Blogging Update: 2015 in Review

Happy 2016 to all! I’ve taken a little break from writing as you’ve all probably guessed due to Christmas and New Year’s, etc.  If you’ve been following any of the prophets on my resources page, you’ll note that 2016 will be a very positive year for those who are connected with what God is doing in the world now.  I don’t plan to repeat any of what they’ve said here so please take a look at their outlook for this year.  Specifically, I recommend Doug Addison, who just published a new book regarding what to expect for 2016.   Continue reading “Blogging Update: 2015 in Review”

Calculating Future Emotions: Mathematical Predictions of Fear?

iconmonstr-calculator-2-icon-256Have you ever thought about how emotions affect the decisions we make?  Have you ever spent an unplanned amount of money right after receiving unexpected good news?  What about fear…have you ever made a knee-jerk reactionary decision right after receiving unexpected bad news?  I have myself and I’m pretty sure you have as well.  Several years ago, I became familiar with a mathematical concept that helped me see how it’s possible to put a fear into a context and, in the process, intentionally limit ourselves from making bad reactionary decisions following a negative personal event.   The below may seem a bit abstract for some, but let me try to give you something to think about from a perspective you may not have thought of before.   Continue reading “Calculating Future Emotions: Mathematical Predictions of Fear?”

How I Was Delivered From Dead Academic Religion

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having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
(2 Timothy 3:5 NKJV)

I’ve made two huge theological transitions in my life in the last fifteen years.  I don’t mean that I changed “religions”, but that I left one type of denomination or church and went to another.  Each of these transitions involved major church “categories” where some of the most strongly held fundamental teachings were not accepted by the other.  Leaving one meant that I really could not easily return to what I had left behind.  Each of these two transitions involved a very similar process and pattern.  They each started with questions popping up in my mind and a growing sense of restlessness and dissatisfaction with what I had been seeing.  At first I didn’t even know what was bugging me, but as time went on, I began to see clearly many specific issues that I could no longer ignore. Continue reading “How I Was Delivered From Dead Academic Religion”

I Forgave Them: Did You Really?

Did You Really?

Today I want to write only a short post on the topic of how to know whether or not you have forgiven people of offenses they may have committed against you and I have a personal story about this that you may find quite interesting.  It’s a very common thing for a person to say “oh, I forgave (name) for that a long time ago”, but in reality, they have not totally forgiven them.  There’s a really good and simple way to know whether or not you have actually forgiven the person(s) you said you did.  Imagine yourself walking into a room and suddenly you see that person right there in the room also.  What happens?  Do you want to run right back out of the room?  Do you get an immediate inner negative reaction where you feel something comes up and makes you want to turn away from them?  Or, do you feel like going over to that person and with 100% sincerity and shake their hand, hug them, start up a conversation without any feeling of resistance?  The answer to those questions reveals whether or not you have actually forgiven them. Continue reading “I Forgave Them: Did You Really?”