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A Silent Night

Posted by    |    November 11th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Of all the beloved Christmas songs (and I’m a fan of almost all of them), the most cherished one for me is Silent Night. It’s a beautiful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. This poignant variation on the classic carol was written by Cormac MacConnell to commemorate of the agreement that called for ceasefire and peace during World War I. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November in 1915, tensions between soldiers were dramatically eased. The agreement has become known as a symbol for peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent times known to man.

This song is a perfect reminder of what we need to be grateful for in this upcoming holiday season. The holidays are one of the most beautiful, loving times of the year; we can all be grateful for the peace and love in our own lives.

Jesus Saves

Posted by    |    September 18th, 2011 at 8:00 am

Gifted short film maker, Salomon Ligthelm, once again demonstrates the power of video to effectively move people.  In Hope Lights, Litghelm presents a simple, but most important message:  Jesus can help us overcome life’s struggles. 

Ligthelm’s short films inspire others and Hope Lights is no exception as evidenced by some of the comments on this short film from people around the world on www.vimeo.com such as “..You’re videos are a blessing and for sure an inspiration for me.  That’s one of the things I love the most: making videos for Jesus, to tell about His love…..”, “…I was already on the edge of my seat, and then I saw “Jesus Saves” on her hands… I shouted for joy…” “..This is epic. Keep it up, man!  Fan of your work and definitely drawn to your boldness to really speak up about Jesus through video. He has totally gifted you and love how you use it for him. Digging how you definitely add scripture in the end. Love it. Keep it up. You inspire me to really work my best in film and use it to glorify Jesus…”  Amen.

You can view Hope Lights here.  More videos, short films and articles concerning Faith and Religion can be found at  www.youplusdallas.com in our Faith and Religion Network.

How to Drop the Divorce Rate to 7% in Your Marriage!

Posted by    |    September 17th, 2011 at 5:40 am

I want to be a 5 to 1 husband!

Statistics on marriage scare me, but the Studer Group has released a new study on “Compliment to Criticism” ratio. They’ve told us from their studies, that people in general need 3 compliments given for every 1 criticism that is said to them. While that didn’t surprise me, the following statistic FLOORED me …

“Reports now show that when it comes to marriage, if you have a 5 to 1 compliment to criticism ratio, the divorce rate in that marriage drops from 50% to 7%.”

DID YOU CATCH THAT, husbands and wives? We are now learning how to beat the old statistic that says that 50% of all marriages will end in divorce. How? Give 5 compliments to your spouse for every 1 negative thing you say. When you take on the 5 to 1 plan, the divorce rate in your marriage drops to 7%. I like those odds!

My goal (and hopefully yours) today is to become a 5 to 1 kind of spouse. Today is a great day to start so before the day is out, I will give Lea five genuine compliments. I’m sure she’s going to wonder what I did, what I want or what I’m up to! :)

5 to 1 … that’s it! And the divorce rate goes from 50% to 7% … It’s time to pass the word.

You up for the 5-1 challenge with your spouse? How about making a commitment today by letting your spouse know or posting it on Facebook … or leave a comment that says, “I’m in!”  It’s called accountability. :)

Ten Things I’m Learning about Prayer

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2011 at 5:40 am

  1. If you REALLY want to get God’s attention in prayer, it’s not by being eloquent or using big words, but by being honest and shooting straight with Him.
  2. The power of praying aloud is ELECTRIC!
  3. Prayer is not about poetry or posture, but about engaging the heart.
  4. When it comes to the “power of prayer,” the power is not in the person doing the praying, but in the One who hears the prayer.
  5. God’s not moved by the length of a prayer, but by your humility (Luke 18:9-14).
  6. Prayers, even short and informal, are VERY significant.
  7. There is no secret formula, no special phrases and no exact patterns you must follow to get God to hear you, just ask in Jesus’ name.
  8. Praying with my wife is incredible. It lets me see into the special places of her heart.
  9. I should never be too busy to pray. Just as much as I love to hear from my children, God loves to hear from me.
  10. There will are plenty of times when I don’t have service on my cell phone … BUT I will ALWAYS be connected to God through prayer… any time and any place … I have PERFECT reception and service.
What have you learned about prayer?

