Jan 14 2013

This Is What You Were Made For!

Much is often made about finding your purpose in life, and if you are struggling with your purpose, I hope that I can shed some light on things for you that can change your life forever.  Yesterday I sat in church listening to author and pastor, Francis Chan speak about "Discipleship", the subject of his new book "Multiply", and after listening to Francis, I was reminded that our search for purpose and significance, as a Christian, begins and ends in Matthew 28. 

A portion of scripture that we are all familiar with, "The Great Commission", to go into all the World and make disciples of all nations.  It was not something that Jesus gave us as "Check Box Option" to choose when we gave our lives to him, but a command that we are called to obey, one that he says we are equipped for because ALL authority on both Heaven and Earth was given to him, being a disciple has always involved making disciples.  Francis said, "For us to ignore that and come before an Almighty God and admit, 'I didn't make a single disciple,' is a really big deal! This is what it means to be a disciple in the first place."

Perhaps you have been doing a great job of this, that's awesome, keep up the good work, but, if you're being honest, and it is area that you have always struggled with, this could the year that all that changes, the year that you "Respond With Courage".  After all, we want, at the end of our life, to be able to say, "I did what I was called to do in the great commission." 

 

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Jan 14 2013

Gratitude Changes EVERYTHING!

Chances are good that you remember the verse in the Bible that talks about giving thanks in ALL things, but that can, admittedly, be tough at times, but a new study is proving that out.  The john Templeton Foundation has done a study that shows living with an attitude of gratitude changes you, it makes you happier, it improves your relationships and health, and when you're faced with tough times in life, it helps you cope and once you have that skill, no matter what comes your way, you are equipped to handle it.

A good exercise is to start by keeping a journal of one thing that you are thankful for each day.  Do it and see how God uses gratitude to change your life. 

Feel free to start here and share what you are thankful for today.

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Jan 12 2013

Lolo Jones, exploding water, tips for weight loss and real-life snakes on a plane

Olympic hurdler turned bobsledding World Cup medalist, Lolo Jones crashes her bobsled...twice!

A family in Ohio discovers that their tap water is flammable!

Getting healthy is often a battle that is won or lost in your mind. Here are some tips to get in the right mindset for success:

10 Ways to Get Psyched for Weight Loss
1. Commit
2. Make a plan
3. Don't wait for the "right time"
4. Get in the right mindset
5. Be realistic
6. Make time for exercise
7. Figure out what motivates you
8. Don't think diet, think life change
9. Create a network for support
10. Use outside resources
 
The key thing to remember is that it's not about preparing for a diet, but more about changing your life so that you don't need to diet. Eventually making healthy food choices and getting regular exercise will become a part of your day so you don't even have to think about it!
Source: everydayhealth.com

FAA tackles exploding coffee filters...believe it or not!

Getting ready to send a kid to college? Choosing the right school can be tough. Here are the best values in public colleges for 2013.

Your smartphone may be hurting your relationships.

A flight from Australia experienced real-life "Snakes on a Plane." Except the snake was outside the plane...

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