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Jason T. Wiser22,782*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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2016-01-21 14:45:41 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

The Good 'Ole Days!

Whether it was after school or getting up early on the weekends, here are some of the things I remember:

Riding my bike (without a helmet) with my posse. Going downhill so fast on my big wheel that I couldn't keep my feet on the petals...just to yank up on the side brake to go into a full on 360. Building a rope swing in the woods. Finding the next fishing hole. Building tree forts. Throwing rocks at hornet nests (yup I did that and got stung often). Mowing my neighbors lawn for $5 a week. Playing a pick up game of tag football or kickball.

I could go on and on! The point....none of these activities required any technology at all!

+1 If you are thankful that your childhood happened before technology took over.

Also, share some of the non-tech child hood memories in the comments below.

#heartstone... more »

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2016-01-25 16:48:45 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." -Jack Canfield

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote

Most plusones: 37

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2016-01-21 14:45:41 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

The Good 'Ole Days!

Whether it was after school or getting up early on the weekends, here are some of the things I remember:

Riding my bike (without a helmet) with my posse. Going downhill so fast on my big wheel that I couldn't keep my feet on the petals...just to yank up on the side brake to go into a full on 360. Building a rope swing in the woods. Finding the next fishing hole. Building tree forts. Throwing rocks at hornet nests (yup I did that and got stung often). Mowing my neighbors lawn for $5 a week. Playing a pick up game of tag football or kickball.

I could go on and on! The point....none of these activities required any technology at all!

+1 If you are thankful that your childhood happened before technology took over.

Also, share some of the non-tech child hood memories in the comments below.

#heartstone... more »

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2016-02-09 20:41:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting—died!" -George W. Cecil

#heartstone #takerisk #bebrave #courage #manup

(Image credit: Kris Vallotton of kvministries[dot]com)

"On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting—died!" -George W. Cecil

#heartstone #takerisk #bebrave #courage #manup

(Image credit: Kris Vallotton of kvministries[dot]com)___

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2016-02-09 18:59:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

3 Superbowl Lessons For Leaders
By Doug Keeley

1) The winning QB, Peyton Manning, in likely his last game, refuses to say anything about retiring so as not to divert attention from his team.

2) A defensive player, Von Miller, is MVP, showing that it is not always the flashiest performers who are the real leaders.

3) Young Cam Newton, losing QB, holds an embarrassment of a press conference, barely mumbling "no" to most questions. Good leaders, no matter how much it hurts, are gracious in defeat. This kid has a lot to learn before he will be in Manning's class. What a disappointment.


Thoughts?

#heartstone #leadership #manup #SuperBowl

3 Superbowl Lessons For Leaders
By Doug Keeley

1) The winning QB, Peyton Manning, in likely his last game, refuses to say anything about retiring so as not to divert attention from his team.

2) A defensive player, Von Miller, is MVP, showing that it is not always the flashiest performers who are the real leaders.

3) Young Cam Newton, losing QB, holds an embarrassment of a press conference, barely mumbling "no" to most questions. Good leaders, no matter how much it hurts, are gracious in defeat. This kid has a lot to learn before he will be in Manning's class. What a disappointment.


Thoughts?

#heartstone #leadership #manup #SuperBowl___

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2016-02-09 18:20:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

You, My Friend, Have an Enemy
By John Eldredge

I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, O guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones. (Ezekiel 28:16)

So evil entered the Story.

I am staggered by the level of naïveté that most people live with regarding evil. They don't take it seriously. They don't live as though the Story has a Villain. Not the devil prancing about in red tights, carrying a pitchfork, but the incarnation of the very worst of every enemy you've met in every other story. Dear God—the Holocaust, child prostitution, terrorist bombings, genocidal governments. What is it going to take for us to take evil seriously?

Life is very confusing if you do not take into account that there is a Villain. That you, my friend, have an Enemy.

One of the things that surprised me when Ifir... more »

You, My Friend, Have an Enemy
By John Eldredge

I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, O guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones. (Ezekiel 28:16)

So evil entered the Story.

I am staggered by the level of naïveté that most people live with regarding evil. They don't take it seriously. They don't live as though the Story has a Villain. Not the devil prancing about in red tights, carrying a pitchfork, but the incarnation of the very worst of every enemy you've met in every other story. Dear God—the Holocaust, child prostitution, terrorist bombings, genocidal governments. What is it going to take for us to take evil seriously?

Life is very confusing if you do not take into account that there is a Villain. That you, my friend, have an Enemy.

One of the things that surprised me when I first read the New Testament seriously was that it talked so much about a Dark Power in the universe—a mighty evil spirit who was held to be the Power behind death, disease, and sin . . . Christianity thinks this Dark Power was created by God, and was good when he was created, and went wrong. Christianity agrees . . . this is a universe at war. (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

Satan mounted his rebellion through the power of an idea: God is holding out on us. After their insurrection was squelched, and they were hurled from the high walls of heaven, that question lingers like smoke from a forest fire: Is God truly good? Is he holding out on us?

(Excerpt from 'Epic' by John Eldredge)

#heartstone #wednesday #war___

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2016-02-09 15:26:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Playing the Fool
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!" —Deuteronomy 32:29

If you were to sum up your life, if you were to write the inscription for your own tombstone, what would it say?

These words appear on the tombstone of a man named John Starkweather: "Here is where friend Starkweather lies. Nobody laughs, nobody cries. Where he goes, how he fares, nobody knows, nobody cares."

A tombstone belonging to Henry Edsel Smith near Albany, New York, is said to bear this inscription: "Here lies Henry Edsel Smith. Born 1903. Died 1942. Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was."

For Saul, the first king of Israel, an appropriate inscription would have been his own words: "I have played the fool ande... more »

Playing the Fool
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!" —Deuteronomy 32:29

If you were to sum up your life, if you were to write the inscription for your own tombstone, what would it say?

These words appear on the tombstone of a man named John Starkweather: "Here is where friend Starkweather lies. Nobody laughs, nobody cries. Where he goes, how he fares, nobody knows, nobody cares."

A tombstone belonging to Henry Edsel Smith near Albany, New York, is said to bear this inscription: "Here lies Henry Edsel Smith. Born 1903. Died 1942. Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was."

For Saul, the first king of Israel, an appropriate inscription would have been his own words: "I have played the fool and erred exceedingly" (1 Samuel 26:21).

We, too, can play the fool. We play the fool when we disobey God, even in what we think are small matters. Spiritual decline is gradual. Saul's failure was not immediate. At first he was humble, but pride soon set in, and then came envy. He took matters into his own hands and made it worse. We need to obey God in everything He tells us to do.

We play the fool when we attempt to justify the wrongs we have done. On more than one occasion, Saul blamed others for what he had done wrong. He would not own up to his own sin.

We play the fool when we forget that how we finish means more than how we start. A good beginning does not guarantee a good ending. Happy endings are the result of good choices.

We don't really know who the Sauls of life actually are until much later. We think certain people are doing well. But let's see how things end up. The outcome is not always what we expect.

#heartstone #life___

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2016-02-08 21:18:48 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Every Young Woman’s Battle

As parents we all face that moment where we should have the conversation about sex with our kids. Remember if you’re not having the conversation with you’re kids, someone else is and the best place for a child to learn about sexuality is at home from those who care most about them. As a single dad, the conversation with my daughter was a bit more challenging. Where to begin that conversation was the tough part. Any single dad’s out there know what I’m talking about?