“A Prayer for Peace”

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2011 at 6:02 am

Today marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a horrendous event that was the catalyst for decisions that has resulted in thousands of dead and injured from armed conflict in Iraq and Afganistan.  Prayer for Peace is a short film about a brother – a fallen soldier in Iraq.  This short film reminds us of the human sacrifice made by thousands of soldiers and their families.  The staff at YouPlusDallas pay tribute to Dallas families who have suffered a loss on 9/11 and on the battlefield.

More short films and articles concerning Faith and Religion can be found at www.youplusdallas.com in our Faith and Religion Network

 

5 Things on my iPod

Posted by    |    September 10th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Music has always been such a big part of my life. I thought I’d share with you a few things on my iPod, and I’m hoping to find some new ideas when you share a few things that you are listening to. So here are my lists …

5 things you will ALWAYS Find on my iPod …

  • Jack Johnson – HUGE fan.
  • Coffeehouse type music. Acoustic versions of popular songs and people like Ray Lamontagne, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper, etc (it’s a sure sign I’m getting old)
  • ColdPlay – Love them!
  • Lots of Rock (Classic & Modern) – Steve Miller Band, Boston, Journey, Creed, ACDC, Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, etc
  • Some contemporary stuff – Black Eyed Peas, Dragonette, Enrique Iglesias (more…)

Are American Muslims a threat to us?

Posted by    |    September 8th, 2011 at 6:15 am

Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in the United States, located in Dearborn Michigan (Credit: Dane Hillard via Flickr)As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near, more and more people are asking if American Muslims are a threat to our nation.  According to a new study, 30% of Americans believe that Muslims in our country ultimately want to establish Shari’a (Islamic holy law) as the law of the land.  The number agreeing with this statement has grown by a third over the last eight months.  And we are evenly divided over whether the values of Islam are at odds with American values and our way of life (47% agree; 48% disagree, including nearly 60% of white evangelical Protestants).

Since the release of my latest book, Radical Islam: What You Need to Know, I have been interviewed by 17 radio stations on the subject.  Every one, without fail, has asked me if the 9/11 terrorists were following the true tenets of Islam.

7 Things Your Children Desperately Need To Hear You Say

Posted by    |    September 8th, 2011 at 5:40 am

This morning as I dropped Cooper off for school, I told him, “Coop, don’t forget that you are by far my most favorite elementary school kid.” From the grin on his face, I could tell I’d said something right.

God has blessed me with four incredible boys. As their father I want to be proactive in raising them. They are one of the biggest ministries in my life right now. I’d rather fail as a minister, a missionary or a businessman, than fail at fatherhood.  Fathers play an essential roll in the lives of their children.  Want proof?  About 5 miles west of Childress is a prison that houses 1200 men.  National statistics say, “85% of those sitting in prison today grew up in a fatherless home.” That just SCREAMS the importance and power fathers play in the lives of their children.

I got to thinking this morning if I could make Cooper’s day by simply telling him, “He was my favorite elementary school kid,” then what other things do my children need to be hearing from me.  I may be wrong, but I’m guessing here are 7 phrases that children desperately need to hear from both their parents … but especially their fathers …. (more…)

9-11 without religion: a call to action

Posted by    |    September 6th, 2011 at 6:15 am

The cross installed on a pedestal at Ground Zero (Credit: Samuel Li via en.wikipedia.org)No religious elements will be included in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 9/11 commemoration service this Sunday.  Quotations and poems will be read by a variety of leaders, and the list of 9/11 victims will be read in its entirety.  Unfortunately, not a single prayer will be offered for the survivors of this tragedy, for our leaders, or for our nation.  Nor will a single religious leader be included in the event.

The mayor’s decision is surprising, given his support for including the so-called Ground Zero Cross in the 9/11 Memorial and his defense of those who want to build a mosque and Muslim community center nearby.  It might be difficult to decide who should be included, as is the case for most public events.  But it is a mistake to allow no one to offer prayers or represent faith traditions at a ceremony for so many grieving families.

“Sermon on the Mound”

Posted by    |    September 4th, 2011 at 6:30 am

“Sermon on the Mound” by Eliot Rausch is a short film that is designed to make you pause and reflect.  The images of the poor, of violence, and life are woven together with a monologue from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. We highly recommend viewing this short film in conjunction with this review of Eliott Rausch.

More short films and articles concerning Faith and Religion can be found at www.youplusdallas.com in our Faith and Religion Network