Latest favorite bibles verses using bible app @gotandem

It keeps happening, as I talk to people and learn the various ways they engage with the bible, invariably I get excited based on their experience, and often times, I try their favorite bible app or bible reading system. There is one bible app that I always return to, GoTandem. I began using this app in 2013, the day after meeting Arnie Cole from GoTandem. Arnie explained how their research showed that consistent bible engagement and reflecting on it has the biggest impact on our lives.

Here are my favorite verses from the last few weeks.

  • Attitude

    Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Note to Self

    Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again– my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5-6

  • Vine and Branches

    “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

  • Strong and Courageous

    “This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

  • Strong and Immovable

    So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58

  • Be Thankful

    Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

  • Wisdom on the Streets

    Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: “How long, you simpletons, will you ins… Proverbs 1:20-33

  • That Wonderful Day

    For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righ… Titus 2:11-13

  • Be with Me

    “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a p… John 14:1-4

  • Even the Birds

    “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food or drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the … Matthew 6:25-26

  • Right Path

    “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:4-5

  • Tested Faith

    Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, f… James 1:2-4

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Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) by Eric Moore, adapted from @PAIRSFOUNDATION

A couple weeks ago, at a men’s retreat, a tool that I had not heard of, designed to help sustain healthy relationships was introduced. It’s called the Daily Temperature Reading or DTR.

A couple men I respect a lot; Pastor Jim Owens and Eric Moore, first introduced the DTR and then roll-played with it. As they roll-played, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as the two men spoke of their journey together before and after the recent death of Eric’s life partner Carmen. Carmen and Eric had created this adaption of PAIRS DTR together over decades of marriage counseling and seminars.

I’m not even going to try to explain PAIRS Daily Temperature Reading (DTR), here’s a link to all history and many practical ways to put DTRs to action. http://participant.pairs.com/about.php The DTR text below is from Eric and Carmen’s DTR adaptation of PAIRS.

Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) by Eric Moore, adapted from PAIRS

Appreciations – We need to hear what’s good about us, and nobody is better equipped to tell us than a partner  close to us. Hearing “appreciations” from our partners helps us feel loved, accepted, and special. An encouraging word or a gentle smile and hug can go a long way. E.g. I really appreciate…

New Information – It feels good to be in touch with our partners changing circumstances and new ideas. Intimacy thrives only when both people know what is happening in each other’s lives – the trivial as well as the import. e.g. I am really happy lately… we’re invited to the neighbor’s for dinner –

Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) by Eric Moore, adapted from PAIRS

Puzzles – If there are things you don’t understand (or need clarification about) and your partner can help explain, ask. Don’t assume they know what you are interested in. Bringing up personal quandaries doesn’t mean you will always find answers, but discussing them can give them more insight about your internal conflicts and thoughts. e.g. Did you mean to slam the car door today?

Complaints w/Requests for Change – The small irritations and annoyances that arise every day and remain unspoken can fester and become destructive. This is not a time to be offensive or defensive, but a way to stay current about things that could become trouble. Body language is important – being able to complain in a tone and body stance that says, “I love you and respect you” enables the listener to hear “He loves me and this thing I do bothers him” rather than being fearful of judgement or rejection. e.g. I notice that you____________and I prefer that you__________.

 

Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams – Our hopes and dreams are vital parts of who and what we are. This part gives us a chance to reflect on what we want – for ourselves, for our relationships and from life. When we bring our expectations and hopes into our own and our partner’s awareness, we are more likely to find a way to realize them. e.g. I wish that someday I could have a house on alake… I hope to get back to school some day…

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“You Make Me Crazy” Talks on Restoring Relationships by @RickWarren ‏

 

Most every morning, I listen to Rick Warren, Andy Stanley or Tim Keller. On long runs, all three. This series of talks “You Make Me Crazy” by Rick Warren was excellent. I didn’t post them all here, at the bottom of post are links to them all.

 

Relationships Are Worth Restoring

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Relationships are always worth restoring. Life is all about learning how to love, and God wants us to value relationships and make every effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a hurt, or a conflict.

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Restoring Relationships: First Talk to God

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The first biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to talk to God before talking to the person. Discuss the problem with God. If you’ll pray about the conflict first instead of gossiping to a friend, you’ll often discover that either God changes your heart or he changes the other person without your help.

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Restoring Relationships: Take the Initiative

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The second biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to take the initiative. Whether you are the offender or the offended, God expects you to make the first move. Don’t wait for the other party. Go to that person first.

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The third biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to sympathize with the other person’s feelings. Use your ears more than your mouth. Before attempting to solve any disagreement, you must first listen to the other person’s feelings.

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The fifth biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to attack the problem, not the person. You cannot fix the problem if you’re consumed with fixing the blame. You must choose between the two.