Struggling how to even approach the subject, someone recommended a book to me called, “Every Young Woman’s Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body in a Sex-Saturated World”. I read the book first and then gave a copy to my daughter to read when she started Junior High School. This article focuses on daughters, but there is a similar book for sons called, you guessed it,“Every Young Ma... more »

Every Young Woman’s Battle

As parents we all face that moment where we should have the conversation about sex with our kids. Remember if you’re not having the conversation with you’re kids, someone else is and the best place for a child to learn about sexuality is at home from those who care most about them. As a single dad, the conversation with my daughter was a bit more challenging. Where to begin that conversation was the tough part. Any single dad’s out there know what I’m talking about?

Struggling how to even approach the subject, someone recommended a book to me called, “Every Young Woman’s Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body in a Sex-Saturated World”. I read the book first and then gave a copy to my daughter to read when she started Junior High School. This article focuses on daughters, but there is a similar book for sons called, you guessed it, “Every Young Man’s Battle”.

Now, is this the silver bullet dad’s are looking for?

Continue reading...

#heartstone #manup #DadsDoMatter #daughters___

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2016-02-08 19:06:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The Solo family :)

#heartstone #lol #starwars #forceawakens

The Solo family :)

#heartstone #lol #starwars #forceawakens___

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2016-02-08 18:00:55 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Never Lose Another Snowball Fight

YouTuber Mark Rober got sick of always losing snowball fights to his nephews. So he did what any good uncle does — he built a snowball machine gun, and now he's the king of the snowball war zone.

#heartstone #lol #WinterStormMars

Never Lose Another Snowball Fight

YouTuber Mark Rober got sick of always losing snowball fights to his nephews. So he did what any good uncle does — he built a snowball machine gun, and now he's the king of the snowball war zone.

#heartstone #lol #WinterStormMars___

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2016-02-08 15:13:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

How An Affair Really Begins
By Tim Challies

At some point, we have all witnessed the devastation of an affair. On the one hand, it is shocking just how much can be destroyed by the act of one person sharing sexual intimacy with another. But on the other hand, it is not shocking at all when we consider how much meaning God has packed into marriage and into the sexual relationship within marriage.

One of the great misconceptions about affairs is that they begin with sex. Affairs do not begin with sex. Falling into bed with a man who is not your husband or a woman who is not your wife is never a sudden, unplanned event. Instead, it is a culminating decision in a long list of terrible, self-centered decisions.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #monday #marriage #infidelity

How An Affair Really Begins
By Tim Challies

At some point, we have all witnessed the devastation of an affair. On the one hand, it is shocking just how much can be destroyed by the act of one person sharing sexual intimacy with another. But on the other hand, it is not shocking at all when we consider how much meaning God has packed into marriage and into the sexual relationship within marriage.

One of the great misconceptions about affairs is that they begin with sex. Affairs do not begin with sex. Falling into bed with a man who is not your husband or a woman who is not your wife is never a sudden, unplanned event. Instead, it is a culminating decision in a long list of terrible, self-centered decisions.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #monday #marriage #infidelity___

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2016-02-05 15:29:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

On The Other Side Of “Be Still, And Know That I Am God”

One of the places I unplug in the workplace is my daily devotional reading from Streams in the Desert. Whats great about spending time with God in devotionals, reading His word or in prayer…is you never know when something will be stirred in your spirit.

Reading the devotional from January 26th, I was reminded of the time I hiked up Mt. Lafayette to escape the rough and tumble of divorce. I remembered standing on that rock on Mt. Lafayette, a place of desolation, where the call from to “go forward” echoed in my heart as the battle of my destiny moment began. I’m sure you can relate that when life gets tough our complaining gets going. Of course I wanted God to snap His fingers and make everything tight, but there is a timing to His plan.

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #inspiration

On The Other Side Of “Be Still, And Know That I Am God”

One of the places I unplug in the workplace is my daily devotional reading from Streams in the Desert. Whats great about spending time with God in devotionals, reading His word or in prayer…is you never know when something will be stirred in your spirit.

Reading the devotional from January 26th, I was reminded of the time I hiked up Mt. Lafayette to escape the rough and tumble of divorce. I remembered standing on that rock on Mt. Lafayette, a place of desolation, where the call from to “go forward” echoed in my heart as the battle of my destiny moment began. I’m sure you can relate that when life gets tough our complaining gets going. Of course I wanted God to snap His fingers and make everything tight, but there is a timing to His plan.

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #inspiration___

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2016-02-04 21:21:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

How I Collided With Destiny, In the Silence Of Life

Somehow we have become conditioned to never unplug!

I was in a place in my life where I had lost my hope, my family, my house, many friends, my financial resources, and almost my job, and I kept crucifying myself with the regrets of my past and the fear of my future. Well, I had had enough and determined that it would be best for me to use some of my own strength, and I decided to go on a hike. I really needed to clear my thoughts and getting up on top of the mountains usually was a great remedy. What I didn’t realize is that God was smiling a bit because He had planned this. He had known about my circumstances from the very beginning.

Here is an excerpt from my book Heartstone where I had that collision with God in the silence.

As we drove into Franconia Notch State Park, in New Hampshire, the sky wasc... more »

How I Collided With Destiny, In the Silence Of Life

Somehow we have become conditioned to never unplug!

I was in a place in my life where I had lost my hope, my family, my house, many friends, my financial resources, and almost my job, and I kept crucifying myself with the regrets of my past and the fear of my future. Well, I had had enough and determined that it would be best for me to use some of my own strength, and I decided to go on a hike. I really needed to clear my thoughts and getting up on top of the mountains usually was a great remedy. What I didn’t realize is that God was smiling a bit because He had planned this. He had known about my circumstances from the very beginning.

Here is an excerpt from my book Heartstone where I had that collision with God in the silence.

As we drove into Franconia Notch State Park, in New Hampshire, the sky was crystal clear as His mercy rose with the shining of the morning sun. The beautiful light of day radiated upon the trees as the wind gently blew through them within the notch, personifying them as they clapped, singing His praises. It was early May in the Northeast, and in the higher elevations of the White Mountains were the familiar scenes of winter of snow and ice. It was cold!

Continue reading...

#heartstone #mountains #stress___

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2016-02-04 17:55:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Yup, She Pasta Way

Mary Fiumara of Boston’s North End, famous for her “Anthony! Anthony!” part in the original Prince Pasta commercial, passed away at age 88 on Tuesday, February 2nd. The TV classic first aired in 1969 with Anthony Martignetti. Playing Anthony’s mother, Mary Fiumara shouted out a window on Powers Court.

+1 If you remember these commercials.

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday #boston #commercials

Yup, She Pasta Way

Mary Fiumara of Boston’s North End, famous for her “Anthony! Anthony!” part in the original Prince Pasta commercial, passed away at age 88 on Tuesday, February 2nd. The TV classic first aired in 1969 with Anthony Martignetti. Playing Anthony’s mother, Mary Fiumara shouted out a window on Powers Court.

+1 If you remember these commercials.

