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Tim Young

Tim Young 

Live courageously from your heart!™

Occupation: Father | Author | Speaker (heartstonejourney.com)

Location: New Hampshire

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Jason T. Wiser22,576*Storytelling for Business Building with Chris Brogan* There’s a lot of talk lately about storytelling in business and for good reason. Stories help people to understand and relate to your business journey. Where did you get the idea? What was the first thing you did when you realized that you had a good idea? what worked? what was your biggest mistake?  This program is produced by http://ontracktips.com/storytelling-business-building-chris-brogan/ It’s the answers to these questions that interviewers love to ask because viewers want to experience the journey of the successful business owner. They want to imagine themselves walking this path and living this dream. But aside from telling your rise to the top story, what other stories can we tell as business owners? what other stories do people want to hear? That’s why I have invited @118320665823821681206  to “Get on Track, Stay on Track” because Chris is passionate about small business and he understands the value of telling story for branding, for marketing, for business. *Chris is the Author of* "Trust Agents", "Google+ for Business" "The Impact Equation" "Social Media 101" and the soon to be released "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth" http://jtw.bz/ChrisBr (affiliate link) Some of the questions I’m going to be asking Chris are: ⇒ Other than your rise to the top story, what day to day stories can we tell in marketing? ⇒ What are some of the best examples of companies that are using storytelling in business today? ⇒ How much of your personal life do you share in your business story? If this interests you, start asking questions now AND Invite 2 friends! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Did you click "Yes" on the event invite? Catch past interviews  http://ontracktips.com and *look for the big RED button.* Upcoming Guests: ⇒ Andrea Vahl "How to Find clients" ⇒ Phyllis Khare "Time Management for Small Business Owners" Subscribe to "Get on Track, Stay on Track" on YouTube -http://jtw.bz/YouTubeOTT  Listen to our Podcast in iTunes http://jtw.bz/iTunesOTT  Join us on Twitter using the hashtag   #OnTrackTips   ========================================­============== If you like this series, Please Share this with 2 friends. Visit Chris Brogan at http://www.chrisbrogan.com/  Read his books also http://jtw.bz/ChrisBr   ========================================­============== #chrisbrogan #storytelling #smallbusiness #marketing #socialmedia #blogging  Storytelling for Business Building with Chris Brogan2014-03-06 19:00:00243  

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2016-04-14 13:31:06 (12 comments; 9 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

No commentary needed...let's just see who remembers what this is ;)

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday

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No commentary needed...let's just see who remembers what this is ;)

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday

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No commentary needed...let's just see who remembers what this is ;)

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday

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2016-05-03 18:26:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Resistance To Tyranny

"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual....Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” -John Hancock

#heartstone #tuesday #quote

Resistance To Tyranny

"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual....Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” -John Hancock

#heartstone #tuesday #quote___

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2016-05-03 15:13:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Closer Than We Think
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!" The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. —2 Kings 6:17

We often imagine Heaven as a faraway place. We automatically think it is beyond our solar system. But the Bible doesn't say that Heaven is far away. Maybe Heaven is closer than we think. Heaven is another realm. Right now as we live in this physical realm, there is also a supernatural realm.

In 2 Kings 7 we find a classic example of how God can work both naturally and supernaturally at the same time. Supernaturally God cleared out Israel's enemies, the Syrians, by allowing them to hear the noise of an approaching army, complete with chariots and galloping horses. This wasn't ani... more »

Closer Than We Think
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!" The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. —2 Kings 6:17

We often imagine Heaven as a faraway place. We automatically think it is beyond our solar system. But the Bible doesn't say that Heaven is far away. Maybe Heaven is closer than we think. Heaven is another realm. Right now as we live in this physical realm, there is also a supernatural realm.

In 2 Kings 7 we find a classic example of how God can work both naturally and supernaturally at the same time. Supernaturally God cleared out Israel's enemies, the Syrians, by allowing them to hear the noise of an approaching army, complete with chariots and galloping horses. This wasn't an illusion or sleight of hand. This was a glimpse behind the veil into the supernatural realm.

Then, in the previous chapter, there is the story of Elisha and his servant. The king of Syria sent an army to apprehend the prophet, and when the servant woke up the next morning, he saw the army outside. Panicking, he said to Elisha, "Oh, sir, what will we do now?" (2 Kings 6:15). Elisha told him, "Don't be afraid! . . . For there are more on our side than on theirs!" (verse 16). Then Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes.

Verse 17 says, "The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire." He saw into the supernatural realm.

The Bible tells us that we are surrounded by angels. Psalm 34:7 says, "For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him." And Hebrews 1:14 says, "Angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation."

Remember, whatever your problems are, God has His angels to back you up.

#heartstone #tuesdaytip #angels___

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2016-05-02 17:50:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Bold Men, Free Men

The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made. -A. W. Tozer

#heartstone #motivationmonday #manup

Bold Men, Free Men

The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made. -A. W. Tozer

#heartstone #motivationmonday #manup___

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2016-05-02 16:15:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Choose to Forget
By Pastor Greg Laurie

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! —2 Corinthians 5:17

As believers, we can put our past in the rearview mirror. We can put it behind us. Romans 6:14 says, "Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace." We are free by God's grace.

I like what Corrie ten Boom said about her sins: "They are now cast into the deepest sea and a sign is put up that says NO FISHING ALLOWED." We often want to dredge up our sins, but we should not choose to remember what God has chosen to forget.

When I first heard the gospel on my high school campus, I thought, This won't work for me because I am not the Christian type. In mye... more »

Choose to Forget
By Pastor Greg Laurie

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! —2 Corinthians 5:17

As believers, we can put our past in the rearview mirror. We can put it behind us. Romans 6:14 says, "Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace." We are free by God's grace.

I like what Corrie ten Boom said about her sins: "They are now cast into the deepest sea and a sign is put up that says NO FISHING ALLOWED." We often want to dredge up our sins, but we should not choose to remember what God has chosen to forget.

When I first heard the gospel on my high school campus, I thought, This won't work for me because I am not the Christian type. In my estimation at the time, Christians were really lame people that I didn't want to hang around. I thought, There is no way I could be one of those people. I don't have faith like that.

The problem was there were some friends I once hung out with who had become Christians. They weren't as lame as the other Christians were, so I had to adjust my thinking a little bit. But all I knew was that it wouldn't work for me. Why did I think that? Because of the way that I had been raised. All I saw were things going the wrong way. I thought, Things never turn out well. Things always turn out badly. How could this work for me? How could there be a God who cares for me? But I ended up praying and asking Christ into my life, and He did come in. Then He began to change me.

Don't let someone tell you that Christianity will never work for you.

Take bold steps of faith.

#heartstone #mondaymotivation___

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2016-05-02 15:15:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus.

#heartstone #mondaymotivation

Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus.

