While the human race is becoming collectively more knowledgeable every year, each of us (as individuals) is becoming relatively more ignorant. Thus [the] paradox of progress: the more we know, the less I understand. Every morning, when we wake up, we are in relative terms a little bit more stupid than the day before.

‎ Jonas Ridderstråle, Julian Birkinshaw
Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future (Stanford Business Books, 2017), 29.

I’m excited to lead an upcoming special tour to the Holy Land which will focus exclusively on applying select Old and New Testament sites to your life. This special tour of the land of the Bible is designed to take you beyond the places most tours to Israel see. We’ll even experience the biblical sites of Jordan!

Perfect for someone returning to Israel to see brand new places—or for the first-timer who wants to experience the Holy Land in a unique and fulfilling way.

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I hope you’ll join me for this trip of a lifetime.

Date: October 18, 2018—October 29, 2018
Event: Tour to the Holy Land and Jordan
Topic: Experience the Holy Land
Sponsor: Imagine Tours and Travel
(863) 709-9208
Venue: Israel and Jordan
Location: Israel and Jordan
Israel and Jordan
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

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3 Steps to Contentment in Your Life with God

Security from the Good Shepherd who leads and walks beside you.

The word sounds too good to be true. Contentment. It feels out of reach because it sounds out of touch. The world mistakes content people for the unambitious, lazy, and weak. Yet finding contentment comes from God.

3 Steps to Finding Contentment in God’s Powerful Picture

(Photo: The quiet waters of Ein Perat. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

In our hectic lives, trying to find contentment feels like finding the horizon. Always there, but always out of reach.

We need to reframe the picture.

Using the picture of a shepherd, the Old and New Testaments point to the Lord as the only one who offers contentment—and how to find it.

Three steps can take you there.

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I’m excited to speak at the Denton Calvary Academy Commencement on the topic: “The Fabulous Success God Has Planned for You.”

Date: May 17, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Event: Denton Calvary Academy Commencement
Topic: "The Fabulous Success God Has Planned for You"
Sponsor: Denton Calvary Academy
940-320-1944
Venue: Arts and Athletic Recreation Complex
940-320-1944
Location: 1910 E University Drive
Denton, TX 76209
Public: Public

How to Unwrap the Bible’s Surprising Gifts in 4 Steps

It's the best way to benefit from your Bible.

Did you unwrap all your Christmas gifts? Silly question, I know. If we left a gift unopened, we might hurt the feelings of the giver. Plus, we wouldn’t get our gift! Still, we do have surprising gifts to open. 

How to Unwrap the Bible's Gifts in 4 Steps

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The Bible is a book of gifts, often unwrapped, because we simply don’t realize its tremendous value to our lives.

I want to share with you 4 steps that can help you unwrap the Bible’s blessings in your life.

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How to Live the Impossible Christian Life

Jesus' words by the Sea of Galilee reveal God has a source of supply for you.

The Christian life is not hard. It’s impossible. We can no more live the impossible Christian life on our own than we can get to heaven on our own. Jesus’ words by the Sea of Galilee prove it true.

How to Live the Impossible Christian Life

(Photo: The Plain of Bethsaida, where Jesus fed the 5000. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

In fact, your own experience proves it true, doesn’t it?

  • Success in marriage is always beyond your ability.
  • Your walk with Christ is more than you can accomplish.
  • Daily responsibilities overwhelm you.

Every method and strategy you rely on seems to fail. But God never designed the impossible Christian life to frustrate you. He has intended life to work a certain way—and when we choose a different path, frustration kicks in.

In three rapid-fire events by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus teaches His disciples (and us) how to live the impossible Christian life.

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Mount Sinai—Why You Absolutely Need God’s Word First

God’s will for our lives comes from pondering God’s Word

What gets your attention first each day? You have a todo list that begins to yell at you—yesterday’s list to finish first. But before the rush of productivity, God urges us to race to the foot of Mount Sinai —and pause. 

Mount Sinai—Why You Need God’s Word First of All

(Photo: The Mountains of Sinai from Jebel Musa. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

That’s what God did with His people. Instead of taking them straight to Canaan from Egypt, He led them southeast for three months to Mount Sinai. There God entered into a covenant with Israel and gave them His commandments.

True, God could have led them straight to Canaan. After all, what better place to receive the Holy Bible than in the Holy Land?

But the Lord wanted them to have His Word before they walked in His plans for their future.

This principle hasn’t changed for us.

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How to Cope When the Will of God is Hard

The will of God also includes the presence of God, and thus, His comfort.

Sometimes it seems the Lord leads us into a life that can’t possibly be His will. What started with such promise has become such a challenge. It’s tough to know what to do next.

How to Cope When the Will of God is Hard

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What do you do when the life God has promised you looks nothing like the life God has given you?

God had promised a son to Sarai and her husband, Abram. Yet at the same time, God prevented conception. This is the will of God? 

What God said is a lesson we need to hear.

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3 Sites Where the Habits of Jesus Can Help You Crush Compromise

How to Follow the Lord’s routines at Nazareth, the Wilderness, and the Mount of Olives

Bad habits are hard to break. But here’s the good news: so are good habits. Once installed, a good routine serves as a powerful ally in your walk with God. Three habits of Jesus show us how.

3 Sites Where the Habits of Jesus Can Help You Crush Compromise

(Photo: Olive trees on the Mount of Olives. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The Gospel of Luke highlights several places in the life of our Lord that give us a window into the habits of Jesus. His commitment to these habits revealed His character in moments of opposition, weariness, and even danger.

Three places. Three lessons. Three habits essential to your life.

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Rest is not something that the world gives us. It’s never been a gift. It’s never been something you do when you’ve finished everything else. If you want rest, you have to take it. You have to resist the lure of busyness, make time for rest, take it seriously, and protect it from a world that is intent on stealing it.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less (Basic Books, 2016), Kindle Locations 179-181