The “Brave New World” of the 21st Century requires a “Brave New Discipleship” strategy.

Repeat Truth Until It Changes You

Posted on: January 16, 2018

IF SOMETHING IS IMPORTANT, IT NEEDS TO BE REPEATED UNTIL WE “OWN” IT Our brains were built to require repetition. If mental exposure to everything were permanent, our brains would be buried by an avalanche of irrelevant information. Can you imagine remembering every license plate you’ve see, the slogans to every commercial you see, and…

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Releasing the Magic In Your Brain

Posted on: January 09, 2018

SOMETHING MAGICAL HAPPENS IN THE BRAIN WHEN WE IMAGINE A FUTURE GOAL Many years ago, I sat in a classroom and heard master-teacher Howard Hendricks ask, “What do you want out of life? Are you willing to pay the price? Those questions changed my life. As a young man, I had never been confronted with…

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Keys to a Happy New Year in 2018

Posted on: January 01, 2018

HAVING A HAPPY NEW YEAR DEPENDS ON HAVING THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE As I did last week, I’m posting a day early this week in order to wish a Happy New Year to our blog readers from countries all over the world! There are three keys to having a happy New Year in 2018. The first…

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Merry Christmas

Posted on: December 25, 2017

FOR TO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY A SAVIOR WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD This blog post is coming to you a day early to wish a Merry Christmas to our blog readers from countries all over the world! C.S. Lewis once said, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true of infinite…

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Self-Discipline: the key to personal freedom! Part 3

Posted on: December 19, 2017

WITH SELF-DISCIPLINE, MOST ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE Breakthrough Olympic Gold-medalist Jesse Owns said, “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes self-discipline.” President Theodore Roosevelt reinforced that idea when he said, “With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” Self-discipline is doing the right thing when it would be easier not…

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Self-Discipline: the Key to Personal Freedom! Part 2

Posted on: December 12, 2017

SELF-DISCIPLINE WILL GUARD US FROM DISASTER AND HELP US ACHIEVE OUR POTENTIAL Many of us identify with Oscar Wilde who famously said, “I can resist anything but temptation.” But temptation needs to be resisted. That’s where self-discipline comes in. In last week’s blog, we talked about the fact that self-discipline is the key to personal…

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Self-Discipline: the Key to Personal Freedom! Part 1

Posted on: December 05, 2017

THE FREEDOM TO ACHIEVE OUR GREATEST POTENTIAL IN LIFE DEPENDS ON SELF-DISCIPLINE Someone once said, “In order to be free to sail the seven seas, you must make yourself a slave to the compass.” This is because every freedom has a corresponding bondage, and every bondage has a corresponding freedom. You can be free from…

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10 Lessons on Life from a Navy SEAL

Posted on: November 28, 2017

NAVY SEAL TRAINING APPLIED TO THE CHRISTIAN LIFE Navy SEAL training is among the most challenging military training in the world, involving six months of long, torturous runs in soft seashore sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, brutal obstacle courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and…

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3 Remarkable Benefits of Thankfulness

Posted on: November 21, 2017

BE HAPPIER, BE HEALTHIER, MAKE A GREATER IMPACT This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a uniquely American holiday. Its origin was a “First Thanksgiving” celebrated by 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans in October 1621. It was a three-day feast for celebrating a bountiful harvest after a very difficult year, and for…

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Looking Behind the Curtain of Reality

Posted on: November 14, 2017

HOW TO KEEP A SPIRITUAL FOCUS IN A PHYSICAL WORLD The Book of Job pulls the curtain of reality back and allows us to get a remarkable glimpse of both the physical and the spiritual world at the same time. We see the physical world of a wealthy and righteous man blessed with many of…

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