The Joy Set Before Jesus! Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. — Hebrews 12:2 When a person initiates a new, huge endeavor, … More The Joy Set Before Jesus!
How to Become a Financial Optimist By Stefanie O’Connell Being an optimist pays, both mentally and financially. According to recent research, optimists practice healthier financial habits than pessimists—although nearly two-thirds of optimists have started building an emergency fund, less than half of pessimists have done the same. Optimists are also more likely to enjoy greater … More How to Become a Financial Optimist
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 8: The Second Half of the Second Act Now that we’ve passed the midpoint, things are starting to heat up in our story. The second half of the second act is where your plot really starts popping. Your main character caps the dramatic event at the midpoint with his decision … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 8: The Second Half of the Second Act
Jesus Understands Your Struggles For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. — Hebrews 4:15 If you’ve ever been controlled by hurt feelings and offenses, you know it’s a miserable state to … More Jesus Understands Your Struggles
Finding a Niche: Know When to Narrow Your Business Focus By Amy Anderson It’s beyond a buzzword now: The concept of a business niche is everywhere. Chances are you’ve either tried to find your niche or you’ve planted your feet firmly on the broad ground you’re used to and refused to narrow anything down. In … More Finding a Niche: Know When to Narrow Your Business Focus
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint Halfway through our stories, something marvelous happens. There we are, minding our own business, toiling along in the seemingly endless desert of the second act, when—whap! bang! shazam!—everything changes all over again. Legendary director Sam Peckinpah talked about how he always looked for a “centerpiece” on which to “hang” … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint
It’s Not Cool To Be Stupid! And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now God commandeth all men everywhere to repent. — Acts 17:30 “I’m an agnostic,” the man seated next to me on the plane answered proudly after I asked him about his religious affiliation. The two of us had … More It’s Not Cool To Be Stupid!
3 Ways to Turn Adversity Into an Inspired State of Mind By Lee Rhodes Comfortable, but uncomfortable. These were the contrasting feelings I had while sitting in an impossibly inviting chair during chemotherapy, hooked up to tubes and machines that were pumping my body with life-saving radiation. It was during these sessions, observing the courageous … More 3 Ways to Turn Adversity Into an Inspired State of Mind
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 6: The First Half of the Second Act Every segment of a story offers its own challenges, but perhaps none leaves writers more bewildered than the second act. Beginnings and endings are tough to get right, but at least we have a checklist of things to accomplish. The middle of the … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 6: The First Half of the Second Act
REPENTANCE: An Elementary Principle Rick Renner Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrines of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of … More REPENTANCE: An Elementary Principle