#heartstone #mondaymotivation___

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2016-04-29 19:53:02 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you! -Deuteronomy 31:6

#heartstone #FridayFeeling

Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you! -Deuteronomy 31:6

#heartstone #FridayFeeling___

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2016-04-29 16:22:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

A Subtle Erosion
By John Eldredge

There are few things more crucial to us than our own lives.

And there are few things we are less clear about.

This journey we are taking is hardly down the yellow brick road. Then again, that's not a bad analogy at all. We may set out in the light, with hope and joy, but eventually, our path always seems to lead us through dark woods, shrouded with a low-lying mist. Where is this abundant life that Christ supposedly promised? Where is God when we need him most? What is to become of us?

The cumulative effect of days upon years that we do not really understand is a subtle erosion. We come to doubt our place, we come to question God's intentions toward us, and we lose track of the most important things in life.

We're not fully convinced that God's offer to us is life. We have forgotten that the... more »

A Subtle Erosion
By John Eldredge

There are few things more crucial to us than our own lives.

And there are few things we are less clear about.

This journey we are taking is hardly down the yellow brick road. Then again, that's not a bad analogy at all. We may set out in the light, with hope and joy, but eventually, our path always seems to lead us through dark woods, shrouded with a low-lying mist. Where is this abundant life that Christ supposedly promised? Where is God when we need him most? What is to become of us?

The cumulative effect of days upon years that we do not really understand is a subtle erosion. We come to doubt our place, we come to question God's intentions toward us, and we lose track of the most important things in life.

We're not fully convinced that God's offer to us is life. We have forgotten that the heart is central. And we had no idea that we were born into a world at war.

(Excerpt from 'Waking the Dead' by John Eldredge)

Want a deeper dive/ Continue reading...

#heartstone #fridayfeeling___

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2016-04-28 21:00:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

On the Death of Prince
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Prince has died.

He was found unconscious in the elevator of his Paisley Park Estate. This after reports of an emergency landing after a performance, due to “flu-symptoms,” according to his publicist. Reports are coming in that this may be a drug related death.

I don’t know. All I know is a musical virtuoso who mastered almost every instrument at an early age and was an amazing talent, has died.

Prince was a mix of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and a host of other influences with his own unique sound. As a guitar player alone he was beyond amazing, not to mention his body of work as a singer/songwriter. I remember seeing his performance during a tribute to George Harrison at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining in on the Beatles classic, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Showing the link to friends Isaid, “Th... more »

On the Death of Prince
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Prince has died.

He was found unconscious in the elevator of his Paisley Park Estate. This after reports of an emergency landing after a performance, due to “flu-symptoms,” according to his publicist. Reports are coming in that this may be a drug related death.

I don’t know. All I know is a musical virtuoso who mastered almost every instrument at an early age and was an amazing talent, has died.

Prince was a mix of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and a host of other influences with his own unique sound. As a guitar player alone he was beyond amazing, not to mention his body of work as a singer/songwriter. I remember seeing his performance during a tribute to George Harrison at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining in on the Beatles classic, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Showing the link to friends I said, “This is the greatest lead guitar solo of all time!”

So much talent, now gone. I was sad to hear it.

Prince sold 100 million records. One of his most well-known songs, “Let’s Go Crazy,” by Prince and the Revolution, almost seems prophetic now.

Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You’re on your own
And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go crazy, punch a higher floor.

Ironic that on an elevator Prince Rogers Nelson, age 57, left this world for the next one.

Prince seemed to believe in an afterlife. In his song, “Let’s Go Crazy,” he also sings,

But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The after world
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night.

Prince was right in this regard. There is an afterlife. And if your destination in the afterlife is Heaven, you can know that it is so much better than this life. The Bible describes it as a place of happiness, singing, feasting and being reunited with loved ones who died in faith and preceded us.

People often ask, “What is Heaven like?”

A better question might be, “What is earth like?” Take the greatest moments you have ever experienced on earth and multiply them times a thousand, and you will have a glimpse of Heaven.

Heaven is not a weak imitation of earth. Earth at its best is a pale imitation of this place called Heaven. In the Bible, Heaven is described as a place, a country, a city and much more. Heaven is a real place for real people to do real things.

Best of all, in Heaven we will see Jesus Christ. This promise, however, is only for the person who has put their faith in Him as their Lord and Savior.

Coming back to the elevator for a moment. There are two ways to go, up or down. If you are a believer in Jesus you will go up for sure. But what if you are not a believer in Jesus? Then, according to the Bible, you will go down. Just as surely as there is a Heaven, there is also a hell.

You might ask, “How could a God of love send anyone to a place as horrible as hell?”

The fact is, God’s does not send people to hell. If we end up there, we will have only ourselves to blame.

God doesn’t send people to hell, He saves people from hell. That is why Jesus Christ died on a cross 2,000 years ago. He paid the price for every sin you have ever committed. If you will turn from your sin and believe and trust in Him, you can be forgiven, and yes, you can go to Heaven when you die.

It was only two months ago that musical icon David Bowie died. He too sang of the afterlife.

Death is the great leveler, and no respecter of persons. Elvis, the King of Rock, has died. So has James Brown, the King of Soul. Michael Jackson, the King of Pop has died as well. And now Prince. But the King of Kings,Jesus Christ has died and has risen and is alive forevermore!

He holds the keys to the afterlife. Jesus said,

“I am the living one. I died, but look–I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” (Revelation 1:18)

One day you and I will also die. But death is not the end. There is an afterlife, as Prince reminded us.

There is an inscription on a tombstone in England that reads:

Pause now stranger, when you pass by.
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so you will be.
So, prepare for death and follow me.

Someone reading this epitaph is reported to have replied out loud, “To follow you is not my intent…until I know which way you went!”

I don’t know where Prince or Bowie went. Only God does. But I do know where I am going when I die.

I’m going up. Which way are you going?

#heartstone #PrinceRIP #AfterLife___

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2016-04-28 16:12:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Where The Heck Am I?

Remember the god ole days when we had a stack of folding paper maps in car? I also remember having to stop at a local gas station every time we traveled to a new state to get an updated map.

Anyone still use these?

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday

Where The Heck Am I?

Remember the god ole days when we had a stack of folding paper maps in car? I also remember having to stop at a local gas station every time we traveled to a new state to get an updated map.

Anyone still use these?

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday___

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2016-04-27 19:45:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Sure I prefer peace, but...

#heartstone #BeBold 

Sure I prefer peace, but...

#heartstone #BeBold ___

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2016-04-27 18:38:14 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

"Every great story involves a normal person who answers the call to become a hero. Every hero has a worthy opponent. But every hero coupled with Holy Spirit can defy the odds. You are that person!" -Lance Wallnau

#heartstone #quote #hero

"Every great story involves a normal person who answers the call to become a hero. Every hero has a worthy opponent. But every hero coupled with Holy Spirit can defy the odds. You are that person!" -Lance Wallnau

#heartstone #quote #hero___

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2016-04-26 17:33:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

New Design For 2016!

