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Brain Dump – July 30, 2014

  • Read books you absolutely disagree with from authors with whom you are philosophically polarized. The Communist Manifesto is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s also one that made me think about why I hate it. Stretch your faith through reading and discussion.
  • Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” is still one of my favorite TED Talks. What you do has to start with a purpose burrowed deep into your core. Your “Why” has to drive your “What,” whether it’s work, ministry, relationships, or fun. Life without purpose is a life not lived.
  • A new friend of mine made a profound statement today, saying he’d rather be thinking about God while doing what he loves doing instead of sitting in church thinking about what he loves doing. Worship has no location boundary. If we’re not creating engaging opportunities to worship together as parts of the Church, no matter where we are, we’re drifting away from the center of our worship: our Creator and Savior Jesus Christ.
  • The three biggest issues facing the Church today is navigating the LGBT lifestyle, the use of marijuana, and spiritual abuse. How the Church responds will say a lot about where we are with the mission of Christ, the grace and truth of God, and our level of surrender to Gospel transformation.
  • Pray for Dr. Kent Brantly as he fights for his life with the Ebola virus. The virus has no known cure at this time. His wife and two kids are thousands of miles away and not certain whether they will see Kent survive. Pray for a miracle and unbelievable grace for them.
  • Make your car a university on wheels. Set aside whatever time you can to download podcasts, lectures, messages, sermons, audio books, whatever you want that will build into your future. Turn your car radio into a mobile classroom during your commute.
  • Your identity in Christ is yours to protect, not forget. The most dangerous threat to your identity in Christ is letting anything or anyone but Christ start maligning your identity. You are a child of God and a valuable treasure worth redemption in His eyes.
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Brain Dump – July 23, 2014


  • God keeps providing new clients and opportunities to connect more with great personalities through Keynote Content. At least four big opportunities are on the horizon and they’re big, I mean, huge. I’m praying for God to keep opening doors and giving me clarity to keep building His business the right way.
  • If there’s one thing I’ve been reminded about this week, it’s that the average person doesn’t know anything about Hamas, Palestine, Israel, ISIS, Syria, and what’s really going on in the Middle East. In more than one way, things rarely change.
  • I love the message of Colbie Caillat’s new music video “Try”. It’s a great conversation starter on how mirrors and media are some of the worst perspective-setters.
  • An idea with organization is called a plan. Know the difference between an idea and a plan. Ideas are cheap. Period. Anybody can come up with an idea. Ideas are usually organic and messy and disjointed. The hard part is taking an idea and putting boundaries and purpose behind its future and then the real mastery is earned.
  • We were made by a Creator to be creators in imitation of Him. Our art and design needs to take more lessons from creation. Nothing that’s the color white in the natural world lasts very long: snow, clouds, teeth, waves, etc. God put us in a vibrant world for a reason. Take a tip from creation: expand the palette of your life experience by adding color where you can.
  • Kara and I got to spend the weekend up in Estes Park connecting with different summer camp staff and leaders. I’m humbled and amazed at how God carries on opportunities I was blessed to help start seven years ago. And guess what? It’s growing and changing lives without me, another great reminder of the small part I get to play in God’s massive plan.
  • The Gospel is the greatest message you could ever share. Why does Christ’s sacrifice makes such a dynamic change in your life? It takes practice and guts to share something as beautifully polarizing and personal as your story of faith.
  • God still holds tomorrow.