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Chasing Lions and Other 500 Lb Dreams

Are you a dreamer,  I hope you are or you are missing out on much of God’s glory. Throughout the Bible there are dreamers. Some prophesied over the lives of others while others made their own dreams a reality. When is the last time you chased down your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) like it was a 500 Lb lion? Perhaps your dreams are more like cute lion cubs than ferocious lions. If that is the case your dream is not big enough. God-sized dreams are what our lives are made to chase after. Chase them deep into the cold pits, until we conquer them. Lion Chasers don’t run away from what they’re afraid of, they run to the roar. @markbatterson Click To Tweet In order for God to work through us and make our dreams a reality, we need to show up and show off. Talking about a dream but taking no action is just hot air, the Internet is full of that these days. Unless your dream scares you and is a God-sized dream, then it is just a wish, not a dream. I have been a fan of Mark Batterson since I read the Circle Maker a year or so ago. In fact, I just wrapped up my second round of his forty-day devotional  online of his book Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. I have also read If, and am waiting on Wild Goose Chase.  I preparing to read All In. Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s […]

What it means to have All Authority.

People that read the bible, whether daily or just occasionally start to become familiar with certain verses. Verses shared from the pulpit as well as your Instagram feed. These verses detail of Jesus’ and his reign over the earth. Ever want a better understanding of the power behind the verses? Joey Shaw is the international field office director at Austin Stone Community Church in Texas. In his recently released book, All Authority he takes the reader on a journey. A journey that explores scripture in ways only someone living in servitude to God could lead us on. Does Jesus have all authority? Not a typical question to ask perhaps, but does he? Sure we know he is the King of kings, the Christ, our Savior, but under what authority? These are the types of questions we must ask ourselves if we want a true understanding of our relationship with Jesus. This is a strength is not an iron fist beat you over the head kind of way. But yet, an authority that holds himself above all through his undying love for each one of us. Everybody who follows Jesus will encounter a myriad of “authorities” that directly challenge the authority of Christ. These other “authorities” may be parents, teachers, bosses, presidents, institutions, religions, or ideologies. In order to stay firm in devotion to Jesus, we must believe that He has supreme authority over all. Not partial authority, not most authority—all authority. Jesus commissioned his people to go and make disciples of the world. This commission is still as relevant […]

Dishonor, A story of Hope and Redemption 

Some of the best stories that have the most impact come from the heart. A place of vulnerability that allows the reader to connect with the story. Such is the case with the book Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption by David Mike. David takes his readers on a journey of epic proportions. Imagine you are young, everything going for you. Joining the military had been a lifelong dream of yours. Like many people you make a couple of bad choices. Decided temptations were worthy of their rewards. Instead of being a clean cut soldier you had dreamed of, it all collapses around you. Sometimes you have to be locked up to find true freedom. ~ @dilemmamike Click To Tweet When you should have had your boots on the ground with your brother in arms, you end up behind bars. Shame over pride overtakes David as he fights to get out. Not only out of jail but out of the military. He wanted out on his terms rather than run the risk of smearing his dad’s name, much less his by…gulp… being dishonorably discharged. Through all of this, David was still able to find Christ with him behind the prison bars, amidst his shame. David Mike swore allegiance to his country in 1987, only to be dishonorably discharged for desertion. One bad choice after another landed him at Fort Leavenworth, a notorious military prison in Kansas, where he starts a new life as an inmate. Follow his journey as he claws his way toward […]