Every so often I like to give a refresh to the Heartstone Journey website. This year I did a complete overhaul of the site to create a better experience for the reader with easier navigation, better imagery and crisper typography across all devices. And I think it’s really made a difference.

Instead of me trying to convince you, I’ll let you decide though as you walk through the new story oriented site.

Let me know what you think.

#heartstone

New Design For 2016!

Every so often I like to give a refresh to the Heartstone Journey website. This year I did a complete overhaul of the site to create a better experience for the reader with easier navigation, better imagery and crisper typography across all devices. And I think it’s really made a difference.

Instead of me trying to convince you, I’ll let you decide though as you walk through the new story oriented site.

Let me know what you think.

#heartstone___

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2016-04-25 16:53:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Just Look Around
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. —1 Peter 5:6

When God is looking for a man or a woman to use, He often goes out of His way to find someone who will say, "I'm the last person You would want to choose."

The Lord might say to that person, "Actually, you are the first person I wanted to choose because you think you're the last person I would want to choose." People who think they are qualified, people who think they can do it all and know it all, disqualify themselves. Why? Because "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6).

Sometimes people tell me they want to be in ministry, and they want my advice regarding how they can get into the ministry. Ministry is everywhere. Jesus said, "Do youn... more »

Just Look Around
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. —1 Peter 5:6

When God is looking for a man or a woman to use, He often goes out of His way to find someone who will say, "I'm the last person You would want to choose."

The Lord might say to that person, "Actually, you are the first person I wanted to choose because you think you're the last person I would want to choose." People who think they are qualified, people who think they can do it all and know it all, disqualify themselves. Why? Because "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6).

Sometimes people tell me they want to be in ministry, and they want my advice regarding how they can get into the ministry. Ministry is everywhere. Jesus said, "Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" (John 4:35).

I started out in ministry on the streets. I was just someone who heard the gospel and believed it. I went out on the streets of Newport Beach, around the pier, and I walked around. I'd walk up to people I had never met and talk to them about my faith. I looked for any opportunity I could find.

In the Bible we see that the people God called to serve Him usually were busy doing something else. Gideon was grinding wheat. Elisha was plowing a field. Peter and John were mending nets. Matthew was sitting at his tax table.

Ministry is all around us if we will just open our eyes. Work where you are. Do what you can where you are. If you are faithful in the little things, God will open up great opportunities for you.

#heartstone #mondaymotivation___

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2016-04-22 17:34:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Live Life Without The Fear Of Death In Your Heart

I love a good war/military action movie and I’ve shared my thoughts on some of the more popular ones here on Heartstone Journey; Lone Survivor, American Sniper and 13 Hours to name a few. One movie that doesn’t get talked about much is Act Of Valor. Another great movie!

The story line written by Relativity Media via IMDb goes like this. An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original film making, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When theres... more »

Live Life Without The Fear Of Death In Your Heart

I love a good war/military action movie and I’ve shared my thoughts on some of the more popular ones here on Heartstone Journey; Lone Survivor, American Sniper and 13 Hours to name a few. One movie that doesn’t get talked about much is Act Of Valor. Another great movie!

The story line written by Relativity Media via IMDb goes like this. An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original film making, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #tgfi___

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2016-04-20 19:16:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

What an awesome word!

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom

What an awesome word!

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom___

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2016-04-20 16:25:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The Call to Discipleship
By Pastor Greg Laurie

So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. —1 Kings 19:19

The ministry of the great prophet Elijah was coming to an end. God had directed him to pass his mantle on, which meant the calling that God placed on Elijah's life was about to be placed on Elijah's successor. It would be symbolized by Elijah's pulling off his mantle and giving it to someone else in a symbolic way.

Interestingly, the man to whom Elijah passed his calling had a similar name: Elisha. Elisha didn't have to take up the calling to be the prophet to the nation of Israel. He had a choice in the matter. He could have said, "That's okay. I'm out. This is too much form... more »

The Call to Discipleship
By Pastor Greg Laurie

So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. —1 Kings 19:19

The ministry of the great prophet Elijah was coming to an end. God had directed him to pass his mantle on, which meant the calling that God placed on Elijah's life was about to be placed on Elijah's successor. It would be symbolized by Elijah's pulling off his mantle and giving it to someone else in a symbolic way.

Interestingly, the man to whom Elijah passed his calling had a similar name: Elisha. Elisha didn't have to take up the calling to be the prophet to the nation of Israel. He had a choice in the matter. He could have said, "That's okay. I'm out. This is too much for me." But he didn't. He accepted it.

Elijah was doing what every mature Christian should do. Whether you're a preacher, a missionary or a believer just living your life in this very harsh world, you are called to help others. After you have known the Lord for a while, you need to mentor other people. Older women should mentor younger women. Older men should mentor younger men.

Quite frankly, this a part of the Great Commission. The Great Commission is not merely to preach the gospel. The Great Commission is to go and "make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that [He has] commanded you" (Matthew 28:19–20).

The goal is to tell people about Jesus, try to lead them to the Lord, and then prayerfully take them under your wing and help them get on their feet spiritually.

We all have a part to play. I think somewhere along the line, evangelism has been isolated from discipleship. But you need younger Christians—and younger Christians need you.

Want more? Take a deeper dive and keep reading...

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #discipleship___

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2016-04-19 19:36:20 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

In times of moral decline, strengthen your foundation in the Lord. -Psalm 11:1-3

#heartstone #quote

In times of moral decline, strengthen your foundation in the Lord. -Psalm 11:1-3

#heartstone #quote___

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2016-04-19 18:14:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

And to Him [Jesus] was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. Daniel 7:14

#heartstone #Jesus

And to Him [Jesus] was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. Daniel 7:14

#heartstone #Jesus___

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2016-04-19 16:16:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The Longing to Belong
By John Eldredge

Whatever else it means to be human, we know beyond doubt that it means to be relational. Aren’t the greatest joys and memories of your life associated with family, friendship, or falling in love? Aren’t your deepest wounds somehow connected to someone also, to a failure of relationship? That you were loved but are no longer, or that you never have been chosen?

One of the deepest of all human longings is the longing to belong, to be a part of things, to be invited in. We want to be part of the fellowship. Where did that come from?

So, too, our greatest sorrows stem from losing the ones we love. Byron lamented,

What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow?
To view each loved one blotted from life’s page,
And be alone on earth, as I am now.
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The Longing to Belong
By John Eldredge

Whatever else it means to be human, we know beyond doubt that it means to be relational. Aren’t the greatest joys and memories of your life associated with family, friendship, or falling in love? Aren’t your deepest wounds somehow connected to someone also, to a failure of relationship? That you were loved but are no longer, or that you never have been chosen?

