We are all enslaved to something.

Surrender means that we have given up control, hoping our new master will spare us. We surrender to jobs or the responsibilities of running a business. We surrender to systems that are bigger than us, hoping they will serve us well.

Life doesn’t work without surrender. But listen to talk of surrendering your entire life and panic or anger sets in.

Many reading this seethe at the idea of anyone controlling their destiny. Freedom is in free will and they will fight to make sure that their will is always their own.

A. W. Tozer said, “We must of necessity…


What’s accomplished by worshipping for 10, 20, 30, or even 48 hours straight?

Burn 24/7 was born from a desire for community, the presence of God, and to spread Jesus’s Good News as far as possible.

It’s not just musicians who dive in. Many Burn Directors all over the world are not musicians. They want God to move in their city. They want to see homes, not just churches or stadiums (although that is awesome!), burning for Jesus.

Burning for Jesus? It’s a figure of speech. But tell me, have you ever felt a burning sensation at the core of your being? …


If there was a test at the end of this life-course, I’ve failed.

“Waiting” and “Rest” were repeated themes over the past few months. In the time that I was given to rest and “learn of Jesus,” selfish ambition and weeds of worldly worries strangled my peace.

Two invitations to work in my calling have come along. I’ve said no to both; one because the Lord specifically spoke to me and my wife, another because He didn’t seem to speak at all.

Making these decisions put a lot of pressure on an already busy life. “What is the Lord saying?” “Where is God calling us?” Waiting for answers wasn’t very restful.

When God…


** This short story was written for a Writer’s Digest Prompt: When a man takes lunch to his wife’s office, he’s told that she hasn’t worked there in weeks.**

White hot anger oozed from his eyes like puss. A small piece of paper quivered in his hands. Why hadn’t he noticed the signs? They showed up a couple months ago.

Red and gold leaves had always been the canvas for their romance. When autumn came each year, they always spent more time together. Now they walked through their favourite park, hand in hand.
“Darling, work is getting to be exhausting,” she…


God is passionate for you. Or more accurately, he is jealous for you.

Ever been jealous of a friendship, wishing you were a part of the inner circle? Ever been jealous for someone’s attention — a crush, falling in love while it feels like they barely notice? It’s a desperate need that bullies your thoughts.

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” — Deuteronomy 4:24

He is over the moon when you turn to look at him.

In Song of Solomon 8:6, the Bride declares, “love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the…


Become a parent. Become immortal.

You can live forever by splintering your soul and placing the shards into objects or other people so that a portion of you will always live on.

If you’ve amassed enough power for yourself, you may even be able to come back from the dead.

There’s horror though. Tearing your soul apart requires murder. You must take someone else’s life if you want immortality. But it’s not a guaranteed plan and you loose your humanity in the process.

There’s another way. It’s more like an investment, like planting a tree. But it still requires a death. …


GoWrench Auto is a Hamilton company that’s disrupting the auto repair industry. They’re expanding to other cities and building an app. Referrals, content and digital marketing power their expansion.

Getting your car serviced is like going to the doctors. You need to take time off work or out of your family life to get it done. You’re either sitting in a waiting room for 45 minutes or driving to the shop, getting a shuttle back to work, then getting a shuttle back to the shop, and driving home or back to work. Inconvenient. But that’s how it is.

If you…


Influencers are millennials trying to cash in on their social media followers.

Twitter wants you to believe that influencers drive purchase decisions.

This social media exec says otherwise.

“Just because photos look good and have 200,000 followers means nothing. You can’t rely on content creators all day long.”

From Digiday’s Confessions of a social media exec, you see a much different picture of influencers than the infographic Twitter posted a couple days ago.

Brands have always used celebrity to boost awareness and appeal. Putting popular faces on a product draws a specific crowd that the brand wants to reach. There’s no doubt about the effect Michael Jordan had on Nike. …


Fast Loading, Interactive, Mobile Storytelling

Have you seen the links on Facebook with the little lightning bolt icon in the top right corner yet?

Tap the link and, woosh, the article swoops in from the right. It was quick and you didn’t have to leave the Facebook app. Scrolling is smooth, images, videos and ads fit perfectly, and liking or sharing is only tap away.

This is a Facebook Instant Article. Last year Facebook invited a handful of publishers to test Instant Articles. Today (Tuesday, April 12th, 2016) Facebook is opening the platform up to everyone.

Once you’re setup, publishing a post stores it in…


If you’re going to publish content for customers or readers, make reading an inspiring experience.

Just like the sales process, you want as little friction as possible when people encounter your content. Providing an enjoyable reading environment makes your message memorable, holds readers to the content longer, promotes sharing, and could even lead to inspired action.

Crowded websites require extra effort to pay attention to what you’re reading. All the ads, related posts, popular posts, top 10 lists, and other clutter that blogs and news sites cramp their content with takes away from the reading experience.

Simple websites are an absolute joy to read, on a monitor or mobile phone. I’ve collected my favourite blogs…

Joel Arndt

Writing about builders who are crafting a culture of hope. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leojeric/ || Website: https://joelarndt.wordpress.com.

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