Journal on Boundaries in Dating

This is a journal entry I made for my Marriage and Family Class at FLI:

Well todays reading was based out of the book boundaries in dating by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I am not really a big fan of this book at all. First began reading this book almost a month ago, just picked it up and started reading it. It immediately struck a nerve as I began reading through the introduction titled “Why Dating”. The Authors completely slammed Joshua Harris and His book “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” and the whole courtship process. The way they discuss this topic in the introduction did not leave a very good impression on me for how they treat relationships. First of all it is just bad conduct to slam another author’s book in the beginning of your book on a similar topic. And it does not show very good Christian practices to do so in a book on dating. But they also use bad logic in the process of creating a case against Josh’s book. Example: “Person A dated person B, person A or B or both got hurt, {therefore} dating is bad.” That basically boils down everything that Josh has compiled into a single formula and states that is the entire thesis for Josh’s book, which is not accurate at all. It appears to me that they were just trying to come up with some kind of thing to use against a popular Christian author to try and generate some sort of publicity. But just the entire way they bash Josh’s book just leaves a very bad taste in my mouth and really gives me a bad predisposition about the rest of the book.

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Important Email Tips

On the Need to Know
Avoid sending a message to a group unless every member of that group actually needs the information you are presenting. Also, when replying to a large group email only use the “Reply to All” button if everyone on the group list needs to know your reply

No surprises please
Use the Subject line to let people know what your email is about. Using a good subject line also helps people organize and find your email later.

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Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.” 5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free. 6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? 7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.

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Wifi? or Wi-Not?

Do you like finding free WiFi (also known as a wireless hotspot) access around town, on vacation… or anywhere else you can get it? You know who else likes free WiFi internet access? Hackers.

Why, you ask? Hackers like it, because it’s easy to intercept your wireless communications. By collecting the data you transmit wirelessly, a hacker can obtain your ID and Password for your Email, Yahoo, Facebook, Online Banking, etc.  You may have your computer protected from unauthorized access, but what you send over the wireless network at the local coffee shop or eatery may be wide-open for anyone to see.

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Oh The Potential

Looking at life after college now that I am “officially” a graduate can be sometimes overwhelming. With my college years complete and all the potential ahead of me, there seems to be only one question that I find is resounding in my head. Many of us find ourselves asking “where will I find a job? What do I do now? Do I go back to school? ” With all of these potential questions that would seem very normal for a fresh college graduate to have I seem to find myself asking quite another question that many of us have not yet considered to ask. It is a very important question to consider and I felt it necessary to discuss. “Where will you have me go God and How do You want me to accomplish this?”  Continue reading…

One Upon a Time, Men were Men!

There has been a critical breakdown of biblical manhood within our culture. Men today need to stand up and be men, leading their families, being the Christ-like example to their peers around them, and following God with all of their heart. This is a difficult call to live up to in our society. But through the call of mentoring, leading, and brothering we can be the men we were called to be. Continue reading…

Counting on God

On my drive to work this morning I put in a CD into my CD player. The very first song that came on was a great reminder of where I am. The CD was Counting on God by New Life Worship. This was a CD that I picked up when I was visiting the New Life church out in Colorado Springs while I was out at the Focus Leadership Institute last fall.

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The Journey

As I look back on the past year I can see that it has been a long journey getting here to Focus Leadership Institute.  It all started during my junior year of college (Jan 2008). I was working a full-time job at a local IT-Consulting company in the area, while pulling a full load of classes at UNC-Charlotte. I worked my way through school and worked very hard juggling both roles.  I knew that I wanted to take a break and get away from things for a little while and had thought about going back home after I graduated. My mom had heard about the Institute on the radio and thought it would be good for me to attend.

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