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The Filter

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes All ideas that you believe and follow must begin and end with Jesus and the Bible.” In today’s information overload world, you’re never at a loss for people giving you advice, sharing memes that echo their thoughts, giving their two cents, and wanting to offer their take on why things happen and what you should do about them. For instance, if you open yourself to social media even the smallest bit, you’ll get a relentless…

Numbers in the Bible

Approximate Reading Time: 12 Minutes I’ve always loved numbers and statistics, as well as clever connections and relationships between things, in just about every area of knowledge or storytelling. So when I first discovered numerological connections and meanings in Scripture, the nerdy part of me who loves stuff like this went into high “geek-out” mode. There are some who take this brand of Biblical numerology to fantastic extremes, going so far as to uncovering numeric values to alphabetic characters and…
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The Importance of the Resurrection

Approximate Reading Time: 3 Minutes Although millions of Christians pile into churches this time every year – and this year, many will watch services via YouTube, Facebook video, or Zoom chats – a large segment of them probably don’t even realize the significance of Easter. Perhaps they know of the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus but have never really given it more than a fleeting thought or two in their minds. Maybe that describes you in your thoughts on…
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Scorecards

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes Scorecards are used in a lot more places than just keeping track of who is winning or losing in a sports game. Brothers and sisters, whether we admit it or not, a great many of us employ mental scorecards to evaluate so many things in our lives. We keep track of how many times the boss compliments your co-workers’ efforts but not yours. We’ll count how often that we are the ones who text or…
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The Overlooked

Approximate Reading Time: 3 Minutes I know who you are. You may feel like you’re the only one, but I’ve been in your shoes more times than you can count, and I sympathize with your plight. You are the one who constantly gets overlooked. The one who busts their rear-end while everyone else gets the accolades. It seems like everyone else gets the fanfare, the promotions at work, the likes on social media, the praise and pats on the back,…
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Always Be Teachable

Approximate Reading Time: 5 Minutes “Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.” – Proverbs 13:18 [ESV] During the early years of my first marriage, I was admittedly unskilled when it came to the “domestic arts”. Being a budding, young man in my early twenties, I had just barely begun living independently, and taking care of the house wasn’t exactly my forte. I’ll put it bluntly: I was a pizza-box-thrown-around-the-apartment, soda-cans-everywhere-kind of slob.…
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Interview With John Clark and Michael Bodine of Soulcon Ministries | Soulcon Operator Book Released!

Approximate Reading Time: 16 Minutes Soulcon Ministries is a digital men’s ministry that encourages Christian men to abandon the watered-down confines of lukewarm faith and instead go all-in for Jesus Christ physically, mentally and spiritually. Soulcon was founded by US Navy veteran-turned fitness expert and personal trainer Cody Bobay after he saw the “couch potato” lives that your average, 21st Century guys – yes, even most evangelical men – practice on a regular basis in every area of their lives. To…
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Unmet Expectations

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21 [NIV] One of the most damaging things you can do in your life is to place too much stock in your perception about the universe, your selfish desires, and your own ideas about how things should unfold.  We’ve all been there when things don’t go our way, leading us to feel crushed and disappointed at one…
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List of Soulcon App Inspirational Messages

Approximate Reading Time: 21 Minutes I’m honored to be part of a fantastic online men’s ministry called Soulcon. One of the main focuses of Soulcon Ministries is to encourage men to get out of their lazy, lukewarm rut and instead pursue the Lord Jesus Christ with all of their hearts, living lives with the same intensity that special forces soldiers do in the military. Soulcon Ministries, through its awesome phone app, pushes out great Bible verses, quotes, and inspirational sayings…
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Check-In On Your Brothers

Approximate Reading Time: 3 Minutes One of the quasi-questionable ways that society has misled the male population over the generations is by encouraging us to tighten our lips and “buck up” every single time whenever something negative happens in our lives. You know, “shut up and be a man!”  That’s not necessarily 100% poor advice. Depending on how you look at it, it is actually partially good advice. In fact, 1 Corinthians 6:13 instructs us to “Be watchful, stand firm…
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Garbage In, Garbage Out

Approximate Reading Time: 6 Minutes Back in the “ancient” times of computers (AKA, before the Internet started invading peoples’ lives in the mid-1990s), there was an acronym that computer programmers and data analysts liked to throw about quite a bit: GIGO. It stood for “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”  Simply put, if you typed in bad input or data into a computer, you would get bad output. For instance, if you didn’t quite know where to insert correct code in a program…
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111 Ways For Christian Men (and Women) To Be More Romantic

Approximate Reading Time: 12 Minutes When it comes to demonstrating how much we love our spouses or our girlfriends, we men can almost be like befuddled cavemen banging rocks together. Yes, we as Christians can become adept at knowing high-level spiritual or theological matters, but admittedly many men can have a very limited capacity for good, romantic ideas. To a lot of us, the word “romance” equates to red roses, a box of chocolates, and Valentine’s Day dinner by candlelight.…
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Why You Need to Develop a Wartime Attitude

Approximate Reading Time: 3 Minutes Folks, do you have a wartime attitude or a peacetime mentality in your everyday lives? The last time we had nationwide wartime mindsets here in America and the UK was nearly 80 years ago during World War 2. If you’re not familiar with it, the “war effort” here at home was a spirit of cooperation whereby the general civilian populace joined together with our military and industry by doing things like rationing and by collecting…
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Recommended Reading – My Top 11 Favorite Books

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes I love making lists of things, and it’s about time I make one on what I consider to be my all-time, top 10 (alright, 11), crème de la crème, favorite, most important books ever written. These encompass what I think is recommended reading for all my blog readers. When I compiled these, I noticed that all but one have to do with spirituality, and that they are all non-fiction (with a fictional devotional story comprising…
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Head, Heart, and Hands

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes Head, Heart, and Hands Theologian and pastor Erik Thoennes once succinctly summarized the three-prong approach to our spiritual growth in saying, “our theology (right thinking) should always lead to doxology (right worship) and orthopraxy (right practice), or else we have a major disconnect in our theology.” Our Christian faith is more than just us getting saved by the grace of God through the cross of Jesus. Yes, that is the beginning, but a fulfilling life…
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A Kick in the Pants

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes Let’s see a show of hands to all of you who have seen the following scenario in your life before. You see a friend or relative in the midst of some tough life struggles, and witness him or her having to wrestle with things life moral predicaments and spiritual imbroglios. For some reason, they are hesitant or half-hearted to press forward, or worse, they have come to a functional gridlock of sorts. You, being dedicated…