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday #boston #commercials___

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2016-02-04 17:38:54 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Bravery

"There is no Goliath ever ahead of you greater than the God who is always in you. There is no Saul after you that can ever steal your joy, or sabotage your future, or destroy your God's plans for your life. Our bravery wins a thousand battles we can’t see because our bravery strengthens a thousand others to win their battles too." -Ann Voskamp

(Shared from 'Broken People' via FB)

#heartstone #bravery #thursday

Bravery

"There is no Goliath ever ahead of you greater than the God who is always in you. There is no Saul after you that can ever steal your joy, or sabotage your future, or destroy your God's plans for your life. Our bravery wins a thousand battles we can’t see because our bravery strengthens a thousand others to win their battles too." -Ann Voskamp

(Shared from 'Broken People' via FB)

#heartstone #bravery #thursday___

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2016-02-03 14:26:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Run Well
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. —Philippians 3:12

On more than one occasion, the Bible compares the Christian life to running a race. The apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13–14, "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

Paul's focus was the end of the race, because the key is not just to start the race; it is to finish it well. Things don't always turn out the way we think they will. Take, for example, the 2013 Super Bowl. It was not a close game during the first half. But after apow... more »

Run Well
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. —Philippians 3:12

On more than one occasion, the Bible compares the Christian life to running a race. The apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13–14, "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

Paul's focus was the end of the race, because the key is not just to start the race; it is to finish it well. Things don't always turn out the way we think they will. Take, for example, the 2013 Super Bowl. It was not a close game during the first half. But after a power outage in the stadium, the San Francisco 49ers began making an amazing comeback, right up to the last moments of the game.

In the race of life, it doesn't matter whether we hold first place for nine-tenths of the race. We have to finish. Sometimes in the Christian life, people leave the starting blocks with a bang, with a lot of passion and zeal. Then they lose their speed and energy, and the next thing you know, they have effectively crashed and burned. We have to pace ourselves in the race of life.

You may be just starting the race of life, you may be at the midway point, or you may be in your last laps. We naturally assume that at a young age, we have just started the race, and when we have lived a long time, we are finishing it. But we don't know when our lives will end. We don't know when our race will be over. This is why we always want to run well.

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #RunTheRace #manup___

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2016-02-02 17:37:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

What Team Shirts Can Teach Us About Our Faith In God!

You’ve seen this scene before.

People gather together every week for one cause — clapping, singing, worshiping. They donate their hard-earned money and their time, knowing they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Heaven, they believe, surely will be something like this. Were you picturing a church? It’s actually a sports event happening in cities across America.

We have this love-affair with sports and we will pay hundreds of dollars for game tickets and sports gear with our team’s logo on it…won’t we? Without hesitation we join in an addictive rant while at games, watching games and checking on games via social media with our praise or curses concerning our teams’ play.

Now picture this. You’re a Red Sox fan and you’re visiting friends in New York and they invite you to a Yankees game(I know it’s tough,... more »

What Team Shirts Can Teach Us About Our Faith In God!

You’ve seen this scene before.

People gather together every week for one cause — clapping, singing, worshiping. They donate their hard-earned money and their time, knowing they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Heaven, they believe, surely will be something like this. Were you picturing a church? It’s actually a sports event happening in cities across America.

We have this love-affair with sports and we will pay hundreds of dollars for game tickets and sports gear with our team’s logo on it…won’t we? Without hesitation we join in an addictive rant while at games, watching games and checking on games via social media with our praise or curses concerning our teams’ play.

Now picture this. You’re a Red Sox fan and you’re visiting friends in New York and they invite you to a Yankees game (I know it’s tough, but stay with me). You’re a Patriots fan and you’re invited to an Indianapolis Colts game (even tougher to watch) with work colleagues. You so want to wear your team’s game shirt, but you’re outnumbered and want to fit in. So what do you do?

Continue reading...

#heartstone #tuesdaytip #health #manup___

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2016-02-02 13:40:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The Art of Ending
By Pastor Greg Laurie

The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. —Ecclesiastes 7:8

Many of us remember the space shuttle Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986, when seven crew members died in an unspeakable tragedy. As investigators looked into the reason behind the disaster, they discovered that its primary cause was the failure of two rubber O-rings. It was amazing that something as magnificent as the space shuttle could be destroyed by something as relatively insignificant as two rubber rings.

In the Old Testament story of Samson, we see a breakdown in smaller areas of his life that led to an explosion. A progression of little things turned into one really big thing. Samson made a series of compromises that brought him to a place of vulnerability, where he ended up taking ao... more »

The Art of Ending
By Pastor Greg Laurie

The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. —Ecclesiastes 7:8

Many of us remember the space shuttle Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986, when seven crew members died in an unspeakable tragedy. As investigators looked into the reason behind the disaster, they discovered that its primary cause was the failure of two rubber O-rings. It was amazing that something as magnificent as the space shuttle could be destroyed by something as relatively insignificant as two rubber rings.

In the Old Testament story of Samson, we see a breakdown in smaller areas of his life that led to an explosion. A progression of little things turned into one really big thing. Samson made a series of compromises that brought him to a place of vulnerability, where he ended up taking a one-way trip to Delilah's barber shop.

Samson had amazing potential that was largely wasted. Raised up by God to be a leader over Israel, he was almost like a superhero. God had gifted him with superhuman qualities. And while superheroes are fictitious characters, Samson was real. He was an actual man who was gifted with superhuman strength. Mentally, Samson was sharp, clever, and very alert. Spiritually, he was strong in some ways—but in other ways he was a wreck.

He could have been one of Israel's greatest leaders, but instead Samson became an example of how not to live. In fact, his life is one of the greatest paradoxes of the Bible.

Samson made some mistakes that we, too, can make. He had a good beginning, but he did not have a good ending. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow pointed out, "Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending."

We are all going to sin and fail at times, but let's fail forward. Let's learn from our mistakes and not do the same things again.

Further reading...

#heartstone #tuesdaytip #finishstrong___

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2016-02-01 19:58:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

5 Things About Forgiveness You Need To Know

Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive. -C.S. Lewis

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. -Hebrews 12:15

We are commanded to get rid of all bitterness in our lives and to forgive others.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. -Ephesians 4:31, 32

Forgiving others (and ourselves) is essential for our own freedom and walk with the Lord. Think about this…if there is any unforgiveness and bitterness in you, satan will most certainly capitalize on it because he has right of traffic in all areas of darkness!

Anyone youf... more »

5 Things About Forgiveness You Need To Know

Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive. -C.S. Lewis

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. -Hebrews 12:15

We are commanded to get rid of all bitterness in our lives and to forgive others.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. -Ephesians 4:31, 32

Forgiving others (and ourselves) is essential for our own freedom and walk with the Lord. Think about this…if there is any unforgiveness and bitterness in you, satan will most certainly capitalize on it because he has right of traffic in all areas of darkness!

Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. -2 Corinthians 2:10,11

Let’s take a deeper dive into forgiveness: http://heartstn.co/1gJyiUc

#heartstone #forgiveness___

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2016-02-01 17:21:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Excellence In Fatherhood [Podcast]

Was honored to be a guest on “In It Together” with host Lori Lynn Greene (90.7 FM WLMW, Manchester, NH) for the Business Beat live radio segment. Lori is the Principal Advancement Strategist at Alpha Advancement Strategies, a Board Certified Professional Life Coach, Advanced Life Coach, and Health & Wellness Coach. She is also a member in good standing with the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Christian Coaching Association.

Join our conversation as we opened up with some of my personal story and discussing my book Heartstone. We went on to discuss the importance of men stepping up in their homes, becoming a strong father-figure and modeling excellent leadership in the household.

Tune in to hear more....

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #DadsDoMatter #podcast #radio

Excellence In Fatherhood [Podcast]

Was honored to be a guest on “In It Together” with host Lori Lynn Greene (90.7 FM WLMW, Manchester, NH) for the Business Beat live radio segment. Lori is the Principal Advancement Strategist at Alpha Advancement Strategies, a Board Certified Professional Life Coach, Advanced Life Coach, and Health & Wellness Coach. She is also a member in good standing with the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Christian Coaching Association.

Join our conversation as we opened up with some of my personal story and discussing my book Heartstone. We went on to discuss the importance of men stepping up in their homes, becoming a strong father-figure and modeling excellent leadership in the household.

