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SLAP Your Parents

SLAP Your Parents

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slap your parentsSLAP = See.Love.Appreciate.Pray4 (all of this is implied by HONOR).

I present a workshop to teens entitled How to SLAP Your Parents (and Why). It’s pretty popular. Here’s why.

See your parents. This means to acknowledge them AND to enable others to acknowledge them by promoting them and making them famous; to announce them; to glorify them (as Jesus glorified his father). One of the principle things a child is called and commanded by God to do is to glorify his/her parents, because this prepares us for the same. We can’t make ourselves famous. Promotion comes from the Lord. So, to position ourselves to be glorified we need to do the same for someone else first (Eph 6:8). This begins at home and the first people we are called to promote are our parents because they gave us life. Announce them to the world the way Jesus announced his father.

Love your parents. This means to agape them; do what is in their best interest regardless of how you feel about them. This is decision-based, not feelings-based, and driven by truth, not circumstances. Even if they have been horrible to you, you are called to love them in order to imitate our Heavenly Father who causes His sun to shine on the good and bad, and His rain to fall on the just and the unjust. So, we love even our enemies, bless them that curse us, and do good unto them that hate us, and pray for them that despitefully use us and persecute us. When we step into a place of love for even our enemies we become impervious to evil. Nothing can hurt us.

Appreciate your parents. This means to place a value on them that is higher than their behavior, no matter how good or bad it is or has been. Esteem them as a prize that continues to appreciate in value because they are the soil of your blessing. They are the ground you sow into that will produce blessing and benefit in your life.

Pray4 your parents. This means to go to God on their behalf, even if they despitefully (thought less of you when they) used you and persecuted (pursued) you, because in so doing you create an environment in which God can reach them to change them. Use and persecution are learned, responsive behaviors. People treat their children that way when they have been treated that way as children themselves. When you decide to respond differently to the behavior than they did themselves, it gets their attention and provides an avenue for God to show up in their conscience and experience; but most of all it rescues you from visiting the same behavior on your children. Prayer can change the person you pray for, but the biggest change it effects is in YOU.

So, when I say “SLAP your parents” what I really mean is “see, love, appreciate, and pray for your parents!” Now, why on earth would you do that if your parents have not been good parents, model parents, caring parents, nice parents? Why do good for people who have been bad? Why bless those who curse you? Why do good for them who have hated you? Because there is a built in blessing that comes with it that you can’t get any other way; and one of the reasons people who have had bad parents end up with such screwed up lives is because they have not mastered slapping their parents and all that is available to them is the curse of hate transferred by their parents. You can send the hate away and bless your life by slapping them.

