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Posted 4/16/14 at 12:18 PM | Eddie Williams

Book Review: Heaven and Hell: Are They Real?

Book cover of Heaven & Hell: Are They Real?

Christopher Hudson does a good job of putting together a book that we can go back and forth to about the questions of Hell and Heaven.

The first thing that stands out is how accessible the book is. Anyone can pick it up and dive in to find an answer to a questions. in fact, at the back of each section there is a list of verses that refer to heaven and Hell in scripture. This makes it easy for the layperson and the non-believer to root themselves in the text.

If what I wrote above is what Hudson intended for the book, then he hit his target. My only gripe about the book is how many other works there are about it. Books on Heaven and Hell are a dime a dozen. There are many different comprehensive works on the subject, and many far more shallow works. I just fail to see how this book ads anything to what’s already out there.

Again, I think using this as a reference book to address new believers is helpful, but I couldn’t see using this as your only go to source on the subject. FULL POST

Posted 4/8/14 at 1:43 PM | Eddie Williams

6 Principles for Young Leaders on Prayer

Last post we touched on the impact and importance of prayer. This week, I want to give you 6 principles that can help you grow in your prayer life:

1. Pray before decisions

Before beginning His ministry Jesus prayed and fasted for 40 days. He knew what ministry had in store for Him and a solid connection to the father was crucial to his spiritual life[i]. Jesus prayed before nearly all big decisions, including before selecting the twelve men that would become His disciples[ii]. Do we pray before all decisions? The typical young leader response is yes. But do we pray hard? Or do we pray briefly and then make a decision and hope that God blesses it?

2. Pray for yourself

Many think prayer is something you do for other people when they are struggling. As a young leader, praying for yourself will be crucial to your longevity in ministry. Asking God to keep you healthy, keep your family happy and help you work hard are all prayers God desires to answer. Being in touch with the Father about your own well-being is one of the biggest and best investments you can make. FULL POST

Posted 4/2/14 at 3:45 PM | Eddie Williams

The Young Leader and Prayer

In all honesty, my greatest struggle as a young leader had always been prayer. I knew that I was supposed to pray, but I didn’t quite understand why or how it worked. Never was my faulty prayer life more apparent than one night during college after a late football practice.

During my last training camp at Idaho, I had really come into my own as an elite level player. During the spring game a few months earlier, I had rushed for and received over 100 yards each. The draft talk started rolling in and there was a buzz around campus. One practice in August I caught a deep ball over the middle and broke for the end zone. I was ripped down hard and landed on my shoulder. I couldn’t move my arm at all. I hobbled off the field and got checked out by the trainer. After practice I saw a doc who suspected that I had tore a ligament, which meant major missed time, possible a good chunk of the season. I was horribly discouraged. I couldn’t even lift my arm and was in a great amount of pain. That night, I sat outside of the camp dorm with my then girlfriend, and now wife Sarah. Sarah played volleyball at Idaho and got out of practice the same time I did. We met and I expressed my discouragement. Sarah grew up in the church, her father is a Pastor, so she asked me if I had prayed about my shoulder. Nearly to tears, I scoffed and said, “I can’t pray, God is probably busy doing something else. He doesn’t have time for this.” Sarah got upset and said that God always has time to answer a prayer. FULL POST

Posted 4/1/14 at 12:32 PM | Eddie Williams

Bible Study is Crucial for the Young Leader

Bible study is crucial for a developing leader. The bible is the living word of God. God speaks to us through His word, so this is our main source for communication with Him. Furthermore, all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable (2 Tim. 3:16) for us so even the most seemingly insignificant portions of scripture are there on purpose for our benefit.

Far too many young leaders say they are reading their bibles, but just aren’t getting enough out of their study sessions. The young leader is eager to learn and dives in reading anything and everything. But sometimes our study can be all over the place and ineffective. That is why it is crucial for new leaders to settle down and have a plan of attack for their bible study.

The best way to do this is to find an excellent bible-reading plan. It may sound like the typical Christian thing to say, but a great reading plan will help organize study very neatly. When I was first figuring out how to read my bible I would get into the habit of trying to read through whole books at a time. This may work for some but it certainly did not work for me. Being the ambitious one I am, I would try to crack open Leviticus or Isaiah and read straight through. I would claim that I finished the book to all who would hear me, but I never remembered anything. That’s because I got disinterested in the book and began skimming and missing whole ideas and chapters. Thankfully, after a few years a Pastor friend of mine introduced me to a great reading plan in which I select 10 books of the bible and read a chapter from each a day It takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes to complete depending on the selections for that day, but it works for me. You will need to research the multitude of study plans out there to determine which is best for you. FULL POST

Posted 3/31/14 at 12:04 PM | Eddie Williams |

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Young Leaders Need Patience

It is worth mentioning that young leaders have zero idea how to be patient. We want to tackle the world as we learn about it. I know much about patience only because I was the chief of impatience as a new convert. Even after God spoke to me and told me to slow down and learn, I still had doubts and anxiety about what was next in life.

