10 Ways to Have a Meaningful Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving purports to be a day when family and friends gather to break bread and celebrate the bounty of the harvest and the miracle of life, today, a lot of things get in the way of having a meaningful gathering: technological distractions, the idea of what a family should be as set by movies and TV, the convenience of packaged food and increasingly polarized political views creating arguments. We all know that uncle who says bizarre inappropriate things in…

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The Four Primary Questions for Masculine Initiation – Anything, Anywhere

It is the man Paul had become. After years of practice, years of training and years of consenting to initiation. No man has made a more provocative declaration. When we contemplate Paul’s story, we see that he’d been immersed in the Reality of God and His Kingdom through both personal Divine encounter and the ongoing process of deep suffering and even deeper joy. Put simply, over time, he had been completely transformed. So he penned a letter from prison to…

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12 Rules for Success

Do the work. Don’t be lazy. Stop waiting. It’s time. Rely on yourself. The universe doesn’t give a damn. Be practical. Success is not a theory. Be productive early. Don’t mess around all day. Don’t be a baby. Life is hard. Get on with it. Don’t hang out with dumbwits. Don’t waste energy on stuff you can’t control. Stop bullshitting. It’s embarrassing. Stop being a people pleaser. It’s sad. Stop putting toxic stuff in your body. It’s stupid. Stop doing…

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The Secret To Motivation: Science-Backed Habits

Neuroscience has discovered the remarkably simple source for endless self-motivation. We can do anything we set our minds to. But sometimes it can feel like our brains are working against us when it comes to achieving our goals. Plans to learn a new skill, get in shape, or to save money and start a business, keep getting pushed back in the hopes that Future You will handle it “someday.” It’s a crippling behavioral cycle. In fact, in psychology, procrastination is…

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When Your World Caves In: Handling Crisis

Hundreds of ministers have admitted that when they get the phone call with the sobbing, furious, or panicked person on the other line, they do not know what to say.  Too many times, all they can muster is “I’m sorry”, or “It will be alright”, or some sort of sermon or lecture. After 16 years of ministry, counseling and congregational development, I have found that most church leaderships are overwhelmed when dealing with crises in their own congregations. There are…

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Who is God?

Most people try to grasp some sense of God by taking the best versions of themselves, projecting that to the nth degree, factoring in all the goodness they can perceive, which often isn’t much, and then call that “GOD”. While it may seem like a noble effort, the truth is that it falls pitifully short of who God really is. God is not merely the best version of us that we can think of. God is far more than that,…

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Selfishness vs. Gratefulness

It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly…

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TOP Elite Special Forces Military Groups of all time

TIME magizine recently published an article about the TOP Elite Special Forces Military Groups of all time. You can read this article at http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2069886_2069891_2069944,00.html #ixzz1MAvIUlk5. I found this article very interesting. Perhaps TIME is correct that these are the “greatest” elite teams ever. However, possibly to be politically correct, or simply because our modern culture has forgetten, TIME has left out the Most Elite of the Elite who have ever been. I believe the most elite ever was the God…

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Is it “Christian” to Defend Myself? How?

How does a man move on with his life after losing his wife and daughters to two ruthless home invaders who tortured, then killed them? For years, a nation both disgusted and captivated by a chilling crime in prototypical suburbia has wondered that. Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor now is piecing together the fragments of his shattered life. William said these words: “My only hope is for justice to be served and to do my best to honor the…

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The One-Armed Boxer: God is Rooting for You!

What if your heart burned so fervently that you were willing to do anything to be who you wanted to be… who you were destined to be? Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliott There are a lot of reasons why we don’t succeed.  Most of my excuses have been to the tune of “I’m tired; I tried my best; I don’t have time; I’m only human; and I needed…

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