Fear is No Excuse

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.1 Samuel 15:24-31 (KJV)
And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. [25] Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. [26] And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. [27] And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. [28] And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. [29] And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. [30] Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God. [31] So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord.
Like Saul in the 15th chapter of the first Book of Samuel, whenever we approach the cusp of opportunity the spirit of fear will flash like lightning on the precipice to turn us back and deny us the opportunity. Fear of the unknown, fear of our own limitations, fear of the faces of the inhabitants of that new land of opportunity, fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being afraid, fear of our past repeating itself, fear of a future we cannot control, just plain old fear, man, will jump up on the sly and grab hold of us in our most vulnerable places and refuse to release us until we do something. Until we either succumb to the fear or settle it for good.
If you’re on the edge of opportunity, I’ve got a word for you: fear is no excuse to mess it up. It never has been a valid excuse, and never will be. Not with God anyway. Like his ancestors before him who allowed fear of the native giants to rob them of their opportunity to possess their promised land, Saul allowed fear of the people and what they thought of him to inspire his disobedience of a clear command from God, and ultimately rob him of his singular place in the Kingdom.
I hear you. “Well, he was just scared. He didn’t mean to disobey. God should have given him another chance.”
Make no mistake about it, fear based disobedience is still disobedience. There is no pass, no asterisk, no leniency attached to fear inspired behavior. In fact, God deals with the fearfully disobedient most harshly (Rev 20:8). Just because we’re scared doesn’t make our disobedience okay with God. Nor does it exempt us from the consequences of disobedience and failure to heed the voice of God (Deut 28:15-68).
The spirit of fear masquerades as other, more socially acceptable forms of action and/or inaction. Here are just four of them. Are any of these active in your life? Fear is a spirit and we seldom view these as spiritual problems, but they are:
  • Procrastination – when we’re afraid of what the future holds or might demand we often freeze in the present, hoping for something to change: either the future, or us. Constant lateness, frequent no-shows, missed deadlines are all indicators of the presence of the spirit of fear. When we’re afraid we put things off, we procrastinate. The world expects and accepts that people will procrastinate on some things they find unpleasant, but in the Kingdom of God there is no tolerance for this, because it’s fearful behavior (Prov 26:13).
  • Lack of understanding – understanding is a function of faith (Heb 11:3through faith we understand…), and the main target of fear is faith itself. When fear overpowers faith, understanding fails. When we fail to understand directions, requirements, the significance of a moment, or the potential consequences of our decisions it’s another indicator of the presence of the spirit of fear. When we’re afraid we have difficulty understanding and comprehending. The world expects and accepts that people will lack the ability to understand some things, but in the Kingdom of God, where we have access to the mind of Christ, there is no tolerance for this, because it’s fearful behavior (1 Cor 2:15-16).
  • Misunderstanding – when the spirit of fear penetrates a relationship, misunderstandings abound. Marriages, friendships, mentorships, workplace relationships of every stripe suffer when fear robs the relationship of the common faith that comes from hearing and being submitted to the same word (Rom 10:17). A ruling spirit of fear makes it impossible for people in a relationship to hear the same things and so have the same mind and judgment (1 Cor 1:10). When we’re afraid we have disagreements and misunderstandings. The world expects and accepts that misunderstandings will happen, but in the Kingdom of God there is no tolerance for this, because it’s fearful behavior.
  • Hate – when the spirit of fear invades our heart we become cold and hardened by hate. Hate is as much the polar opposite of love as night is of day, or evil is of good, or cold is of hot. There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment and whoever is fearful has not been made complete by and in love.1 Jn 4:18 Hating another person by refusing to love them (or non-love, which is the basic definition of hate) is an indicator of the ruling presence of the spirit of fear, because fear and hate (non-love) are couplets just as faith and love are couplets. Faith works by love (Gal 5:6) and fear invites hate. The world expects and accepts that we will hate at least some people, especially our enemies, but in the Kingdom of God there is no tolerance for hate because it’s fearful behavior. Instead we are called to demonstrate our connection to Jesus by our love, which demands the expulsion of fear.
Never surrender to fear. View it as a cause for personal mobilization and motivation. Fear as an excuse for anything, action or inaction, has never been accepted by God, and never will be. So, the sooner we adopt God’s attitude toward fear, the sooner we can eliminate it as a hindrance to the amazing life God wants us to live.

Don’t Expect Perfect Answers to Imperfect Prayers

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Matthew 11:7-15 (NIV)
As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? [8] If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. [9] Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. [10] This is the one about whom it is written:

    ” ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’
 
[11] I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. [12] From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. [13] For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. [14] And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. [15] He who has ears, let him hear.”

Are you looking for perfect answers to your prayers before you will believe that God has really heard and responded to you? Many believers hold God to a higher standard in the answers to our prayers than we hold ourselves to in the clarity and purity of the petitions we offer. We’re often conflicted about what we really want, whether we deserve it or not, and whether we should even be asking for it or not.

