Refining Life, on Purpose

Triumph – Defeating the Evils in Our Condition

What “stuff” is depriving you from living abundantly in Christ?

I like energy drinks like RockStar and Monster. I mean, I REALLY like them. I crave them and am physically reactive to the mere thought of drinking one. To call it an addiction is an understatement. It’s an obsession I’ve fought for years and tried desperately to sever. Ultimately, I give in and have “just one more”. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. ~ Romans 8:37 This all despite the growing awareness that the ingredients in energy drinks are harmful to my mind, body and overall well-being – not to mention the […]

Significance: Fulfilling God’s Plans for You and Your Life

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them ~ Romans 12:6 A while back, I read the story of Oie Osterkamp in Inc. Magazine (September 2012). In a nutshell, he went from running a company that was envied as number 7 on the 2001 Inc. 500 to jobless, flat broke and divorced. It happened because he chose to make the right moral decision over the right business one. How does one rise up from such strife? As Osterkamp relates in the Inc. article: “I had no job, no prospects, nowhere to sleep,” he says. Camping […]

Small: Finding Relevance in God’s Grand Majesty – Pt. 2

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. ~ James 4:10 ESV Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~ James 4:10 NIV  What do you do when you find yourself in the midst of personal turmoil? When you feel powerless, helpless and desperate? Humble thyself. It’s human nature to tell yourself that you will “work through it” alone. But that’s the last thing God wants you to do. When you are faced with times of anxiety, He wants you to turn to Him. I found this out the hard way. I was in a […]

Small: Finding Relevance in God’s Grand Majesty

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. ~ James 4:10 ESV Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~ James 4:10 NIV  On October 14, 2012, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier, falling from high above the earth to became the first human to travel beyond the speed of sound. During a four-minute plus free fall, he plummeted at a pace of about 834 miles per hour. While it’s a great personal triumph and a remarkable feat, what has stuck with me about the post-event buzz is the commentary from Baumgartner. In interviews, he’s […]

Anxiety and End Times… Considering my 36th Birthday

Today is my birthday. I turned 36 years old. As one of my favorite sayings go, “if I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” It’s a tongue in cheek way of relating that – much like those who have come and gone before me – my body is feeling the wear and tear that comes with age and my psyche is often more spent than it is roaring to go. Regardless of how you may be feeling – whether it’s like me, whether is exponentially worse, or whether it’s infinitely better […]

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Reconcile: Finding the Right Balance in Your Life

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” ~ Matthew 6:25–34 We many times use or hear phrases like “reconcile our hearts” or “reconcile the issue of…” and “reconcile ourselves” when we’re among church going people. It’s usually as we prepare for Godly worship and/or prayer. It struck me today that many people will say or hear the phrase without truly considering what statements like this really mean. I have my own thoughts, but looked up the term “reconcile” over at the Christian Apologetics & Research […]

Fandana: THE Indiana Music & Film Festival for Fans of Life

Fandana strives to be the Indiana music festival, created for fans of every kind: of music, art, film, knowledge, and most importantly, fans of life! Come become a fan at Fandana 2012: August 10 & 11 at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana. Plans include several music stages and artists (between 50 and 70 bands) and more activities for the whole family including a full-blown independent film festival, art galleries, a kids area, seminars, and much more. There will be camping, on-campus lodging, exhibitors, vendors, and plenty of entertainment at the tip of each attendee’s fingertips.

Review: Godspeed by Britt Merrick

Just finished Goodspeed: Making Christ’s Mission Your Own by Britt Merrick, (David C. Cook). Here are some thoughts: We were made for a mission beyond the mediocrity of routine life. Careers, events and misplaced ambitions detract us from Christ’s mission to be “on mission” for Him in this world. In Godspeed, Britt Merrick challenges us. He helps us see beyond our day-to-day lives and makes sense of how we can join in God’s grand purpose — His plan to restore, redeem, and renew the world. God’s mission to save the world started with Jesus, but it doesn’t end there. Jesus, in turn, […]

New 1Glories Title: Oliver!

Oliver can’t understand why we designate days for Mothers, Fathers, and various groups. He explains his reasons for others every day as he shares lessons from Matthew, James and Romans. Download Oliver! Observes Others Day now – Hey, it’s free! What have you got to lose? If you enjoy it and/or feel the title would be well received by others, tweet it (use the hashtag #1gOliver), share on Facebook or email it directly to them [hint: use the share buttons below for easy sharing]. Featured Scriptures: Romans 15:12 ESV – Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him […]