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What Are You Going to Do Today?

It's the first question we have to ask everyday. "What are you going to do today?" To be clear I am fully aware that sometimes you plan your day and sometimes your day plans you, but we should at least have some idea where we're headed at the start of every day. A few questions can help you to clarify the path:

  • Will what I do advance the Kingdom?
  • Will what I do move me closer to my dream?
  • Does what I am doing fit with my God-given life…
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Added by David Weiss on June 6, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments

Cause and Effect: What Creatives Can Learn from Kathy Griffin

So the other day, Kathy Griffin posted the now infamous President Trump severed head picture. She thought she was being cutting edge and cool, making a statement. Then yesterday I saw her crying about how the Trumps were bullying her and she has secured a lawyer, I guess to bring some sort of lawsuit against the president of the United States and in that moment I understood, she doesn't understand cause and effect. Do you?

Now let's start off with the basics. First this is not a…

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Added by David Weiss on June 3, 2017 at 5:51am — 3 Comments

Leadership...

Hi my name is Dave Weiss and I am a leader. If you're reading this, chances are you are too. As a matter of fact, almost everyone leads someone and in that case, the vast majority of us are leaders. You'll see why this is important in a minute.

Yesterday I got a notice from Facebook, telling me I have been a member for 10 years. A decade on Facebook, what are the odds? Well the odds go down every election year and they are really slim this year. Were it not for the fact that I stay in…

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Added by David Weiss on May 5, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

The Story Arc

The Story Arc

Every story has an arc, a line the story follows from beginning to end. Continuing stories can have multiple arcs and sometimes a plot twist will change the arc of the story but if you go back over a story, you can see the arc or arcs that have taken place to bring us to the conclusion the author has chosen.

The thing is your life is a story and it has an arc. You can see it looking back. There are probably a many…

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Added by David Weiss on May 3, 2017 at 7:41am — 1 Comment

Your Network Is Your Net Worth!

Okay the title of this one may be slightly overstated, but not by much. This post was triggered this morning in an online chat with a friend who is pursuing writing. While I am always willing to help, I am more of a writer than a writing teacher. In truth, I am self-taught for writing and she seems to be going deeper than I may be able to go on my own. So I started have I connected you with this person and that person and the other person. Some I had and some I hadn't yet. Then she gave me a…

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Added by David Weiss on May 2, 2017 at 7:51am — No Comments

Integrity

One likes to believe in the freedom of music,

but glittering prizes and endless compromises

shatter the illusion of integrity..."

-Rush, Spirit of Radio

Yes, I'm quoting Rush again... I can't help it. i was listening to the radio and they came on and when I heard this line, it really stuck in my head. In their song they bemoan the idea of the music industry losing its integrity. That…

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Added by David Weiss on April 25, 2017 at 9:22am — No Comments

Unless the Lord Builds a House... Or a Ministry

Psalm 127:1 says 'Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." This isn't just true about houses, it's also very true of ministries. The Lord is the source of our strength and must be at the forefront of everything we do. This means that our ministries must be bathed in prayer. I will be the first one to confess that in seasons of busyness, I can be quick to work and slow to pray and the truth is I can still come up with some good stuff. Here's why that's a…

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Added by David Weiss on April 18, 2017 at 3:02am — No Comments

Palm Sunday and Screaming Rocks

We're entering the time that, for Christians, is the holiest time of the year. Today is Palm Sunday. This was the day when it seemed like it was all coming together for Jesus (to everyone but Jesus). He enters Jerusalem, riding on the colt of a donkey. This may seem cruel, big man on a little horse, but please…

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Added by David Weiss on April 9, 2017 at 4:28am — No Comments

Andy Andrews: The Little Things

The Little Things is another moment of brilliance from Andy Andrews. This man may be my favorite writer and this book does not disappoint. Most books in this genre tell us to look at the big picture. Andrews focuses on small things that make a big difference. Small choice that yield amazing results. His chapter on offense and tolerance alone was worth the price of the book. Working through true stories from his personal experiences as well…

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Added by David Weiss on March 27, 2017 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Anybody Want to Join Me Reading Andy Andrews’ “Little Things?”

I just started reading Andy Andrews latest book, The Little Things and I was wondering if anyone would like to join me as we read it together and share thoughts back and forth. I am of the belief that he is one of the great thinkers of out time and this book is no exception. I'd love to share this journey with a couple people. Any takers? 

