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God’s Promises & Your Heart Desires Vs Your Dreams

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will grant you your heart desires” (Psalm 37:4). “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Careful observation shows that your heart desires are often connected to the talents that are inside of you; that’s because God didn’t just bless you with those talents, but He supplied the heart desires to go along with them. What typically remains to be discovered is the path to take in life, and the direction to follow. Being human, there’s the tendency to pick the obvious sociocultural option that is most popular. For instance, if I love music and I can sing, then God “must” be calling me to be a music artist who will turn superstar someday; if my school’s theater director tells me that I’m a “natural” and excellent in plays, then God “must” be leading me to be a big time actor who will be recognized with accolades across the world someday…and so on. Fortunately for us, …

Article ~ Your Best Days Are Ahead Of You

Some of the most difficult and confusing days to live as individuals are the ones where we believe that we’ve finished living out our purpose; that the best we have to offer has already been given, or that we haven’t even been allowed the chance to do so, but our lives have already been cut short. Typically, people who fit into this category include: those living with a terminal illness, those who’ve had their dreams or desired career prematurely cut short through a painful and catastrophic event, the old and retired…the list could go on. In this new place, you may feel useless and wander into a state of despair and depression, even pondering on why God has kept you alive past the days where you “mattered” to the world. Let me say this: whether you believe it or not, your best days are ahead of you if you let God lead you on this new path. There’s a season for everything under the sun. There’s a season for your glory days and to build, …

Missionary Perspective ~ What Jesus Said About Care & Relationships

Jesus commissioned the disciples to perform three tasks. One task was to preach the gospel to the whole world—the Great Commission—and it’s the most known in the church. The other two are Koinonia and Diakonia, and are not as emphasized as “tasks” in the church. Let’s take a look at why Jesus underscored Koinonia and Diakonia to the disciples. Koinonia Koinonia is a Greek word with its English equivalent as “fellowship,” “communion,” or “friendship.” Koinonia denotes goodwill, or harmonious fellowship of persons who share common interests. Koinonia, in the church, goes horizontally and vertically. Horizontally, koinonia extends to people and community. We stand connected to one another in ways that depict us as members of one family. Vertically, koinonia is experienced with God. Our fellowship should, first, be with God, and then, with people. We cannot have true fellowship with people if we do not have a genuine relationship with God. Vertical fellowship with God grounds the horizontal with people. If our relationship with God breaks down, then the horizontal may not stand. Although some …

Article ~ The Perks Of Being An [Entertainment] Blogger

In this piece, I aim to be more personal than I usually am. Yes, I’m a private person—very private!—but I’ve come to realize that it is impossible to inspire people without telling your personal story. What I do here on the TBAP blog, as editor, is tell other people’s stories (using articles and interviews) with the hope that what they have learned on their personal journey will inspire and help others to live out their lives courageously for God, and this has in turn blessed me greatly! So, here I am in this article, starting by letting you know how being an entertainment blogger has affected me personally and brightened my journey. Trust me when I say this: what I offer in this piece may be nothing like what you expect it to be, as I rightly suspect that this article’s title may persuade a reader to presume that it offers nothing but vanity. On the contrary! It is my desire and hope that you will not only be blessed and encouraged by it, but …

The Star Movie DVD Now Available

“Full of humor and heart.”—The Huffington Post “The Star is destined to become a classic!”—The Dove Foundation Golden Globe® Nominated for Best Original Song by Mariah Carey & Marc Shaiman About The Star Movie The Tale of Faith and Friendship Includes Six Sing-Along Videos from Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini, A Great Big World, and Kirk Franklin. Includes a Dance Along, “How-to” Crafts Video and Much More!  Available on Digital February 6 and On Blu-ray + DVD + Digital on February 20. From the studio that brought you MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN & CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself. AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The heartwarming animated comedy follows a small but brave donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the …

Article ~ Your Eyes, Your Lamp

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that you’re always right, especially when the basis for your argument at a particular moment stems from a principle or philosophy that you’ve abided by over time and you can swear unparalleled success by it. This not only increases pride, it also inhibits opportunities to show love, compassion, and mercy. Through these set of principles that you’ve so meticulously collected for yourself, you see and operate in the world in a certain way that progressively sets you in your ways, so that you become stricter in/by them, and even require others to submit to these principles with a sternness that has zero tolerance for any kind of flexibility. You may, in error, over time, view this as you becoming impressively more disciplined and sound-minded—which may be true to some degree—but dangerously more inclined toward arrogant and negative assertiveness. How do you know which way you’re going? When this “sound-mindedness” is increasingly more legalistic, but less loving, compassionate, forgiving, and merciful, and prefers judgment and the swift …

Busy Signal

When God gives you a call, does He get right through? Or does He get a busy signal? Keeping the line clear takes work sometimes. Decluttering of noise, of distractions and desires, and thoughts vying for our attention. Too often the urgent overtakes the critical. Spiritual triage falls forgotten in the wasteland of looming work deadlines and constant barrage of social media notifications. And our souls shrivel. But Busy Is Good! Western culture reveres busyness as the measure of success. The laws of supply and demand insist that the less time someone has for us, the more it is worth pursuing their attention. The heavier someone’s workload, the better their skills must be. And the more exhausted we are chasing our version of a dream, the more applause we should earn. Because, busy is good! But is it really? Our excuses make sense. I mean, especially in the entertainment and film industry, you gotta hustle. Gigs often present themselves at the last minute, requiring shoving everything else to the side in a sprint to prepare …