One of the deepest of all human longings is the longing to belong, to be a part of things, to be invited in. We want to be part of the fellowship. Where did that come from?

So, too, our greatest sorrows stem from losing the ones we love. Byron lamented,

What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow?
To view each loved one blotted from life’s page,
And be alone on earth, as I am now.

Loneliness might be the hardest cross we bear. Why else would we have come up with solitary confinement as a form of punishment? We are relational to the core. We are made, as it says in Genesis, in the image of God or, better, in the image of the Trinity: “Let us make man in our image” (1:26, emphasis added).

Meister Eckhart had it right when he said that we are born out of the laughter of the Trinity.

From the Heart of the universe come our beating hearts. From this Fellowship spring all of our longings for a friend, a family, a fellowship—for someplace to belong.

(Excerpt from 'Epic' by John Eldredge)

#heartstone #Tuesdaytip #relationships___

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2016-04-18 15:42:21 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Happy Patriots Day!

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world."

(officially Patriots' Day in Massachusetts and Wisconsin and Patriot's Day in Maine)

#heartstone #PatriotsDay #mondaymotivation

Happy Patriots Day!

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world."

(officially Patriots' Day in Massachusetts and Wisconsin and Patriot's Day in Maine)

#heartstone #PatriotsDay #mondaymotivation___

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2016-04-15 16:12:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Man Up And Stop Blaming Everyone!

Ok, time for a gut check.

Are you a person that takes responsibility or a person that blames?

Are you quick to point the finger at someone else and say, “It’s your fault!”?

Ever wonder why our knee jerk reaction is to blame? Is blaming a new thing? When did it all start?

"You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes." —John Wooden

Lets dial the story back to Genesis to one that you may have heard of before. It’s a pretty famous story of a dialog between God and the first two people that ever lived — the story of Adam and Eve.

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#heartstone #fridayfeeling #manup

Man Up And Stop Blaming Everyone!

Ok, time for a gut check.

Are you a person that takes responsibility or a person that blames?

Are you quick to point the finger at someone else and say, “It’s your fault!”?

Ever wonder why our knee jerk reaction is to blame? Is blaming a new thing? When did it all start?

"You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes." —John Wooden

Lets dial the story back to Genesis to one that you may have heard of before. It’s a pretty famous story of a dialog between God and the first two people that ever lived — the story of Adam and Eve.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #manup___

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2016-04-14 16:03:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"Champions don't become champions in the ring...they are merely recognized there." -Joe Frazier

#heartstone #manup #quote

"Champions don't become champions in the ring...they are merely recognized there." -Joe Frazier

#heartstone #manup #quote___

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2016-04-14 13:31:06 (12 comments; 9 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

No commentary needed...let's just see who remembers what this is ;)

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday

No commentary needed...let's just see who remembers what this is ;)

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday___

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2016-04-13 19:55:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Respect His Name
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." —Exodus 20:7

Do you care about your name? Do you like it when people slander you or say things that aren't true about you? Have you ever had that happen? I have. No one enjoys that. We want to protect our name. The Bible says that "a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold" (Proverbs 22:1).

God cares about His name, too. And He tells us, "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain" (Exodus 20:7). The words in vain literally could be translated "in an empty, idle, insincere, frivolous way."

So how do peoplet... more »

Respect His Name
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." —Exodus 20:7

Do you care about your name? Do you like it when people slander you or say things that aren't true about you? Have you ever had that happen? I have. No one enjoys that. We want to protect our name. The Bible says that "a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold" (Proverbs 22:1).

God cares about His name, too. And He tells us, "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain" (Exodus 20:7). The words in vain literally could be translated "in an empty, idle, insincere, frivolous way."

So how do people take the Lord's name in vain? One obvious way is profanity. Isn't it interesting how people use the name of Jesus Christ so often? Even nonbelievers, in their spiritually deadened state, know there is something different about the name of Jesus. We don't hear people exclaiming, "Buddha!" or "Hare Krishna!" In a backhanded way, nonbelievers acknowledge the power of Jesus even when they're misusing His name.

Another way people take His name in vain is by saying "I swear to God." Jesus said, "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one" (Matthew 5:37). Your word should be enough.

Let me add another way that people take God's name in vain that's important for us to be aware of: Saying "Oh my God" a lot. That seems to be a popular phrase now. But it's taking God's name in vain. The same goes for texting OMG. Don't do that. Don't use God's name in an empty way.

God cares about His name, and so should we.

#heartstone #respect #wednesdaywisdom___

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2016-04-13 16:39:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

"Being defeated is often a temporary condition... giving up is what makes it permanent." -Marilyn vos Savant

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #quote

"Being defeated is often a temporary condition... giving up is what makes it permanent." -Marilyn vos Savant

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #quote___

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2016-04-13 14:07:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." -Nelson Mandela

#heartstone #manup

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." -Nelson Mandela

#heartstone #manup___

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2016-04-12 16:31:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

What Are The Purposes Of Hardships In Our Lives

One day, it’s all going fine and the next day, the bottom drops out with no real explanation. It only takes a split second for everything to change. Maybe you lost your job, or a family member had a serious accident…fill in your own personal hardship. Whether or not you are presently encountering hardship in your life, you can be certain that they will come as we live in a fallen and broken world. You can’t escape life without hurt. Jesus even said,

I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world. —John 16:33 (MSG)

The second chapter of Corinthians provides a glimpse into the hardship Paul had to endure and walk through. Five times he received the fortylashes minu... more »

What Are The Purposes Of Hardships In Our Lives

One day, it’s all going fine and the next day, the bottom drops out with no real explanation. It only takes a split second for everything to change. Maybe you lost your job, or a family member had a serious accident…fill in your own personal hardship. Whether or not you are presently encountering hardship in your life, you can be certain that they will come as we live in a fallen and broken world. You can’t escape life without hurt. Jesus even said,

I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world. —John 16:33 (MSG)

The second chapter of Corinthians provides a glimpse into the hardship Paul had to endure and walk through. Five times he received the forty lashes minus one. Three times he was beaten with rods; he was stoned; three times he was shipwrecked; he spent a night and a day in the open sea; and he was constantly on the move. He had been in danger from rivers; from bandits from his own countrymen, in the city, in the country, and at sea; and from false brothers. He had labored and toiled and had often gone without sleep; he had known hunger and thirst and had often gone without food; he had also experienced coldness and nakedness.

The very credentials that once defined his place of security and identity were dumped in exchange for Jesus. Paul made a choice with life’s hardships…he gloried in them. He came to a place in his relationship with God where God became everything good and true in his life. He began to see that God shaped his character through these hardships.

