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Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Speaking Schedule | 0 comments

Connect With Me!

   *  LIBERTY UNIVERSITY February 16 & 17 2017      * GKPN March 6-9, 2017 – Lima Peru      * CWIMA GLOBAL MEDIA CONFERENCE  MAY 4-6, 2017 – Dallas, Texas       *  BARNABUS GROUP May 16, 2017 – San Diego, CA and… May 17, 2016 – Irvine, CA      *  MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEON October 4, 2017 – Lake Arrowhead, CA          ...

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The Wait

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Wait

Ahh…“the wait.” Why is it that it seems harder and harder to wait? I watched a mom at the grocery store the other day as her 2 year old threw himself dramatically onto the floor not wanting to wait. I had to turn away and laugh because waiting is so very frustrating even as adults. Maturity tells us it’s not appropriate and temper tantrums don’t work but sometimes even adults go there. The good news is God never turns away from us, although, He may chuckle at times knowing that the frustrating wait is meant for our good. Wisdom comes during “the wait” and He has lots to teach us.  The problem is that we live in a culture of instant – I want it now world. Technology allows us to consume our time with a mobile device and we’re loosing our ability to have to wait. What had been boring wait time is now an opportunity to check our mobile phones and fill the time with work, social media and entertainment. We use to call it dead time – wasted time. Now we fill it. Having the ability to not waste time seems like a good thing until we realize that we’re loosing our ability to be patient and and opportunity to think, observe, and contemplate during those boring interludes. Now our faces are planted in a tech screen and we don’t have to engage in thought or with others. We’re in our own world focused and in control. Or are we? Romans 1:28 says, “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not be done.” NIV. Are our minds being manipulated and brain washed with an over abundance of media? Just as a child trusts the wisdom of a parent so too we’re to trust our Father in Heaven. Luke 21:19 says, “By your endurance you will gain your lives.” (NASB). We’re to endure – wait, and when we do, God promises that we will “reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV). During “the wait” it then becomes up to us to decide if we want to trust Him and wait patiently, or throw ourselves down and wail. It comes down to our consistent intimate relationship – maturity with God. How we control our emotions is a surrendering of our will. Just as Jesus taught us to pray, “…your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NIV), God works on His timing and not ours. Next time you’re frustrated and waiting for God to answer your prayers. Examine what you’re doing during those boring times or if you’re even having them. Quiet time may be an opportunity for you to hear something from God. You’ll never hear Him if you don’t turn off the media distractions. You might even find “the wait” gets...

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After Mother’s Day: God’s Grace Wins

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

After Mother’s Day: God’s Grace Wins

As a mother, the week after “Mother’s Day” – after all the praise and celebrations have ended, I’ve always taken pause to examine how to do it better. Being a mom in today’s culture is definitely interesting. Just the mere definition of the word “mother” creates controversy and debate. How do we approach being a mom today? How do we approach being the other – that someone who’s in the position of the guide and nurturer of our children but may not be a birth mother? Who’s to say what being a good mother is and the right way to parent. Here’s a couple thoughts: Let God Decide In our culture of individual truth and being politically correct we have to let God be the ultimate judge of our souls and the choices we’ve made. That doesn’t mean walking away from the written truth of the Bible, it means walking toward God’s grace. It means not going the way of popular culture or the “crowd,” but often taking the unpopular road. It may mean going against what’s trending in order to follow Biblical truth and wisdom. The Bible says that the “truth” would set us free, John 8:32. Our job is to listen to God’s often-quiet voice within us and not listen to popular opinions. It also means understanding and knowing what popular culture is truly saying so that when asked to defend our choices – truths we can with a humble and gracious spirit. The media is in the business of bombarding us with overwhelming information – thousands of media messages daily all meant to sound reasonable. If the source of our truth is the Bible and God’s wisdom, then we need to know it and know Him intimately and make choices and judgments accordingly. It’s being obedient and standing firm and confidently as a mother or other. Not turning a blind eye and not being a militant judgmental finger pointer of those we disagree with, but leaving room for God to do the speaking to their hearts and minds. Trusting that He will because He does. Give Yourself A Break My mom use to tell me, “Heaven comes later.” As a mom or other, our big stumbling block always seems to come back to guilt and ultimately shame that the enemy- the devil throws at us. We’re not enough, and we never will be. Beating ourselves up for imperfections and failures won’t fix anything, and it fact; it usually leads to more destructive choices and often more suffering. When you feel like a failure stand on the scriptural promise in II Corinthians 12:9, “But he (Jesus) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (NIV). Forgiveness as a mother or other has to become second nature if we’re to be successful parents. We have to be willing to forgive others and often that means we have to first forgive ourselves. We’ll never – ever get it perfect. But it also means being responsibility for the choices and consequences we have made knowing that God’s forgiven us. When we admit our failings God’s power is then able to be visible...

