The Vocations Wheel

 

Have you ever found yourself attempting to reinvent the wheel? I know I have. In times like that we find ourselves saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” As I watch the world around me, I find this thought reoccurring; so many aspects of society that had been finely tuned over centuries and generations are thrown out for something newer, intended to be better than what it replaced and falling short. What society has carefully groomed and allowed to grow and change organically, modern man has demolished to ground level and replaced with a cookie cutter version of what once stood in its place. Social media replaced conversations, video games replaced tree houses, privacy-fenced backyards replaced front porches, and Wii Fitness replaced actual exercise. Have we as a Church done this too?

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12: Technology & It’s Affect on the Youth (Podcast)

 

Cable, Satellite, Netflix, Hulu, Xbox, PlayStation, Social Media, Phones, Computers, Tablets, Laptops, DVD Players

How much “screen time” do your kids have with those things each day? Once we tracked it over the course of a couple days, it’s a lot more than one might think.

When do they have this screen time? If it’s first thing in the morning, or worse yet, before bed…that might be the cause of sleep issues.

How has today’s technology affected our youth? How does that relate to their relationship with God? And, as parents, is it our fault?

Misplaced Frustrations

Who puts up with the most of your crap? Let me rephrase that. Do you have someone that is close to you that usually gets hit with your wrath first and/or the most? It could be your spouse, a child, parent, or a friend. I think we all have that someone in our life, whom we cherish very deeply, that puts up with the most of crap from us. I can have a crappy day and still be pleasant to strangers but when I get home unleash on the people that mean the most to me. I’m not proud of it, but I think it’s something we all do (or at least I hope I’m not the only one)!

Lately I’ve been thinking about Peter and his relationship with Christ. Peter was (along with his brother Andrew) described in the Gospels as the first Apostle. He was also one of three to accompany Christ up the mountain in the Transfiguration (Totally Righteous Dead Dudes). One could argue that Peter held a very special place with Christ. They were BFF’s. Continue reading “Misplaced Frustrations”

What Should I Have Been?

I have always been blessed to surround myself with people smarter than me (yes there is a joke in there somewhere).  This has become more evident the more I feel like I have struggled with my faith life and the more I try to find ways to get back on the right track.   In the past couple weeks, I have had the opportunity to listen and comprehend from some men and children that I greatly admire.
What is the meaning/purpose of life?   If you were to ask a dozen years ago or so, I would have answered much different than I might now.  Now I focus on my four boys and wife and getting them to Heaven and if God has enough pity, maybe I can be lucky enough to get there at some point as well.  However, there is that often stressful thing called “life on Earth” that can be consuming and get you off that purpose-filled track.   It can also lead to amazing conversations and prayer that start to shed a light on what your purpose is on earth.

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11: Mission Statements

“I began writing what they call a mission statement. Not a memo, a mission statement. You know, a suggestion for the future of our company.” Jerry Maguire

In the movie Jerry Maguire, Jerry (Tom Cruise’s character) has an epiphany about what he’s doing with his life, when it comes to his job. But after watching the movie you could say his mission statement was about his life, not only his job.

In this podcast episode, Justin and I discuss mission statements of some of the more notable Christians today along with the idea of “What is your Spiritual Mission Statement?” What does it mean to have one? How do you develop one? We hope you enjoy the episode, God Bless, and thanks for listening.

Justin and Dan

Healing, Forgiveness, and Eternal Life

Death scares me.  As much as I hate to admit it, I feel afraid when confronted with my mortality.  Even with the belief and knowledge that Christ overcame death for my sake, I still feel uncertain and anxious about my soul’s eternal home.  Acknowledging that this fear signifies a sinful lack of trust on my part, I have been praying for courage and peace in this matter.  Jesus himself instructs us to “not be anxious about tomorrow” but to trust in Him, live in Him, and die in Him (Mt. 6:34).  And it is only through death that we can live in eternal joy with Christ Jesus in heaven.   Continue reading “Healing, Forgiveness, and Eternal Life”