of three ways (below):

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Have a great Wednesday!

Testimonials from Readers of God’s Favorite Place on Earth

“I read this book twice and it made me weep. It touched me deeply because it made Jesus appear so real to me. It came at a good time when the Lord seemed distant. I’ll be giving copies of this book away to friends. Thank you for writing it. I’ve read the gospels many times and I’ve never seen the story you bring out before. The message and application for today are beautiful.”

~ Kevin

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Join over 30,000 other readers and receive free blog updates. If you subscribe by Email, you will receive my eBook Rethinking the Will of God (Revised) and my Next Reformation Seminar as a free gift. By subscribing, you also won’t miss a post. If you want to start your own blog from scratch in less than 10 minutes, click here. And if you’re looking for a hosting or domain-name service, I highly recommend BlueHost.

Do You Make These 8 Mistakes When Reading the Bible? (Transcript)

In January 2013, I released a podcast episode called Do You Make These 8 Mistakes When Reading the Bible?

Several people requested that the episode be transcribed so they could read it. Thanks to Judi Hauck, here’s the transcript of the episode. Enjoy.

Welcome, fun seekers, to a new addition of the Christ is All podcast. If you’re new to the podcast, you may want to go back and listen to the precious episodes. There are many, many conference messages, interviews, humorous sketches, and straight talk podcasts like this one.

The last one I did of that nature was called The Untold Story Behind Jesus: A Theography, and if you haven’t listened to that, I would encourage you to do so – not only because I think you’ll find the story to be fascinating, but there are three commercials that are “spoof commercials,” and I find them absolutely hilarious. And if you have a sense of humor, I think you will also.

Well, today’s episode is about how we read the Bible, and the title of it is Do You Make These 8 Mistakes When Reading the Bible? There are many, many mistakes that we as Christians make. I know I’ve made all of them throughout the years, myself. But I’ve juiced it down to eight that I want to talk about today. So here they are.[Continue Reading…]

Bono on Jesus: Is the Lead Singer of U2 the New C.S. Lewis?

Bono is a fascinating book, especially for U2 fans. What follows are some excerpts where Bono talks about Jesus.

Some have been so impacted by his answers that they are calling him the new C.S. Lewis.

Click here for my reflections on what Bono says below.

From Bono:

“My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. Christ teaches that God is love. What does that mean? What it means for me: a study of the life of Christ. Love here describes itself as a child born in straw poverty, the most vulnerable situation of all, without honor. I don’t let my religious world get too complicated. I just kind of go: Well, I think I know what God is. God is love, and as much as I respond [sighs] in allowing myself to be transformed by that love and acting in that love, that’s my religion. Where things get complicated for me, is when I try to live this love. Now that’s not so easy.[Continue Reading…]

A Solution to a Problem You Have

This weekend I went over my blog posts that are in the queue and noticed that many of them try to solve a specific problem that many Christians struggle with. These problems are not only related to Christians, but to everyone.

Some of those posts deal with productivity, some deal with spiritual issues, some deal with interpersonal relationships, etc.

I’m writing this post to ask a question of all of you:

What problem that you have in your own life would you like me to address in a blog post?

If I have a solution, I’ll share it. If not, I’ll share someone else’s opinion who has a solution. (You can see my list of expert interviews in the Archives under “Reviews”.)

The problem can be as simple as “How Do I Get Up Early in the Morning?” or “How Do I Set Goals and Reach Them?” or “How Can I Be More Productive?” to problems in your spiritual journey and relationship with God.[Continue Reading…]