words by matt brady

writer, husband, musician, pastor

Do You Struggle

Do you struggle with feelings that you are not
good enough,
bright enough,
talented enough,
fast enough,
strong enough,
loud enough,
pretty enough?

Have you found yourself among the
outcasts,
picked lasts,
made fun ofs,
taunted,
laughed at,
ridiculed,
Invisible ones?

Do you constantly find yourself dealing with
doubts,
fears,
rejection,
tears,
no self-esteem,
lost dreams,
forgotten treasures?

Have you come to the
end of your rope,
lost all hope,
looking for worth,
searching meaning,
grasping for truth,
thirsting for knowledge,
in need of true love?

Take heart,
You are not alone.

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There’s No Such Thing

There’s no such thing as working below your pay grade (or above it) in the Kingdom of God.

~ J.D. Walt from Seedbed, as read here: http://dailytext.seedbed.com/2014/08/14/elwood-right-mission-god/

Do You Have Fun At Church?

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I was sitting on the steps off the sanctuary platform at church this morning, watching two of our team member’s kids run around the front of the sanctuary. They acted like they were having the time of their life, chasing after each other, and taking breaks in between to sing a song and rock out on invisible instruments.

It made me smile, sitting there and watching them, but it made me a little sad as well. How many people come to church on Sunday morning, not to have a good time with friends and family, but because it is an obligation, something they feel like they have to do in order to have a good week, or because someone is making them come?

It is unrealistic to expect everyone that comes to church to show up with the same kind of joy and freedom these two kids had, for a variety of reasons. But it still begs the question:

Do you have fun at church?

What In The World…

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I have finally reached the realization that all of the planning, thinking and talking about writing that I have been doing over the past few months (my poor wife!) has been nothing more than procrastination.

I keep telling myself that I want to write about theology, share different music stuff, and even write some fiction. In all of that it is easy to get overwhelmed and think that I need to have a separate “platform” or blog for each of those interests.

If that were the case, I would have to find a way to separate myself into at least three different people, and let each one focus on writing and talking about those different things.

Since I cannot split myself into multiple beings, I have realized that I need to accept myself and my growing list of interests as simply a part of who I am.

If you read my byline on this blog and other social media sites, it reads, “writer, husband, musician, pastor”. These are not in order of priority, but do a good job of describing me and what I am passionate about.

If you find yourself stuck trying to find your voice or figure out what you should write about, start with where you are. Be comfortable writing in your own voice, and write from your heart.

Review – Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Nelson's Illustrated Bible DictionaryI got home the other day and noticed a rather bulky box sitting on my front porch. I retrieved it from the porch, and I could not wait to open the box so I used my car keys to pry open the box and cut the tape that held the flaps down. Once I got through the air filled plastic bubbles, I found a lovely hardcover book, and I was immediately taken with how nice it looked.

Once I cracked open the book, I realized that this bible dictionary is much nicer than most I have seen. While many of the one’s available are printed on “normal” paper, with black and white images and a handful of color photos and maps. If you took the color-filled pages from other dictionaries, added more pictures, charts, maps and so on, and then added words, you would have Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

If you are looking for a well done bible dictionary to add to your arsenal, I would recommend this one. It may not be as in depth for someone looking to do seminary homework or deep research, but for the casual bible study or for a good general resource, this one is perfect.

I received a copy of Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary in the mail in exchange for an honest review from booklookbloggers.com.

[Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]
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