• life

    Encouraging Ourselves In The Solitude

    Following hard after a dream, chasing a vision and a goal, can be exciting at times. When your friends and family are rooting you on, when strangers are taking notice of your dedication and endurance, when your cup is full of encouragement and running over, you think this feeling of determination will last forever. Sometimes you get so caught up in it that you wonder how others have never followed their dreams or have quit along the way. With so much support, with so much positive and uplifting admonition, how hard could it possibly be to achieve that which we strive for? And then everyone leaves. The clouds roll in.…

  • life

    Letting Go To Reach Out

    The last year and a half has been rough for me. Between personal and business matters, life has felt like a chaotic storm. I’m finally coming out of the haze, and there’s lessons I learned during my time in the eye of the storm. Valuable lessons. Most who read this blog know I don’t care for being back in Arizona. Stepping out in faith to move to San Francisco was rough. It was even harder – for me, anyway – to move back here to Arizona. Ultimately, I didn’t want to. But when God calls you somewhere, you go. I don’t want to get swallowed by a whale, nor do…

  • life

    Why We Need To Start When We’re Not Ready

    There’s a common misconception that in order to go after our dreams, to reach for success, we need to wait for the right timing to strike, to wait until we are in a state of near perfection with ourselves and our goals before we can venture out. I too was once under this delusion – particularly when my wife and I picked up everything and moved to San Francisco to follow a calling on our lives. We wanted everything to be lined up ahead of time – we wanted to make sure we had enough money to survive at least a year out there, we wanted a job lined up…

  • calling,  life

    Staying True To OUR Calling

    CALLING – a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary Many of us have a calling on our lives. We know where we want to be, where God wants us to be, and a vision of how to get to the place where the two intersect. We know what our time, energy, and resources should be going toward, and we take steps to protect these things so we may – eventually – experience the fulfillment of the calling. There are times though that we can incidentally take on a calling that is not ours to take on.…

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    Breaking The Rules

    The first half of my life, I lived via conventional rules. The rules my parents set, the rules the church set, the rules society set. Most of these rules – I thought – were put in place to protect me, discipline me, and to teach me the right and ‘proper’ way to go. But as I grew older, as I matured in my life and in my faith, I realized that some of these rules were arbitrary. Needless. Stumbling blocks to a full life. Some, I realized, were put in place because the generation that came before put them in place. Because the generation before them and the generation before…

  • life

    Life And All Of Its Challenges

    It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on this blog regarding my personal life. I attribute some of that to the fact that I’ve just been highly introverted for the last few years. My two years in the Bay Area – and my time since moving back here to Arizona – have left me in a lot of silence in regards to sharing my life story with anyone. I guess I’ve just been processing everything that’s been happening and haven’t felt like letting others in on what’s been going on to a greater detail than some vague posts about how tough the move out here was, how agonizing my…

  • Christianity

    Society’s View of Jesus as a Peace-Loving Hippie

    I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately, one I’ve decided to address if only for the sake of emptying my head of all the nonsense I’ve been coming across on social media lately. Back in June, when the supreme court passed the equality law regarding marriage, I noticed many Christians placing the brightly colored rainbow background on their Facebook avatars. I found this action alone to be disturbing because to call yourself a Christian and then place a symbol of support for sinful behavior on your profile is one of the greatest forms of hypocrisy I have seen in this age. The Old Testament AND the New Testament are very clear…

  • Publishing,  The Crossover Alliance

    Beyond Me

    It’s been a struggle. Life. My life. I can’t say that I’ve had it the worst. No, I’m blessed beyond reason. I just mean that God’s been teaching me and guiding me through a lot of stuff lately. Confusing stuff. Hard stuff. Very emotional stuff. I still don’t understand it all, but in the end, my understanding of it isn’t completely necessary for me to get to the other side. I just need to trust God, God’s Word, and God’s way. One of the things I have been working on for months now (and essentially for many years) is turning The Crossover Alliance – a once-small online community for readers/writers…

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    A Season of Struggle

    Not going to lie. It’s been rough as of late. Even before I left California on the 800+ mile journey back here to Arizona at the end of April, I was battling emotional demons. I didn’t want to leave California. I didn’t want to move. Not really. It seemed smart logically, but the fact is, California has always had a special place in my heart. It’s where I was born. It’s where I ventured to numerous times in my adolescence. It’s where most of my extended family lives. Most of all, the weather and geography are more than favorable compared to Arizona. I prefer forests and oceans to desert and…