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My new book, When Success Isn’t Enough, purpose is plenty will be available as a print book and as an ebook in a few weeks. Excerpt: “This book is about the similarities and differences between living a life of success and living a life of purpose.”

 

Another excerpt from When Success Isn’t Enough, soon to be released.

“When I allowed God to be in the driver’s seat of my life, I experienced the peace and joy that can come only from God. When I put myself back in the driver’s seat of my life, I was looking for that peace and joy to come from human achievements and human relationships. What I received were the peace and joy that the world gives. Having experienced both scenarios, I can tell you that the peace and joy that the world gives are hollow compared to the peace and joy that God gives.”

 

My new book, When Success Isn’t Enough, purpose is plenty will be available in a month or so. Excerpt: “‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly’” (John 10:10 RSV). Jesus spoke these words after he had given sight to a man who had been born blind…The abundance that Jesus referred to is not financial or material abundance. It is an abundance of life. He wants us to live a life in which we are happy, fulfilled, energized, and passionate.

To those struggling with anxiety and/or depression during this pandemic, you may find When Therapy Isn’t Enough helpful. Excerpt:

When God designed our bodies, he instilled in us a natural healing process for when we get injured or sick. Just watch the way a cut heals for an example of this. The healing process doesn’t always happen in the way or the timing that we want, though. This is because we are not in charge of our own healing–God is. The healing is God’s choice, it’s always God’s choice…God is respectful…he doesn’t force his healing on us. He gave us free will. This means that we have the power to make choices, and the choices that we make can either allow God to heal us or hinder him from healing us. Our choices can either facilitate the natural healing process or block it.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1625861117/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1531867727&sr=1-2&keywords=When+Therapy+Isn%27t+Enough

 

As you know, I am reading The Missing Link by Sam Hunter. I just read a section that I feel moved to share with you. Here it is:

“Busyness mistakes motion for true movement. People imprisoned by busyness have much motion in their lives, but they are not moving closer to Jesus. They are producing much worldly fruit, but not fruit that will last. Getting closer to the Father, digging deeper with Jesus, abiding with him, and learning to live with the power of the Holy Spirit are not tangible, and the world does not reward this–not at all, not in any way…A tragic life is a life that seeks things that are measurable in the moment instead of things that are measurable eternally. I have found that things that are measurable in the short term are often neither measurable nor memorable in the long term…what is unseen produces fruit that will last…what is seen is all too often no true fruit at all. Holiness is an inward harmony and unity with the Father, not an outward display of activity and religion.”

I am reading The Missing Link by Sam Hunter (Link: https://www.amazon.com/Missing-Link-Journey-Peter-Spirit/dp/1946615439/ref=asc_df_1946615439/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=&hvpos=&hvnetw). If anyone is interested in reading what it means to live a life empowered by the Holy Spirit I highly recommend this book.

Excerpt, When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

…the church failed women by not taking the lead in setting women free as Christ intended. Rather, the church has allowed the world to take the lead and has followed its example. Well, the world, at least the United States, is now leading in a new direction regarding gender equality. My question to Christ followers now is: Are you willing to take a good, hard, honest look at the lens through which you view reality, and consider the possibility that maybe the values and beliefs you were taught growing up regarding the roles of the sexes is not actually what Christ taught?

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

 

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Take a listen.

Cloverton’s Christmas version of Hallelujah

 

Started my Christmasing today. Dropped off my Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes at a drop off location. Doing my part to light up a broken world.

We sang this song in church this morning (How He Loves Us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoC1ec-lYps) and I felt moved to remind you if you’ve forgotten, or inform you if you didn’t know, that He loves us.

Jesus did not have to stay hanging on the cross. He chose to stay hanging there. Nails did not hold him to the cross, love held him there, love for each and every one of us, past, present and future. What Jesus did that day at Calvary was the epitome of selfless love, i.e. choosing to do something for someone else regardless of the cost to self. Jesus did something for us that we could not do for ourselves – he created the way for us to get to heaven. He explained this to his disciple Nathaneal in the first chapter of the gospel of John, verse 51: “Then he said, ‘I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.’”

Jesus’s action of staying nailed to that cross until he died was a gift of love for all people throughout time, including the people who crucified him and those who mocked and abused him as he hung on the cross. “The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders mocked Jesus. ‘He saved others,’ they scoffed, ‘but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from that cross right now, and we will believe in him! He trusted God, so let God rescue him now if he wants him! For he said, I am the Son of God’ (Matthew 27:41-43).

What the leading priests, teachers of religious law, and elders didn’t understand was that Jesus stayed on that cross for them. If Jesus had come down from that cross, which he was more than capable of doing, he would have saved himself. He would not, however, have saved them and he would not have saved us.

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