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#heartstone #wednesdaywellness #hardship___

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2016-04-11 19:31:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

"My scars tell a story. They are a reminder of times when life tried to break me, but failed. They are markings of where the structure of my character was welded." -Steve Maraboli

Read about it: http://heartstn.co/1mP6T6V

#‎heartstone #‎quote

"My scars tell a story. They are a reminder of times when life tried to break me, but failed. They are markings of where the structure of my character was welded." -Steve Maraboli

Read about it: http://heartstn.co/1mP6T6V

#‎heartstone #‎quote___

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2016-04-11 18:29:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Two Ways to Be Happy
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. —Psalm 112:1

There are two ways that we can live our lives: the right way or the wrong way. There are two paths that we can take in life: the right path or the wrong path. The result is that we can live either the happy and holy way or the miserable and unholy way.

Everything you're looking for is found in a relationship with God. Take the story that Jesus told about the prodigal son. It appears from the story that he wanted nice clothes, great food, and parties. So he left home and spent all of his money. And then he returned home, empty-handed and miserable.

But what was the first thing his father did? He gave him some nice clothes. He ordered his servants to prepare some fine food. And then he said,&... more »

Two Ways to Be Happy
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. —Psalm 112:1

There are two ways that we can live our lives: the right way or the wrong way. There are two paths that we can take in life: the right path or the wrong path. The result is that we can live either the happy and holy way or the miserable and unholy way.

Everything you're looking for is found in a relationship with God. Take the story that Jesus told about the prodigal son. It appears from the story that he wanted nice clothes, great food, and parties. So he left home and spent all of his money. And then he returned home, empty-handed and miserable.

But what was the first thing his father did? He gave him some nice clothes. He ordered his servants to prepare some fine food. And then he said, "'We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began" (Luke 15:23–24). Everything the son was searching for was in his father's house all along.

The way to be a happy person will be found in what you do and don't do. Psalm 1:1 says, "Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers." So these are things that happy people don't do.

But then the passage tells us what happy people do: "They delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do" (verses 2–3).

So happiness comes not only from what you do, but also from what you don't do.

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #happiness___

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2016-04-11 15:58:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

“It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” -Patrick Henry

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote #PrayForAmerica

“It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” -Patrick Henry

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote #PrayForAmerica___

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2016-04-08 17:27:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Today would have been American hero Chris Kyle's birthday. We lost him too soon yet we know, he's guarding the gates. RIP!

#heartstone #ChrisKyle

Today would have been American hero Chris Kyle's birthday. We lost him too soon yet we know, he's guarding the gates. RIP!

#heartstone #ChrisKyle___

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2016-04-08 14:27:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Persian: "We will fill the sky with arrows to blacken out the sun". The Spartan said " Then we will fight in the shade".

#heartstone #manup #quote

Persian: "We will fill the sky with arrows to blacken out the sun". The Spartan said " Then we will fight in the shade".

#heartstone #manup #quote___

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2016-04-08 12:39:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

3 Ways To Break Free Of The Homer Simpson Syndrome

Turn on the television, head out to the movies or browse social media and one of the major themes is that men are witless, pointless or mere playthings to be stepped on by the entire family. Like infomercials, men are endlessly lampooned and are shown as absent or feckless fathers.

Is all fair with dads on the family front? Does culture have a blind spot when it comes to the role of men in families? Would much of the jokes aimed at fathers be banned if they were aimed at women, ethnic minorities or religious groups? Most of the men I know are devoted, hardworking and would do anything for their families. Even give up their lives to save them.

There was a time in culture when men were always the authority figure and the head of the tribe. In comparison, today’s culture is polar opposite where men are demonized ands... more »

3 Ways To Break Free Of The Homer Simpson Syndrome

Turn on the television, head out to the movies or browse social media and one of the major themes is that men are witless, pointless or mere playthings to be stepped on by the entire family. Like infomercials, men are endlessly lampooned and are shown as absent or feckless fathers.

Is all fair with dads on the family front? Does culture have a blind spot when it comes to the role of men in families? Would much of the jokes aimed at fathers be banned if they were aimed at women, ethnic minorities or religious groups? Most of the men I know are devoted, hardworking and would do anything for their families. Even give up their lives to save them.

There was a time in culture when men were always the authority figure and the head of the tribe. In comparison, today’s culture is polar opposite where men are demonized and sidelined way too much. We all heard the “who wears the pants in the family” jokes but leadership in the home is no laughing matter. During the last few decades our culture has redefined the meaning and responsibilities of men and women in society and in the home. Many men have become emasculated, confused and insecure. With this new narrative taking a firm grip on society, men don’t know how to step up and lead the home anymore. Growing up, most men lacked a good role model for leadership at home and don’t have a clue of what it means to lead a family. The result, they do not lead effectively or they do not even try.

Sadly many men have become passive or lunk heads in the home. They’ve decided that the easiest thing to do is nothing and that’s exactly what they do! The simplest thing with the smallest risk is to straddle the fence and let the wife do all the heavy lifting. When a man is married to a strong wife who takes over, he often lets her do just that…take over. Come on guys!

What are we telling young boys if the examples of fatherhood they see everyday are parodies of incompetence?

‪#‎heartstone‬ #fridayfeeling #tgif #‎manup‬___

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2016-04-06 18:45:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Armor Up!

"We must realize that it is not Satan who defeats us; it is our openness to him. This is why we are told to first submit to God and then resist the devil. By submitting to God the Holy Spirit will identify for us where in our old nature the enemy gained access, and as we appropriate the virtue of Christ, we can truly overcome the enemy." -Francis Frangipane (The Three Battlegrounds)

#heartstone #wednesdayywisdom #overcome

Armor Up!

"We must realize that it is not Satan who defeats us; it is our openness to him. This is why we are told to first submit to God and then resist the devil. By submitting to God the Holy Spirit will identify for us where in our old nature the enemy gained access, and as we appropriate the virtue of Christ, we can truly overcome the enemy." -Francis Frangipane (The Three Battlegrounds)

#heartstone #wednesdayywisdom #overcome___

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2016-04-06 17:02:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Life Is Not A Mistake
By Pastor Kevin Twombly

I believe that life is not a mistake, but it’s the gift of an ever-present and always-loving God. And somewhere in the mix, this gift got wounded. Twisted. Smashed and shattered. I doubt I need to convince you much of this. The brokenness of the world is constantly on display around us and within us. And you and I are daily living in the ramifications of this broken perfection. And this God could have done so many things, but it’s the nature of the one thing he did do that defines everything I am.

He didn’t give up.

He. Never. Gives. Up.

He committed all of himself to the renewal of all things. He saw every wound, twist, and smashed and shattered piece and was so devastatingly in love with them he couldn’t let them be. He was blindly devoted, “I can fix them.” So this ever-present andalways-lovi... more »

Life Is Not A Mistake
By Pastor Kevin Twombly

I believe that life is not a mistake, but it’s the gift of an ever-present and always-loving God. And somewhere in the mix, this gift got wounded. Twisted. Smashed and shattered. I doubt I need to convince you much of this. The brokenness of the world is constantly on display around us and within us. And you and I are daily living in the ramifications of this broken perfection. And this God could have done so many things, but it’s the nature of the one thing he did do that defines everything I am.