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Hope Rebels

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Hope Rebels

The world mourned the death of Carrie Fisher (Star War’s Princess Leah) and then was shocked as her famous mother, Debbie Reynolds, died only a day later in December of 2016. Debbie had been what the industry calls a “triple threat.” She could sing, dance, and act brilliantly. One of her most famous theatrical rolls was in the 1964 movie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. It fictionalized the real life story of Titanic survivor, Margaret Brown. Margaret is said to have kept hundreds of people alive because she was a beacon of hope for the passengers that night. In many ways our world seems like a sinking ship. Because, it is. God says in His Word that the world is going to end as we know it and that He will return, Revelation 21:1. As believers are you sinking in despair and being overwhelmed as we watch our world in constant turmoil and struggle? God’s told us that we’re to bring hope. Are you? When you come to work or are at home with your family and friends or online with your social media “friends” are your leaving messages of hope? Paul in Romans 12:12 said we should do 3 things, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” NIV. So raise the flag where you work and live and be a Hope Rebel. Be someone who rebels against hopelessness and brings a beacon of God’s everlasting hope. When negative and nasty conversations erupt smother the fire with words of encouragement and confidence. God’s got our backs. The survivors of the Titanic had to wait for 2 hours in ice water before being rescued that night. God makes us wait too in what seems like icy water. It’s in that wait time that we often gain wisdom and understanding of what His ultimate and perfect plan will be for us. What seems like a disaster He’ll turn into good if we’ll endure and trust Him. Are you in the icy waters of the deep today? Charge forward and battle those negative thoughts. Take a stand knowing that God’s standing with you. Then be a hope rebel for those around you by bringing encouragement and confidence. Romans 8:18 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. GO be a HOPE...

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Holding Back The Volcano

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Holding Back The Volcano

When my daughters were little they loved to sing the song Puff The Magic Dragon. The 1963 hit song was written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow and was made famous by the trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary. The song is about growing older and the loss of innocence and not about drugs as some have tried to twist its meaning. Sometimes as a parent, my fiery anger could be seen as smoke coming out of me just like Puff. However, my girls could see that my anger was often justified and that there was always love and forgiveness once the smoke disseminated. Destruction and pain come when anger’s hot coals of fire are never left to cool by love and forgiveness. God gets angry too. He, too, has used His righteous anger to accomplish what He wants for us in His love and for the Kingdom of God to flourish. And, He too, has led the way in teaching us how to forgive. God’s not an angry God but an all forgiving one. Anger’s not a sin unless it’s unjustified and uncontrolled and God is never out of control or uses His anger without justification. Volcanic eruptions have multiple consequences. Globally volcanos have caused suffering and death but they’ve also created some of the most breath-taking beauty in all of nature leaving mankind with beautiful islands and places for new life. Beauty and healing can come from anger. The most devastating result of anger is that it can lead to separation. It’s why God sent His son, Jesus. God didn’t want us to ever be separated from Him. In the brokenness of sin in this world, God wanted to forgive and to bring healing. When anger spills forth due to substance abuse, moral mistakes, or other misguided and evil human choices, serious help often must be sought from professionals, pastors, and trained caregivers. I would encourage anyone whose suffering with uncontrollable anger to get help. For those who are caught in the way of unrighteous and evil anger, separation may be the only solution for victims until healing can occur. But God also calls us to never stop praying for those who are caught up in these destructive life choices and painful situations. Often human anger scars can be so profound that we have to reach deep within our souls and allow God to change and heal our hearts. If we don’t, then anger coals will continue to burn and we too could erupt with destructive anger leading to even more suffering. God’s love and forgiveness are the only coolants. It’s the only true healing hope that can bring beauty from anger’s scars. When we understand and use anger not as a tool to inflict pain and suffering but as a tool to bring loving discipline then we begin to mature. God can take our brokenness and do healing that lasts for eternity. He said He is the final judge in Psalm 9:7-8. The last line of Puff the Magic Dragon says that Puff “frolicked in the autumn mist.” God wants us to frolic here on earth in the mist of pain and suffering and angry volcanic eruptions. Will you let God teach you how to relieve your volcanic...