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Requirements of Restored Relationship

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Forgiveness is not resuming a relationship without change. In fact, forgiveness and resuming a relationship are two different things. Forgiveness is what you do as the offended person. Resuming the relationship is what the other person does in order to get back into your good graces. Saying “I’m sorry” is not enough. In fact, the Bible teaches three things that are essential to resume a relationship that’s been broken — and the offender has to do all three of these things.

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These talks are all from Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope, this series “You Make Me Crazy”

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You Make Me Crazy Complete Audio Series

We all want peace in our relationships, since they are the only things in our lives that will last. In this message series, Pastor Rick helps you understand that to be a peaceful person, you need to be more like Jesus Christ. Join him as he talks more about how God is your perfect model of peace.

You Make Me Crazy includes the following messages:

  • Message 1: Six Keys to Peace In Relationships
  • Message 2: Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?
  • Message 3: Resolving Conflict
  • Message 4: Finding the Love of Your Life
  • Message 5: Breaking Free from Abuse
  • Message 6: When Escaping the People Pleaser Trap
  • Message 7: Keeping the Crazymakers from Making You Crazy
  • Message 8: How to Keep Your Marriage Growing

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Weakness and Failure Will Build Your Faith by @vaneetharisner

This article by Vaneetha RisnerWeakness and Failure Will Build Your Faith” posted on DesiringGod.org spoke to me. There is a link to the article below, also a couple quotes I plan to refer to from time to time as reminder about what being blessed truly is and what it is not.

“Trust God. He is going to use everything in your life to draw you closer to him. Don’t waste your suffering, for it will be the making of your faith. And one day, as your faith becomes sight, you will be grateful for it all.” Vaneetha Risner

“You are holding onto meaningless things, and you are believing in yourself for the wrong reasons. Stop judging your life by your achievements or “blessings,” whether material or relational or reputational, because none of them will last. What you now consider blessings will be taken away, and when they are, you will discover that being blessed is deeper and more lasting than you can imagine.” Vaneetha Risner 

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/weakness-and-failure-will-build-your-faith

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Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.

This last Summer, my wife and I listed to much of the audio version of Reviving Ophelia. Being published in 1996, the material is dated as far as social media and mobile device usage in 2017.  The depth and understanding of adolescent girls, their life experiences and how they handled them is so worth listening to.

Reviving Ophelia (Buy on Amazon)

Why are adolescent girls prone to depression, eating disorders, addictions and suicide attempts than ever before? Mary Pipher believes adolescence is an especially precarious time for girls, a time when the fearless, outgoing child is replaced by an unhappy and insecure teenager. Her view is that for the most part it is our look-obsessed, media-saturated, ‘girl-poisoning’ culture – and not parents – which is to blame. Despite the advances of feminism, escalating levels of sexism and violence cause girls to stifle their creative spirit and natural impulses, which, ultimately, destroys their self-esteem. Yet it is often their families that are blamed. Here, for the first time, are the girls unmuted voices. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia offers parents compassion, strength and strategies with which to revive these Ophelias’ lost sense of self.

©1996 Mary Pipher, Ph.D., (P)1996 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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‘Follow Me’ from Luke’s Gospel with Mike Raiter

Last week, during a long overdue call with a friend, he mentioned he had just attended a Men’s conference that had great impact on him. The theme of his talks was ‘Follow Me’ including readings from Luke’s Gospel, the speaker was  Mike Raiter.

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The talks from Mike were indeed good, the take away’s from the Panels were helpful, too. Terrific reminders to me to stay committed to developing deep relationships, being intention about creating friendships, being vulnerable and accountable, sharing real challenges, praying together.

The Generous Disciple (Luke 12)

by Mike Raiter

The Grateful Disciple (Luke 17)

by Mike Raiter

The Dependent Disciple (Luke 18)

by Mike Raiter

The Productive Disciple  (Luke 19)

by Mike Raiter

Panel: Men and Friendship

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Left To Tell by Immaculée @Ilibagiza #GLS2017

Last month, I had the honor to hear Immaculée speak at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. There were many wonderful speakers but after listening to her, I had to own her book.

Immaculée spoke about forgiving the vary people that killed her family during the genocide in Rwanda, how God is real and the power of prayer.

After reading Left to Tell, I’ve discovered many areas in my life I can work on; my faith, the importance of forgiveness, my prayer life and in particular asking for God’s direction and His purpose for my life.

I highly recommend reading Left to Tell.

Left To Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza

Left To Tell

Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

by  IMMACULÉE ILIBAGIZA

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Publisher: Hay House, Publication Date: 4/7/14 ISBN: 9781401944322

 

Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love-a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

About Left To Tell

Immaculee shares her miraculous story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house for 91 days! In this captivating and inspiring book, Immacuee shows us how to embrace the power of prayer, forge a profound and lasting relationship with God, and discover the importance of forgiveness and the meaning of truly unconditional love and understanding—through our darkest hours.

