Guest Posting on Blogs is Like Being a Guest Preacher

I'm seriously planning to do more posting on guest blogs in the near future.  I've had at least one offer and so has my wife.  Think about it this way:  A lot of times people may be familiar with your message or they have heard you speak in your own platform.  They recognize your jokes and know the quirkiness that may define you at times.

When you step out and go into another venue with a different audience, a lot of it appears very fresh and new to them.

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Thoughts After My Near Death Experience

I haven't shared about this experience on my blog before, so it may be the first time many of my readers have heard about it.

When I was a sophomore in college, before switching to Information Systems, my major was Electrical Engineering. I had completed lots of my required courses, including 3 physics classes and 3 Calculus classes (yep, I'm a nerd). 

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New Book Coming, Your Ideas Wanted

Ever since I wrote my book last year, I knew that it would not be the last book I would write.

Once I completed that book, I was much more comfortable with the entire process and it made me want to write as many books as I can. 

I have since started blogging more regularly and my passion for writing has grown.

During the last three years, my wife and I have allowed our kids to participate in Lemonade Day.  We all have learned some valuable lessons about business and about life from the experience.

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3 Keys to Get Your Kids to Sleep at Night

There are two times that can be a major source of tension for parents with young children.

If you fit into that category, listen up.  If you don't fit into that category and you may some day or you know someone who is in the category, listen for them.  

The first time that I'm referring to is meal time.  Meal time can be an all out battle when you're dealing with a toddler, or two, or three, or …yeah, I've been blessed with more.  

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I can't say that I've figured out the meal time part of the equation yet, but I believe we have a few keys to help with the other time…bed time.

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Don’t Forget to Pray

Today has been designated by Congress as the National Day of Prayer.  From what I understand, this day has been officially observed since 1952 and each year it falls on the 1st Thursday in the month of May.

As I reflect on this observance, I get a great sense of gratitude that in this country I still have the freedom to pray on my own and in group settings with other believers.

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It is very easy to get caught up in the fast-paced, technology-driven society that we live in and to neglect simple blessings such as prayer, but we don't have to.

1 Thessalonians 5 encourages us to "rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in everything".  

I believe we often make prayer more complicated than it has to be.  We may think of the long, lofty prayers that some people offer up or the stories that we hear of people praying for hours at a time.

That may all be fine, but I believe if we are to pray without ceasing, it means we should continually have a mindset of prayer, or speaking to and thanking God.

We can look for every opportunity during our day to pray and then we'll never forget.

The following situations might give you a few ideas:

  • Waking up in the morning – Thank God that you are still alive and have the opportunity to be with your family, to be a blessing to others, etc
  • Eating breakfast – Thank God that you have something to eat
  • Getting dressed – Thank God that you have clothing to wear
  • Leaving for work – Thank God for a way to get to work/school.  Ask God to help you get there safely
  • Arrived at work – Thank God that you made it there safely and that you are able to work
  • Got paid – Thank God for provision
  • Going to a meeting/test – Ask God for wisdom in the meeting/test

The list could go on and on, but as you can imagine, we could have dozens of reasons to pray and hundreds of situations to pray about each and every day.  Maybe we didn't have an hour to do a formal prayer with God this morning, but could we spare 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes?  

Can we remember to pray for a few seconds for the person that just passed us in the hallway?  We probably can.  

I have heard it said hundreds of times and I believe it to be true – "Prayer changes things".

We live in a world that is full of people who are hurting, confused, and suffering.  Our need for prayer doesn't discriminate. It doesn't matter who we are, what we drive, or where we live, we need prayer.  <Tweet This>

Lastly, I encourage you to do what it takes to remember to pray and you won't regret it.  Set a reminder on your calendar.  Add it to your to-do list.  Make a sticky-note for your monitor.  It's up to you.

Questions:  What are some ways you remember to pray?  Are you participating in some sort of event associated with the National Day of Prayer?

Spending Vs. Investing

We all have the same 24 hours in our day.  How we use these hours varies from person to person.

