What’s On My List?: Books, Music, And Podcasts

We don’t know everything.  That can be pretty difficult to hear, but it’s an honest statement.  God knows all.  We fall short of being all-knowing.  The exciting part is that there is always room for us to grow and learn.

Below are some books that I’m in the process of reading (or just finished).  Also, I’ve listed some artists and podcasts that have pushed me to grow.  Perhaps the words, lyrics, and teachings will be meaningful to you.

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Beyond the Four Walls: What Do We Do With God Outside of Church Service?

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On Sundays (or Saturdays) many venture to a building or a designated place to collectively worship and praise God.  We hear the preacher deliver a mighty sermon that leaves us inspired and encouraged to leave the four walls of the building ready to make a change in our lives, and ready to share the goodness of God with others.  However, we walk outside of those four walls and sometimes fall back into our same habits and routines.  The inspiration we received from the sermon sometimes takes a backseat.  We meant to tell others about the sermon we heard and apply the sermon to our lives at least for the week, but didn’t necessarily take the time to do so.

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Are You Running? – Six Things I Learned About Trying to Run from Purpose

Checklist:

  1. Running Shoes On: Check
  2. Ready to Run: Check
  3. Running Route: Unknown

There’s a problem with this checklist, and it’s not the unknown running route.  It’s not a bad thing to run if you are exercising or training for a marathon.  (There are probably some other good reasons to run as well.)  However, it’s when you think about running or actually end up trying to run from where God is calling you to be that an issue arises.

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Where Is My Break?

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I wanted the breakthrough (i.e. that period of time after God brought me out of a tough season) to be easy.  Well, maybe not easy, but at least easier.  After all, the journey I just came out of wasn’t easy.  It was a difficult season and it lasted years.  When God brought me through it, I wanted to enter a period of “easiness” not because I was lazy, but because I felt I needed a break.  God gave me rest, but I wanted more.

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Growth: Faith and Relationship Edition

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There comes a point in your life when you stop trying to impress others with a fictitious version of yourself.  You realize that God has made you incredibly special just as you are.  You are not perfect, but no one is.  You are constantly growing, but so should everyone else.  We are all a work in progress.

What led me to this realization?  Life.  Experiences.  Time.

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