Advice to New Christians

I wish someone told me the following things when I was walking on the clouds of the newfound joy of my salvation at age 16.

This list goes beyond the typical recommendations given to young believers (read the Bible, pray regularly, get involved in a fellowship, etc.). I’m not mentioning those as they are “givens.”

If you click on each point, it will take you to a resource or a Scripture that expands the subject.

There are many other points I could have added, but I wanted to keep this post to 12 statements. The list doesn’t represent any kind of order or priority.[Continue Reading…]

A Tale of Two Mentors – Which Will You Become?

Early on in my Christian walk, I sought out those who were ahead of me in the Lord and made myself an apprentice, learning all I could from them.

In total, I’ve had about five spiritual mentors in my life.

In this post, I want to talk about two of them.

To keep their identities anonymous, we’ll call the first one David and the second one John.[Continue Reading…]

Mandates, Start Dates, and Updates: Christian Answers to the Affordable Care Act

With Obamacare looming and many Americans concerned about healthcare, I’ve interviewed my long-time friend and brother in Christ Dr. Tony Dale, founder of The Health Co-Op.

If you find the interview of value, please share it with your friends. 

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Tony, last year I interviewed you about The Health Co-Op, a Christian alternative to health insurance. Bring me up-to-date on what has been happening with it.

Tony Dale: Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to bring your readers up to date in this vital area.  The Affordable Care Act, or what many refer to as Obamacare, is now beginning to seriously impact how people view health care and insurance issues.  There is a perception that now health care is available to everyone, regardless of their income, but unfortunately perception and reality can be a long way apart.[Continue Reading…]

I Need Your Feedback

Friends, with the help of professional copywriter Ray Edwards, my Book Page has been given a complete overhaul.

Some of the ways the page has changed are as follows:

1. Each book is described in terms of how it benefits you, the reader. So the question, “How is this book going to help me?” is answered right out of the gate.

2. Samples (print and audio) of each book are given so readers can get a “taste” of what the book is like.

3. Each book is made available in every format (audio, Kindle, Nook, print, etc.) on the page.

4. The best discounts – including bulk discounts – are featured as well.

Here’s where you come in.

Please take a look at the new page and let me know if you think it benefits readers or if (and how) it can be improved.

Click here to view the page.

I really value your feedback. Thanks so much! 

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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.

God’s Favorite Place on Earth has just been added to my entire library.

Click here for my library on discount

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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…]