Added by David Weiss on March 21, 2017 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Moderation

Well by now a lot of you know, I am not a big fan of snow. I know God is a great artist and he has good reasons for snow, and it is very pretty but I much prefer when he works in his green palette. This year in this part of Pennsylvania, we had very little snow, as a matter of fact we had quite a few days in February where it was near 70 degrees. It was awesome, but now... this...

We are in blizzard conditions, the snow is falling horizontally and piling up in huge drifts. It's pretty…

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Added by David Weiss on March 14, 2017 at 6:06am — No Comments

A Fresh Approach to Easter

We're creeping up on Easter. Now if you're in any kind of ministry, one thing becomes readily apparent. Where for the rest of the year you can pick from virtually any subject matter when it comes to Christmas and Easter, most people expect that you will stick with those two most important of stories. The downside of this is they are stories that people have heard so often I fear they take it for granted. This provide a unique opportunity to be creative, to help them see the story with fresh…

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Added by David Weiss on March 8, 2017 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

What Is "Good Art?"

So I saw this article the other day saying that the Grammy awards were becoming irrelevant. They made this assertion because Adele won the Grammy over Beyonce. The writer further asserted that racism was involved. I don't know if this is the case or not and I certainly don't know the hearts and minds of Grammy voters. Here's what I do know. I know Beyonce is very talented and I have seen her sing spectacularly well, but if you ask me which album I'm buying, it's Adele every time. This has…

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Added by David Weiss on March 7, 2017 at 5:52am — 1 Comment

Knowing When to Hang It Up...

Sometimes you just need to call it finished. A good friend contacted me last night with a humorous cry for help. At least I think it was humorous. He was finishing an absolutely brilliant painting. This is a piece that would have made Van Gogh proud (and I meant that!). He's a great artist and this piece was one of his best. He wasn't looking for advice. He's better than me and I don't think I could actually help him with art stuff, but this I could do. You see what he really wanted was just…

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Added by David Weiss on March 6, 2017 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

Attention!

I spend a considerable amount of time on this blog talking about how God uses our creations to draw attention to Himself. He uses us to create things that draw people to Him, so to speak. I know this is somewhat flawed but God's grace to and through us is sometimes put into words, but what I am about to say next is not.

How much of YOUR attention does He have? How is your connection to God? How is your relationship with Him? How are your devotions and other Spiritual disciplines…

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Added by David Weiss on January 28, 2017 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Christmas Eve

Well my wife and son are off work today, but I still have to work, today and tomorrow. Of course I'm not complaining. I get to proclaim the Gospel of Christ on the most blessed birthday of all. I count it as an extreme privilege to get to do what I do, but especially tonight.

You see if past years are any indication, my church will be full tonight. I'll see people who I haven't seen all year. Some church folks lament these people. They've even given them a nickname, "Chreasters."…

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Added by David Weiss on December 24, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

You Can't Win...

Okay, time for another confession. I would love to win the Powerball. I mean they regularly rack up prizes in the hundreds of millions of dollars and I could really use that kind of money. I could help a lot of people with a hundred million dollars. I also could make all my creative dreams come true. Yessiree I would love to hit the Powerball, but there's a problem.

I don't believe in gambling. I don't play the lottery as a matter of conscience and faith. You can disagree if you want…

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Added by David Weiss on December 22, 2016 at 9:47pm — 2 Comments

A Christmas Riddle.

Get it?

Added by David Weiss on December 22, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments

The Power of Light

I wrote this for an advent reading for Christmas Eve at my church and thought it might be good to share here. If you’re from my church, you might want skip this one. 

Imagine this room was totally dark. You couldn’t see a thing, but then someone lit a match, a candle, even a small spark. It might be…

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Added by David Weiss on December 22, 2016 at 9:34am — 1 Comment

Fake News and the Power of Story

You've probably been hearing about this a lot lately, the idea of fake news. I have to tell you the truth today, fake news is for real. Is it true, of course not, but, and this is something anyone who wants to communicate any message needs to learn, to the vast majority of the public, perception is reality. Think about how many people believe all manner of things after having seen nothing more than a social media meme. Can I tell you the truth? I can generate about four memes an hour, more…

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Added by David Weiss on December 19, 2016 at 10:47am — No Comments

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