As I grew healthier, my wife and I began to pray differently. We prayed with more boldness, more faith. All the ridiculous challenges we faced brought us lower than we thought possible. But the experience also taught us what we could survive. It gave us a resolve we didn’t have before. It was in the midst of this inner transformation and emboldened faith that we felt led to pray for complete debt-freedom by the end of 2018.
This book is many things, but above everything else I prayerfully hope that it lights a fire. A fire in the soul of those whose faith has been thinned by life's hardships. A fire in the heart of those who want to want God more, but have felt caged by "religion". And a fire in the mind of those who believe the Bible has so much more power than we see on Sunday mornings.
However, as a rule – if pain and pleasure are always linked, then you cannot get to your long-term pleasure by continually seeking short-term pleasures. It’s like trying to drive across the country but making a right turn every time the opportunity arises. It doesn’t matter how fast your drive, you’re only ever going to go in circles.
Dr. Jung calls it “soul eating.” Dr. Brene Brown describes it as “corroding.” Shame undresses our defenses. It leaves our most vulnerable parts out in the open and then promises something bad is going to happen. Shame is the twin brother of fear. It moves and chains in the same way. It screams lies at us until we give up, because that’s what it wants. It wants, more than anything, for us to stop. To freeze. To stop progressing, creating, loving, hoping.
Stop letting yourself accept less. Stop letting sin win. Stop believing the lies that have kept you stuck falling in downward spirals of shame and guilt. There is a more available to you if you are willing to take it. All it requires is that you step out into the light.
Over the years, books have consistently been the most important source of change and progress in my life. Which is why I dedicate time, energy, and money every single month to gathering the best materials I can find so that I can continually develop into the person God has called me to become.
This year I have the pleasure of publishing 6 7-day reading plans through the YouVersion Bible app! I am so grateful for this opportunity and am excited for thousands (and prayerfully, hundreds of thousands!) of new readers to discover the extraordinary message God has for them in the lives of these Biblical characters.
I believe every person should have a bucket list - a framework of defined, clear goals and experiences they want to achieve. I know lists like these lend themselves well to my personality type. But you should ask yourself - if you don't know where you're heading, how will you get there? If you don't know where you want to end up, how will you know if you're making progress?
There are the 9 rules of essentialism I believe Christian leaders can benefit from. It’s important to remember that the practice of essentialism is not the goal itself, but rather what it can produce. Essentialism brings clarity. Clarity brings action. Action is how our faith comes alive.
Discovering your purpose or calling can be difficult, but finding resources that can help you shouldn’t be. Here are 10 of the best posts on the web that have honestly helped me on my journey towards calling, and I believe they will help you as well.
Podcasts have a way of connecting people and delivering ideas that is truly effective. In this article, I want to share with you a group of podcasts that have powerfully impacted me. And if you are a Christian Entrepreneur – I think they’ll have something valuable to add to your journey as well.
I don’t know how much further through the valley of the shadow we have to go. But what I do know is that I do not travel alone. And in this journey I will have what I need. Although the threat may be constant, and at times the fear suffocating, my Shepherd will show me goodness. I will have rest even in my pain. I will have provision even in my lack. And I will have comfort even in my fear.
Two thousand and seventeen will certainly be a year to remember. It was my first year out of seminary and able to work full-time in a college environment. It was the year I founded my business (Faithspring Collective ltd.) and the year I completed a Certificate of Theology from Princeton. It was also another year I got to spend with my amazing wife, and watch as she continued to grow into a proud woman.
I am not where I thought I would be at this point in my career and writing, but I am somewhere good. The lessons God has been trying to teach me have been difficult. They’ve required patience, stamina, and surrender – none of which are my natural strengths. But He has reinforced in me a few key truths...
2017 was a year of implementation. For the past 5 years or so, I read an average of 1 book a week. I wanted to get better, to know more, and become the person God was calling me to be. I know I am closer than I was a year ago, and these 7 books played a large part in helping me get there.
In all, I read just over 40 books this year – but these were the ones that stood out. All of these have carved out a special place in my mind and heart, and I hope they might be able to do the same for you.
In order to truly reap the benefits of MeetEdgar, it has to fit into a larger overall social strategy. By having a steady stream of content, I've freed up hours of my time to engage with my audience on a deeper level. This has led to increased traffic and audience growth. It's also allowed me to (for the first time in a long time) create a content calendar so that I could remain more consistent with my output. Overall, I highly recommend you check out MeetEdgar. It's been a game-changer for me, and it could do the same for you.
After lots of thought, excel sheets, reading, and talking with fellow entrepreneurs, here are the 3 financial goals you MUST hit before taking the leap. Now, you may want to adjust these according to your situation. But I think if you keep these 3 milestones in mind when you are making your action plan, the leap will seem a lot more doable and you’ll have more resources and less stress once you finally do take the leap.
I'd love to answer any questions you have! Go ahead and ask in the comments below, and I'll do my best to answer. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. I've learned a ton in 2017, and I believe that will lead my writing to truly reach a new level in 2018.
In 2010, I began the practice of choosing 1 passage for the year and studying it in-depth for personal and spiritual growth. This has easily been one of the most transformative practices I’ve adopted. It’s helped my Bible-memorization, study habits, and ability to think Biblically about real-life situations. Below is a behind the scenes look at the practice, as well as a guide for you to begin it as well!
When we base our value on our usefulness, it’s like covering a Picasso in Post-Its. So often in the pursuit of more (earning more, creating more, becoming more) we end up sabotaging the very value we wanted to highlight. We suffocate our masterpiece in small yellow squares and ask the world to affirm us.
Maybe the reason we have so many Sunday-only Christians is because we’ve emphasized Sundays as the end-all, be-all of our faith. Maybe, if we made Sundays less important we would have to find ways to make our faith real the rest of the week – because the Sunday checkbox no longer counts. If my Sunday attendance doesn’t prove that I love God…what will?
So miss church every now and again. Sleep in on a Sunday morning. Go see an early movie. And remember that the whole point of Jesus’ gift was to spur us to be the church. To do life with one another that models the kingdom of God. An attractive, disruptive, upside-down, boundless gospel that can't be confined to a single day of the week.