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  • My Favorite Verses | Jay Lowder
    confident of this very thing that He which began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ This is actually the very first verse I committed to memory I needed the reassurance both then and now that God will protect and help me until I have finished what He has called me to do I love the promise that He finishes what He starts 3 Hebrews 13 5 I will never leave nor forsake you What a guarantee Regardless of what life brings or the mistakes I make Jesus will never abandon me His commitment to me is permanent He is in for the long haul all the way to eternity 4 2 Timothy 1 7 God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power love and a sound mind What can man do to me What should I fear The answer is nothing God wants to infuse me with power and His comforting love 5 Isaiah 26 3 You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you Don t we all want peace in the midst of a troubled and hectic life There was a time I did not possess it and I have since discovered it is one of life s greatest possessions I like knowing the recipe to gain peace which is simply to focus my mind on Him 6 1 Chronicles 28 20 Be strong and of good courage and do it do not fear nor be dismayed for the Lord God my God will be with you He will not leave or forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord your God This just fires me up Nike shoes had a slogan years ago of Just Do It They may have thought they were the originators of the idea but long before they existed God spoke through David that it was time to get it on 7 Proverbs 29 18 Where there is no vision the people perish I have always had vision which is the ability to dream big I need constant reminding that the opposite of this verse is also true This means people will perish where there isn t vision I have a responsibility to believe God for what seems impossible 8 Proverbs 11 30 He that wins souls is wise I want wisdom My life s mission is to reach non believers with the truth about Jesus I get excited knowing that God says that people who reach the unsaved are doing the wise thing Winning souls is impacting people with the Gospel and that is what I want to do until my last breath 9 Psalms 20 7 Some trust in chariots and horses but we will remember the name of the Lord our God I need to be reminded that I cannot trust money connections people resources or even myself but

    Original URL path: http://www.jaylowder.com/blog/2015/08/07/my-favorite-verses/ (2016-04-28)
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  • How a Semicolon is Changing Lives | Jay Lowder
    you know I understand the pain and heartache of struggling with suicide addiction and self harm At 21 I decided I would quit life An abrupt unexpected interruption from a close friend was the only thing that stopped a bullet from sealing my fate Because of this I have committed my life toward trying to help rescue others who have been swallowed up by this darkness Last week I became aware of Project Semicolon Its goal is in the same ballpark as my own raising suicide awareness As I read about its efforts I began to contemplate how I might piggy back on its endeavors and remembered the ice bucket challenge which overtook social media feeds worldwide last year to raise awareness for ALS This resulted in me creating a new video and social media project called the SemicolonChallenge that I hope will bring more attention to the suicide epidemic as well as facilitate two of the most important steps toward prevention You can read more about my motivation behind the SemicolonChallenge in my new article on TheBlaze And you can find out the simple way you can get involved at http www jaylowder com semicolon Joining the movement could

    Original URL path: http://www.jaylowder.com/blog/2015/07/21/how-a-semicolon-is-changing-lives/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Fishing with Bears | Jay Lowder
    unbelief Jesus said he came to make us fishers of men Mark 1 17 and witnessing so many surrender their lives was beyond exhilaration Jay Lowder catches trout in the Naknek River near King Salmon Alaska We went from fishing for men to fishing for fish on the Naknek River near King Salmon Alaska with two church staff members For four days we used fly rods to catch the biggest Rainbow trout I have ever seen As fate would have it my wife caught the largest fish that measured 23 inches mine only measured 22 inches Even though I never like being out fished I was thrilled for her While in the area we had no cell service or Internet Initially I was panicked when I discovered we didn t have access to outside communication but it ended up being a great blessing to totally disconnect from the technology that is supposed to be freeing but is often so enslaving On our last day I had an encounter that was unlike any other I have always been infatuated with bears and especially grizzlies We greatly anticipated our plans to spend our last day fishing on the Moore River It runs through the Katmai National Forest containing the world s largest population of protected Grizzly bears Like us you have probably watched the iconic pictures or videos of the bears standing on the falls catching fish as they swim upstream Although over 2 000 bears reside there we were told it was unlikely we would see any because we were arriving two weeks before the salmon run Regardless for weeks we prayed that God would allow us to see what we have witnessed on TV so many times God answered the request and we had seven different sightings We even saw one pair mating see video Bears and another two bruins on their hind legs fighting over a beautiful blonde colored female Listening to their growls as they battled one another was a sound I will never forget This brawl was only 100 yards from where we were standing Beautiful grizzly bear in Alaska A short time later my son and I were standing in the river fishing while my daughter and wife stood on the bank nearby As we got to shallower water my girls moved away from the shore to stand with us Just a few short minutes from the time they moved I heard my wife shout in fear There is a bear In the exact place where they previously stood a huge male began retracing their steps less than 35 yards away from us I knew a bear could run up to 35 miles per hour which is faster than a racehorse in the Kentucky Derby and if he decided to attack us there was nothing I could do to stop it or save my family Never and I mean never have I experienced such a feeling of being so small Standing in the presence of something

