Get It Done: Become A Determined Man

ambition-determination-inspirational-inspire-Favim.com-630413Happy Tuesday! I really hope you are enjoying your day.

Yesterday we started reading The Dude’s Guide To Manhood by Darrin Patrick. To skip back to that post, go here. Today, I will be covering Chapter 1. This chapter is broken up into parts, so tomorrow’s post will pick up where I leave off.

Determination. How do you define it? Persistence? Hardheadedness? Determination is defined as the firmness of purpose; resoluteness. It also is refusing to quit until we accomplish our goals. Sadly, most men quit. Why is that?

Mr. Patrick states it perfectly:

Men hit the eject button and hide in juvenile behavior such as video games, pornography, sports leagues, or substance abuse. Other men don’t hide in their activities—- they hide in themselves. They remain silent, consistently passive, and socially awkward. Still others hide with their friends, delaying marriage or, if married, avoiding connection with their wives.

Are the goals that we create for ourselves to big to achieve? Do things get in the way of our goals? Something should get in the way from reaching our goals, no matter how big or small they are. With God on our side, and determination on our mind we can do anything!

I myself have, and currently struggle with big goals There are several things keeping me from reaching them. The main thing keeping from achieving my goals is trust in God. I have no problem putting that out there.

Romans 5:3-5 “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Think about what your goals are and what is standing in your way.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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The Dude’s Guide To Manhood

manhood Good Sunday afternoon everyone! I hope that your time with God today has been awesome!

Over the next several posts, I will be reading through The Dude’s Guide To Manhood by Darrin Patrick. Now ladies I know you may be a little upset that I am focusing on the dudes with this, but who knows you may get something out of this as well. Also ladies, trust me, I will be doing something for you as well in due time.

So what is this book about? Contrary to what the title suggests, this book is not written from the perspective of “The Dude.

From Amazon.com:

Discover the path to true masculinity—to an adventurous life of strength, purpose, and clarity.

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Didn’t we used to understand manhood? Wasn’t there a time once when it was clear and straightforward? Are we lost?

Dudes, look around you: The trail we once traveled from boyhood to maturity is now so overgrown, it’s almost impossible to trace. Our vision is blurred, rendering the map that previous generations followed unreadable. Our compass needles are spinning in circles, making navigation impossible. We are stuck in dense, dangerous woods, and our communities—the wives, children, friends, and colleagues we could be influencing—are suffering as a result.

It can be tempting to give up and, like so many men today, simply exist, but take heart: Now is not the time for men to abandon our quest. We can discover the path to true masculinity—to an adventurous life of strength, purpose, and clarity.

In The Dude’s Guide to Manhood, pastor, author and dude Darrin Patrick charts a course back toward real manliness, mapping out a vision to help men find significance and influence in today’s broken, mixed-message culture. Revealing his own frailties and missteps, Patrick doesn’t preach at you but walks with you on a journey toward healing and wholeness.

Filled with timeless wisdom, accessible insights and practical guidance, The Dude’s Guide to Manhood issues an encouraging and doable call to all men, whatever your age or stage. We need not settle for wandering aimlessly through our days, wounded, weak, and passive. Instead, we can get back on the trail, embrace our gifts while facing our imperfections, and trust the God of new beginnings to lead us into all that we are destined to become: forgiven, connected, determined, teachable, content, heroic, and so much more.


I don’t know about you but, I am excited to get started!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Continuing The Adventure

54a67bddab9630_conquer the mountain Hello again! Wow, I never thought I would write in this blog again. Honestly, I thought that all my previous entries had been erased. It has been 3 years since I touched this blog. The other day, I felt a pull. That pull, I believe, is God telling me to write again. Whether this be for myself, or for others, only He knows. So, let’s see where this leads.

For those new to this site,or for anyone needing a refresher, I started this blog based off of a devotional that was presented at a small-group Christmas party back on December 13th, 2009.

In that devotional, the man leading it challenged us to live by a specific scripture.

Romans 8:15 (The Message)

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”

That message really sparked something in me to deepen my life with Christ.

Upon being challenged with that message, I decided to start doing a quiet time. During that quiet time, God told me to write. Time got in the way of that about 3 years ago, so I stopped writing. Honestly, I wish I hadn’t. By writing this blog, I learned so much about God, and well myself. Writing about what I was experiencing, reading, music I was listening to, Christian news, etc., was my quiet time with Him.

I am anxious to start connecting more with Him.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Science vs Faith: ‘There Is No Heaven,’ Says Stephen Hawking

Good evening everyone! I hope everyone is doing well this evening! I was reading the news online today and I came across this article. Now I know I haven’t been doing a lot of original writing lately, but I really want to know what you all think about this.