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Pounding The Pavement

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Pounding The Pavement

Hollywood is in the midst of pilot season, (no, I’m not talking about flying a plane). Pilot season is when thousands of actors descend into LA and Hollywood to land a role in a pilot program that might get picked up by a television network. It can launch an actor’s career.  La La Land, the 2016 American musical nominated for 14 Academy Awards, was written and directed my Damien Chazell and starred Ryan Gosling and won Emma Stone the Best Actress Award. It was a love story about an aspiring actress and musician who wanted to become stars. The movie depicted the agony that talented artists must endure in order to break into a difficult Hollywood theatrical and musical industry. Thousands of wannabes flood into Hollywood daily to find stardom, yet sadly, few do. Success in the entertainment and media industry, as in all areas in life, comes when individuals do the hard work – the foundational work of “pounding the pavement.” God wants us to be successful. But He wants us to first pound the pavement in our spiritual lives. Making space and time for daily prayer and meditation in God’s Word means dedication to Him. It requires a passion for seeking a higher force – God’s will first in our lives. In II Thessalonians 3: 7-8 Paul was a pavement pounder. He wrote to encourage the young Thessalonian Christians saying, “For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you.” NIV. The early Christians knew that they had to work hard so that the love and hope of Jesus might be made known to all. You can also be an encouragement to others. Each day is an opportunity for you to meet someone, read, or learn something that can make you and them stronger in the Kingdom of God. Artists often become so intent on their own careers and their life struggles that they fail at seeing those around us. I believe that as we encourage and help to open doors for others God brings us joy within our own struggles. He teaches us how to see things outside ourselves and when we do that we flourish even when life is difficult. Work is turned to joy. Are you willing to pound the pavement for what God wants in your life daily? God’s got plans laid out for you if you follow Him diligently keeping your eyes open for those doors He’ll open. Or as we say in Hollywood,...

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Re-member The Cross

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Re-member The Cross

People of its day would shutter with fear at the Roman execution cross. It was a harsh physical reality of brutality and death. Today, Romans would roll over in their graves if they knew that Christians wore the cross as jewelry. It would be like modern day man wanting to wear electric chair jewelry. Yet today for Christians, it’s a sign of solitary and remembrance of what Christ did for us. With His death, He brought mankind redemption and eternal life. The cross in today’s culture has lost its significance in many ways. Easter may bring it’s meaning to our forefront once a year, but what about the rest of the year? Maybe it’s time to revive its meaning in your life? Here are two things to keep its meaning relevant as you wear a cross or perhaps have one tattooed on your body. It’s a symbol of solidarity. Today we see ribbons of different colors pinned on coats, rubber bracelets worn, or flags for various organizations and groups who want the world to recognize them. The Christian church is known for the cross. But we need to remember that the design of the cross has special meaning. The vertical line rises up from the ground – from mankind to God as it reaches toward Heaven. And the horizontal line of the cross, joined together with the vertical line, stretches out as if to circle the globe with the arms of Jesus spread wide. His arms that surround and connect us all as His beloved and redeemed Kingdom. We’re connected globally as a united Church. When there are bombings, beheadings, and children washed up on shores, we grieve. When our neighbor is suffering, or friends are in pain, we grieve. God gave His son, Jesus Christ, to be nailed to us with Himself. When we accept Him into our lives He envelops our being and it’s His Spirit that lives in us as we nail ourselves to that cross with Him. Whenever you start to criticize the Church, remember you’re criticizing your global brothers and sisters. Whenever you refuse to assist and support you are turning your back on God’s beloved. Before you lash out in disdain and criticism next, rub that cross around your neck and remember who you are in Him. It’s a symbol of remembrance. When we see or wear the cross, we remember Jesus who suffered and died a horrific death so that we might have life. And in that suffering, He beckons us to walk and bring Hope to those who suffer today. Disaster, death, and pain are all around, and as Christians, God calls us to care. The world is broken and we’re here to endure within that brokenness until He comes again. We’re to be co-suffers with each other. The cross is a symbol of the joy that we share in that co-suffering with each other and with God. We aren’t alone – ever but are a united body caring deeply for each other. We mourn, lament, and hold up the arms of those who suffer. As Christ laid down His life for us, so too are we to lay down our lives. Let the cross remind you that it’s all about giving sacrificially. When we do, joy abounds and the outstretched...

