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For the Love of Irony

Last Friday I put the final period on a new book I’m writing, then sent it in to my publisher to see if they like it. The working title is Overcoming the Critic. The book is about dealing with critics and how to ready yourself so they don’t affect you—so they don’t discourage you and keep you from doing what God has called you to do.

Then on Tuesday I woke up and immediately saw a review on my Created for More. It was a mostly positive review, but they didn’t like my use of the word “zen”. I understand. It wasn’t the right word for the chapter. So the next 30 minutes while I showered and ate breakfast, I was obsessing over it. “Why did I use that stinkin’ word? It was such an obvious mistake. I hope that doesn’t hurt the success of the book…my sloppiness with the English language.” (more…)

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What Are You Planting?

I’ve preached the principle of sowing and reaping. Call it karma if you like. The point is: you get out of life what you invest in it. God set up the principle, and even He operates by it. (I open up that can of worms in my devotional if you’re curious about what I mean.)

I realized even though I preach it and believe it, I haven’t been proactively living it. Sure, if someone asks me for help, I’m pretty eager to say ‘yes’. But I never seek people out and offer my assistance.

Well I’m changing that. I recently Skyped in with some guys who run a site similar to mine (but very new) and told them everything I know about making money from their site. I gave them all my secrets and even all the numbers. I’ve even started looking for advertisers I can connect them with. (more…)

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This Project Will Out Me as a Fraud

I’m convinced. This book coming out… This will be the project where people will finally see what a fraud I am. People will read my devotional, and think to themselves, “This guy doesn’t know anything. Why have we been listening to him?”

I’ve expressed this fear to a few friends. They laugh. But it’s a real fear.

It’s a fear because I know what’s inside me. I know I’m far from perfect. I know some days I’m completely inspired and creative. While other days I have nothing in my tank. People listen to my opinions on things that I have no business having an opinion on. I’m not a theologian. I’m not a Bible scholar. I never went to seminary. Yet I have a devotional coming out next month. (more…)

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Hooters Girls and Real Relationships

I knew a guy in college who just didn’t quite get how relationships worked. He was a huge fan of Hooters. And if you looked at his Facebook page, you’d see just how much. Nearly all his pics were with all his “friends” from Hooters. Loads and loads of girls on every side of him, smiling like they were best friends.

Now, this post isn’t about Hooters. It’s not even about my friend going to Hooters. It’s about something that began developing in my friend as a result of this situation. He was just completely unhappy with the relationships in his life (at least the ones away from Hooters). He couldn’t figure out why his other friends weren’t as nice as these Hooters girls. They were so nice to him and everyone else seemed rather indifferent to him. Why didn’t people show the same interest in him that these girls did? (more…)

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We’re Better Working Together

You probably know, if you read my blog frequently, that I have a book coming out September 1st. It’s a devotional for creative minds. (Seriously, why haven’t you pre-ordered it yet?)

But you probably don’t know I have two other books in development. One book, Church Marketing Sucks is partnering with me on to publish. The other, I just finished the first draft on (no publisher yet).

How can I have three books in the works at once? Is my head about to explode? Do have all those thoughts swimming around in my head at once? Nope. I can work on so many books at once because I have people I trust to work on them with me. (more…)

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The Weird Thing About Self-Confidence

My book releases in less than a month. There’s nothing I can do about that timeline. On September 1st, it’ll be out in the real world where people are free to love it or hate it.

I find I’m in this weird nervous position. I’m terrified that nobody will buy my book. I mean, sure, a few people will buy my book. My parents, a few friends, and a couple devoted fans of ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com. But will anyone else pick this thing up?

I know it probably won’t be a NY Times Bestseller. I’m realistic. But what if, far missing that mark, it only sells 200 copies. In the publishing world, that’s a complete flop. I’ll probably never get another book deal again. (Not sure this is true…But it’s what’s going on in my head. So just go with me.) (more…)

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The Dilemma of Brilliance

As an artist, I have a desire to show the world a color that’s never been seen before. Yet when I think back to the last time I was blown away by a sunset, I’d already seen and experienced every color in that scene.

It’s tempting to think that the key to impacting people is to show them something they’ve never seen before. But that just isn’t the case. There’s this brilliance in simplicity that surpasses anything new. In fact, I believe true brilliance is the ability to present simplicity.

Let me illustrate it this way. I went to a church in Dallas called Fellowship Church. Ed Young, the pastor, is really well known. He speaks at conferences, sells thousands of books, and is frequently a guest on TV shows. And if you listened to him preach, you’d realize he doesn’t say anything all that new. He doesn’t delve the depths of theology in his messages. There’s depth in his messages, but nothing particularly new. (more…)

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Does God Make Your Dream Come True?

So God’s given you a dream. Here’s a question for you: Are you supposed to make this dream come true or is God?

There are some people who think God makes it all happen. They think that if you make it happen on your own you aren’t trusting in God. Then there are others who think you have to make it happen yourself. God may have give you the dream but it’s your responsibility to make it happen.

There are two cool stories in the Bible I think of when it comes to this idea of making your own dreams come true. The first is the story of Abraham. The second is the story of the Israelites. (more…)