Lost In Distraction

October 28, 2013 — Leave a comment

When it comes to romantic relationships, many people struggle differentiating between an opportunity and a distraction. When someone peaks their interest or another person shows interest, it can appear as an opportunity for a successful relationship.  Yet, that same person can derail and distract us from what God is calling us to do and be.  Very often, both healthy and unhealthy relationships begin with the same initial attraction. There is no formula to differentiating the two initially. The key is discernment.  There’s a thin line between success and failure, construction and destruction, forward and backward, finding love and finding chaos. The closer we stay to God, the more discerning we will be. The more we saturate ourselves with the Scriptures, the sharper our discernment. The more you get to know Him and the greater you know yourself, the more you’ll be able to know when you are becoming distracted.

Lost in Love Release Day Promo

The moment is finally here! Today marks the official release date of my first book Lost in Love.  Lost in Love is designed to help people navigate their way through the relationship journey.  Very often, we find ourselves in places unsure of exactly where we are.  Lost in Love will help you to know where you are so you know what to do to get where God wants you to be.  In celebration of the release date, I’m offering 30 autograph copies of the book for a limited time only on the Lost in Love website.

I often tell a story that I call, “The Tale of Two Couples.”  I often wish it was truly a tale and not a real life occurrence.  I knew two couples that got married on the same day.  I remember receiving an invitation to both weddings and having to choose which one to attend.  One couple went on to have a successful marriage.  Even to this day, their marriage continues to thrive.  The other couple began facing difficulty shortly after the wedding.  Within a year, the marriage was dissolved.  There are things that make or break a marriage before they start.  They are often things we tend to ignore; sometimes on purpose.  There’s a reason why many fail to go through premarital counseling.  There’s a reason why couples spend countless hours preparing for a wedding and almost zero time preparing for the actual marriage.  There’s a reason why we still believe that romance can conquer all things.  There’s a reason why some of our daily habits are the seeds that reap a harvest of destruction in our future marriage.  And it all begins when we are single.  If that couple had a relational map, they would have known that they were in the LAND OF LOVE.  Yet, The Land of Love is not what many think it is.  If so, we would approach our relationships much differently.

This is a series of blogs from “Lost in Love,” which helps people navigate the the five relationship terrains:Lost in Love Mock Book

  • The Mountain of Acceptance
  • The Plateau of Comfort
  • The Valley of One
  • The Wilderness of Spectating
  • The Land of Love

Official release date: Tomorrow – Tuesday, August 6th

There was a couple who some would consider the ideal couple.  They were both very attractive, intelligent, and looked great together.  They were two of the nicest people you could ever meet.  Like other dating couples, they spent time together and enjoyed every moment as their relationship continued to develop.  Then one day, the guy popped the big question and asked her hand in marriage.  The engagement was followed by several years of marriage.  Yet, a marriage that appeared great on the outside began falling apart on the inside. Within a few years, the couple divorced and went their separate ways.  I believe one of the key elements that led to their separation began way before their marriage.  It was a major component they failed to grasp and implement when they were dating and courting.  They became complacent and failed to pursue growth in vital areas.  If they had a relationship map when they were dating, they would have realized they were on THE PLATEAU OF COMFORT.

Lost in Love Mock BookThis is a series of blogs from “Lost in Love” which helps people navigate the five relationship terrains. 

  • The Mountain of Acceptance
  • The Plateau of Comfort
  • The Valley of One
  • The Wilderness of Spectating
  • The Land of Love

Official release date: Tuesday, August 6th

Moving On

August 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

One of the hot button topics during my single years was the dating and relationships.  I can’t recall a conversation with a group of my friends that didn’t somehow morph into a relationship seminar.  One day, a friend told me about a young lady with whom he had a serious relationship.  It was his most serious relationship up to that point.  Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, the relationship ended.  Though he claimed to have moved on, the tone in his voice and subtle look in his eyes made you wonder if he truly brought closure in his heart.  After a few casual dates, he began another relationship.  This relationship, however, was very unhealthy.  I would dear to say that it was a toxic relationship.  It raised concerns from those who knew him.  I believe my friend became lost on his relationship journey.  If he had a relationship map, he could have made healthier choices once realizing he was on THE MOUNTAIN OF ACCEPTANCE.

Lost in Love Mock BookThis is a series of blogs from “Lost in Love,” which helps people navigate the the five relationship terrains:

  • The Mountain of Acceptance
  • The Plateau of Comfort
  • The Valley of One
  • The Wilderness of Spectating
  • The Land of Love

Official release date: Tuesday, August 6th

Lost in Love Books

I can’t believe they’re finally here! Copies of my first book, Lost in Love!  My prayer is that God will place them in the right hands of the right people at the right time. Moments happens when a resource intersects with a need.  Needs remain unmet when there are no resources.  Likewise, resources remain unused when there’s no need for them.  I hope that Lost in Love will meet the needs of many and transform the way we approach and handle romantic relationships.  I’ll be giving away a few copies at Expression Live tomorrow.

Opened Doors

July 16, 2013 — 1 Comment

The Open Door

Just in case you were wondering, God still opens doors.  According to Revelation 3:8, He places before us opens doors that no one can shut.  We often struggle with where we are in comparison to where we want to be or feel God is calling us to be.  If we remain faithful, God will open a door in due time.  Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen God open doors for Expression Live, The Bridge’s free festival and benefit concert for the homeless in Downtown Silver Spring. Last week, I did an interview on local radio station, WPFW.  Tomorrow morning, another interview I did will air on WHUR 96.3FM, one of the highest rated radio stations in the DC area.  In case your listening, the interview will air in three segments: 6:43am, 7:12am, and 8:12am.  It will featured on the “Taking It to The Street” with Tony Richards which airs during The Steve Harvey Morning Show.  Also, that same day, a story about the Expression Live will be featured in the Silver Spring Gazette. We’re not sure what will be the outcome of all this.  Everything is in God’s hands.  We’re just thankful for the opportunity to walk through open doors.

Expression Live Photo for Blog

Every year, we leverage the summer months to throw an outdoor festival and benefit concert in our community called Expression Live.  Expression Live will take place this Saturday in the Downtown Silver Spring Shopping Center, right outside where we gather every Sunday.  This year, we will have a street performers segment in addition to the concert where artists will perform on the main stage.  On the day of the event, we will also host a 1500 for 1500 Community Drive.  We are partnering with a local non-profit organization called Shepherd’s Table to impact the homeless in our community.  We are inviting the community to donate and help us collect 1500 clothing and toiletry items for 1500 homeless people.  Every year, I’m blown away by the faithfulness and dedication of The Bridge’s volunteers.  They are truly the ones that make this event happen.  Because of their dedication, someone’s life will never be the same.

Leaders Breakfast

January 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

I had the opportunity of connecting with some local pastors for breakfast in Silver Spring.  I always enjoy connecting and learning from other leaders.  It takes one church to reach people, but it takes many churches to start a movement.  If our city is going to be transformed for Jesus Christ, it’s going to take many leaders and churches uniting for a common purpose.  We are always better with others than we are alone.

 

Night One Recap

January 8, 2013 — 2 Comments

I had a great time praying with some of the members of our Green Line and Praise and Worship service teams from The Bridge.  My wife and I both admitted that it felt weird meeting in silence at first.  We’re so used to “setting the atmosphere” with music.  God often speaks most when we’re quiet.  Our solemn assembly meeting was followed with a silent evening of solitude, prayer, and Scripture reading.  Tonight, the men gather for prayer. #IGNITE2013