Exciting New Book Projects (Updates and Personal Announcement)

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Lately I have helped other friends with their books and that has sparked a new personal book project! I have been so excited it has been hard to sleep the past couple of nights. :)

If you are someone I am connected with on social media, you might have seen various posts lately about how I have the honor of working with Dr. Kathy Koch as she writes her new book “Screens And Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In A Wireless World.” So far I have done background research and given feedback on what she is writing as she writes it.

So fun.

This comes on the heels of doing the same type of content/writing feedback for another friend’s memoir, Jennifer Allison (aka The Rambunctious Kid.)

Seriously, I am loving these kind of projects.  While I haven’t been a part of his writing process, I am of course very excited for Alan Chambers who has worked very hard on his new book that is due out next year.

Of Blogging, Art & Armadillos

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Lately it has been really hard to get my own blogging done during the week because of my client workload being heavy (a good thing), starting to do videos again, and making sure I take time at night to paint/draw (life-giving to me.) However, I do post to social media quite regularly so I will post some of the recent art updates and the armadillo video from this morning below :)

Repost: “A Profound Moment – Reflecting On The Exodus Closing Announcement”

exodus logoThis post from my old blog has been brought to my attention several times within the past couple of weeks so I thought I would repost it for the record. I have only slightly edited it for information (ongoing) that is no longer relevant. For those that don’t know, or didn’t read this on my old blog, the particular night referenced below is one of the most powerful experiences I have had. This post was originally written July 8th, 2013.


On June 19th 2013, during the opening night of the Exodus Freedom Conference, I sat on the front row. Leslie was to my right and  Kathy and the Exodus board to my left. All of us were providing each other, and Alan, support as we knew that Alan was making one of the most important keynote speeches of his life. He announced that Exodus is closing.

It was excruciating. The tension, the excitement, the knowledge of what was about to be said … my heart was racing and the tears came and went … to come back again. I had known that night was coming for a while, but there is a difference between knowing and experiencing.

It was quite the profound experience.

Imagine

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Isn’t it cool that we can imagine? I think that is super-cool. Jesus, Creator of the universe, created us with the ability to imagine. That is truly some kind of awesome right there that is.

So why is it tempting to undervalue imagination or not intentionally engage it as we grow older?

What if your daydreams meant more than just passing time? … What if they truly informed us of our current state of being?

What if we used our imaginations to emphasize the prayerful words pouring forth? … or even to pray the words we cannot say? … to envision an environment of worship?

The word imagine is rolling around in my head, and I like it!

This is the video of the presentation I did yesterday at the “Grace Life” class. A couple of people asked so below are my notes as well. I hope you find it encouraging.

Our Father is Good :)

Three Ways Grace Triumph’s Over Religion In Relationships

  • Introduction – Greeting and overview of what is coming.
  • Triumph #1 – Grace Transcends Where Religion Restricts
    • Religion binds us to man-made traditions and cultural expectations – Grace Transcends both to restore relationship.
    • Oh no … Leviticus
  • Triumph #2 – Grace Embraces/Celebrates Relationships Where Religion Produces Masks and Hinders with Rules
    • Religion prioritizes rules over authentic relationship.
    • Grace empowers a dynamic, not static, way to approach life, to know and be known by our Heavenly Father and others.
    • Instead of finding a myriad of reasons to disconnect, find a myriad of reasons to embrace
      • Testimony of Dream & Friend
  • Triumph #3 – Grace Provides a Feast Where Religion Produces Spiritual Fast Food
    • Don’t be satisfied with a trite nutrition less religious formulas. Wake up each day ready to partake of ALLL that is beautiful and right with God’s ability to orchestrate our lives.
    • Jesus showed up in my living room. Following his lead in a dream I showed up in my friend’s life. It was His Spirit, His Grace that led me to these two huge blessings … not a religious formula.
    • I want to be in love with and be loved by Him… He provides relational intimacy on every level.
  • Summary:
    • Triumph #1 – Grace Transcends Where Religion Restricts
    • Triumph #2 – Grace Celebrates Relationships Where Religion Produces Masks and Hinders with Rules
    • Triumph #3 – Grace Provides a Feast Where Religion Produces Spiritual Fast Food

Some fun news and a prayer request: I will be teaching at my church’s (Grace Church Orlando) Sunday school class next Sunday. After talking with Bill today I feel confident about the direction. Now Just need to give it some structure and fit within 25-30 minutes. <– That is a prayer request by the way :). Thank you! OH and it will be live-streamed on the Internet so if you want to watch you can. I will check to see if it will be made available as a video afterward.

Date: June 29, 2014
Time: 9:35 a.m. EDT
Appearance: “Grace Life” Sunday School Class at Grace Church Orlando
Outlet: Grace Church Orlando
Location: Orlando, FL
Format: Vlog

“Exodus International To Close…” – One Year After The Announcement

exodus logoOne year ago today was one of the most adrenaline filled/stressed-out days of my life. I knew that Alan Chambers was going to announce that we were closing Exodus that June 19th night. It was an incredible moment. One I will not forget. I am very proud of, and love, Alan for his intellect, bravery, and compassion.

I was the guy to hit publish on the press release and distributed it online while Alan was speaking. Definitely a personally catalytic moment in time.

Today I am not writing this to re-argue about the rightness of our decision. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it was the correct decision to make. I am confident the Lord had orchestrated the entire situation; that He lead the staff, Alan, and the Board to that conclusion. I have a peace in my heart and simply know it was the right decision. I remain convinced it was for the best on many levels. I also stopped trying to convince others who disagree to agree with me. It is what it is. I’ve moved on and I hope others will too.

Father’s Day 2014

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This morning I posted a status update that sums up my feelings for Father’s Day this year pretty well, and I embed that here in the post below. I also had a fun time hanging out with Alan, Leslie, Nate, Sarah, DJ, Leslie’s Mom Sue, all the kiddos. It was a fun cookout and of course everything was delicious; lots of good stories and laughing. I hope you had a great day too.

Morning Grace: Hebrews 4:14-16

Good morning my friends. Hope all is well and you have a smile on your face :)

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NASB) - 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.