    Original URL path: http://www.jaylowder.com/blog/2015/06/23/fishing-with-bears/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Your Story is His Story … Share it! | Jay Lowder
    doesn t mean we should still proclaim and celebrate the sacrifice our Savior made for each and every human on earth I am a full time evangelist but in reality so are you By definition an evangelist is a bearer of good tidings Therefore we are all called and able to be evangelists Many people are fearful to evangelize because they don t believe they have the theological or biblical knowledge to do so but evangelism is not scary It shouldn t be something we fear that is satan s trickery used to keep you from proclaiming the Good News Here are a few tips for sharing your faith all year round 1 Know your own story of faith Stories are powerful Jesus knew this which is why he often spoke in parables Your own story of putting your trust in Jesus is powerful Think this through and put it on paper Writing how you met Jesus will enable you to remember refine and recount This cultivates an awareness of where you would be if you had not come to faith and where others will be if they don t find His forgiveness 2 Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you It s true that we are not perfect nor are we fully equipped but the good news is we don t have to be We have been given an amazing resource the Holy Spirit This is where the power and boldness comes from to make you effective Without the Holy Spirit s anointing you will be fearful and nonproductive 3 Befriend the lost One reason evangelism is often feared is because Christians think they must share their faith with complete strangers While we should want to share our faith with everyone it is also important to love

    Original URL path: http://www.jaylowder.com/blog/2015/04/14/your-story-is-his-story-share-it/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Marriage Mountains | Jay Lowder
    the last resort but many choose it as their first Sure there are certain biblical situations where divorce is permitted but that does not mean it is recommended There are also cases of abuse where wives or children are put in dangers that warrant separation Although many marital breakups come from these two factors a large percentage of marriages deteriorate from a gradual procession of smaller issues that fester into relational infections More so for maintenance than rescue I regularly go to marriage counseling I recommend it for everyone My years of navigating through marital success and failure have taught me a few simple lessons that work well when intentionally applied Get rid of your scorecard Keeping tabs on past failures and hurts only builds resentment and leads to preconceived responses Scorecards also facilitate the tendency to dig up bones and mention things that should be left underground If a tally needs to be kept it should never be a record of wrongs but only one that parades the positives Shift focus away from what you can get to what you can give Intentionally meeting the needs of your spouse even when they are not meeting yours is always difficult but never without reward from God Make sure you are doing this without ulterior motives or as a maneuver to get something in return Pray and ask Christ to give you a selfless servant s spirit Give up your terrorist mentality and negotiate Don t be demanding and always expect to get your way Healthy marriages are always built through compromise The unwillingness to give in and surrender on the non essentials is evidence of pride and arrogance Not only will your spouse resist this behavior so will the Lord as proven by James 4 7 Stop flying off the