He didn’t give up.

He. Never. Gives. Up.

He committed all of himself to the renewal of all things. He saw every wound, twist, and smashed and shattered piece and was so devastatingly in love with them he couldn’t let them be. He was blindly devoted, “I can fix them.” So this ever-present and always-loving God came for us in a man named Jesus. He initiated a new reality. A new humanity. He initiated the renewal of all things through the power of resurrection. He took every aspect of our brokenness and welcomed it on himself and for anyone who wants it…he offers himself.

An exchange. Me for Him. Brokenness for wholeness. Perishable for imperishable. Anxiety for Peace. Loneliness for family. Void for destiny. Corruption for integrity.

At least, this is what He did for me.

Jesus was so consumed with love for me he committed himself to the cause of my renewal. And this is a truth for every human that breathes, every ounce of creation and every piece of dirt I walk on. Jesus is consumed with the renewal of all things and now that I am alive in him, he invites me to participate with him. Or as Paul once said, “Now those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One on whom their behalf died and rose again.”

Every single day, I have a choice. For what am I going to live? For whom am I going to live? People have lost sense of the power of their choices and the ripple effect they cause in this life. Everything I do echoes into the reality of my world. Everything you do shapes the world around you. Today, I am going to live for one thing…the renewal of all things by the hope of resurrection.

Every friendship.

All of my money.

Every stranger I encounter.

The food I eat.

The pieces of land I’ve been charged to steward.

The poor and the suffering.

The wealthy and influential.

I am an agent of reconciliation. A worker of renewal. A son who loves his Father and will be about His business. This is my life. This is my creed. This is my mantra. This is my dogma. This is the reason I exist.

May you know today the weightiness of the love of God and the life that is available to you. May you have the soberness to see the shattered nature of this world and hear the faint whispers calling you to faithfulness and responsibility. May you wake up to the truth today that you were created to be a missionary for the cause of recreating the world alongside the King of Resurrection named Jesus. May you live for something that matters.

May you partner with God for the renewal of all things.

Today, tomorrow and forever.

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #encouragement___

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2016-04-06 15:23:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Be Bold
Narrative by Pastor Greg Laurie

"So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one." —Ezekiel 22:30

Most Christians I know are nice, pleasant people. We want to get along with others. We don't want to offend anyone by saying that something is wrong, because it would be politically incorrect. A lot of times we are afraid to stand out.

That is not how Elijah was, however. When we are first introduced to him in 1 Kings 17, he explodes onto the scene: "And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, 'As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word' " (verse 1).

There was Elijah, storming boldly into the court of then... more »

Be Bold
Narrative by Pastor Greg Laurie

"So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one." —Ezekiel 22:30

Most Christians I know are nice, pleasant people. We want to get along with others. We don't want to offend anyone by saying that something is wrong, because it would be politically incorrect. A lot of times we are afraid to stand out.

That is not how Elijah was, however. When we are first introduced to him in 1 Kings 17, he explodes onto the scene: "And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, 'As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word' " (verse 1).

There was Elijah, storming boldly into the court of the notoriously wicked Ahab and flinging down the gauntlet of his challenge at the very nerve center of Israel. He didn't follow any protocol. He simply went walking in like he owned the place. They probably wondered how he got through security.
So where did Elijah get such boldness? What were his secrets? Notice his interesting expression: "As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand. . . ."

It meant that wherever Elijah went, he recognized that he was in the Lord's presence. Wherever he went, he knew that God was with him. Elijah served a living God—not a dead one like the god of King Ahab. Like Job, Elijah could say, "I know that my Redeemer lives."

Jesus said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). As believers, we are never alone. We automatically become a majority of one because God is with us.

This awareness of God's presence gave Elijah the courage to stand his ground. And God is still looking for men and women today who will stand up for what is true.

Are you willing?

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #BeBold___

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2016-04-04 20:07:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Which Group Are You In?

"Jesus warned that lawlessness would increase at the end of the age. As a result, many would be offended causing their love to “grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). He also said that simultaneously another reality would emerge: the Kingdom of Heaven and that the Good news of the Kingdom would be proclaimed . . . to all nations (Matt. 24:14). What we must decide is which group we are in: those whose hearts are cold with unforgiven offenses or those whose hearts are aligned with the kingdom of God, a people who are full of faith and the love of God." —Ministries of Francis Frangipane

#heartstone #mondaymotivation

Which Group Are You In?

"Jesus warned that lawlessness would increase at the end of the age. As a result, many would be offended causing their love to “grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). He also said that simultaneously another reality would emerge: the Kingdom of Heaven and that the Good news of the Kingdom would be proclaimed . . . to all nations (Matt. 24:14). What we must decide is which group we are in: those whose hearts are cold with unforgiven offenses or those whose hearts are aligned with the kingdom of God, a people who are full of faith and the love of God." —Ministries of Francis Frangipane

#heartstone #mondaymotivation___

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2016-04-04 18:10:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Why It’s Easier To Run Into The Headwinds With God When We Believe

Goliath came at King Saul and the armies of Israel so hard that he paralyzed them with fear and panic. Then into this wild scene walks a shepherd boy named David, who didn’t tremble or run from the taunts of this giant. David saw the giant he was facing through the eyes of God, which changed his perspective. We can learn from this confrontation that David did not weigh the risk of failure because his faith was resting totally in the living God. In God, there is no real failure when we act.

Court, intimidation, financial problems, and tragedy after tragedy were some of the training grounds the Lord used to teach me to confront my fears head on. I began to understand that the giants I faced on this journey did their best to intimidate me, but I would learn that these were merely tactics of the enemy designed tokee... more »

Why It’s Easier To Run Into The Headwinds With God When We Believe

Goliath came at King Saul and the armies of Israel so hard that he paralyzed them with fear and panic. Then into this wild scene walks a shepherd boy named David, who didn’t tremble or run from the taunts of this giant. David saw the giant he was facing through the eyes of God, which changed his perspective. We can learn from this confrontation that David did not weigh the risk of failure because his faith was resting totally in the living God. In God, there is no real failure when we act.

Court, intimidation, financial problems, and tragedy after tragedy were some of the training grounds the Lord used to teach me to confront my fears head on. I began to understand that the giants I faced on this journey did their best to intimidate me, but I would learn that these were merely tactics of the enemy designed to keep me in fear. These lessons on the battlefield of life are sharpening my faith and building my trust in the Lord no matter what circumstances come my way. I read in a study of Matthew 6:34 that fear robs us of our today, our tomorrow and gives victory to our past.

