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The Art of War: Sun Tzu

  • About: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is as timely for business people today as it was for military strategists in ancient China. Written in China more than 2,000 years ago, Sun Tzu’s classic The Art of War is the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations.
  • Comments: Reading through this under the lens of fighting off Satan and spiritual warfare. You’ll never look at a relationship with Jesus and the “battle” the same way ever again.

Essentials of Prayer: E.M. Bounds

  • About: E. M. Bounds is the foremost authority in the knowledge and intimacy of prayer. This book will elevate the reader in the mode and practice of prayer far above any other… All due to the hours of devotion spent by Mr. Bounds.
  • Comments: After completing The Necessity of Prayer, this work follows suit. A new outlook on prayer follows anything read by E.M. Bounds work. While Essentials is good, The Necessity of Prayer might be one of the best books I have ever read on the subject.

The Measure of a Man: Gene Getz

  • About: Gene Getz delivers the newly enhanced message of what it takes to be a man of God. Men will gain encouragement for what they can be in Christ as fathers, husbands, and mentors to other men.
  • Comments: Two chapters in and excited for what’s to come. Love anything that talks about principles; this work is right up my alley. Anxious to get into discussions with other men about the material, hearing their thoughts regarding these biblical principles.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie

  • About: The rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
  • Comments: Great book with so many good takeaways. Reading it again under the lens of biblical leadership and weighing the truths inside against scripture to test validity. Never take one’s opinions as gospel, let the Bible do that!

Fight: Craig Groeschel

  • About: Craig Groeschel helps you uncover who you really are—a man created in the image of God with a warrior’s heart—and how to fight the good fight for what’s right. You will find the strength to fight the battles you know you need to fight—the ones that determine the state of your heart, the quality of your marriage, and the spiritual health of your family.
  • Comments: Often times the material feels dangerously close to John Eldredge Wild at Heart study. However, I’m super excited the guys at church are getting a lot out of it so I’m going on the trip as well.

What are you reading?


Kalahari Retreat Tweets

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10 Books

A friend asked a simple question, “Name the 10 books that have affected you in some way. Don’t spend more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard.” To simply quote them without any commentary as to “why these books” seemed inappropriate. Therefore, here is my list with the “why” attached.

On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by Dave Grossman

The book takes a look at “what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory – then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win.” I read the book after talking to an officer friend. We were discussing the parallels that happen in physical and spiritual “warfare”. He encouraged me to read the book under the lens of the spiritual. It has changed the way I look at leadership ever since.

Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible by Howard Hendricks

Living by the Book looks in depth at observing, interpreting and applying truth of Scripture. The book has changed the way I approach reading and understanding Scripture properly. I would highly recommend it.

The ESV Bible

This is the first Bible I read cover to cover. It holds a solid place in my heart for that reason.

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell

Before Rob Bell went to the funny farm, his early thoughts were breathtaking. Bethany and I even went to his “everything is spiritual” tour. This book kicked off the ability to “think for myself and question authority” (Tool – Third Eye), not just accept people’s teaching/thinking. Ever since this book I have questioned everything and weighed it against the Bible as a standard of truth. Contrary to popular belief, you should read the opposition, not just books that agree with you opinion.

Details Men’s Style Guide by Daniel Peres

I was given a copy of this book way back in 2008. It kicked off a passion for “honoring the past to move forward”. Some things have come and gone but some things should come back. This book marked the start of a passion to look like a “gentlemen”. Looking classy, the art of shaving with a single blade, understanding that looking good is not just reserved for women, manners, etc. etc. all started from this book.

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross

My high school days are littered with Kurt Cobain. Not Nirvana, Kurt Cobain. The only real Nirvana record I like is MTV Unplugged in New York. I credit Kurt for my passion for reaching broken people. He wrestled internally in a battle with his mind which I can relate. The book constantly calls to love hurting people by getting wrapped up “in their mess”. April 5, 1994 was a sad day.

Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality by Dr. Henry Cloud

This is a “recently read” book. Integrity is “six character traits (creates trust, unafraid of reality, results-oriented, solves “negative realities,” causes growth and finds meaning in life) which Cloud examines in great detail.” This book has helped further solidify my leadership style. I feel greatly that we need more men who are solid in their leadership, unafraid to take hard stances, to move forward with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While Cloud uses some Scripture, the book is more of how to be a “stand up guy” than anything else.

Wounded to Restored: A Heavenly Remedy for the Religiously Afflicted by Jordan Muck

My first book. I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I have a deeper appreciation for writers and authors after embarking on this manifest.

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

This book cannot be read in a day, a month, a year or even a decade. This is my first “big boy” read. Orthodoxy has caused me to think, question and dig deeper in understanding our great God. It’s a masterpiece that will leave you speechless… if you can get though it that is.

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Much like the ESV Bible, this is the first commentary I read cover to cover. While my views vary from time to time, all 1,264 pages are beautiful.

Honorable mentions…

What are some of your “10″?


Merry Christmas


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The Mindset

Scripture passages: John 8:2-11; Romans 6:7; Romans 6:11; Romans 6:14; Romans 6:18; and Romans 6:22

You are either serving sin or serving a risen Savior.

There is no in between.

We used to serve sin, now we serve a risen savior!

We cannot live in sin if we have already died to it.


Evangelism Axis


Embracing the Curiosity of the Christian

A view from the good seats (at the feet of Jesus – Matthew 18).


Momentum One Day: Francis Chan

About Francis: Francis Chan is the best-selling author of books, Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell and the host of the BASIC.series (Who is God & We Are Church). He has also written the children’s books Halfway Herbert, The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village and Ronnie Wilson’s Gift. Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College. He also sits on the board of directors of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact. Currently, Francis is working to start a church planting movement in the inner city of San Francisco and also working to launch a countrywide discipleship movement. Francis now lives in Northern California with his wife, Lisa, and their five children.

Session Notes and thoughts:

  • Ephesians 5 speaks about the mystery of marriage. Marriage is all about Christ and the church.
  • Understand the need to get alone/away from everyone else. Get alone with God and His written Word. 
  • People will lie to you. Avoid this by seeking out what the Bible says. 
  • 1 Kings 22 – It’s possible for 400 people to lie and have one person speaking the truth of scripture. Do we hear HIS (God’s voice) or do we seek the affirmation of others?
  • We are not the center of the universe. 
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Psalm 111:10 – If we want to be smart we must understand the fear of Jesus.
  • Satan talks us out of our fear of the Lord. His purpose is that we live outside of the fear of the Lord.
  • Fear is fear. FEAR the LORD.

PERSONAL SIDE THOUGHT: Why are we so concerned with being “right” and focus our efforts so far away from what the Bible says? Why do we love to be “right” about everything? Has a quest for knowledge breaded an arrogance that we don’t even know exists inside our souls?

  • We often fear Satan more than we fear the Lord. Satan kills, Jesus restores.
  • Working out our salvation with fear and trembling is the beginning to all understanding. 
  • Many of us never started with the fear of God. That is why many of us do not have a deeper relationship with Jesus.
  • There needs to be a moment in time where we fall facedown in our relationship with Jesus.
  • Everyone is second when it comes to Jesus.
  • The days where it was fun to be a Christian are over. The world is now hostel to those who are believers in Jesus christ and the Bible. 
  • Proverbs 3:7 “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.”

Francis, like always, and his message from the Lord could not have come at a better time…


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Daily Motivation

  • “Worrying is arrogant because God knows what He's doing.” -Barbara Cameron 3 hours ago
  • "We need to be very clear that the way we do life is different than the rest of the world.” -Mark Driscoll 8 hours ago
  • "Good intentions and earnest effort are not enough. Only Jesus can make an otherwise futile life productive." -Chuck Swindoll 1 day ago
  • “What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” -Hans Urs von Balthasar 1 day ago
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  • "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." -J.K. Rowling 2 days ago
  • "The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it..." AS 2 days ago
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