A different kind of blog:

Have you ever bought a book online because it looked really good in the advertisement (or a friend recommended it) only to find that you were immensely disappointed? Long past are the days when we physically walk into a bookstore and look at all they have to offer. It is only in doing this that we can pick up the book and flip through it. We can look at other books that are beside it and be reminded of other options that we would not have typed into our internet browser. Going to a physical store allows us to get advice from sales people; people that have read the books and know authors similar to the ones we like.  I am writing today to tell you all that the times where we could smell the new book scent and hear the crinkling of pages as they are turned are not gone! 

Anyone in the Calgary area should never again make a misinformed purchase of a Christian resource. I want you all to check out Better Books and Bibles on 636 16th Ave NW. It is a new and used Christian bookstore which proudly states they are “for the growing Christian.” They have been in business since February 2012 (they bought all of the used books from Pilgrim Books, if you remember that store). Dawn is the manager and she and I have started a great working relationship. She is always very quick to help me when I need any purchase to bless the volunteers or clients whom I serve with at The Mustard Seed. Whenever I do a special event for our residents, she has helped with everything from special orders (both large and small) to gift cards to those new and used, hard-to-find books, as well as DVDs and books on CD. They proudly specialize in servicing every age group from kids to teens to students and seniors, as well as everyone in between. They even have Bible studies there!

However, my favorite reason for giving them my business is that they are committed to promoting local authors! As such, I will be doing my first, official book signing and information session at their store on October 14th from noon to 3pm. Please check it out if at all possible BUT DON’T DO IT JUST FOR ME. Please check out their website: https://www.betterbooksandbibles.com but, most importantly, WALK INTO the store some time. If you are not in this area, please support your local Christian bookstore. We need these businesses to keep our local communities thriving for Jesus!

 

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Jehoshaphat (part two of three)

In keeping with the story of Jehoshaphat (from 2 Chronicles 17-20), we read in chapter 18 that he watches a prophet named Micaiah give a harsh word from God to King Ahab. Jehoshaphat then goes along with a plan that Ahab conjured up to try to attack Ramoth Gilead.

I don’t know if he was lured into this or if he did it to win favor with Ahab or if he knew God’s plan from the beginning, but the last part of verse 31 (NIV) records, “So they turned to attack him, but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him. God drew them away from him.” Ahab does eventually die as was prophesied but Jehoshaphat was protected because he called out to God.

Have you found yourself in a mess today? Whether you made a bad decision or it’s just a bad circumstance, God sees you! He knows what you’re going through. I believe that you can cry out to God, just like Jehoshaphat did, and God will draw away whatever has entangled you. It may not happen the way you want or at the time you want but you have to trust Him to do it. That is the epitome of Becoming Ever Mindful.

Part three will come shortly.

Remember that this book Becoming Ever Mindful is available at westbowpress.com and amazon.ca

Jehoshaphat (part one of three)

Second Chronicles 17-20 records the story of Jehoshaphat. There are a few amazing examples of how God blesses those who remain faithful to Him. We see a man whose first act as the king was to destroy the false gods (Asherah poles and Baals) as to declare that his nation would be one that follows God’s laws. By the third year of his reign, Jehoshaphat had Levites and priests go through the towns of Judah teaching the laws of the Bible.

Becoming Ever Mindful begins with establishing what it is you believe and why you’ve established those beliefs.

I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to stop and think about this. As soon as you get a chance, take a few deep breaths to quiet your distractions and think about what God has in store for you today. I strongly urge you to ask what He wants to do THROUGH you before asking what He can do FOR you. 

Part two will come shortly.

Remember that this book Becoming Ever Mindful is available through westbowpress.com and Amazon.ca

Thank you all!!

The support for this has been overwhelming. Thank you to all my friends and family who have bought the book. (I’m still waiting for my copy but others already have theirs!) If you’re still looking, it’s available in many places including westbowpress.com (where I get the most commission), amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and amazon.ca (can’t leave out my Canadian friends!). It is also available in ebook through kobo.com, Amazon Kindle, Google Play, nook, and iBooks Store.

Please remember that I try to write a new blog weekly here at becomingevermindful.wordpress.com and there is a separate weekly pick me up on Instagram and Facebook under becomingevermindful.

This book is set up to easily be converted into a small group teaching or a speaking engagement series and I am already doing some of that! Feel free to contact me through any above format if your church is interested. My marketing consultant will have many more avenues for me soon including a new website and email address (just use Tru21God@yahoo.com for now).

Again, thank you all for your support as many have already bought the book and have given great feedback. I will resume regular blogging this Friday!

That rascally devil:

The devil has no power unless we give it to him.

There is no reason to fear him. He is a small, measly, powerless creature that is casting a large shadow against the wall. He does not rule hell. Hell is a judgment place set aside for him and those he deceives. He doesn’t rule anything. When we learn to see him for who he is and see ourselves for who God empowered us to be, we win. I often read back through the stories of Peter and Judas Iscariot. They were both strong men of God (at least at some points in their lives) who walked with Jesus but their closely paralleled stories have dramatically different endings. I’m sure most of us know the story of how Judas sold the secret of where Jesus was for a little bit of money and then hanged himself afterwards. The truth is Jesus was not hiding and would have made his location known all by Himself if need be. Unfortunately Judas forgot that no sin is too big for God to forgive and remove. He went back to the chief priests and gave the money back and confessed to them. “What is that to us?” the Bible records them asking in Matthew 27:4. They did not care. He should have run to Jesus. Yes, Judas betrayed Him but I bet our Savior would have embraced Judas with a big hug and simply told him to go and sin no more (as He had said before). How sad it is that Judas, who spent so much time physically next to our Christ, so quickly forgot all the teachings of forgiveness. He did what we often do: he pronounced his own judgment upon himself. Judas was probably sitting in the crowd when Jesus said “Do not judge or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1) yet he made the decision to be his own final judge.

We cannot condemn ourselves! That‘s how Satan wins!

It’s a question of comprehension:

Do we really fully comprehend what God can do? He is omnipotent! If Jesus could calm the winds and rains then He can certainly calm the storms of your life. It is our responsibility to let Him take control. Unfortunately, we are often like the disciples. The feeding of the 5000 is a well-known miracle recorded in the gospels. Have you ever noticed that, only a short time later, the disciples were questioning how Jesus would feed 4000? The thing that is even more disappointing is that shortly after that, the disciples forget to bring enough bread for a journey they are going on and get really anxious. Jesus reminds them of what JUST HAPPENED ONLY DAYS BEFORE! Mark 8:17 “Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?”

 

Jesus must just shake His head in utter shock at our lack of faith sometimes.

The journey: part 2

I was raised in church and went straight into Bible college when I graduated high school. I really enjoyed my studies and the ministry experiences to which I was exposed. When I graduated, things did not go the way I planned or hoped. I started working for a church as a youth pastor but they couldn’t really pay me. I was on the verge of getting married and had to “settle” for a job at a bank as to get health benefits and a decent salary. Eventually, I had to stop working at that church and became a youth volunteer at another church. I was incredibly disappointed.

I eventually worked out a way to still be a part-time youth pastor while continuing a career in finance. I had a decent life. I was very happy. I was married and eventually had a child, but I did not understand why God didn’t open a door for me in the ministry.

I will continue this story next time, but remember this: (this is in the book) If you went through all the effort to make the perfect cherry pie but took it out of the oven before it was ready to eat, it would not live up to its potential. We are all like cherry pies in God’s oven. Only He knows exactly how He formed us and exactly how long it may take before we are ready. TRUST HIS TIMING

Psalm 90:4 “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”