In the verses above Jesus is basically saying to his audience that God has already sent them the answer to the question they all had about who John was, but they didn’t catch it or recognize it or believe it; mainly because they wanted their answer to be perfect. They would have preferred a herald from heaven to appear in the town square in shining attire and enunciate that John was the opening act for Jesus. But if they would have gotten that it still would not have built the faith in them necessary to relate to Jesus, because faith deals with what can’t naturally be seen.

God answered their prayers about John’s identity via the things he made manifest in John’s life. He gave them the kind of answer that required them to stretch a little, remember a little, faith a little. In fact, that’s often the way God answers prayer for you and me. He gives us answers that we have to parse, unpack, dissect, and then apply to our unique situation in life. He hides His greatest pearls in nondescript clams at the bottom of the sea.

It was almost as if Jesus was saying to his audience, “What else do you want?” “What more do you need God to do to convince you?” Just because He’s a perfect God doesn’t mean that He has to send us perfect communiques, perfect answers. Whatever answers He sends to us will be imperfect because WE are imperfect and the message, the answer is always defined by the audience. Imperfect people can’t receive perfect answers (because they’re foolishness to them) any more than carnal people can receive spiritual ones. So, we would do well to lower our level of expectations when it comes to prayer answers from perfection to imperfection if we want to see, recognize, and understand the move and answer of God in our lives. His answers won’t always come in perfect form, but they will always come. And that makes Him and the way He does things perfect.

Served or Servant?

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Mark 10:35-45 (NIV)
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
[36] “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
[37] They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
[38] “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
[39] “We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, [40] but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
[41] When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. [42] Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. [43] Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, [44] and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. [45] For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

When most of us think about getting to our wealthy place or our next level in the Lord what we’re really thinking about is living the kind of life where we can be served. This world equates a life of service with limitations and burdens and rigor. Servants live a hard life, while the easy life, the life of privilege and luxury, is the domain of the served. Well, if things work the way the bible describes them, when we get to our wealthy place or our next level, most of us will be disappointed; because Jesus says rulers and high officials in the Kingdom of God don’t get served. They do the serving! Ouch!

Vs 35 – Give us whatever we ask for, whatever we want! What a bold prayer! We should expect nothing less from the sons of Zebedee, the Boanerges, the sons of Thunder. They weren’t soft, or halting, or scared to take on life. They were go getters, aggressive livers, assertive men. I just love their temerity, their gumption! Give me whatever I ask for, whatever I want, Jesus! That’s the kind of attitude we should all have in prayer; but few do. It’s also the kind of attitude that gets God’s attention. And approval. You’d think, if you were to look at this through the lens of America’s cultural and traditional religious understanding, that Jesus would challenge that kind of aggressive prayer attitude. That he would lecture them on the need for restraint in their requests. That he would encourage them to narrow their expectations, kinda bring their petitions into line with their status in the kingdom of God. “You guys are unlearned, unheard of, lower level servant types in the Kingdom of God, you can’t expect to ask for anything you want and have God grant that. Who do you think you are? Be more modest, more humble. Ask for your household today, your block tomorrow, and don’t even think about asking for the world until next decade at the earliest. Take it slow, gradual, in stages. If you ask for too much you’ll probably get nothing.” But no! That’s not how Jesus responded at all. I just love his response in the next verse.

Vs 36 – Jesus wasn’t blown away by their gumption, he respected it! He didn’t lecture them about size of their request, he just wanted to know, matter-of-factly, what they wanted. And that, my friend, is how God will respond to you and me if and when we approach him with what others might think is a ridiculously outsized request. A request so huge that it would seem obscene to ever think about asking God for something like that. Reading this verse and seeing Jesus’ response just increases my gumption, and it should increase yours, too! Why not ask big, why not dream big, why not expect big, why not go big, why not live large!? In truth, God expects it! That’s what he put us here to do.