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#heartstone #mondqaymotivation #matrix #believe___

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2016-04-04 16:00:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

This Baby Girl Playing In The Rain With Dad For The 1st Time, Is So Cute And Precious
By Tabitha Khaye

When we look back at our lives before we leave this world, I believe the little things like babies first experiences, will actually be some of the most important big things, that mean the most from our life experience. The little things touch our hearts in the simplest and most amazing ways. The joy this dad and his baby girl Harper experience while playing in the rain for the first time is so sweet, and fascinating to watch.

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#heartstone #DadsDoMatter #mondaymotivation

This Baby Girl Playing In The Rain With Dad For The 1st Time, Is So Cute And Precious
By Tabitha Khaye

When we look back at our lives before we leave this world, I believe the little things like babies first experiences, will actually be some of the most important big things, that mean the most from our life experience. The little things touch our hearts in the simplest and most amazing ways. The joy this dad and his baby girl Harper experience while playing in the rain for the first time is so sweet, and fascinating to watch.

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#heartstone #DadsDoMatter #mondaymotivation___

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2016-04-04 13:09:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

King Leonidas stands before his assembled 300 Spartans before their march to Thermopylae to defend against the forces of Persia. In this crowd along with the 300 are the rest of the Spartan forces (wishing with everything inside them that they could go and fight along side the 300), the wives, families and the whole or Sparta are gathered to see these heroes off, knowing they will never return. King Leonidas addresses these words to his men:

“Death stands close upon us now,” the king spoke. “Can you feel him, brothers? I do. I am human and I fear him. My eyes cast about for a sight to fortify the heart for that moment when I come to look him in the face.”

Leonidas began softly, his voice carrying in the dawn stillness, heard with ease by all.

“Shall I tell you where I find this strength, friends? In the eyes of our sons in scarlet before us, yes. And in thecountenan... more »

King Leonidas stands before his assembled 300 Spartans before their march to Thermopylae to defend against the forces of Persia. In this crowd along with the 300 are the rest of the Spartan forces (wishing with everything inside them that they could go and fight along side the 300), the wives, families and the whole or Sparta are gathered to see these heroes off, knowing they will never return. King Leonidas addresses these words to his men:

“Death stands close upon us now,” the king spoke. “Can you feel him, brothers? I do. I am human and I fear him. My eyes cast about for a sight to fortify the heart for that moment when I come to look him in the face.”

Leonidas began softly, his voice carrying in the dawn stillness, heard with ease by all.

“Shall I tell you where I find this strength, friends? In the eyes of our sons in scarlet before us, yes. And in the countenances of their comrades who will follow in battles to come. But more than that, my heart finds courage from these, our women, who watch in tearless silence as we go.”

Continue reading: http://heartstonejourney.com/armor-up/

#heartstone #mondaymotivation___

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2016-04-01 15:24:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

8 Tips On “How To Dad” From A Cheerios Commercial

Attended a CIO conference recently and one of the keynote speakers used the Peanut Butter Cheerios #HowToDad commercial to highlight leadership. Honestly, I’ve never tried Peanut Butter Cheerios but can totally appreciate how awesome this commercial is. Not in highlighting a product but how awesome dads are and that they do matter in today’s society despite a major de-emphasis on the role.

Here’s a bit of the background story of the commercial from the creators website.

Created by Tribal Worldwide Toronto, the socially-driven campaign features an upbeat online video that celebrates the insight that dads parent differently, and places Peanut Butter Cheerios at the heart of all the zany, funny and epic situations that kids get themselves into under dad’s watch. The video then drives viewers to HowToDad.ca forbite-sized ... more »

8 Tips On “How To Dad” From A Cheerios Commercial

Attended a CIO conference recently and one of the keynote speakers used the Peanut Butter Cheerios #HowToDad commercial to highlight leadership. Honestly, I’ve never tried Peanut Butter Cheerios but can totally appreciate how awesome this commercial is. Not in highlighting a product but how awesome dads are and that they do matter in today’s society despite a major de-emphasis on the role.

Here’s a bit of the background story of the commercial from the creators website.

Created by Tribal Worldwide Toronto, the socially-driven campaign features an upbeat online video that celebrates the insight that dads parent differently, and places Peanut Butter Cheerios at the heart of all the zany, funny and epic situations that kids get themselves into under dad’s watch. The video then drives viewers to HowToDad.ca for bite-sized sharable content that resonates with dads. Four 15-second preroll spots, widespread display advertising and targeted promoted social posts round out the program, which is all unified under the #HowToDad tagline. “It just made sense to declare Peanut Butter Cheerios as ‘The Official Cereal of Dadhood,’ because like great dads, Peanut Butter Cheerios lie somewhere in the intersection of awesome and responsible,” says Josh Stein, creative director, Tribal Worldwide – Toronto. “Dads are awesome and it’s awesome to be a dad. The new campaign creatively acknowledges that today, dads play a significant role in raising children, and celebrate their contribution.i

At Heartstone Journey, we know more and more dads are stepping up and experiencing the satisfaction and reward of taking a more active role in the lives of our kids…and dads should be celebrated! I love this commercial because if really does a great job at portraying the reality of life of a dad and family. I also want to give a huge shout out to Tribal Worldwide because they didn’t pick the idiot dad stereotype or the passive dad routine to be “funny”…they picked an authentic dad!

This commercial shows the simple ways dads are awesome and is a reminder that dads do matter and they have an impact on the relationships with their kids. Before reading on, click play, watch the commercial and you’ll see why the campaign is awesome.

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#heartstone #fridayfeeling #DadsDoMatter #manup___

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2016-03-31 19:31:03 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

But The Truth Is...

"For the most part, the church has domesticated the Lion of the tribe of Judah, relegating Him to a household pet or imprisoning Him behind the bars of some religious zoo. But the truth is that when Jesus walked the Earth, He was a counter-cultural radical who not only healed the sick and raised the dead, but also liberated the oppressed and set the captives free!" - Kris Vallotton (Fashioned to Reign)

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote

But The Truth Is...

"For the most part, the church has domesticated the Lion of the tribe of Judah, relegating Him to a household pet or imprisoning Him behind the bars of some religious zoo. But the truth is that when Jesus walked the Earth, He was a counter-cultural radical who not only healed the sick and raised the dead, but also liberated the oppressed and set the captives free!" - Kris Vallotton (Fashioned to Reign)

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote___

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2016-03-31 15:30:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

I Survived

Growing up as a kid in the 70's and 80's it amazes me how coddled kids are today!

Just like in the picture below my tribe set up plywood ramps in the street (yes in the street) and jumped them like Evel Knievel. AND...we never wore helmets or pads even though we would wipe out all the time.

I grew up in a time where I never had to lock up our bikes, or was fearful about going to local park with my friends. I cooled off on a hot day with a swig of water from a garden hoses and didn't come home until the street lights came on.