A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated directly to the Left to Tell Charitable Fund.

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All in one long drive: Accepting rejection, Changing habits and “Who needs God?”

Recently, on a long drive home after dropping my Son off at camp, I listened to several Ted Talk summaries on Ted Radio Hour, followed by a series of 6 Podcasts by Andy Stanley titled “Who needs God?”

The “accepting rejection” Ted talk was helping in thinking about rejection differently, from a perspective of opportunity rather than anything else. The “changing habits” Ted Talk was a good reminder and an offer of hope, I’m two weeks into putting my keys and wallet in the same place each time I return home, I’m a work in progress.

RE: Who needs God? This is just a great series of podcasts by Andy Stanley, a terrific follow-up to several self-help Ted Talks.

TED RADIO HOUR

Jia Jiang: Can You Train Yourself To Accept Rejection?

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/532820561/533102787

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/532840752/533105923

“Who needs God?” by @AndyStanley #GCTOGOD

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Bad things happen, they remind me how my choices create the possibility for tragic results, changing the course of many lives forever #GCTOGOD

Yesterday (7/1/2017), I watched as the story broke about the death of Bianca Roberson, in what is being called a case of “road rage”, today, David Desper is charged with murder.

So many times over the years, I too, have participated in what could only be defined as “road rage.”  One time, a convertible sports car  aggressively cut me off as I was driving into New York City on the 59th street bridge, initially ignoring him, then, as I was coming off the bridge, I noticed the guy in convertible, I had the opportunity to repay the favor, which I did, cutting him off aggressively. This infuriated the man and he started driving beside me erratically. Finally, near Central Park, he began banging on my closed window, demanding to talk. Ignoring him didn’t work, I finally held of my “bag” phone (this was a while ago) and asked if I should call the police to help resolve, he then went speeding off. As I think about Bianca, this could have been me, the victim, however, I could have also caused the guy in the convertible to be killed by my behavior, quickly making me the victimizer.

With Ms. Roberson and whomever killed her; Ms. Roberson’s life ended prematurely, her family and friends broken and for the person that pulled the trigger, a life upended, also a family and friends broken. This blog post isn’t  about passing judgement on either party but rather a reminder to myself not to let the little things bother me which I so often do.

I am reminded of Mark 12:28-31 (NIV) where Jesus explains what the greatest commandment in the bible is, followed by the second.

“The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.””

It’s my hope and prayer that the next time I believe I’m being treated unfairly or misunderstood that I remember these verses and love God first and love others as myself, paving the way to increase God, decreasing myself, staying in the present, creating the opportunity to have a  positive impact on others instead of a negative one.

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“Who needs God?” by @AndyStanley #GCTOGOD

Who needs God? Perhaps nobody. Perhaps everybody. Perhaps we should talk about it.
Listened to this series of talks  by Andy Stanley on a run last week. Great listening.

 

 1  Who Needs God, Part One – Atheist 2.0  Americans are migrating away from religion, particularly Christianity, at an unprecedented rate. Once upon a time, Americans believed religion offered solutions. Today, religion is viewed by many as the problem. View in iTunes  Free 4/15/2017
 2  Who Needs God, Part Two – Gods of the No Testament         Typically, people who don’t believe in God don’t believe in a particular version of God. But what if they have the wrong version? What if you have the wrong version? If you’ve walked away from faith or religion, it could be that your version of god
View in iTunes  Free 4/22/2017
 3  Who Needs God, Part Three – The Bible Told Me So  If the Bible is the foundation of the Christian faith, then as the Bible goes, so goes the legitimacy of Christianity. But what if the Bible shouldn’t hold that much weight in the debate? In this episode, Andy explains that Christianity doesn’t exist be View in iTunes  Free 4/29/2017
 4  Who Needs God, Part Four – The God of Jesus  It’s easy to get caught between doubt and despair when we’ve always assumed God to be something he’s not. If God has lost his appeal because we’ve mixed him up with a gaggle of gods that don’t exist, then how can we know what God is really like? View in iTunes
 Free 5/6/2017
5  Who Needs God, Part Five – In-Justice For All  We all want to rid the world of injustice. But we can only recognize injustice if we know what justice is to begin with. We don’t always agree about what is just. So, who gets to define justice? View in iTunes  Free 5/13/2017
 6  Who Needs God, Part Six – I Do  We all want to be masters of our own destinies. We all want to feel in control of our lives. The idea of autonomy is attractive; it makes life feel ordered and predictable. One of the biggest barriers to belief in God’s existence is that we don’t want View in iTunes7
Free 5/20/2017

 

 

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