Vs 37 – They ask for position. Top positions. High rank. The highest rank possible. Now, don’t get it twisted. This is not about loving Jesus so much they just want to spend time in his presence. Their request is not Jesus centered. They don’t want to sit on his right and left hand so they can look at him. They want those seats so they can share his rule. They want to run things, and they want to do so on Jesus’ coattails. They want authority and power. They want to be great. Again, I love Jesus’ response.

Vs 38 – Jesus tells them they are asking amiss (you really don’t know what you’re asking, because you really don’t know how things work in the Kingdom; every answer to prayer comes at a cost, and the cost for this request is much greater than you realize, or are able to pay). They want to share in Jesus’ power, but don’t realize that the pathway to that kind of power is suffering. Jesus asks them, are you able to suffer the way I’m going to suffer to qualify for the power that will be bestowed on me? Can you handle the weight of my crown? God wants us to ask big, but He also expects us to invest big to be able to handle the answer. You want a great ministry, but can you handle the great persecution and self-denial that comes with it? You want great wealth, but can you handle the great responsibility and great hatred from others that comes with it? You want great fame, but can you handle the loss of personal freedom that comes with it? You want great love, but can you handle the great sacrifice that it requires?

Vs 39 – Of course we can. We all think we can. We all want to believe that we can. And by declaring that we can, we assure ourselves the opportunity to find out. Whenever we pray big, the answer to the prayer sends a collector ahead of itself to begin exacting the cost of the answer. Persecution comes, trials come, losses come, sacrificial demands present themselves. Ahead of the answer. That’s when we find out if we really can pay the price.

Vs 40 – And that’s also when we learn the limitations built into the answers of every prayer: God’s plan and will. James and John asked to sit on Jesus’ left and right hand in his glory, not realizing that only one of those spots will be available. Because Jesus will himself be at the right hand of the Father, his left hand is already occupied–by God! That leaves only his right hand. And that spot is reserved for the person it has been ordained and prepared for. This tells us that our answers to prayer have our names on them, are prepared for and reserved for us, and no one else can occupy or handle what was prepared exclusively for us by God. Pray big, and if it’s God’s will for you, you will have it!

Vs 41 – Of course, understand that big prayers will stoke the ire and wrath of other believers, who will be put off by your boldness, shamed by your courage, and mad that you might get what they’ve always wanted, but didn’t have the gumption to ask for, nor the spiritual strength to suffer for.

Vs 42 – In this world’s system power runs from the top down, from strength to weakness.

Vss 43, 44 – In the Kingdom of God, power runs from the bottom up, from weakness to strength.

Vs 45 – Jesus showed us how it’s done. You want to be great, give your life away. You want to be served, be satisfied with the lowest place in the Kingdom; because in the Kingdom the served are always last. You want to be first in the Kingdom, become a servant; because in the Kingdom servants always go first.

The Challenge of Facebook (for Christians)

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.The challenge of Facebook for Christians is that Facebook tempts us to try to live in original nakedness while overlooking the fact that we are travailing in a broken world. It is literally ‘showing off’ our lives via pictures and status updates, and sharing what we think about pretty much EVERYTHING (against the proverbial injunction against uttering all one’s mind like a fool). It renders the biblical mandate to separate from some impossible or at least difficult. It creates a false sense of connection by allowing me to receive communiques from a person without ever giving any, thus violating the principle of reciprocity.

The Time Signature of a Miracle

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Time is definitive. I can tell a lot about you just by knowing in what time period you spent your teen years: 50s – conservative; 60s – hippie; etc. You can identify the genre of a piece of music by listening to its time signature. Time is basic. Everything in this life has a rhythm, a cadence, a time signature: school, family life, prison life, work, relationships, movies. Certain things happen at the same time consistently in every enterprise of life. That’s its time signature.

So it is with miracles. They have a time signature.

Certain things happen at the same juncture consistently in every bonafide miracle. Part of my assignment as a minister of the word of God is to identify the notes and chords of a miracle for you so that you can know when you’re in the middle of a genuine move of God in your life, and when you’re not. This is important because I believe if you can identify the time signature of anything you can creatively replicate its genre and produce new pieces within it at will.