Since our incomes may not be the same, how we use the money that we have earned is likely different as well.

In many cases, I like to focus on investing my time and money instead of spending the hours and dollars that I've been blessed with.  

Having a great relationship means spending time with your spouse or significant other.  Spending the time with them may satisfy the need for companionship, but it won't produce the same results and investing time in your relationship.

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A Love Worth Talking About

In the United States and other countries around the world, today is the day we recognize as Valentine's Day.  It is a day to celebrate love and to share romantic times with your special someone.

Wikipedia ties the first traces of romantic association of the holiday to the High Middle Ages when "courtly love flourished".  During that time, "lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.." 

My wife and I usually don't plan much for the day since our anniversary is only a couple weeks before. 

While today I could share about our relationship or the love that husbands and wives can share for each other, I figured that I would share a few notes from a sermon that I shared a few years ago. 

The sermon, entitled "A Love Worth Talking About", broke down the significance of John 3:16.

1. God – The greatest lover of all mankind since His creation. Only the Lord has the capacity to love every one because He created us and knows us intimately. When we truly know what His love feels like, we don’t have to look to any other source to satisfy our souls. 

2. So Loved – The Lord loves us in the highest way possible. There is no love that is deeper than his love, wider than his love, higher than his love, or can exceed His magnificent love. When you think no one can love you, He can and He will love you.

3. The World – No one on the face of this Earth, except our Lord can say that He knows everyone who has ever existed.  He knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5).  He knows what everyone in the world likes and dislikes.  He knows how many hairs are on your head (Luke 12:7).  It doesn’t matter your race, your height, your weight, your intelligence or how much money you have, He loves you so much.

4. That He gave – God was not forced to offer his son.  He loved us so much that he gave him as a sacrifice for the sins of every single person who has lived and ever will live.

5. His only begotten Son – I have three sons and if I had to give up one of them to save someone else, I could not fathom it.  God gave his precious son to experience terrible things on this earth.  Even though the gift of a new baby is wonderful and I’ve been blessed to experience it, this does not come close to the indescrible gift of Christ dying on the cross and resurrecting from the grave so that all who believe in name can have eternal life.

6. That whoever – This is our opportunity and our invitation.  We recently reached a population of 8 billion people.  It is estimated that only 2 billion people have come to know Jesus as their Lord and saviour.  That means so many have failed to take advantage of the opportunity to be born again by saving faith in Jesus Christ.  It is available to anyone! Let's share that good news.

7. Believes – We have to believe in him to gain eternal life and forgiveness and deliverance from the penalty of our sins.  Only believe. The things that are impossible with men are possible for those who believe. Let your belief be a saving faith that acknowledges your sins, repents and turns toward God as your only hope for forgiveness, regeneration and a new birth through the entrance of the Holy Spirit of God in your life.

8. In Him – Believing in anyone else won’t do much good.  You can believe in your mom and dad.  You can believe in yourself.  You can believe in a best friend, but it won’t do any good in determining your final resting place. Contrary to what people in the world want you to believe, there is only one way to get to heaven and it is through Jesus Christ

9. Should not perish – Only Jesus can offer salvation for those who place their faith in Him and ask Him to come into their life as Savior and Lord. When Christ assures you of deliverance from hell and misery He always delivers regardless of your background or your problems.

10. But  Have – When God gives you a gift there is no way you can lose it or have it taken away. You can be sure that whoever has Jesus has eternal life and even though you may walk through trying times in your life, you will never have to fear evil because He is with you – comforting, protecting and guiding you all the way to heaven.

11. Eternal Life – What a joy to know that the Savior allows you to set your eternal destination at the moment you invite Christ to come into your life as Savior and Lord. He will never leave you or forsake you so that you can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper, what can man do to me."
 

I hope that what I have shared with you is a love worth talking about. Share this post, print a copy for someone, or simply tell someone that Jesus saves.

Question:  Have you experienced this love worth talking about?  What are some ways you share it?