Transformation- The Christmas Story
It is that time of year. Christmas is everywhere you look. Our retail world will not let us forget. Then you have the exterior decor of many of the homes. This is my favorite… I’m not disparaging anything, but often we get so lost in our own worlds, that we forget how Christmas truly transformed the world
Faith & Mental Health Article #2 – Real Change is Possible
Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Faith & Mental Health Article #2 – Real Change is Possible A new word is being thrown around like we are all supposed to know what it means – mindfulness. What exactly does it mean? According to Merriam-Websters Dictionary – mind·ful·ness | \ ˈmīn(d)-fəl-nəs \ Definition of mindfulness 1: the quality
Faith & Mental Health Series Part 1
Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Topics of mental health, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, grief, PTSD, and suicide are everywhere in the news today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the total age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 35.2% from 1999 to 2018. According to the CDC, there were reports
Can a person who has messed up in life really change and matter?
Many of you do not know who this man is - George Mueller. But please read the following excerpt from my book - Your Life Matters. I hope it inspires you, as it did me. George Mueller In college, I studied about George Mueller. He became one of my heroes. If you haven't heard of him, Mueller
God hears our prayers but are we praying? Are we really praying?
Jesus tells us to love our neighbors, as ourselves. Great! But how do we do that, when we do not first love ourselves? And for that matter… how do we love ourselves? Is it about a pampered day at a spa? No - unless of course you plan to love those around you that way, and
Good Friday? What exactly is so good about it?
When I hear the word "good", I think of things that bring a smile, or something that is positive in my life or the world. I think of a light rain that waters the grass. I think of a beautiful sunrise or sunset. I think of the embrace of my wife and her kisses. I
Who Do You Say You Are?
Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
When we think about ourselves, who do we say we are? What are our thoughts about self? I know that when I say those words, my initial thoughts are - I don’t think about me. But is that true?
It is easy to run ourselves down, but why? When we look at a concept called Social Comparison Theory, it tells us that we are often comparing ourselves with others. In the age of social media and digital air-brushing, the impact is often fairly negative.
But the truth is that this isn’t new. The battle to keep up with our neighbors or peers is an age old conundrum . The problem with it is that you can never win. The comparison cycle goes on and on and if we continue down that path long enough, we can destroy ourselves - mentally, emotionally and financially.
What if we stepped off the comparison treadmill and looked at things from a different paradigm?
When Leonardo DaVinci looked at a block of granite, he saw an image that was present beneath the surface before he hit it with the first strike of the chisel. The Creator can always see the end from the beginning because He has a plan.
The same is true for you. Your Creator, God Almighty, can see who you are and what you are meant to be, even if no one else can. He call us “chosen”, “a child of the king”, “saved”, “forgiven” and a “masterpiece”.
Let’s redirect our minds and hearts to hear what our Creator is saying…
We can do this by seeking Him in His word. Devotionals are good sources for this. I use a free one called - Our Daily Bread. I read it almost every morning as part of my daily routine. It fills me with His word and some stories that help me to apply it to my life.
Also, you might consider my new book - Your Life Matters. I talk about this subject at length and I think you may find some encouragement there as well. It’s available here on this website or you can go to Amazon and look up the title plus my name -
God Bless You!
Why Pastors Need to Stop Preaching What People Want to Hear – Joe McKeever Christian Blog
Why Pastors Need to Stop Preaching What People Want to Hear - Joe McKeever Christian blog and commentary on Crosswalk.com. — Read on www.crosswalk.com/blogs/joe-mckeever/why-pastors-need-to-stop-preaching-what-people-want-to-hear.html
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