My One-Word Goal For 2019

New Years has come and went; so are the resolutions many of us do not keep. Perhaps you made some resolutions, maybe not. Either way, I want to encourage you to restart by doing what I have done the past few years: choose a one-word goal.

In 2015, I did my first one-word goal by choosing to focus on hope. That year I learned a lot about hope, I gained a strong foundation on the topic, and I have since built on the theological virtue.[1]

Following hope, in 2017 my word was peace. Unintentionally peace has been my one-word goal for the past two years because I took multiple years to develop a solid foundation with the word. Now that there is a solid foundation, there is also room for peace to grow in my heart, which I look forward to explaining in future posts.

In 2019, however, it’s time to transition from the one-word goal of peace towards the foundation of a new one-word goal: The theological virtue, faith.[2]

Faith became my 2019 one-word goal after watching a montage of Billy Graham videos. At one point in the video, in his famous North Carolina draw, Graham addresses Phil Donahue with these words, Continue reading “My One-Word Goal For 2019”

Listen Through the Bible in 2017

audiobible2017 is here, and so are New Year’s Resolutions. Some common resolutions each year relate to health and wellness. Others are developing a new hobby or spending time with family. Resolutions can be anything for anyone.

Many Christians each year attempt to read through the Bible. This ambitious goal starts off well for many, but either the busyness of life or the Levitical Law causes many Christians to lose their momentum. Consequentially, parts of scripture are then never known to the modern reader.

Yes, there are many reading plans. However, there is an overlooked strategy in our exposure to the Bible that we neglect. So as we read the scripture, why not focus on hearing God’s word too!?!? Continue reading “Listen Through the Bible in 2017”

My One-Word Goal For 2015

“We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” (Hebrews 6:19, HCSB)

Last week, I posted an article about New Years Resolutions and how we should turn them into one-word goals than instant changes. By doing so we will have more results. As a result, today I want to share with you my one-word goal for 2015, which is, “hope.”HomeImage-OneWord

The reason I chose hope for 2015 is because it builds on my one-word goal in 2014, which was “grace.” In 2014 I continued on a journey of understanding practical and common grace better than I ever had before. In fact, 2014’s goal really began in November of 2013 when I hit a personal low over Thanksgiving weekend.

The months leading up to this weekend were extremely stressful for me. Some of it was self-induced, some it was not. Either way, the combined pressure of nearly losing my job, being apart of a mentoring process aimed to stretch me, a family conflict, and putting pride in my accomplishments caused me to realize a change was needed. As Tullian Tchividjian writes in his devotional, It is Finished,

“The grace of God always prevails. When we finally come to the end of ourselves, there it will be. There He will be. Just as He will be the next time we come to the end of ourselves, and the time after that, and the time after that.”[1] Continue reading “My One-Word Goal For 2015”