6 Clear Signs of a False Prophet

This article is a repost from Charisma Magazine.

I am reposting it because I have witnessed this myself in a local church (not the one mentioned in this post). We can get ourselves too wrapped up in a personality and forget that the only persons we should be following is God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Other men will let us down and may lead as astray if we aren’t careful, but God will never do so.
– Cynic In Chief

 

I recently prayed with a young friend of mine (I’ll call him Mark) who started following a so-called “prophet” named David E. Taylor a few years ago. Mark’s life took some strange turns after he came under this man’s influence, so I decided to investigate.

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Marriage and Divorce, Part 2 of 2

Intro:

This is a continuation of a two part series of an excerpt delivered by Spencer W. Kimball to BYU students in 1976. The previous article is here. I normally don’t publish on Sundays, but since this is just a repost, I thought it would be more fitting. I have something else coming out Monday.

I would encourage you to print this off and read it with your wife, as this is intended for both men and women. On account of the length of this, I am Continue reading “Marriage and Divorce, Part 2 of 2”

Marriage and Divorce, Part 1 of 2

Intro:

Every evening, my wife and I read some literature about marriage together as part of our bedtime routine. Recently, we came across this speech by a previous church leader (Spencer W. Kimball) to BYU college students in 1976. It was so good, I thought I should share it with you. I know the vast majority of you are not Mormon, so I decided to take the liberty to eliminate the Mormon-specific references for ease of reading. There is one concept I Continue reading “Marriage and Divorce, Part 1 of 2”

The Moments That Matter Most

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This weekend, I took my oldest five kids up backpacking. (Wife stayed home with the 2 year old.) Unlike the King’s Peak trip last year, this one was fairly benign. We hiked about 3 miles to this lake and camped nearby in this meadow. We did climb up an 11,500 feet mountain. (Well, the two oldest did. My five year old froze at this rocky part of the ascent, and so I took him back, and the seven and nine year olds followed.) This was the first time I went with my kids on a two night backpacking trip. Food (or lack thereof) became a much bigger issue. My 13 year old boy and I had to carry an extra sleeping bag for the five and seven year olds.

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Balancing the Light and Dark

A recent email from Ivan Throne got me thinking about how men must balance our personalities in order to be a complete man.  If you are not signed up for Ivan’s email newsletters, you’re missing out, but I digress.

If memory serves, he was speaking about his training in Ninjutsu and how his instructor was teaching him about keeping one foot in the light and the other in the dark.

But what does this mean?

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Bible Benefits: An Agnostic’s Review of Bibical Teachings

I am not a Christian.  I don’t go to church and I probably never will.  I’m not a full blown neck beard atheist and I guess if I had to lable myself it would be an agnostic.  All that said, recently I’ve found myself having a more open mind on religion.  There are valuable lessons to be learned and traditional ways of thinking  cannot be ignored.  Today I’ll insights I’ve found in the good book and how I feel they apply.  This is truly an outsiders point of view, but I respect everyone’s religious views.  I intend on this to be a loose series and review of the Bible.  I’ll write about my insights as I read on.

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What Are You Putting Off?

Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Israel, saying, “This is what the Lord has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

-Numbers 30:1-2

In the past, we’ve talked a lot about integrity – being true not only to others, but more importantly, to yourself.  How many men here, yours truly included have said you would do something and not followed through?  Do not make excuses such as the task was small or trivial.  Did you say “I will do this” and then not do it? Continue reading “What Are You Putting Off?”

Building Your Tribe

“What’s in a life without Camaraderie? For setting sail on a ship with a band of merry brothers by your side is much more gratifying than drifting aimlessly on a boat lost alone at sea.”

-Saim A. Cheeda

The modern world has changed our lives in many ways, some for the better and some for the worse.  Still, some other changes are unique and provide both benefits and hindrances.  One such modern marvel is the creation of the internet and social media.  With it, we have become more connected than ever before, able to talk to people around the globe in real time.

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Learning Wisdom

Wisdom: The proper use of knowledge which enables one to navigate through life successfully.
– Pastor Wayne

Success in life comes from wisdom. With wisdom, a man can take advantage of opportunities in life and more importantly avoid the pitfalls in life that entrap and destroy others. Maturity is both growing older and growing wiser. If you are looking to improve your life, the quickest and strongest way to do so is to increase your wisdom. Continue reading “Learning Wisdom”