3 Things You Should Withhold if You Want to Gain Real Influence

Jonathan Malm - October 19, 2016

I stumbled onto a unique Youtube video this week. The title was “Why Jimmy Fallon Seems Fake“. Frankly, that topic was actually buried (it was his seeming fake laugh if you’re curious). But the video spent most of the time talking about why people love Jimmy Fallon. I found it fascinating. The narrator shared four things that make people love Jimmy Fallon, but it made …

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I Wish Churches Would Stop Focusing so Much on Sin

Jonathan Malm - October 17, 2016

I wish churches would stop focusing on sin. You’ll need to follow me here and see my heart. I have a picture of the church standing by a highway, cars streaking by. The cars are sin, deadly forces seeking to destroy us. The highway line is that imaginary “line” that we dare not cross, lest sin destroy us. Understandably, the church is helping people see the …

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Why Your Best Opportunity to Be Light is Now

Jonathan Malm - October 12, 2016

Contrary to Facebook links and religious commentary, I believe the Church has one of the greatest opportunities right now. People are desperate for Jesus, though not necessarily desperate for the religious institute of church – the building and org structures. I believe we have our greatest opportunity right now to be light to the world. Here’s why. The Church shines brightest when things are darkest. Churches might …

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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Church Conference

Jonathan Malm - October 10, 2016

I’m not saying this to brag, but I’ve become a bit of an expert when it comes to church conferences. I’ve been to a bunch. I’ve attended, spoken, and even directed. I visit at least three or four every year – big and small. So I feel like I can speak some wisdom here. I believe a lot of people approach these conferences wrong. And …

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3 Reasons the Presidential Candidates are So Much Scarier This Year

Jonathan Malm - October 6, 2016

Guys, people are scared. They’re scared about what’s going to happen to our country when the next president is elected. Regardless of who you’re siding with, most people feel a bit nervous about both candidates. At very least they feel terrified of one of the candidates. So what’s different this time? Why are they so much scarier? How’d we get here? Here are three things …

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The 4 Seasons of Work Life (and the Unique Opportunities They Present)

Jonathan Malm - October 5, 2016

I’ve noticed there are four different seasons of my work life. Just like spring, summer, fall, and winter, my work life tends to have its own cycles with different weather in each. I believe understanding that work comes in cycles has its own benefit. But I also believe there are unique opportunities presented in each season. We just have to take hold of them. 1. Unmotivation Unfortunately, …

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5 Bible Verses that Are Critical in This Election Season

Jonathan Malm - September 29, 2016

I write this on the day after the presidential debate. I want to live by these verses, and I pray other believers would too. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12 People are not our enemies. …

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How I’ve Made Peace with the Uncertainty of Self-Employment

Jonathan Malm - September 28, 2016

I’m not going to lie. Self-employment is stressful at times. Each time I make my long walk to the mailbox, I pray there’s a check in there waiting for me. Sometimes that check needs to be there. And I’m convinced sometimes it’s only by the grace of God that it is there. That’s the life of a self-employed person. There’s very little regularity or security …

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3 of the Coolest Things About Your Enemies

Jonathan Malm - September 26, 2016

I’ve been reading in the book of Isaiah lately. It’s a mixture of depressing and super encouraging all at once. It’s Isaiah lambasting the Israelites for rejecting God, and then telling them they’re going to be turned over to Assyrians and Babylonians… And then it’s talking about the goodness of God and how He’ll redeem them. And then it’s massive threats from God against the …

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