It is funny how a young, growing leader’s mind always defaults back to impatience. In 2009, I was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 7th round, despite suffering a serious injury my last game in college. During the 2009 season, the week of the Dallas Cowboy game, I broke my ankle and was later released by the team. I was at a low point in my life and soon the impatience crept back in. I began wondering what the heck God was doing and why he would send me 3,500 miles away from my home on the west coast only to get shipped back only one year later. I started asking the same questions again. “What do you want me to do, God?” “Should I move to a city and go to seminary?” “Maybe I should get a regular job and help at a church?” FULL POST

Posted 3/26/14 at 1:50 PM | Eddie Williams |

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Competing Prayers During a Game: Does God Answer Them?

In terms of the outcome of a game, where we have players praying on one side of the field for a win, and players on the other side praying for a win, who’s prayer prevails? In order to answer that, we would need to see how the outcome of the game would fit into the lives of each individual around the game, and why each person is praying.

 Let’s be honest. Some players are praying for the extra check they receive if they advance in theGod understands the timing of the planet far better than we do. playoffs. Some are praying for their own glory, so that they may cement their personal legacy. And perhaps, there are those who have asked God that they simply want to win because they enjoy playing. The answer is not cut and dry like it may seem on a TV or radio debate. We cannot assume the motives of the athletes are fixed. God is infinite and omnipotent and his answering of prayers can get complicated for us to understand with so many people involved.

One key thing to remember is that God understands the timing of the planet far better than we do.He knows that by having a certain team win, that both parties on opposite teams will be exactly where he wants them. I have often questioned God as to why I only won 9 games in 4 years in my college football career, or why I had never been to the Super Bowl in the NFL. But the truth is that even though I would have loved to have a super bowl ring or a bowl championship, I feel completely content with those outcomes. And to be content in those circumstances requires our eyes to be focused on God’s bigger picture rather than our own desires. As Christians we must understand that we are living for God’s glory and his mission, not our glory and our mission. The sooner we can realize that, the more content we will be in the outcome of a game. FULL POST

Posted 1/3/14 at 4:05 PM | Eddie Williams |

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"The Lord is my Portion"

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” -Lamentations 3:22-24

(DEVOTIONAL)

The rough patches that we have hit this year have hurt. The love ones lost to disagreement and death have hurt our souls so deeply. I can’t begin to describe the amount of grief and hardship I have endured over this passed year.

I have shed more tears this year than I can remember….

But our God has been more faithful this year than I can ever remember! He has provided my needs in times of despair. He has provided nourishment to the depleted souls who thought they were lost. he has given water to the thirsty and given food to the famished! He has been patient with my impatience. He has been perfect to my imperfection.

He has delivered me out of foolishness. He has filled my cup with his glory! O’ how stupid have I been only to have the Lord calmly point me into the right direction. Sometimes we think we have got it all in order. All it takes is one small storm to show us we were wrong. But if we retreat into the presence of the Most High God of the Universe all can be well again. FULL POST

Posted 10/30/13 at 2:51 PM | Eddie Williams

Happy Halloween … What Mask Are You Wearing?

Eddie Williams - What mask are you wearing?

Everyday is Halloween for some of us. We wear a different mask everyday. We pretend to be people we aren’t to impress people we are afraid of, because we fear what they may do once they figure out who we really are.

Jesus says, "Fear not."

We having nothing to fear. We don’t have to pretend any longer. Jesus dies for us. The affection we seek in others is now found in Him.

Posted 9/23/13 at 3:45 PM | Eddie Williams

At War With Itself: A Note on Churches Dividing on Open Handed Issues

It is puzzling to me why the church decides to go to war with itself. With Satan, the world and our own sin to battle, why do we need to fight ourselves as well?

Most of the time, church people waste their time going to war with each other over secondary issues in the scripture. I have resolved that neither I nor my ministry (If I can help it) will not waste time arguing over these issues. It is neither helpful nor productive. Paul says,

“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

-2 Timothy 2:23

Paul calls these arguments ‘stupid’ because they are almost always never resolved, because people clearly see these issues differently in the bible. They usually result in foolish quarrels.

Instead of fighting against one another over secondary issues (or open handed issues), we should go to war united over primary issues (or close handed) of scripture.

Allow me to explain the difference between open handed and close handed issues: FULL POST

Posted 9/15/13 at 12:19 PM | Eddie Williams |

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For Who has Known the Mind of the Lord

For who has known the mind of the Lord? -Romans 11:34

Life is so confusing at times. So many are so worried about what life brings. Money. Relationships. Work. Wrong doing.

Why do things work the way they do?

Our Father, does not afford us the same omnipresence that He has embedded in His character. He does not afford us the foreknowledge of future loss, and of future victories. God the Father has not given us the privilege of knowing why some things happen. “What is the meaning of life? Why are we here?”

But what the word of God does tells us is, “fear not”

The Lord’s workings are understood by no one. He works in ways that are only comprehended by himself. His ways are not our ways. “For who has known the mind of the Lord?” Why does he let evil come upon us? Why do evil people prosper and the good suffer?

“For who has known the mind of the Lord?”

But God, does tell us one thing: “Fear not”…. Better yet, he says, “Fear not, for I am with you” -Isaiah 41:10 FULL POST

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