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What I learned from the Apostle Peter

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Imagine sitting in a boat as the wind tosses it about. You are getting seasick, fearful that the boat might capsize, and are exhausted from struggling to keep your emotions in check. You are so stressed that you begin to lose hope.

In the middle of this fear and hopelessness, you see a man walking on the water toward you. You recognize him as Jesus. With each step on the water, he brings peace to the wind and the waves. Your hope restores as he gets closer and closer to your boat.

In your surge of hope, you call out…

Jeremiah 17:7–8

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“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”

“They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.”
-Jeremiah 17:7–8, NLT

Have you felt like you’ve been in long months of drought?

My guess is that you have felt this way for a time or two in life. Whether that has been very recently or sometime in your past, there have been times when life felt dry and exhausting.


They might be important to you too

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I jumped into this adventure of learning more about the “Holy-Daily-Bible-Reading-Exercise” because a friend share with me his frustration about the overemphasis of the church and daily Bible reading.

He, like many others it seems, was frustrated with how much emphasis the church was putting on daily Bible reading and how little it was sharing about putting our faith to action daily or how to actually grow a relationship with God out of that reading.

He said:

“It seems like the church keeps telling us about God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Bible. Where is the Holy Spirit? …

It won’t be perfect, but it will be better

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This is not about the prosperity gospel.

Do you know the one? Read your Bible, give your money to the church, and you will become a millionaire/influencer/CEO. No, this article wants to help break some chains to things that are holding you down.

Sure, you can do this a few other ways that have nothing to do with the Bible, God, Jesus, or any faith at all.

Yet, I am convinced that the greatest places of growth that I have experienced have come when I am in the middle of God’s will. How do I know I am in the…

Of course, the answer is ‘yes’ here’s why though

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Early on in my walk with God, I took a course in college called “The Bible as Literature.” It was funny how many people told me this wouldn’t be a good idea for me. Lots of people were concerned that it would distort my view of the Bible.

Which is a good concern if I look back at it. However, I had just finished a semester with a history teacher who felt it was important to tell Christians that their faith was all bunk, “like Star Trek,” he had said.

I even took it upon myself to confront him one…

I might be a little crazy, but I think this is why this happens

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The Christian church has finally caught up to the information age and it has not been pretty.

We have seen the church dive deep into many things throughout the centuries that have hurt people all around the world throughout time. You name it, the church has probably done it in the name of God. We still see this happening in today’s world too.

While we have tons and tons of information at our fingertips thanks to smartphones and the internet, the church allows itself to be fooled into the many different stories, theories, and falsehoods the world has to offer.

The Bible is important, but it’s not the end

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Over the last couple of years, I have seen a huge emphasis on reading your Bible. In fact, that emphasis seems to be taking over the church. It is as if pastors across the world have decided that reading your Bible daily, is the best bare minimum action you can take as a Christian.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that reading our Bible is important to our faith. After all, we have verses such as these to support the importance of it:

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate…

Learning to become who I was created to be

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Hi, I’m JR “Jack” Heimbigner!

I have been writing for four years and have published hundreds of posts. This year, I am getting ready to do something completely different than ever before. In fact, I’m scared to death to do it because it's a major change for me.

Before we go into that, let me share a little more about where I have been. I find it helps to understand where I am going when I can take a quick look backward.

Chances are, you found me by reading one of these two posts:

These two stories have had a lot of readers stop by and over the last few years, I have written on a lot…

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Some of you may have been looking for this week’s Dad Hammer Times and haven’t seen it come to your inbox. Others of you may never have read it at all. Either way, I wanted to write this short letter to you giving you an update on the publication.

I know, I know, I had already done this at the beginning of the year. However, this update needs to come as I have had some major changes to my writing structure and my plans moving forward.

At this time, I will no longer be putting out the weekly Dad Hammer…

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