I’m confident this is what Jesus meant when he said, “the works that I do, greater works than these shall you do.” He intended for his disciples to be able to top his miracles. How? By learning the time signature of miracles and then making their own music in the miracle genre. They had the opportunity to learn this intuitively, by absorbing the rhythm of his words and actions as they spent every day with him for 3.5 years. You and I have to get it from the Holy Spirit breathing on and illuminating God’s word. And when we do we’ll be able to top Jesus’ miracles. Jesus spoke to fig trees and storms and waves, we’ll speak to mountains and move them into seas!

Teaching Witches How to Love

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.At a parenting lecture most people expect to hear secrets to get a child to do what a parent wants them to do, or learn how to get a child to do what the child doesn’t want to do. But that is really what the bible calls witchcraft; manipulation. And it’s fueled by the belief that a parent’s job is to control a child.
This is not the parenting model that God uses.
God doesn’t try to control us. He loves us. And proves it by giving us the freedom to choose what we want to do while also ensuring that we deal with the consequences of our decisions, too.
What if what we taught people at parenting conferences wasn’t secrets to control a child, witchcraft? What if we taught them secrets to controlling themselves, instead? What if we taught them how to be the best lover of their children they could be, rather than the best witch? What if we taught them PARENT SKILLS instead of parenting skills. What if we taught them how to BE a parent rather than how to DO parenting? What of we taught them how to love instead of how to control?
If we did that we would create parents who didn’t parent out of fear (of being embarrassed by a slacking, antisocial, difficult kid). We would create parents who loved their child enough to let that child reject wisdom, direction, and care, and suffer the consequences.
Our culture has created an anti-biblical coven of well meaning parental witches who have accepted the error that real parents control. To reverse this trend and teach parents how to love, instead, I propose the following:
  • Teach parents how to accept rejection. Parents who can’t stomach rejection from their kids resort to control.
  • Teach parents that their parental identity and success isn’t measured or determined by the level of obedience exhibited by their kids. That’s a control definition. A love definition measures parenting identity and success by how much the parents give to their kids what all kids need from parents: nurture, wisdom, guidance, attention, care, comfort, understanding, etc. What our kids give us (respect, obedience, pride, achievement, love) doesn’t define or impart our parental identity, what we give them does!
  • Teach parents that their job is not to get their child to like them, but to teach their child how to suffer in order to gain (which will not be appreciated until later). To train someone, which the bible identifies as the primary job of godly parents, the trainer must teach his student how to manage and profit from pain. Our culture erroneously teaches parents to help their children avoid all pain at all costs. That is the very opposite of training. That’s enabling.
  • Teach parents how to be trainers and coaches rather than witches and bullies.
  • Change the definition of successful parenting from what we produce (model children) to what we impart and give. This is counter culture because it’s not visible. Others won’t know the seed we plant. They only see the tree that grows. Most parent for the applause of men rather than for the love of God and good of the child.
  • Heal parents and deliver them from the spirit of python and witchcraft and loose the spirit of love over them so that they can go back home and bring the spirit of love and miracles into their households and their children’s lives.
  • Heal the broken souls of parents and deliver them from past parental pain.

Fixated on the Top

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Why is our culture so fixated on the pinnacle and narrowing life’s experiences into an EKG line graph of best and worst experiences ever? LeBron James blocks a shot and the media is quick to proffer the question, ‘Was that the greatest block ever?’ Why can’t it suffice to be ONE OF THE GREATEST BLOCKS EVER? What gives with the need for hyperbole? What’s really going on?
I believe it has something to do with our Babel-onian history and our DNA encoded need to ascend to the heavens and connect with our higher selves, our higher power. Humans will always struggle to reach the top, and our king of the hill focus will cause us to always put someone or something up there on the top in order to define it for us, give us something or someone to shoot for, and help us to know what the top looks like, to know what to expect. We want and need to define the top because it helps us to envision getting there ourselves.