Science vs Faith.. I really dislike when scientists try and take away, or even change our (Christians) faith. Scientists for years have tried to prove that there Heaven doesn’t exist, that Jesus didn’t rise from the grave etc.. Faith is Faith.. We believe in it. For some Christians, I can understand wanting to have proof, but where is your faith when you do that? For me, I believe in the Bible, and what IT says. I don’t need proof. Science can try and proof this or that, but you will Never take my faith away.

Below is the article I am mentioning that I found  on MSNBC.

Hawking: ‘There is no heaven’

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By John Roach

Stephen Hawking, the famous British physicist, called the notion of heaven a “fairy story” in an interview with The Guardian newspaper published today.

The physicist, 69, who was diagnosed with A.L.S. at age 21, made the heaven comment in response to a question about his fears of death.

“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first,” he told the newspaper.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven of afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark.”

The comments are seen as going beyond those in his 2010 book, “The Grand Design,” which stirred up passions with the observation that science can explain the universe’s origin without invoking God.

Hawking has far outlived most people who have A.L.S., also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, producing important cosmological research and writing books. His “A Brief History of Time,” published in 1988, has sold more than 9 million copies.

The Guardian interview is the latest the scientist has given to news media in recent weeks. It is published the day before he is scheduled to address the question “Why are we here?” at the Google Zeitgeist meeting in London.

In the talk, according to The Guardian, he will argue that the tiny fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged.

“Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in,” he said.

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Let me know what you think..

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A Brand New Me

Good evening everyone! I hope all of you had a great Easter Holiday. I know I did. My parents came to church with me which is always a blessing.

I wanted to share with you the way that God is working in my life. Since the passing of my grandpa, I feel that God has opened my eyes a little bit more than they have been before.

The past couple of Sundays, I have cried during worship. I don’t know why, I just have. This is a rarity for me though.  Maybe the lyrics are touching me somehow, I don’t know.

Secondly, I have started a Bible reading plan. I found this plan on YouVersion   . I will have the whole Bible read in a year. As a matter of fact, I will admit it, I have never read the complete Bible. This will be a challenge for me, but right now I am on track.

Anyway.. I just wanted to give you all a little update on me.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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News Update: Major Discovery for Christian History

Thought I would share this.. I found it on Yahoo News today. It is very exciting and interesting.

Could lead codices prove ‘the major discovery of Christian history’?

By Chris Lehmann

British archaeologists are seeking to authenticate what could be a landmark discovery in the documentation of early Christianity: a trove of 70 lead codices that appear to date from the 1st century CE, which may include key clues to the last days of Jesus’ life. As UK Daily Mail reporter Fiona Macrae writes, some researchers are suggesting this could be the most significant find in Christian archeology since the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947.

The codices turned up five years ago in a remote cave in eastern Jordan—a region where early Christian believers may have fled after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. The codices are made up of wirebound individual pages, each roughly the size of a credit card. They contain a number of images and textual allusions to the Messiah, as well as some possible references to the crucifixion and resurrection. Some of the codices were sealed, prompting yet more breathless speculation that they could include the sealed book, shown only to the Messiah, mentioned in the Book of Revelation. One of the few sentences translated thus far from the texts, according to the BBC, reads, “I shall walk uprightly”–a phrase that also appears in Revelation. “While it could be simply a sentiment common in Judaism,” BBC writer Robert Pigott notes, “it could here be designed to refer to the resurrection.”

But the field of biblical archaeology is also prey to plenty of hoaxes and enterprising fraudsters, so investigators are proceeding with due empirical caution. Initial metallurgical research indicates that the codices are about 2,000 years old–based on the manner of corrosion they have undergone, which, as Macrae writes, “experts believe would be impossible to achieve artificially.”

Beyond the initial dating tests, however, little is confirmed about the codices or what they contain. And the saga of their discovery has already touched off a battle over ownership rights between Israel and Jordan. As the BBC’s Pigott recounts, the cache surfaced when a Jordanian Bedouin saw a menorah—the Jewish religious candleabra—exposed in the wake of a flash flood. But the codices somehow passed into the ownership of an Israeli Bedouin named Hassam Saeda, who claims that they have been in his family’s possession for the past 100 years. The Jordanian government has pledged to “exert all efforts at every level” to get the potentially priceless relics returned, Pigott reports.

Meanwhile, biblical scholars who have examined the codices point to significant textual evidence suggesting their early Christian origin. Philip Davies, emeritus professor of Old Testament Studies at Sheffield University, told Pigott he was “dumbstruck” at the sight of plates representing a picture map of ancient Jerusalem. “There is a cross in the foreground, and behind it is what has to be the tomb [of Jesus], a small building with an opening, and behind that the walls of the city,” Davies explained. “There are walls depicted on other pages of these books, too, and they almost certainly refer to Jerusalem.”