    Original URL path: http://www.jaylowder.com/blog/2015/03/27/marriage-mountains/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Curt Schilling, Social Media & The Blame Game | Jay Lowder
    Schilling immediately took to the Internet to identify the individuals behind the tweets and on March 1 posted a blog calling out two boys in particular for their comments Schilling went on to post information about the boys identity and personal life all of which he found through a simple Google search Since Schilling s blog post one of the men was suspended from college while the other a part time ticket seller for the New York Yankees was fired As a user of Twitter and dad of a daughter I commend Schilling on his bold response But a contingency of people have pointed the finger at Schilling blaming him for some of the perpetrators losing scholarships jobs or face with friends and family I ve been angered by this for a variety of reasons which I wrote about in The Blaze You can read my full commentary here If you have kids or grandkids who utilize social media this provides an opportunity to teach valuable lessons or if you are a student there are pivotal ones to be learned Here are a few Be extremely careful what you put on social media it can follow you for the rest of your life And ruin it NEVER and I MEAN NEVER do you have the right to be a keyboard cowboy who hides behind a computer screen and cyber bullies other people Freedom of speech is your right but it always carries with it positive or negative repercussions If you are a male under absolutely no circumstances should you ever use language that is emotionally physically spiritually or sexually degrading towards ANY female Never post an IDEA OPINION or ANYTHING ELSE you don t want the whole world to know about because that s precisely what could happen Don t

    Original URL path: http://www.jaylowder.com/blog/2015/03/09/curt-schilling-social-media-the-blame-game/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Condemned to Hell at Mardi Gras | Jay Lowder
    song and others took selfies with the group in the background As the group began to talk with individuals I headed off on my own to grab some dinner and explore A few blocks later I saw some beefy guys who looked like a cross between professional body builders and Hell s Angels who were standing in the middle of the street holding signs Their square formation prevented them from being bushwhacked from their backside The colorful signs they brandished said things about drunkenness sin sex and going to hell There was an African American man who was preaching I mean screaming from a bullhorn Curious I walked up and stood three feet in front of the street prophet and next to a college aged drunk guy who was voicing obscenities I was pretty sure he was about to get the beating of his life from one of the goatee defenders who stared him down like a lion over a gazelle After friends carried off the drunk even though there were people all around the sermon giver turned his bullhorn and message towards me What do you think you re doing man Don t you know God hates your sin and that you re going to bust headfirst into hell You re a disgrace before God I didn t flinch smile or frown but listened intently and he didn t seem stop to take a breath His posse stood stone faced and never spoke or showed any expressions toward anyone He continued You think God doesn t know about your drunken ways and your sexual perversion but He knows everything and is ready to judge you You know you shouldn t be down here and God is ready to punish you Don t you realize your going to wakeup in hell someday The scathing went on for another five minutes or so before I decided to move on Before departing I leaned into the ear of the skin headed white guy next to him and told him I was trying to reach people for Christ He stared in my eyes and sternly said Then why in the world are you out here I replied that I was with 400 students from a Bible college who were two blocks down the street sharing their faith His two word reply of that s good came without emotion before he then turned back into his statue pose Although some of their message was right all of their methods were wrong Half truths are about as enticing to ride as are half winged airplanes Yes God hates sin and hell is real but that s only part of the story God loves people and wants no one to spend eternity separated from Him and His Son And while drunkenness and perversion grieve the heart of God so does the condemnation of others and personal pride Truth must me tempered and correct doctrines need correct deliveries Appearances are often deceiving and even the best vision

    Original URL path: http://www.jaylowder.com/blog/2015/02/27/mardigras/ (2016-04-28)
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  • New Opportunities | Jay Lowder
    of TheBlaze did in November about my personal story dealing with suicide The response to that story has been amazing and unbelievable As soon as the story went live our ministry began to be flooded with emails calls and social media messages from people literally all over the world who were hurting and dealing with many of the same things I had The story ended up being a huge ministry opportunity for us to be the Gospel to those who most need it Because of the far reach of TheBlaze I am thrilled to share that I am now a branded contributor to the site I am very excited about the opportunity to share my thoughts regarding important societal issues and continue spreading a message of hope in these hard times My first piece Silence is not a solution to our nation s suicide problem is now live I d be honored and humbled if you would head over to TheBlaze and read it comment on it and share it via social media You can read the full article here http www theblaze com contributions silence is not a solution to our nations suicide problem It is my prayer that

    Original URL path: http://www.jaylowder.com/blog/2015/02/09/new-opportunities/ (2016-04-28)
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