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Dust In The Wind

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Dust In The Wind

“I close my eyes, only for a moment And the moment’s gone All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity Dust in the wind All they are is dust in the wind Same old song, just a drop of water In an endless sea All we do crumbles to the ground Though we refuse to see Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind Dust in the wind Everything is dust in the wind The wind” Songwriters: Kerry Livgren / Kerry A Livgren Dust in the Wind lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC The 1977 Kansas album, Point of Know Return, includes one of the rock band’s top singles, “Dust In The Wind.” It was based on a scripture in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:14: “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (NIV) Lent 2017 began on March 1st and will end on Thursday, April 13th the day before Good Friday. Lent’s not just a somber day of remembrance in the Christian Church but it’s actually the start of the final chapter of the story of Jesus on the earth and of the beginning of mankind’s redemption when He was crucified, died, and then rose from the dead. It’s only one part of the story of Jesus that seems at first glance to be mournful. But if you know the entire story, it’s one of ultimate joy. To those who know nothing about Christianity, it’s viewed as a mystery. Why do Christians put ash crosses on their foreheads and commit to giving something up for 46 days? Here’s what you might like to know about this tradition: It’s about making space for God in our lives that’s often jammed packed with ourselves. It’s about reminding believers of Jesus Christ that in a culture of me it’s not about me. It’s about Jesus. It’s a reminder each year as we put the ash cross on our foreheads that it’s not what we do or what we become for God but what He did for us. When we deny ourselves, that creates space for God to bring us joy. God is able to fill us with something He wants to grow in our lives. The God I choose to serve is never about taking but He’s always about giving. The question is, are we willing to step aside and receive it? To allow God to take control? Or as Kansas sings, “To close our eyes just for a moment” and see “what we refuse to see”. To those outside the faith looking in, it looks like God asks us to give up something and suffer. But in reality, He becomes our joy. When we’re willing to make space for Him something wonderful happens – enlightenment. After 9/11 Dust In The Wind wasn’t a song that radio stations wanted to play. In fact, stations refused to play it because it reminded a grieving country of the reality of our age. The body of Jesus never became dust in...

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Friending Grace

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Friending Grace

Media research tells us that, in today’s culture, it takes seconds for us to make a judgment. As a media producer and consultant, I educate clients on how to grab attention fast, especially on social media platforms. Pictures and words matter. The downside is that we’ve become an overly critical culture, and today on social media, people get vicious. Christians need to be extra cautious. Just because we’re armed with God’s truth doesn’t give us the authority to be rude. Romans 14:13 says, “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” NIV. Humor and sarcasm can produce laughs, but they can also backfire and cause impenetrable spiritual walls. Perceptions about Christianity and God’s nature are formed instantly. Christian means “little Christ.” Are you a “little Christ” when posting? Let’s get the culture’s attention by being known for reflecting God’s grace and mercy. Be a “friend” of...

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For The Times They are a Changin’

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

For The Times They are a Changin’

Checking in on the news these days can be pretty shocking, and sometimes terrifying. 2016 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, wrote the song: “The Times They Are a Changin’” back in 1964. He admittedly wrote it as a deliberate attempt to shake things up, but our world’s changing even faster today. We live in an era of overwhelming and constant disruption, and our packed schedules don’t help. Studies show that during periods of rapid change, fear sets in. During times of uncertainty, we tend to grab for even more information, which only makes it more difficult to find the real truth that’s buried in the overload. Some simply ignore the issues altogether hoping someone else will make the right decisions for us. And what if these changes conflict with God’s Word? How will we keep ourselves and families safe? How do we help others who are caught up in these rapid disruptions? One thing is sure: God’s plan for us never changes, so our only choice as believers is to trust Him. We’re to pray and be ready to share the hope that lies within us. We’re the descendants of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob and we will not be defeated – that’s a Biblical promise. We’re secure in Him. The times may be a changin’ around us but not God. Stay confident as you check in with the news and events of the world each today. God’s ultimate plans prevail. What scriptural promise of God will you hide in your heart today? Memorize this new one today: “I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6...

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Express Yourself

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Express Yourself

I often work with college internship students. One of my instructional points I hammer into their brains is to have a servant spirit – one who’s willing to do whatever is asked and to sit down, shut up, and observe the culture of the office. But often I’ve found that the students are so humble they never speak up. They take on such servants hearts that they loose their ability to be confident. Fear keeps them from asking questions and expressing to their employer what kinds of things they’d like to learn. Employers will tell me on their final evaluations that it’s not until their last work day of their internship that the student finally expresses himself. Had the student spoken up and not been intimated, he would have spent more time with the intern mentoring him. The employer had adopted the student into his company but fear kept the student enslaved and unable to fully take advantage of an opportunity to grow and flourish. Paul says in Romans 8:15 ESV “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” God’s adopted us as a child of His Kingdom. He wants us to ask Him how to do things, to admit we’re incapable and need a savior and mentor. He wants us to be free and open to express ourselves to Him. Yes, we’re committed to Him and want to serve Him fully as His servant, but He wants us to be knowledgeable, capable and fearless in all we do. Are you waiting to ask the God for guidance and mentorship? Are you missing an opportunity because you haven’t talked to Him about something? Express Yourself!...

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