Tune in to hear more....

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #DadsDoMatter #podcast #radio___

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2016-01-30 15:36:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

♫ Lord of the Rings - Into the West

What can you see on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea, a pale moon rises.
The ships have come to carry you home.
And all will turn to silver glass.
A light on the water, all souls pass.

#heartstone #lotr #music

♫ Lord of the Rings - Into the West

What can you see on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea, a pale moon rises.
The ships have come to carry you home.
And all will turn to silver glass.
A light on the water, all souls pass.

#heartstone #lotr #music___

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2016-01-29 20:21:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

God’s Signposts Are Where The Destiny Trail Begins

We had worked hard all week and finished our work early, leaving Sunday open for exploring this magnificent city, so of course we headed right up to the castle. I believe that this was another God stumble, for what I found hidden in the middle of this awesome structure was a treasure of Scotland: the Stone of Destiny. I don’t know about you, but thought this was really cool, although the guard didn’t think so when I tried to get a picture of it.

In 1296 the Stone was captured by Edward I as spoils of war and taken to Westminster Abbey, where it was fitted into a wooden chair, known as St. Edward’s Chair. On this chair, subsequent English sovereigns, except Queen Mary II, have been crowned. In 1996, the British Government decided that the Stone should be kept in Scotland when not in use at coronations, and on November 15,1996, a... more »

God’s Signposts Are Where The Destiny Trail Begins

We had worked hard all week and finished our work early, leaving Sunday open for exploring this magnificent city, so of course we headed right up to the castle. I believe that this was another God stumble, for what I found hidden in the middle of this awesome structure was a treasure of Scotland: the Stone of Destiny. I don’t know about you, but thought this was really cool, although the guard didn’t think so when I tried to get a picture of it.

In 1296 the Stone was captured by Edward I as spoils of war and taken to Westminster Abbey, where it was fitted into a wooden chair, known as St. Edward’s Chair. On this chair, subsequent English sovereigns, except Queen Mary II, have been crowned. In 1996, the British Government decided that the Stone should be kept in Scotland when not in use at coronations, and on November 15, 1996, after a handover ceremony at the border between representatives of the Home Office and of the Scottish Office, it was returned to Scotland and transported to Edinburgh Castle where it remains today. Scottish tradition holds the Stone of Destiny to be the pillow stone said to have been used by the biblical Jacob.

This in a sense became a signpost for me and I knew that woven into my business trip to a far away land was the confirmation of my destiny moment back on that mountain top.

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‪#‎heartstone‬ ‪#fridayfeeling‬ ‪#‎quote‬ ‪#‎Scotland‬ #travel___

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2016-01-29 17:56:51 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

A "Mighty Man of Valor"
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites." —Judges 6:13

A mother was reading Bible stories to her little girl, telling her all about its great heroes like Moses, Joshua, Daniel, Esther, and Deborah.

The little girl looked up and said, "You know what, Mom? God was a lot more exciting back then."

We might feel that way too sometimes. We hear of the way things were and think, It is not that way anymore. I wish it were like that again. That is how Gideon felt. He had heard of the days when God was ruling and protecting andp... more »

A "Mighty Man of Valor"
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites." —Judges 6:13

A mother was reading Bible stories to her little girl, telling her all about its great heroes like Moses, Joshua, Daniel, Esther, and Deborah.

The little girl looked up and said, "You know what, Mom? God was a lot more exciting back then."

We might feel that way too sometimes. We hear of the way things were and think, It is not that way anymore. I wish it were like that again. That is how Gideon felt. He had heard of the days when God was ruling and protecting and providing for Israel. In Judges 6 we find him trying to prepare the small amount of wheat he had hidden behind the walls of a small winepress. Gideon was hungry, hurting, humiliated, and afraid, like the rest of Israel.

Then the Bible tells us the "Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, 'The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!' " (Judges 6:12).

Surprisingly, Gideon began questioning him: "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?' But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites" (verse 13).

God could have rebuked Gideon. After all, the Israelites were in this predicament because of their disobedience. Instead God said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?" (verse 14).

You see, God saw Gideon for what he could become: a "mighty man of valor"—and God would let him live up to that title. What is God calling you to do for Him today?

#heartstone #valor #MightyMen #manup___

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2016-01-29 15:03:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The Sort of Tale You've Fallen Into
By John Eldredge

And now? Now we are living somewhere toward the end of Act Three. We have a future, but this tale is not over yet— not by a long shot. We now live between the battle for Helm’s Deep and the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Between the beaches of Normandy and the end of the war. Between the fall of the Republic and the fall of the Empire. Between Paradise lost and Paradise regained.

We live in a far more dramatic, far more dangerous Story than we ever imagined. The reason we love The Chronicles of Narnia or Star Wars or The Matrix or The Lord of the Rings is because they are telling us something about our lives that we never, ever get on the evening news. Or from most pulpits. They are reminding us of the Epic we are created for.

This is the sort of tale you’ve fallen into. How would you livediffe... more »

The Sort of Tale You've Fallen Into
By John Eldredge

And now? Now we are living somewhere toward the end of Act Three. We have a future, but this tale is not over yet— not by a long shot. We now live between the battle for Helm’s Deep and the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Between the beaches of Normandy and the end of the war. Between the fall of the Republic and the fall of the Empire. Between Paradise lost and Paradise regained.

We live in a far more dramatic, far more dangerous Story than we ever imagined. The reason we love The Chronicles of Narnia or Star Wars or The Matrix or The Lord of the Rings is because they are telling us something about our lives that we never, ever get on the evening news. Or from most pulpits. They are reminding us of the Epic we are created for.

This is the sort of tale you’ve fallen into. How would you live differently if you believed it to be true?

The final test of any belief or faith that claims to provide an answer to our lives is this: Does the one explain the other? Does the story bring into perspective the pages you were already holding, the days of your life? Does it take everything into account? Does it explain the longing in your heart for a life you haven’t yet found? Does it explain the evil cast around us? Most of all, does it give you back your heart, lead you to the Source of life?

Something has been calling to you all the days of your life. You’ve heard it on the wind and in the music you love, in laughter and in tears, and most especially in the stories that have ever captured your heart. There is a secret written on your heart. A valiant Hero-Lover and his Beloved. An Evil One and a great battle to fight. A Journey and a Quest, more dangerous and more thrilling than you could imagine. A little Fellowship to see you through.

This is the gospel of Christianity.

(Excerpt from 'Epic' by John Eldredge)

Further reading...

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #gospel___

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2016-01-28 20:48:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The Secret Enemy in Your Marriage
Article by Relevant Magazine

What Really Poisons a Marriage?

In that and many other times we walked away from conflict instead of talking through it, my wife and I fell prey to the secret enemy that hides in every marriage.

Left untouched, unexpressed conflict will turn assumptions into accusations and accusations into evidence.

No, it’s not you or your spouse: it's...

#heartstone #marriage

The Secret Enemy in Your Marriage
Article by Relevant Magazine

What Really Poisons a Marriage?

In that and many other times we walked away from conflict instead of talking through it, my wife and I fell prey to the secret enemy that hides in every marriage.

Left untouched, unexpressed conflict will turn assumptions into accusations and accusations into evidence.

No, it’s not you or your spouse: it's...

#heartstone #marriage___

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2016-01-28 15:59:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"Be confident; God is able!" -Woodrow Kroll

#heartstone #quote

"Be confident; God is able!" -Woodrow Kroll

#heartstone #quote___

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2016-01-28 14:04:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Gaming Retro Style

I remember the excitement I had when my parents brought Pong home. We hooked it up to our Zenith TV and played for hours!

