I Only Need One Click from You

With one click you will help thousands hear how to wait on God.

It won’t take but a moment. Your one click will do more than help me launch my upcoming book. It can help make a difference in the lives of thousands of people who are waiting on God. But there’s one problem.

I Only Need One Click from You

(I Only Need One Click from You.)

Thunderclap will send out a huge notification on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr—but ONLY if we get 100 clicks of support. We’re a little more than halfway there, and time is running out.

Please don’t leave it to someone else to help. I’m asking you for your help. Take a moment right now.

Thanks in advance for your click!

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Don’t Buy My Book—YET!

If you wait until August 18, I'll reward you big-time.

My new book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing, is already shipping to retailers. In fact, you can buy my book now at online retailers. But I’m asking you to do something crazy: WAIT. Here’s why.

Waiting on God books

The official release day is August 18 (just over 2 weeks away), and if you’ll wait until then to buy it, I’ll reward you. My hope is for the book to land on a bestseller list—which helps get the message of the book to a much wider audience.

For weeks I had been told to encourage pre-ordering the book. Here’s the problem:

  • Online retailers released the book ahead of schedule. So . . . all of those pre-orders have shipped, and the list ranking is now spread out rather than focused. Rats.
  • If you pre-ordered the book before this date, save your receipt and I’ll give you the bonuses as well—during launch week, August 18.

Wait . . . and Get 7 Bonuses Worth $160.78

You can help me by waiting to buy the book. (That makes sense with a book about “waiting,” doesn’t it?) If you’re willing to wait, I’ll reward you by giving you 7 bonuses worth $160.78. I’ll announce what those bonuses are on my blog on August 18.

If you already have subscribed to my blog, I’ll remind you to get the book on August 18. So subscribe now (if you haven’t) so that you don’t miss the opportunity to get these bonuses.

Thank you!

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From Bahurim to Susa—God Turns a Curse into a Blessing

The Lord’s Providential Ironies Flow from Benjamin’s Tribe

One of the dark moments of King David’s reign saw him shuffling barefoot over the Mount of Olives, fleeing rather than facing a fight with his rebel son Absalom.

From Bahurim to Susa—God Turns a Curse into a Blessing

(Photo: Sunrise over the Mount of Olives. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

After David made his way over the summit, he passed below the Benjamite village of Bahurim. There a loudmouth named Shimei hurled rocks at David’s passing entourage. But the curses Shimei chucked hurt worse. David’s response was stellar:

My son who came out from me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him. Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day. —2 Sam. 16:11–12

Centuries later, another Benjamite named Shimei would play a role in providing blessing to David’s line. In fact to all Jews.

And to you.

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How Haggai Shakes the Ho Hum from Our Hearts

Finding balance between building for here and for Heaven.

It always seems easier to find time for home improvements than to make time for building God’s kingdom. Of course, these needn’t be mutually exclusive. The challenge, of course, is balance.

How Haggai Shakes the Ho Hum from Our Hearts

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The Jewish exiles who returned to the Promised Land began rebuilding the fallen temple of the Lord. But harassment from the locals and the Persians produced apathy toward the project—and the work stopped. After sixteen years without progress, God raised up the prophet Haggai to ignite in God’s people a passion for God’s priorities.

Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate? Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Consider your ways!’ —Haggai 1:4–5

Haggai’s words help us as well when we’re not sure how to keep first-things first.

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What’s Your Motive? There’s One Way to Tell

How Tisha B'Av & the Burnt House Examine Us

I find it fascinating that when the New Testament talks about God judging our motives, it uses the metaphor of a burnt house. In Jerusalem, one site I pass always begs the question: “What’s your motive?”

How Tisha B'Av & the Burnt House Examine Us

(Photo: The Burnt House in Jerusalem. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Some call it coincidence. Some call it Providence. But according to tradition, both the First and Second Temples (in 586 BC and AD 70) were destroyed on the same date in history. Tisha B’Av marks the 9th day of the month of Av—the fifth Jewish month. During the exile, the Jews instituted a fast to commemorate the Temple’s destruction. After they returned to Jerusalem, they asked God a question about Tisha B’Av:

Shall I weep in the fifth month and abstain, as I have done these many years? —Zechariah 7:3

Their question made sense.

They had observed the fast in exile, but should they continue to fast on Tisha B’Av now that they were building the Second Temple? God’s answer to their question reaches beyond them to the heart of why we do what we do.

One question gets to the heart of our heart.

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Join My Waiting on God Launch Team and Get 5 Exclusive Benefits

My new book releases next month!

Okay, I’m asking for your help. My new book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing, releases next month —and I’m inviting you to join my exclusive “Waiting on God Launch Team.”

Join My Waiting on God Launch Team and Receive 6 Exclusive Benefits

Thanks so much for your interest in my Waiting on God Launch Team but the application process is now over.

But you can still help! Here are a few ways:

  1. During the week of August 18-25, order a copy (or copies) of Waiting on God. I will give you seven FREE BONUSES worth $160.78 for doing so. Sign up here to be notified.
  2. Encourage others on Twitter, Facebook, etc. to take advantage of the launch week offer.
  3. Read the book and post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.
  4. Pray that God would bless the book’s distribution and that many people would be encouraged to wait on God.

The last one is most important to me. The message of the book is one we all deal with, and my hope and prayer is that people would find hope to press on and glorify God in the process.

This team will include 70 people willing to help me get the word out about my new book. If you’re interested, let me tell you how you can help.

But first, I’ll tell you what I’ll give you if you do.

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Why Facing the Facts Begins with Faith

Your Faith Has More Facts Behind it Than You Think

Today you will be told to face the facts. Usually, that means bad news. You don’t have the money. The doctor’s report looks grim. Time is running out on your biological clock. Facing the facts is hard.

Why Facing the Facts Begins with Faith

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But think about it: facing the facts isn’t our problem. It’s that we fail to face all of the facts.

God has facts to factor into our thinking as well.

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Jerusalem’s Water Gate—Where the Source of Truth Gushed

Why You Need to Wall Off Your Time with the Bible

The best way to make sure we respond positively to the opportunities God provides us is to prepare ahead of time for them. But how do we anticipate those moments? The Lord has shown us how.

Jerusalem’s Water Gate—Where the Source of Truth Gushed

(Photo: Scribe copying the Scriptures. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

At the end of the exile, God moved the heart of the pagan King Artaxerxes to allow Ezra—a scribe and priest—to return to Jerusalem in 458 BC. Fourteen years before Nehemiah returned to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Ezra returned to rebuild the people. He did it by calling them to return to the Word of God.

Ezra shows us both how to prepare for the opportunities God provides and how to protect ourselves from what threatens them.

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Try Rubbernecking to God’s Perspective for a Change

Why Your Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Bad Day Doesn’t Define Your Life

How often do you come to the end of congestion on the freeway only to discover the whole jam was merely onlooker traffic? I’m always amazed. Why do we do that? It’s more than morbid curiosity.

I’ve concluded we rubberneck because we enjoy gawking at someone else’s bad day. But why? Because, honestly, it helps us feel better about our own lousy day.

But if we’re feeling bad about our lousy day (or life), then we need to rubberneck a different direction.

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