My Top Five Favorite Podcasts

In one of my recent blogs "One Hundred Sixty Eight" I mentioned that I enjoy listening to podcasts while I am running (Trotting, Walking, Crawling), getting ready in the morning or during on my daily commute.I have found podcasts to be a great way to continue your education and also a wonderful time of inspiration. You see, I have an aversion to wasting time and podcasts fill those few minutes that I do not have something scheduled each day.

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It’s GO time!! Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!! A fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning…I love the FIRST day of a new year!! When Bojangles opens a new restaurant they put on their sign “It’s Bo time!” Well…my friend It’s GO time!!” It is time to begin this year the right way!! One of the daily disciplines that is so important in the life of a believer is to read the Word of God. I want to encourage you to begin today…this first day of 2016 in His Word!

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ONE HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT

It does not matter if you are rich or poor, young or old. It does not matter if you live in America or Argentina. Tick Tock! Tick Tock! Time marches on. Harvey Mackay said, “Time is free, but it is priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” One Hundred Sixty Eight!! That is how many hours you have in a week! That is how many hours I have in a week. The question is, how do we use these hours?

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Guest Blogger: Pastor Alan Stewart

“They Blindfolded Him”During Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, the story is told that he became separated from his men and was spotted by his enemies. Running for his life, Napoleon ducked into a furrier’s shop. As he begged the shopkeeper to save him, the furrier hid Napoleon under a large pile of furs in the corner. No sooner had he finished, when the Russian Cossacks burst into the shop and tore the shop apart looking for Napoleon. They eventually gave up and left the shop. After some time passed, Napoleon’s personal guards came into the shop and Napoleon felt safe to come out from beneath the furs.

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“Catch my Drift”

It is so easy to drift in life. Our natural tendency is to just go with the flow. We can easily find ourselves becoming “human driftwood”, blown this way and that way, by every little breeze that arises. Waves of adversity blow us off course. Too often we are subject to just whatever comes our way…and without fail things come our way! Each and every day we face the vicissitudes of life. How we deal with the gale force winds of conflict or the tidal waves of sorrow will determine the joy or lack of joy in our lives.

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Too Blessed to be Stressed!

The Apostle Paul had this attitude: “I can’t lose for winning!” I can just hear him, “Heads I win, Tails I win!” The book of Philippians has been called the “Letter of Laughter”, a “Manual of Joy.” It has been estimated that Paul spent at least twenty five percent of his life in jail and yet his joy was contagious. I think while he was in prison he wore a shirt and on the front it read “I am Bound but Blessed” and on the back it read “Shacked but Sure”. They should sell these at Lifeway!

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“The Storm of Your Life”

We have all been there! Maybe it was that one phone call that you never wanted to get. Possibly it was the pink slip that was handed to you by your boss. For some it was unrequited affection. You heard those words you never thought you would hear. “I don’t love you anymore!” You wake up one day and you are in the storm of your life.

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"Don’t Worry! Be Happy!”

This is something that we all struggle with from time to time. Many say, “Will I have enough money to retire on?” Others are like, “Will I have enough money to feed my family tonight?” Some say, “Will I get that promotion at work?” Still others question, “Will I get that job so I can work?”We all worry, fret and are apprehensive about one thing or another. John Ortberg said it well when he stated: “Worry is fear that has unpacked its bags and signed a long-term lease.”

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Do Over

“Do Over, Do Over!”  I called, “DO OVER.” I remember growing up and playing basketball, football, tennis, freeze tag, and king of the hill. I was Kareem Abdul Jabbar even though I was only five feet tall. I was O.J. Simpson before…well anyway. I was Jimmy Conners and W.D. Pate (He was our neighborhood stud that was the best freeze tagger and he was definitely king of our hill).  In every one of these back yard sports we had this unwritten rule. It was called, “Do Over”. Looking back, it did not make a lick of sense. For some reason it was only used a few times in each game and for some unknown reason we never argued the right of anyone to call, “Do Over”. It was just accepted.

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