Love this one....when we lost a sporting event, we DIDN'T get a trophy for it, but we did get to go out for an ice cream. Which helped us forget the loss.

You know what? I survived, how about you?

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday #rememberwhen #kids

I Survived

Growing up as a kid in the 70's and 80's it amazes me how coddled kids are today!

Just like in the picture below my tribe set up plywood ramps in the street (yes in the street) and jumped them like Evel Knievel. AND...we never wore helmets or pads even though we would wipe out all the time.

I grew up in a time where I never had to lock up our bikes, or was fearful about going to local park with my friends. I cooled off on a hot day with a swig of water from a garden hoses and didn't come home until the street lights came on.

Love this one....when we lost a sporting event, we DIDN'T get a trophy for it, but we did get to go out for an ice cream. Which helped us forget the loss.

You know what? I survived, how about you?

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday #rememberwhen #kids___

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2016-03-30 19:57:45 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Men...An Endangered Species

“Ask any single woman in her twenties and thirties, and she’ll tell you that there is an endangered species of real men who want to assume the responsibilities of a man.” - Dennis Rainey

Deeper dive: http://heartstn.co/1Rr3De2

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #manup

Men...An Endangered Species

“Ask any single woman in her twenties and thirties, and she’ll tell you that there is an endangered species of real men who want to assume the responsibilities of a man.” - Dennis Rainey

Deeper dive: http://heartstn.co/1Rr3De2

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #manup___

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2016-03-30 18:38:31 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Reaching
By Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

I love this picture of the Savior from Peter's perspective. Often times we lose our faith in Christ and begin to sink in desperation. We must never ever forget that we have never sunken too far from our Savior's grasp of redeeming love. He is always reaching for us even when we aren't reaching for Him.

(image credit: "Save Me - the Hand of God" by Yongsung Kim)

#heartstone #Jesus

Reaching
By Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

I love this picture of the Savior from Peter's perspective. Often times we lose our faith in Christ and begin to sink in desperation. We must never ever forget that we have never sunken too far from our Savior's grasp of redeeming love. He is always reaching for us even when we aren't reaching for Him.

(image credit: "Save Me - the Hand of God" by Yongsung Kim)

#heartstone #Jesus___

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2016-03-30 18:37:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"Good and great are seldom in the same man." -Winston Churchill

#heartstone #quote #manup

(image source: Kris Vallotton)

"Good and great are seldom in the same man." -Winston Churchill

#heartstone #quote #manup

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2016-03-30 16:45:39 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

#heartstone #lol

#heartstone #lol___

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2016-03-29 20:22:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

10 Things I Learned From Divorce About Facing Life’s Obstacles [Series]

It’s impossible to fully understand the sorrows of divorce unless you have journeyed through its dark valleys of anguish. I have learned that these valleys only yield a desolate emptiness to anything that was once close and dear. During the agonizing process of divorce, we do not have the capacity to clearly see that we are blindly making the choice to end a marriage, a family, and are starting a vicious circle that only erodes. People have no idea of the painful realities of what lies on the other side of the violent ripping of a one-flesh covenant God intended. Divorce is always destructive, and its ripple effects are far-reaching and long-lasting. No one would argue that love and intimacy are essential to any marriage relationship, but when we assume that love and intimacy alone will sustain a marriage is whenpro... more »

10 Things I Learned From Divorce About Facing Life’s Obstacles [Series]

It’s impossible to fully understand the sorrows of divorce unless you have journeyed through its dark valleys of anguish. I have learned that these valleys only yield a desolate emptiness to anything that was once close and dear. During the agonizing process of divorce, we do not have the capacity to clearly see that we are blindly making the choice to end a marriage, a family, and are starting a vicious circle that only erodes. People have no idea of the painful realities of what lies on the other side of the violent ripping of a one-flesh covenant God intended. Divorce is always destructive, and its ripple effects are far-reaching and long-lasting. No one would argue that love and intimacy are essential to any marriage relationship, but when we assume that love and intimacy alone will sustain a marriage is when problems begin to emerge. When we build sandcastles around our hopes, dreams, and expectations, it all is violently swept away when the tidewater comes raging in. This modern culture has reduced a God-given covenant between a husband and wife into a self gratifying contract, complete with terms, conditions, indemnification and an exit clause!

(Excerpt from Heartstone Copyright © 2009 by Tim Young. All rights reserved.)

The best way I can sum up divorce is that it just sucks!!!

Having many years behind me on the other side of divorce, let this series be your first step in discovering how you can start conquering life’s obstacles.

"You cannot conquer what you will not confront!" -Paula White

Continue reading...

#heartstone #tuesdaytip #divorce #OvercomingObstacles___

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2016-03-29 18:45:43 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

In the End
By John Eldredge

In the end, it doesn't matter how well we have performed or what we have accomplished—a life without heart is not worth living. For out of this wellspring of our soul flow all true caring and all meaningful work, all real worship and all sacrifice. Our faith, hope, and love issue from this fount, as well. Because it is in our heart that we first hear the voice of God and it is in the heart that we come to know him and learn to live in his love.

So you can see that to lose heart is to lose everything. And a "loss of heart" best describes most men and women in our day. It isn't just the addictions and affairs and depression and heartaches, though, God knows, there are enough of these to cause even the best of us to lose heart. But there is the busyness, the drivenness, the fact that most of us are living merely to survive.B... more »

In the End
By John Eldredge

In the end, it doesn't matter how well we have performed or what we have accomplished—a life without heart is not worth living. For out of this wellspring of our soul flow all true caring and all meaningful work, all real worship and all sacrifice. Our faith, hope, and love issue from this fount, as well. Because it is in our heart that we first hear the voice of God and it is in the heart that we come to know him and learn to live in his love.

So you can see that to lose heart is to lose everything. And a "loss of heart" best describes most men and women in our day. It isn't just the addictions and affairs and depression and heartaches, though, God knows, there are enough of these to cause even the best of us to lose heart. But there is the busyness, the drivenness, the fact that most of us are living merely to survive. Beneath it we feel restless, weary, and vulnerable.

Indeed, the many forces driving modern life have not only assaulted the life of our heart, they have also dismantled the heart's habitat—that geography of mystery and transcendence we knew so well as children.

All of us have had that experience at one time or another, whether it be as we walked away from our teachers, our parents, a church service, or sexual intimacy; the sense that something important, perhaps the only thing important, had been explained away or tarnished and lost to us forever. Sometimes little by little, sometimes in large chunks, life has appropriated the terrain meant to sustain and nourish the wilder life of the heart, forcing it to retreat as an endangered species into smaller, more secluded, and often darker geographies for its survival. As this has happened, something has been lost, something vital.

(Excerpt from 'The Sacred Romance' by John Eldredge)

#heartstone #heart ___

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2016-03-29 16:30:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

"Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.” - President James Garfield

#heartstone #quote

"Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.” - President James Garfield

#heartstone #quote___

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