All posts filed under: Personality

What a personality is built on and why and how its uniqueness is useful to the writer/artist.

I Am Deborah

Israel was traditionally set up to have its men be the rulers on every level. It was unusual for Israel to follow the leadership of a woman. But with God’s anointing and favor, Deborah was called to be God’s prophetess, so much so that her anointing couldn’t be missed by Israel. Despite Israel’s laid down rules, she became their leader and they came to her to have their disputes decided under the Palm of Deborah—note that the tree was named after her. In following her story, you’d discover that she was a straight shooter—never holding back what needed to be said, and was clearly a very confident woman, too. It was on this path that she led Israel to freedom and victory over their oppressor—quite an unusual trend for a woman at the time. Have you, like Deborah, been called to follow a path less (or not) traveled by anyone of your particular quality? Do you fear rejection and possible hatred from the people that you’ve been called to serve?— Are you a woman called …

I Am Joshua (Part 2)

When you receive a promise of destiny from God, there’s the tendency to rush off in zeal to get started and achieve it all quickly. You might even go ahead and prepare a plan and step-by-step process to get you to where you think you are going (and may even do so forgetting to consult God). You believe that your plan isn’t only fail-proofed, you’re sure that it will get you there without any pain or hitches, and hopefully, will include fame, wealth and bliss. Turns out, God doesn’t necessarily work like that. He is a God of process—He chisels, molds, trims, and cuts our character in ways that could be painful, while teaching us to remain joyful in the midst of the storms in our life. By following Him, we learn the truth that destiny unfolds over time, and it is never in a hurry. Joshua’s journey didn’t start the day he took over from Moses. It started with him learning the ropes as Moses apprentice, and he was so for a long time. …

I Am Joshua (Part 1)

One of the most difficult things in life is to have to fill the shoes of a predecessor that wasn’t only greatly successful, but was deeply loved as well. This was the case with Joshua taking Moses’ place. God, understanding Joshua’s struggle, came to him and encouraged him to be courageous. Thus, a new leader who turned out to be great, too, was born. Do you find yourself in a similar position as Joshua? Are you a new leader taking over from someone considered an icon or legend in your field or organization? In studying God’s Word to Joshua, there are a couple of wonderful lessons to glean: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5b).” As God was with your predecessor and enabled them to achieve great things, so God will be with you and help you achieve great things too, if you put your trust in Him. “Be strong and courageous…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do …

Artist Scoop! ~ Interview with Music Artist Carmen Justice

Carmen Justice was the front-woman for the Christian music girl band, One Girl Nation. After a good run of about five years, the group disbanded, and Carmen went solo. This year has seen her release some singles such as Flaming Arrows and Red & Yellow Black & White (feat. GabeReal). Carmen took the time to share a bit about her life with us on TBAP. Take a look below! Miranda ~ Hello Carmen! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself. Carmen: So excited to do this interview and glad to answer any questions you may have! Thanks for supporting my music! I am a native Nashvillian who grew up dancing and singing. I studied music at Belmont University and I love traveling, dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joes, and Pinterest. A fun fact about me is that I can walk on my hands. Miranda ~ How did you become a Christian? Is there a story? Carmen: I have been a follower of Jesus since I was …

Artist Scoop ~ Interview with Kenan Stephenson, Creative Director & Songwriter for Equippers Revolution

Equippers Revolution released the Hands High album this July 14th (read the TBAP review here), which was pleasantly pop with a healthy persuasion that could lead a listener into worship mode. The young, bright, and hopeful Equippers are from Auckland, New Zealand, and their Creative Director and songwriter, Kenan Stephenson, took some time to talk to TBAP on behalf of the group. Follow our conversation and learn more about them! Miranda ~ Hello! Happy to have you here on TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about Equippers Revolution? Kenan: Thanks very much for having us, we’re glad to be talking with you. Equippers Revolution is the sound of our youth movement here at Equippers Church. We’re a creative collective made up of youth leaders and high school students, from Auckland, New Zealand. Miranda ~ What events led Equippers to become professional music artist? Kenan: We made an album a few years ago, and somehow that music spread further than we thought. We started out just making music that would encourage our own …

Artist Scoop ~ Interview With We Are Leo’s David Duffield

We Are Leo recently released an album, The Rush & The Roar (read the TBAP review here) to much acclaim and garnering a lot of attention, and for good reason! Their amazing song, 61/Twenty-three, as well as the others on the album (like Dimension!) resonates on a level so deep, it’s [nearly] impossible not to be impressed by it. The band’s founder, David Duffield took some time to chat with us on TBAP today, offering some amazing words of wisdom that would leave anyone inspired to slow down, see life through God’s eyes, and enjoy it. Follow our chat below! Miranda ~ Hello! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself. David: Hey, my name’s David Duffield. I love Jesus, my wife, music, football & STAR WARS…in that order. I love connecting with people who share my passion for ministry & music. For me, life is about worship and making connections. I believe that God placed us here to do amazing things and I’m excited to walk that out …

I Am David

It is not uncommon for God to call a person to start something that has never existed before. As was with Abraham, it may require a new foundation to be laid for this new beginning—a slate wiped clean. This was David’s story. At the beginning, it appeared that Israel having a king was originally the people’s idea, but, in fact, God had installed this in His plan for Israel from the beginning, even revealing it to one of the patriarchs—Jacob—who prophesied it while on his deathbed as he blessed his son, Judah, and told him that his brother’s sons will bow down to him and that the ruling staff would never depart from his hand until it came to the one to whom it belonged (Genesis 49:8-12). Israel forcefully demanded for a king, and they were given one from the Tribe of Benjamin. But when God was ready to begin the dynasty that would produce Jesus, God wiped the slate clean and anointed David from the Tribe of Judah, as the prophecy had indicated. As …