We've certainly have come a long way in the gaming industry from the good ole days of Pong. I gotta tell ya though, as cool as games like Assassin's Creed are...I still would rather wait in line at the pizza shop to take a crack at Space Invaders.

+1 If you still prefer toe old style retro games!

#heartstone #gaming #tbt #throwbackthursday #atari

Gaming Retro Style

I remember the excitement I had when my parents brought Pong home. We hooked it up to our Zenith TV and played for hours!

We've certainly have come a long way in the gaming industry from the good ole days of Pong. I gotta tell ya though, as cool as games like Assassin's Creed are...I still would rather wait in line at the pizza shop to take a crack at Space Invaders.

+1 If you still prefer toe old style retro games!

#heartstone #gaming #tbt #throwbackthursday #atari___

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2016-01-27 20:53:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Brotherhood!

For me, Lone Survivor is a call to brotherhood and a reminder of the virtues we’re called to “live out” as authentic men of Jesus Christ. Outside of a Christ world view these virtues are not considered noble or practical, but are what’s needed in this world today. Jesus is inviting us to hold on tight to these virtues and to place them above our own self-preservation and Lone Survivor stunningly models out that life is about far more than mere survival. It’s about never letting life knock you down, it’s about not letting the enemy take you out, it’s about staying in the fight with your brothers until the very end.

If the enemy can isolate a man, he can be taken down. We must LOCK SHIELDS and cover each other!

Continue reading...

#heartstone #manup #wednesdaywisdom

Brotherhood!

For me, Lone Survivor is a call to brotherhood and a reminder of the virtues we’re called to “live out” as authentic men of Jesus Christ. Outside of a Christ world view these virtues are not considered noble or practical, but are what’s needed in this world today. Jesus is inviting us to hold on tight to these virtues and to place them above our own self-preservation and Lone Survivor stunningly models out that life is about far more than mere survival. It’s about never letting life knock you down, it’s about not letting the enemy take you out, it’s about staying in the fight with your brothers until the very end.

If the enemy can isolate a man, he can be taken down. We must LOCK SHIELDS and cover each other!

Continue reading...

#heartstone #manup #wednesdaywisdom___

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2016-01-27 17:21:20 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Never again! ‪

#heartstone #‎HolocaustMemorialDay‬

Never again! ‪

#heartstone #‎HolocaustMemorialDay‬___

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2016-01-27 17:03:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The Lord Almighty Is His Name!
Narrative by The Word For The Day

Your Redeemer is strong and the LORD Almighty is His name! Jeremiah 50:34

The children of Israel were held captive and their captors refused to let them go. Are you being held captive? The Lord will give you your deliverance from whatever bondage and oppression you are under. When God stands for you no one can stand against you. God will plead your cause and bring a breakthrough. He will not plead it merely to progression, but He will plead it through to conclusion.

Father, fight against those who are fighting against your children. Do what only you can do, Oh Living God: fight against every oppressor in the name of Jesus. Redeem us and show yourself strong; do it and take all the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen

#heartstone #investment #riseup

The Lord Almighty Is His Name!
Narrative by The Word For The Day

Your Redeemer is strong and the LORD Almighty is His name! Jeremiah 50:34

The children of Israel were held captive and their captors refused to let them go. Are you being held captive? The Lord will give you your deliverance from whatever bondage and oppression you are under. When God stands for you no one can stand against you. God will plead your cause and bring a breakthrough. He will not plead it merely to progression, but He will plead it through to conclusion.

Father, fight against those who are fighting against your children. Do what only you can do, Oh Living God: fight against every oppressor in the name of Jesus. Redeem us and show yourself strong; do it and take all the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen

#heartstone #investment #riseup___

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2016-01-26 18:32:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

A Sure-Fire Way to Lower Divorce Rates
By Les & Leslie Parrott

Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith. Acts 15:32

Few things are more deadly to marriage than negativity – especially in its most alluring form of pessimism.

In fact, if couples could be given a vaccine against pessimistic thinking we would see the divorce rate all but drop off.

In a sense, you can protect your marriage against a pessimistic virus. All it takes is a little encouragement.

Some marriage partners see every problem as unsolvable. They believe one problem will ruin everything. So they quit trying. They give up, resigned to passivity. They raise the white flag and surrender to the problems of life they could otherwise beat.

A different group of spouses see their problemsa... more »

A Sure-Fire Way to Lower Divorce Rates
By Les & Leslie Parrott

Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith. Acts 15:32

Few things are more deadly to marriage than negativity – especially in its most alluring form of pessimism.

In fact, if couples could be given a vaccine against pessimistic thinking we would see the divorce rate all but drop off.

In a sense, you can protect your marriage against a pessimistic virus. All it takes is a little encouragement.

Some marriage partners see every problem as unsolvable. They believe one problem will ruin everything. So they quit trying. They give up, resigned to passivity. They raise the white flag and surrender to the problems of life they could otherwise beat.

A different group of spouses see their problems as mere obstacles, as challenges to overcome. They face a difficult situation at work or with a friend and work hard to work it through. They don’t give up.

Do you know the difference between these two groups of married couples?

Marriage experts do.

"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose." -Kahlil Gibran

Research has shown time and again that all it takes for many people to persevere in the midst of a difficulty is an encouraging word from their spouse:

“I believe in you.”
“You have what it takes.”
“You are doing great.”

Seemingly small and insignificant, these simple statements almost go unnoticed. But not by the person on the receiving end.

Encouragement brings strength and can make the difference between a spouse who gives up and a partner who perseveres.

#heartstone #marriage #investment #tuesdaytip___

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2016-01-26 16:25:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Why God’s Math Just Doesn’t Add Up

Out of my brokenness, I realized that it was time to let God step into the ruins of my life. Personally, I thought it would be awesome to have some of that supernatural strength, so I said to the Lord, “Go for it!” So I slowly started to let God have His way, but it didn’t take long before I became impatient with the process and tried to wrestle some control back. Taking inventory of my current state of affairs, I hit the pause button and thought to myself, “Wait a second!” I had lost my hope, my family, my house, many friends, my financial resources, and almost my job, and I kept crucifying myself with the regrets of my past and the fear of my future. Furthermore, I had lived in a basement, in a dreadfully hot and small apartment, and now found my existence within a single room in a friend’s home with the remainder of my stuff. I justwasn’t feeling ... more »

Why God’s Math Just Doesn’t Add Up

Out of my brokenness, I realized that it was time to let God step into the ruins of my life. Personally, I thought it would be awesome to have some of that supernatural strength, so I said to the Lord, “Go for it!” So I slowly started to let God have His way, but it didn’t take long before I became impatient with the process and tried to wrestle some control back. Taking inventory of my current state of affairs, I hit the pause button and thought to myself, “Wait a second!” I had lost my hope, my family, my house, many friends, my financial resources, and almost my job, and I kept crucifying myself with the regrets of my past and the fear of my future. Furthermore, I had lived in a basement, in a dreadfully hot and small apartment, and now found my existence within a single room in a friend’s home with the remainder of my stuff. I just wasn’t feeling the supernatural strength, so I got on my knees and began to have a chat with the Lord, during which I basically asked Him why this was all happening, and He simply replied, “Because I love you!” I have to be completely honest and transparent with you: I was wondering if He could love me a little less, because this was not fun!

I could not see the picture that God was painting.

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

Here is where the lesson in fuzzy math began for me.

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#heartstone #investment #tuesdaytip___

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2016-01-26 14:25:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Authentic Manhood Is Absent!

