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Photo Credit: Wellington Sanipe via Unsplash

 

Through the negativity and condemnation I have received from others or most often self-imposed; I have trouble seeing my value or worth. I have had days when I questioned whether I should even get out of bed. I can’t even count how many times I have lost heart. Continue Reading…

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“Sentences change lives.” – Unknown

I have no idea where I’ve heard this quote from, but I think in many ways it is simple, yet very profound.

It is simple. Every day, we use sentences to communicate to one another to perform simple task, such as telling someone to turn off a light or to pass the Queso Cotija.

Yet in the same way it’s profound. We use sentences to tell someone we love them or we hate them—both expressions either bring life or death.

Sentences change lives—from one extreme to the other.

 

With this in mind, I want to ask you question, but for clarity’s sake I want to paint a picture around the sentence…

With no human critique or judgement to restrain you. And no fears of being socially outcast from your tribe to prevent you from being completely open and honest.

Here is the question:

If you could ask God a question and you knew He would answer—what would you ask?

Seriously. With nothing hindering you from being completely honest and transparent. Whether you believe in God or not: What would you ask?

 

Joe

Before you read the next paragraph and freakout, just know I still love Jesus and I love His kingdom and His church…

A little transparency never hurt anyone… Right…

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Look Beyond The Surface

joepuentes —  September 3, 2013 — Leave a comment
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Photo Credit: Nicholas Swanson, Unsplash

Today when you interact with someone, whether its new person or an old acquaintance; look beyond the surface. Don’t make snap judgements on what use they can be to you or you to them.

Be the person that isn’t looking to use someone. Take the time to get to know them, look beyond the surface. Continue Reading…

People and Dignity

joepuentes —  August 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Here is something I have been thinking about lately. As it pertains to my own life and how I interact with people and how I treat people…

I want to make a statement. A statement that I truly believe in. One that every Christian needs to identify with and live out.

 

“Before anything, the church should be a place where dignity is given to all people, through grace, in the name of Jesus.” Continue Reading…

How often do we think about the last advice or the last words we would mouth to the people we love? To be honest, I don’t really think about it that much. On the occasion when I do think about it, I have a tendency to think about the words I would speak to my wife, my kids, their spouses, and grandkids if it was appropriate to assume my kids had them. Continue Reading…

VergeNetworkLogoBlue-LargeI came across these four truths on the verge network website.

The four truths are:
God is great – so we don’t have to be in control.
God is glorious – so we don’t have to fear others.
God is good – so we don’t have to look elsewhere.
God is gracious – so we don’t have to prove ourselves.

Below is a little snipet from the article on vergenetwork.org…

In Tim Chester’s book You Can Change he identified four liberating truths about God. He suggested that underlying all our sinful behavior and negative emotions is a failure to believe one of these truths at a functional level… Continue Reading…