6 Tips on How to Discover Your Voice

Love this inspiring/thought-provoking post by Tim Holman.

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I’ve never been a big U2 fan, but readily admit that they are likely the greatest rock band of my generation.  Whether you’re a fan or not you can’t deny the impact they have had on music and culture.  Bono is more than just a front man to many.  His message has authority from his own integrity over the passage of time.  He admits to never feeling anything for groupies in his undying love for his wife.

Many critics have doubted this and have questioned him in interviews about it, but he remains true to this story.  In the age of fact checking and the rise of courage from those who have suffered abuse at the hands of others, there would have been someone to come out with something on him by now.

Disclaimer: No human is flawless.  Getting within 30 feet of your hero ensures you starting to notice…

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God Is Our Strength And Help

“God wants our imaginations engaged, in what he is doing and what he has promised.”

Amen to this. God’s word is always timely.

Pure Glory

by Hazel Straub

God calls us, to  focus our attention and listen, to what he is speaking. Read your Bible, God’s Love Letter to you, and ask Holy Spirit, to make it come alive. Listen to him and focus on him. God wants our imaginations engaged, in what he is doing and what he has promised.

When our vision rests on God, with confident trusting hope, he keeps us in peace. He calls us to obey his voice and to ignore the voices that call out fear, discouragement and failure.  As we trust, rely and lean on God, he enables us to complete our assignments. No matter how difficult it may seem, God is your strength and help.

You (God) will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans…

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Careful what you ask for

Caution: Read at your own risk

Truly, the saying Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true is a wise saying.

I recently did a series on how God sometimes chooses to disrupt our lives, as seen from the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah. The title of the first post was somewhat a prayer. I was seeing so many amazing things, so many amazing stories come alive. I’ve seen God answer prayers in unexpected ways and at unexpected times, but I was totally unprepared for what happened this time.

I had lost my voice sometime in September of last year after a dental procedure. Went a couple months sounding like I had a really bad cold, but I was never sick during that time. Despite exploring different vocal exercises I found on YouTube, in addition to my continuous consumption of warm fluids, tea, ginger candy, and mostly water – as a singer, these were really important – my voice only got worse. So, in early December, about the time of the Disrupt series, I booked an appointment to see an ENT. I was told I had a laryngeal cyst (it was a big, ugly thing in the back of my throat – I got pictures) and advised to schedule surgery – actually a microsurgery, but surgery nonetheless.

There were so many questions on my mind. Continue reading Careful what you ask for

Caterpillars Don’t Become Butterflies!

2018 holds so much in store. This post by Mitch Teemley fits right in with the recurring themes so far. It’s time for something new. Let’s do this!

Mitch Teemley

10298900_10203759279603307_7085417779304645126_nDid you know that caterpillars are not “transformed” into butterflies? In metamorphosis (the name of the process), a caterpillar is liquefied—nothing remains of its old nature. Only after the creature’s death can an entirely new creation, a butterfly, emerge!

But most people’s image of the process is more like Eric Carle’s classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in which the little caterpillar “makes a cocoon around himself the-very-hungry-caterpillar-480x270and goes to sleep, only to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!” (amazon.com)

The Very Dead Caterpillar would probably have sold fewer copies. But it would have been more accurate.

When I was a kid, I used to love going to La Mirada Creek and catching those pudgy little pre-frogs we called pollywogs (you may have called them tadpoles–I forgive you). AWAM072505_40I would bring them home and dump them into a tub, and…

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Happy 5th Anniversary of the End of the World!

Awesome post by Mitch Teemley. Also check out The Person in the Title.

Mitch Teemley

endworldOn this date five years ago,a series of cataclysmic events destroyed the world.

Or not.

It all began with the end of a 5,000 year cycle on an ancient Mayan calendar. Which we knew to be completely factual because, dude, those Mayans had it goin’ on. Soon, experts in a number of unique (made-up) disciplines, showed the inevitability of:

  1. Our planet being sucked into a formerly undetected black hole (I hate it when that happens); 
  2. Earth’s collision with the hitherto unnoticed planet Nibiru, the world from whence emanated our alien astronaut ancestors (man, I love alliteration);
  3. Or any number of other selfie-inspiring events, including a sudden, instantaneous quantum leap in human wisdom and intelligence.

 Yeah, that happened.

There was, however, a much more obscure event that really did change the world as we know it. It happened in a tiny village called Bethlehem. And strangely enough, over 2,000…

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The Angel’s Point of View (or ‘The Visited Planet’)

Merry Christmas everyone!

Enjoy this lovely story by J.B. Phillips posted by Grace and Truth.

Grace and Truth

BEarth-Lightsy J.B. Phillips

Once upon a time a very young angel was being shown round the splendours and glories of the universe by a senior and experienced angel. To tell the truth, the little angel was beginning to be tired and a little bored. He had been shown whirling galaxies and blazing suns, infinite distances in the deathly cold of inter-stellar space, and to his mind there seemed to be an awful lot of it all.

Finally he was shown the galaxy of which our planetary system is but a small part. As the two of them drew near to the star which we call our sun and to its circling planets, the senior angel pointed to a small and rather insignificant sphere turning very slowly on its axis. It looked as dull as a dirty tennis-ball to the little angel, whose mind was filled with the size and…

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Caution – God at Work

“Instead of trying to figure out how close we are to the end, why don’t we spend our time preparing people for their end by introducing them to the one whose return will signal the end.”

Great post by Dave Peever.

Live 4 Him

Many search the scriptures comparing current events with biblical prophecy and come to the conclusion that with all that’s going on in this world, the second coming can’t be far off.

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