If you haven’t noticed, in today’s world view the very idea of manhood has been emasculated and masculinity is under attack. The narrative highlighted by the media, movies and society throws out labels such as tender, sensitive, fill in the blank ______.

What about cunning, strong, wild, brave, courageous, warrior and yes even dangerous. There is a malaise and a restlessness that suggest that the lines between a man and woman is blurred and manhood is reduced to being a pushover, bungling idiot or a Mister Rodger type “Mr. Nice Guy”. There seems to be a growing cultural uncertainty about the social role of men with a narrative that facilitates the feminization of men. This narrative is producing a sense of withdrawal and boredom for men and many have abdicated authentic manhood.

(Excerpt from '3 Universal Desires Of MenReveale... more »

Authentic Manhood Is Absent!

If you haven’t noticed, in today’s world view the very idea of manhood has been emasculated and masculinity is under attack. The narrative highlighted by the media, movies and society throws out labels such as tender, sensitive, fill in the blank ______.

What about cunning, strong, wild, brave, courageous, warrior and yes even dangerous. There is a malaise and a restlessness that suggest that the lines between a man and woman is blurred and manhood is reduced to being a pushover, bungling idiot or a Mister Rodger type “Mr. Nice Guy”. There seems to be a growing cultural uncertainty about the social role of men with a narrative that facilitates the feminization of men. This narrative is producing a sense of withdrawal and boredom for men and many have abdicated authentic manhood.

(Excerpt from '3 Universal Desires Of Men Revealed by King Arthur | Heartstone Journey' http://heartstn.co/1nvTfGC)

#heartstone #masculinity #manup___

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2016-01-25 19:04:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"Parent" is a Verb

Here is why it's so important for EVERY child to have a Father. Family needs to come first!

#heartstone #DadsDoMatter

"Parent" is a Verb

Here is why it's so important for EVERY child to have a Father. Family needs to come first!

#heartstone #DadsDoMatter___

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2016-01-25 16:48:45 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." -Jack Canfield

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote

"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." -Jack Canfield

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote___

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2016-01-24 14:24:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Wow, what unwavering devotion!

#heartstone #manup #blizzard2016

Wow, what unwavering devotion!

#heartstone #manup #blizzard2016___

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2016-01-21 20:41:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

13 Hours: A Story Of Bravery Against All Odds

Went to see 13 Hours with my son and WOW…what an awesome movie! This movie tells the story of real life heroes and provides a harrowing, but important view of the events that occurred on the ground in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012. The action and the visuals pull you into the story making you feel like you’re right there next to these brave men, but the movie also does a great job at tugging on your emotions as you experience the sacrifice these men on the made.

I want to focus my commentary on the relationships and the survival of the six men of the CIA-contractor security team, known as the Global Response Staff (GRS), instead of taking aim at the political firestorm that Benghazi has created or the debate over Hollywood versus history.

If I had to sum up this movie in three words… (continuereadi... more »

13 Hours: A Story Of Bravery Against All Odds

Went to see 13 Hours with my son and WOW…what an awesome movie! This movie tells the story of real life heroes and provides a harrowing, but important view of the events that occurred on the ground in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012. The action and the visuals pull you into the story making you feel like you’re right there next to these brave men, but the movie also does a great job at tugging on your emotions as you experience the sacrifice these men on the made.

I want to focus my commentary on the relationships and the survival of the six men of the CIA-contractor security team, known as the Global Response Staff (GRS), instead of taking aim at the political firestorm that Benghazi has created or the debate over Hollywood versus history.

If I had to sum up this movie in three words… (continue reading)

#heartstone #13hours #Benghazi #moviereview___

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2016-01-21 18:20:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Pride Comes Before The Fall
By David C. Cooke

BEWARE OF THE DANGER OF THE SIN OF PRIDE !! MAY WE ALL GROW IN THE VIRTUE OF HUMILITY. Chances are you came face-to-face with one of your worst spiritual enemies already today . You may not have recognized this enemy, for this enemy is so crafty and subtle, but you know that face well. It was looking back at you in the mirror.The world and the devil would have little chance of victory over us if we would only deal with the self-centered pride that wants to ruin our lives.1st John 2:16 says that 'the pride of life is of this world.' Pride opens the doors to many other sins.

Proverbs 16:18 'Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.' Lets see God's attitude toward the sin of pride. James 4:6 ' God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.' He gives grace to the humble !... more »

Pride Comes Before The Fall
By David C. Cooke

BEWARE OF THE DANGER OF THE SIN OF PRIDE !! MAY WE ALL GROW IN THE VIRTUE OF HUMILITY. Chances are you came face-to-face with one of your worst spiritual enemies already today . You may not have recognized this enemy, for this enemy is so crafty and subtle, but you know that face well. It was looking back at you in the mirror.The world and the devil would have little chance of victory over us if we would only deal with the self-centered pride that wants to ruin our lives.1st John 2:16 says that 'the pride of life is of this world.' Pride opens the doors to many other sins.

Proverbs 16:18 'Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.' Lets see God's attitude toward the sin of pride. James 4:6 ' God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.' He gives grace to the humble ! We must remember that. Proverbs 6:17 says a 'proud look' is an abomination to the Lord. Proverbs 16:5 'Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord.' Proverbs 28:25 'He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife.' Pride always causes trouble and can manifest in a million different ways. We all need to be alert and careful concerning this sin and seek to put it to death.

We can be proud concerning our nice house, or new car or 'pride of fashion and personal appearance'. We can be full of pride concerning certain bible doctrines.

We can easily know a lot about the Bible and yet fail to be 'doers of the Word.'

Areas in which we are 'gifted and talented' can open the door to the sin of pride.

People can give us honest compliments and affirmation but we must be careful that it does not inflate us with sinful pride.

STUDY BIBLE NOTE: 'Pride causes God to turn from our prayers and withhold his grace.To be exalted in our own minds or to seek the honor and esteem of others in order to satisfy our pride is to shut out the help of God.'

Pride exalts self above all else even exalting personal opinion above the Word Of God. Anyone who disagrees becomes an enemy! Perhaps the greatest problem with pride is that it is easy to see in others, but hard to see in ourselves. Self deception is the most dangerous deception of all! A proud person can be a 'know it all' who refuses to be teachable and rejects correction.

Pride is a blinding sin. Who among us does not struggle with this evil?

Pride of looks, pride of position, pride of titles, pride in being well known.

Pride of just about anything that please the self-life!

A good way to uncover and expose this monster is to ask ourselves some honest questions. What do I value most? Do I want others to envy me? Am I craving power or position? Can I be content with only my relationship to Jesus and His promises. Can I labor for Him in obscurity? Where am I prone when it comes to the the sin of pride?

Proverbs 8:13' The fear of the Lord is to hate evil:pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.'

Pride is the greatest hindrance to holiness. Pride is a sin that inflates our ego and makes us feel superior to others. Pride demands to be served but won't serve others. Pride is being self-centered and pretends to be something we are not. Pride will not admit to any faults or weaknesses. Pride will hide behind excuses and justify its actions!

Pride is all about, 'Me, Me, Me'! Humility depends on God and is all about the 'Lord, Lord, Lord.' God gives plenty of divine grace to the humble.

We confess with Paul ! 1st Cor.15:10 'But by the grace of God I am what I am.'

2nd Cor.3:5 'Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything of ourselves but our sufficiency is of God.' O may we be clothed with humility !
1st Peter 5:5-6 tells us that we must be clothed with humility and that we are to 'humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.' There are no 'big-shots' in the kingdom of God. We all are bond servants of the Lamb of God who washed the disciples feet and we follow His example.

