Be A Source of Light

Did you know that Spike Lee was asked to create a story for a video game? What am I talking about? It’s called NBA 2K16 Livin’ Da Dream. How did I find out? I came across it, on a YouTube channel that I regularly follow. I typically don’t watch regular basketball or play a video game about it.

However, the idea of Spike Lee writing a story for this popular game caught my interest. On October 4, I watched the last part of the built in movie and it is a heart wrencher. I’ve seen a Spike Lee movie or two and I’m not surprised at his handling of the issues. Continue reading “Be A Source of Light”

How Is Your Light Shining?

For the past few days, I have been considering an article centering on the theme, “Let your light shine.” I got the idea, when I read the stats for popular blog articles. I am surprised to discover people kept coming across “Is Your Light Shining?

After my initial surprise, I felt it time to write a new article on that theme; except, it will not talking about a certain YouTube personality.

I could do a rewrite; however, a fresh take seems best. Have you looked at the photo? The image begs the question. How do I carry out that? How do we illustrate Christ, to other people?

Here is my understanding of Matthew 5:14-16. It may or may not surprise you. How does the following sound to you? Continue reading “How Is Your Light Shining?”

Learning to Persevere

Did you ever have one of those days? Today, I am sitting in front of my computer and I’m struggling on what to write. It’s not a dry spell or a roadblock. Rather, it comes from exhaustion.

Yet, I must press on and write an article for your enjoyment and encouragement. Though I am tired, my heart desires to press onward. For me, the task of writing is not a grind; rather, it’s a joy and a challenge. I’d not be doing this blog; if I didn’t enjoy the work. Continue reading “Learning to Persevere”

Dealing With Changes

A week ago, Shore Vineyard held a discussion called “How to Thrive in the Upcoming Financial Crisis”. The discussion centers on a book called “The Mystery of the Shemitah It’s a book written by Jonathan Cahn. I saw the video based on this book and it’s pretty good.

If you took the time and listened to the audio, then you will discover that we did more than talk about the book. We talked about solutions and a willingness to listen to God’s Word. I’ll give you, a hint. We did not talk about owning gold; as not everyone can afford it.

I am one of those people, who can’t afford to buy gold. What about me? How should I prepare for something, that may or may not happen? A wise man sees the upcoming trouble and takes prudent steps; so that he is not reacting to fear. 

As the discussion continues, I quietly asked Jesus and myself, “What should I do? How do I prepare for potential changes?” One thing certain, our country is definitely in a financial mess. You simply need to turn on Fox News or CNN. What’s next? Continue reading “Dealing With Changes”

Don’t Forget the OIIL: Language

As I consider this last part of my “Don’t Forget the OIIL” series, a mental recording clicks in my brain. The voice is that of certain YouTuber that I know.

“Watch your mouth, boy!” warns the young man, to his audience of teens and early twenty something. It is often connected with something that can go in an unwanted direction.  At the same time, it’s done with a touch of humor.

As I consider the recording, I toyed with the idea of changing the title to “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Watch Your Mouth!” James 3:11 and an old fountain came to mind. Should a fountain send forth, both sweet and bitter water?

How does this relate to creating content for a blog or YouTube? Continue reading “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Language”

Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration

If you read my last article, “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Observation“; then you will know that I’m writing a series called “Don’t Forget the OIIL”. What do I mean by OIIL? No, it’s not a typo; rather, it’s an acronym: Observation, Imagination / Inspiration and Language.

Each of these components is essential to creating good content for a blog or a YouTube video. In this article, we’ll take a look at “Imagination” and “Inspiration” and their role in creating content. Continue reading “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration”

Don’t Forget The OIIL: Observation

Did you know there is a special ingredient, for good writing? Years ago, I was introduced to this special ingredient, by my writing teacher, Ryan. If you read the title, then you already know.

Oil? What does that have to do with writing, content creation or faith? First, the title says “OIIL” and not oil. No, OOIL is not a typo; rather, it is an acronym. It stands for Observe, Imagination, Inspiration and Language.

As a Christian writer, I have found this special ingredient to be very helpful in many of my writing endeavors. How so? Is it some kind of magical ingredient? No, there is nothing magical about OIIL; rather, it is a set of practical tools to help in creating content for blogs, YouTube or books.

Would you like to learn more? Please continue reading about this OIIL. Continue reading “Don’t Forget The OIIL: Observation”