Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

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Follow People Who Make You Better

There are certain people I enjoy following on social media. These individuals often post and share things that encourage and inspire me to be a better Christian. Two of these individuals are Bob Goff and Jeff Jenkins.

Bob Goff may be the most encouraging and inspiring person on the planet. He wrote a New York Times bestselling book and put his cell phone number in the back. Here is one of his recent tweets.

Most people pick their careers and live their life with what’s left over. Do it the other way around.

Jeff Jenkins was one of my first mentors. He and his brother Dale now operate The Jenkins Institute. I appreciated this Facebook status from Jeff.

Loneliness is a real problem in our world. While sitting in one of my (many) remote offices (Chick-fil-A) this morning I looked around and saw a restaurant full of people. There were several people who were sitting by themselves and they looked lonely. It happens all the time. It even happens in church. A room filled with hundreds or thousands of people and many of them lonely. Surely this is not what the Lord wants. May He help us to reach out to someone who is lonely and share the love of Jesus. And may I remind you that if you belong to Him, you are never really alone! He died alone so that we don’t have to live alone!!

Giving Ourselves Fully to Jesus

I have recently heard a lot of people talking about rights. I agree we have certain rights, but this talk can become dangerous. Jason Reeves recently posted a great article on Giving Up Our Rights. It will only take you a few minutes to read and it is well worth it.

The Need for More Grace

Jen Hatmaker has written an insightful article on the need for more grace. Do not read this unless you are willing to look at yourself and make some changes. Jen is open and honest as she reflects on her life.

I struggle with an impulse to critique, to deconstruct, to dismantle. I too easily write people off and assume the worst. I am undoubtedly my own worst enemy. I see sharp edges that need softened, and I realize every problem has the same answer: More grace.

If you want to know how to make this world a better place then read More Grace: On Not Being Mean, Hateful, and Horrible.

The Importance of Life

I am often discouraged by the lack of respect for life in our culture. This includes but goes way beyond the subject of abortion. Recently in Austin a woman was given no jail time after hitting and killing a pedestrian while driving drunk. The Austin American Statesman pointed out how this was not that unusual (See here). This week Sen. Rand Paul began an old fashioned filibuster to oppose drone strikes on Americans. These types of strikes have become common practice by the U.S. overseas. Even though there is much to lament concerning the value of human life in our culture there is still hope. I was moved by a story of a surrogate mother who fought to save the disabled child she was carrying. I highly recommend you read this story of courage and life: Surrogate Offered $10,000 to Abort Baby.

Be an Encourager

Here are 20 Ideas for Encouraging Others.

Thoughtful Entertainment

I believe it is wise to think about the entertainment we take in. I often read other people’s thoughts and reflections on movies, music, TV, and books. Jeffrey Overstreet is a film critic who often looks at film from a Christian perspective. Here is a good introduction to some of his work: Quentin Tarantino, America’s Competition Addiction, and Movies That the Oscars Overlooked.

The Relatives

I am currently listening to a group called The Relatives. Check them out!

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