CAN WE PRAY THIS IN ALL SINCERITY?
"Dear Lord search my heart and examine my ways and show me how ugly this enemy is, the monster of pride! Grant me empowering grace to put to death the enemy of pride and replace it with the virtue of humility. Lord you resist the proud but give grace to the humble. Cleanse now my inner life and make me whiter than snow! May I yearn to be aware of You, focused on You and that I will forget about self and be dedicated on pleasing You alone."

#heartstone #thursday #pride___

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2016-01-21 16:25:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Battle With Worship

Is life punching you in the face today? Are you in need of provision in some area of your life? Are you dealing with serious hardships? Have you lost your job or dealing with others struggles?

Watching the news and reading the headlines there seems to be so many things out there that threaten us. But our biggest enemy — fear — is not “out there.” The fear is in our own hearts and minds. When we let this fear tighten its grip on us, we struggle that much harder to break free.

When the heaviness of life begins to crack the support beams we’ve put in place to shelter us, sometimes the only thing left is to posture ourselves before our awesome God and worship Him!

"Worship is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts!" —Holley Gerth

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#heartstone #worship #thursday #battle

Battle With Worship

Is life punching you in the face today? Are you in need of provision in some area of your life? Are you dealing with serious hardships? Have you lost your job or dealing with others struggles?

Watching the news and reading the headlines there seems to be so many things out there that threaten us. But our biggest enemy — fear — is not “out there.” The fear is in our own hearts and minds. When we let this fear tighten its grip on us, we struggle that much harder to break free.

When the heaviness of life begins to crack the support beams we’ve put in place to shelter us, sometimes the only thing left is to posture ourselves before our awesome God and worship Him!

"Worship is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts!" —Holley Gerth

Continue reading...

#heartstone #worship #thursday #battle___

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2016-01-21 14:45:41 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

The Good 'Ole Days!

Whether it was after school or getting up early on the weekends, here are some of the things I remember:

Riding my bike (without a helmet) with my posse. Going downhill so fast on my big wheel that I couldn't keep my feet on the petals...just to yank up on the side brake to go into a full on 360. Building a rope swing in the woods. Finding the next fishing hole. Building tree forts. Throwing rocks at hornet nests (yup I did that and got stung often). Mowing my neighbors lawn for $5 a week. Playing a pick up game of tag football or kickball.

I could go on and on! The point....none of these activities required any technology at all!

+1 If you are thankful that your childhood happened before technology took over.

Also, share some of the non-tech child hood memories in the comments below.

#heartstone... more »

The Good 'Ole Days!

Whether it was after school or getting up early on the weekends, here are some of the things I remember:

Riding my bike (without a helmet) with my posse. Going downhill so fast on my big wheel that I couldn't keep my feet on the petals...just to yank up on the side brake to go into a full on 360. Building a rope swing in the woods. Finding the next fishing hole. Building tree forts. Throwing rocks at hornet nests (yup I did that and got stung often). Mowing my neighbors lawn for $5 a week. Playing a pick up game of tag football or kickball.

I could go on and on! The point....none of these activities required any technology at all!

+1 If you are thankful that your childhood happened before technology took over.

Also, share some of the non-tech child hood memories in the comments below.

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday #childhood #technology___

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2016-01-20 20:49:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

God Is Better
Narrative By Word For The Day

Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. (Hebrews 10:35)

We need to ponder the superiority of God as our great reward over all that the world has to offer. God's treasure is abiding. It lasts. It goes beyond death. It’s better than money, power, sex, and so it goes on and on. Everything the world has to offer, God is better and more abiding.

#heartstone #wednesday

God Is Better
Narrative By Word For The Day

Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. (Hebrews 10:35)

We need to ponder the superiority of God as our great reward over all that the world has to offer. God's treasure is abiding. It lasts. It goes beyond death. It’s better than money, power, sex, and so it goes on and on. Everything the world has to offer, God is better and more abiding.

#heartstone #wednesday___

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2016-01-20 16:46:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The Monkees are touring with Iron Maiden!!

...just kidding.

Saw this in my FB feed....Iron Maiden vs The Monkees - The Trooper Believer mashup. Very clever!

#heartstone #lol‬ #music #monkees #ironmaiden

The Monkees are touring with Iron Maiden!!

...just kidding.

Saw this in my FB feed....Iron Maiden vs The Monkees - The Trooper Believer mashup. Very clever!

#heartstone #lol‬ #music #monkees #ironmaiden___

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2016-01-20 15:13:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Will the Men of God Please Rise Up?
By Matt Haviland

Mentoring the Fatherless: Will the Men of God Please Rise Up?
I will warn you from the start: this is a call to action, for an alarm has been sounded! Fatherlessness is one of the greatest domestic and social problems plaguing our country these days; making up approximately 1/3 of all homes with children in them. There are approximately 15 million single mother households (compared to 2.2 million single father homes). These children are at a much greater risk of criminal and promiscuous behavior, substance abuse, to be abused physically or sexually, and teen suicide. They make up 71% of all high school drop outs and boys tend to drop out on a 4:1 ratio compared to girls. Financially, fatherlessness costs our nation $100 BILLION dollars per year (Fatherhood[dot]org). We simply cannot afford to give this less than our full... more »

Will the Men of God Please Rise Up?
By Matt Haviland

Mentoring the Fatherless: Will the Men of God Please Rise Up?
I will warn you from the start: this is a call to action, for an alarm has been sounded! Fatherlessness is one of the greatest domestic and social problems plaguing our country these days; making up approximately 1/3 of all homes with children in them. There are approximately 15 million single mother households (compared to 2.2 million single father homes). These children are at a much greater risk of criminal and promiscuous behavior, substance abuse, to be abused physically or sexually, and teen suicide. They make up 71% of all high school drop outs and boys tend to drop out on a 4:1 ratio compared to girls. Financially, fatherlessness costs our nation $100 BILLION dollars per year (Fatherhood[dot]org). We simply cannot afford to give this less than our full attention any longer.

As a major advocate for single fathers (primary AND noncustodial), I will always believe that investing in the biological father’s involvement (outside of putting the children at risk) should be considered a top priority. Many are good men who just need someone to come alongside them and help them get on track. Of course there is no “one size fits all” solution to any of this, and each case may be quite different from another. That being said, we can assume that a father’s presence in a young man’s or young lady’s life may not be an option. It is in these times that the Church must rise up and help to “fill in the gap” in the life of a youth.

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#heartstone #men #mentoring #Godscall #singleparenting #DadsDoMatter___

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2016-01-20 13:54:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The Warrior Heart
By John Eldredge

I have in my files a copy of a letter written by Major Sullivan Ballou, a Union officer in the 2nd Rhode Island. He writes to his wife on the eve of the Battle of Bull Run, a battle he senses will be his last. He speaks tenderly to her of his undying love, of "the memories of blissful moments I have spent with you." Ballou mourns the thought that he must give up "the hope of future years, when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our sons grown up to honorable manhood around us." Yet in spite of his love the battle calls and he cannot turn from it. "I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter . . . how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and sufferings of the Revolution . . . Sarah,... more »

The Warrior Heart
By John Eldredge

I have in my files a copy of a letter written by Major Sullivan Ballou, a Union officer in the 2nd Rhode Island. He writes to his wife on the eve of the Battle of Bull Run, a battle he senses will be his last. He speaks tenderly to her of his undying love, of "the memories of blissful moments I have spent with you." Ballou mourns the thought that he must give up "the hope of future years, when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our sons grown up to honorable manhood around us." Yet in spite of his love the battle calls and he cannot turn from it. "I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter . . . how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and sufferings of the Revolution . . . Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break" and yet a greater cause "comes over me like a strong wind and bears me unresistably on with all these chains to the battle field."