David Elkington, an ancient religion scholar who heads the British research team investigating the find, has likewise pronounced this nothing less than “the major discovery of Christian history.” Elkington told the Daily Mail that “it is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church.”

Still, other students of early Christian history are urging caution, citing precedents such as the debunked discovery of an ossuary said to contain Jesus’ bones. New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado observes that since these codices are miniature, they were likely intended for private, rather than liturgical, use. This would likely place their date of origin closer to the 3rd century CE. But only further research and full translation of the codices can fully confirm the nature of the find. The larger lesson here is likely that of Ecclesiastes 3:1—be patient, since “to everything there is a season.”

(David Elkington/Rex Features/Rex USA)

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You thoughts?

A Realistic Guide To Love (Part 4..Slumps & Ruts)

Good afternoon readers! What a beautiful day it is here in Oklahoma City. The weather is awesome today! I hope that those of you celebrating Valentine’s tomorrow are prepared and ready to go.. I know I am!

Anyway, today we are going to continue the series about love. To start at the beginning click here.

Today we are going to touch on the subject of the slumps and ruts of marriage. Life isn’t perfect. Humans aren’t perfect. So why do we expect them to be?

As I have been doing, this blog series is coming from the January/February 2011 issue of Relevant Magazine. Enjoy!

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Slumps & Ruts

This is where the “marriage is work” stuff really ramps up–everybody has rough patches in their marriage. You get tired. You see their mistakes. There are low-grade, grinding annoyances for both of you.

“Date your mate.” These words have come to us from a bunch of you, wise, well-married folks. Another pithy saying explains why it’s so important: “Familiarity breeds contempt.” It’s easy to start to forget one another, to lose sight of what brought you together. That’s a problem, as it’s often what keeps you together. You must be disciplined in having fun. Make sure it happens, and make sure it’s really fun.

Money causes tons of marital strife. Commit to viewing money as the Bible does. That means no greed, no coveting, no hoarding, no waste and no selfishness. But rather give, save, steward, enjoy, share and use money. When you take the Bible seriously on money, it sets some pretty significant parameters for how you can think about and relate to resources. Talk openly about your spending choices, consider your money yours together (not owned by the one whose name is on the paycheck), and when there is a discord about finances, err on the side of loving your spouse (after explaining your perspective) rather than squeezing the life out of your principles.

Talk about your life, even when it seems boring. Verbally processing lets your spouse know he or she is valuable enough to be in on the decisions and emotions you face during the day.

And listen to your spouse talking about his or her life, even when it seems boring. They’ve trusted you with the emotional energy of telling you about  what happened today, so listen. Learn to ask good questions . Learn to repeat back what they’ve said in ways that say you heard between the lines and you care.

Talk about temptations, and don’t put yourself in temptation’s way. Have  close same-sex friends who you can talk to about temptations and challenges. Watch your attitudes and subtle cues in any relationships with the opposite sex, and give particular attention to ones your spouse doesn’t share.

In the same way you aim to stay faithful to one another, stay connected to church and to a community that supports your faith and your commitment to one another. Find a couple who has walked the walk a few more years or stages than you. Soak in wisdom and perspective by osmosis, then ask questions of those who share your worldview and priorities and are happily married. There’s no shame in finding a small group not just to be a perfect Christian, but because you’re really needy.

Pay attention to what makes your spouse feel loved, and  do it, even if it seems trite or unromantic. Ask what he or she likes– don’t assume you’ve got this all figured out. Those roses you’ve been pouring your savings into might mean far less to her than a foot rub, an evening snuggle in front of a movie or taking her turn washing dishes. And he might really desire more or different sex, or he might be happier if you played tennis together, read to each other, cooked more nice meals or kept a cleaner car.

Two Paths Diverged In A Wood…

Laying our dreams down for another is contrary to most messages we hear today. But if you can’t make sacrifices for your loved one–if you can’t say, “My spouse is more important to me that my dream” — your love will get slammed as you face the tough questions of life.

Questions like who will pay the bills if you both want to go back to school? What if babies come when you have fulfilling jobs but also want someone to stay home?  How will you balance a job offer in Seattle with family in Kentucky? What if you dreamed of moving to Europe, but the years are ticking onward in any direction but there?

Make your dreams and plans together early. Be honest now, so you’re not surprised  later by warring wishes. Talk about how many kinds you want, how far you want to live from home and how important your career is. Then expect these to change. As they do, keep talking to see how things fit, and say how you feel about it. Be honest with your desires, but also willing to give.

When two paths diverge in a wood, you need to take just one. Together.

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Well I hope all of you gained something from that. Have a great day tomorrow!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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