A man must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life that involves and yet transcends even home and family. He must have a cause to which he is devoted even unto death, for this is written into the fabric of his being. Listen carefully now: You do. That is why God created you—to be his intimate ally, to join him in the Great Battle. You have a specific place in the line, a mission God made you for.

Excerpt from 'Wild at Heart' by John Eldredge)

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #manup___

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2016-01-19 20:42:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

"An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that its going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming." -Unknown

#heartstone #life #quote #tuesdaytip

"An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that its going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming." -Unknown

#heartstone #life #quote #tuesdaytip___

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2016-01-19 19:45:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Two Things You Need To Know (. . .Actually Four)
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" —Matthew 10:7

There are two "secret weapons" that God has given the church which are rarely used today.

They are not whine and complain. Nor are they protest and boycott.

The two secret weapons God has given us are pray and preach.

First we need to pray. Pray for our country, pray for friends and neighbors who have not yet put their faith in Christ. Pray that they will see their need for Jesus.

That brings us to the second word: preach. Having prayed for them, now you must preach to them. When I say preach, I do not mean you have to raise your voice, but simply to communicate the gospel to them.

One final set of two: come and go.

These twow... more »

Two Things You Need To Know (. . .Actually Four)
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" —Matthew 10:7

There are two "secret weapons" that God has given the church which are rarely used today.

They are not whine and complain. Nor are they protest and boycott.

The two secret weapons God has given us are pray and preach.

First we need to pray. Pray for our country, pray for friends and neighbors who have not yet put their faith in Christ. Pray that they will see their need for Jesus.

That brings us to the second word: preach. Having prayed for them, now you must preach to them. When I say preach, I do not mean you have to raise your voice, but simply to communicate the gospel to them.

One final set of two: come and go.

These two words in the Bible show us what our focus as Christians should be. First we come to Christ and receive His forgiveness (see Revelation 22:17), then we are to go into all the world with the message of the gospel.

Pray and preach.

Come and go.

Those are your marching orders from Jesus Himself.

Let's get to it!

#heartstone #PowerOfPrayer #warrior #tuesdaytip___

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2016-01-19 17:51:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

"Stand up for what is right. Even if you're standing alone!" -Unknown

#heartstone #manup #BeBold

"Stand up for what is right. Even if you're standing alone!" -Unknown

#heartstone #manup #BeBold___

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2016-01-19 14:19:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

There is no such thing as a great man of God, only weak, pitiful, faithless men of a great and merciful God." -Paul Washer

#heartstone #quote

There is no such thing as a great man of God, only weak, pitiful, faithless men of a great and merciful God." -Paul Washer

#heartstone #quote___

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2016-01-18 21:29:32 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Ordinary People

”Ordinary people can make an extraordinary impact on their own world. Here is the thing: There are only five letters separating ‘ordinary’ from ‘extraordinary': extra. Now you may be a person that others consider quite average, nothing special about you. But when you let the word 'extra' define your actions, that’s when ordinary becomes transformed. The extra effort you put forth to be successful, the extra time you give to self-growth, and the extra help that you seek in order to achieve - all those extras add up to your extraordinary impact!” -John C. Maxwell

#heartstone #leadership #quote #mondaymotivation

Ordinary People

”Ordinary people can make an extraordinary impact on their own world. Here is the thing: There are only five letters separating ‘ordinary’ from ‘extraordinary': extra. Now you may be a person that others consider quite average, nothing special about you. But when you let the word 'extra' define your actions, that’s when ordinary becomes transformed. The extra effort you put forth to be successful, the extra time you give to self-growth, and the extra help that you seek in order to achieve - all those extras add up to your extraordinary impact!” -John C. Maxwell

#heartstone #leadership #quote #mondaymotivation___

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2016-01-18 17:17:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

10 Inspiring MLK Quotes on Leadership and Purpose
By Lindsay Friedman

As one of the most influential voices in the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. helped change the course of history. Today, as we celebrate his legacy, we are reminded of just how true his words remain today.

Here are a few inspirational quotes from King himself on leadership and the importance of leading with purpose.

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#heartstone #mondaymotivation #MLKDay

10 Inspiring MLK Quotes on Leadership and Purpose
By Lindsay Friedman

As one of the most influential voices in the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. helped change the course of history. Today, as we celebrate his legacy, we are reminded of just how true his words remain today.

Here are a few inspirational quotes from King himself on leadership and the importance of leading with purpose.

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#heartstone #mondaymotivation #MLKDay___

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2016-01-18 15:44:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Psalm 73 (My Version)

God is so good, but I allowed the culture and the lies of the world to dull my senses and blind me over time so I almost missed seeing His goodness. I foolishly took my eyes off Him and became intoxicated by people in high places, envying the success of those who have made it to the top and desperately seeking this to define my own identity. I believed that these people worried about nothing, and their status and wealth provided them with the comfort of not having a care in the world.

What I couldn’t see beneath the veil was their conceit and arrogance, how selfish they were at the core, their uncaring hearts, their aggressively doing whatever it took for them to get what they wanted with no regard for others, their evil conceit that knew no limits, their being friendly to your face and mocking you to others behind your back. In their arrogance, theyw... more »

Psalm 73 (My Version)

God is so good, but I allowed the culture and the lies of the world to dull my senses and blind me over time so I almost missed seeing His goodness. I foolishly took my eyes off Him and became intoxicated by people in high places, envying the success of those who have made it to the top and desperately seeking this to define my own identity. I believed that these people worried about nothing, and their status and wealth provided them with the comfort of not having a care in the world.

What I couldn’t see beneath the veil was their conceit and arrogance, how selfish they were at the core, their uncaring hearts, their aggressively doing whatever it took for them to get what they wanted with no regard for others, their evil conceit that knew no limits, their being friendly to your face and mocking you to others behind your back. In their arrogance, they would threaten oppression and destroy the peace. People actually listened to them — I actually listened to them — can you believe it?

What’s going on? God, where are You? Can’t You see what’s going on down here? God, why do I suffer though I live for You? Why do those who deny You have it better than I do? Everywhere I looked I felt the sorrow and the pain of empty living. This is giving me a headache…

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#heartstone #mondaymotivation #GodsWord___

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2016-01-18 14:47:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." -3 John 1:4

#heartstone #GodsWord #mondaymotivation

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." -3 John 1:4

#heartstone #GodsWord #mondaymotivation___

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2016-01-15 21:13:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

What Biblical Leadership Is NOT!

Check out this this punch-you-in-the-face video from Pastor Mark Driscoll. Yeah he’s hit a big rough patch in his life, but who hasn’t! Anyways, its still a solid word. He calls out men at his church who have attended for years and yet still abuse, neglect, and dishonor the woman in their life. Passive men! Men lacking leadership! Mark has had enough and so should you!

Do I have your attention now?

Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight. —Proverbs 9:6

Want more? Keep reading: http://heartstn.co/1Ki4x5N

#heartstone #manup

What Biblical Leadership Is NOT!

Check out this this punch-you-in-the-face video from Pastor Mark Driscoll. Yeah he’s hit a big rough patch in his life, but who hasn’t! Anyways, its still a solid word. He calls out men at his church who have attended for years and yet still abuse, neglect, and dishonor the woman in their life. Passive men! Men lacking leadership! Mark has had enough and so should you!

Do I have your attention now?

Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight. —Proverbs 9:6

Want more? Keep reading: http://heartstn.co/1Ki4x5N

#heartstone #manup___

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