Why I Gave Up Chasing Wealth

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.I’m a spiritual child of the health and prosperity gospel. Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Oral Roberts, Fred Price, and their theological disciples were my earliest teachers in the faith. So, naturally I embraced the biblical truths that God wants His children healthy, wealthy, and wise early in my walk with Jesus. But after 33 years of walking with the Lord and pursuing the prosperity I believed was mine by birthright I’ve matured to a more complete understanding of God’s will for His people.
How did this happen? Simply. In a period of retreat I read the bible unfiltered by any particular perspective or tradition and finally saw that chasing wealth and prosperity is not a biblical goal but is actually a hindrance to the spirit led life!
If we’re seeking to be rich we’re violating the New Testament principles that both Jesus and Paul taught: don’t chase wealth, that’s what the gentile do because they don’t know any better. Chase God’s rule in your life and everything you need will be added to you. Those who seek to be rich pierce themselves through with many sorrows. Name one biblical hero who sought riches and obtained them. None of the bible’s heroes were chasing or motivated by money. Not Abraham, nor Solomon, nor Job, nor any of the apostles. The only people who chased money in the bible were evil.
The bible teaches prosperity as a by product, not a pursuit, of godly living. If we chase it in God’s name we dishonor Him and invite evil and sorrow into our life. The blessing of The Lord makes rich without sorrow. People who want to and do make a difference often gain wealth as a by product of making that difference. As is always the case with God, the motivation behind an action defines the action; and money motivation is a lower causation in the kingdom. God’s blessing comes when the motivation is in line with His will and spirit.
One definition of prosperity would be to be the head and not the tail in whatever socio-economic class one finds oneself to be in. It doesn’t necessarily require class change.
Riches are defined by social class, wealth is defined by interior resources. Wealth depends on what’s going on inside of me, riches depend on what’s happening around me. God wants His children to be wealthy, but not necessarily rich. Pursuing either brings sorrow, because we can’t pursue God and money. Don’t chase riches, or wealth. Chase the kingdom, God’s rule in your life.

The Gospel on Social Media

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Proverbs 27:2 (KJV)  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

The basic premise of social media is self promotion, which directly conflicts with a biblical worldview and the proverbial injunction against boasting and praising one’s self. That is the fundamental uneasiness a biblical believer will have with putting his/her life out there on social media. It is so easy to cross the line from participating in community to displaying the praiseworthy components of our lives for global consumption.

One way to determine if and when that line is crossed is by looking for the presence or absence of balance. If a person is willing to share the unflattering about their lives as well as the flattering they are likely more concerned about sharing their life experience than they are about seeking praise. If you hear about the ugly behavior of their kids as well as the cute stuff, learn about their screw ups on the job as well as their triumphs, and see their house before it is cleaned as well as after, there is balanced sharing going on.

‘Let another praise you and not you yourself.’ It is, however, possible to use social media to amplify another person’s ability, including strangers, to praise you by affording them viral tools for praising people and groups they like and respect. By encouraging friends and customers to comment about their experiences with us on social media we eliminate self praise and put the tools of praise where they belong: in the hands of others, the ‘end users.’

Did Jesus Use Reverse Psychology? – Tuesday Truth Tussle

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Every Tuesday we consider a tough question that forces believers to think their faith, search their scriptures, and stretch their spirits. Here’s today’s truth tussle:

Jesus asked those he healed and delivered to NOT tell anyone who did it for them, but the more he asked them not to tell the more they told others. Was Jesus using reverse psychology and the truth about social currency to raise his profile and grow his ministry? Or was there more happening?

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Temptation

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Are you struggling with temptation in any area of your life? This video will help you to understand why, and how to overcome it for good.

The Pathway to Love

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Everyone wants to be loved. And probably, everyone wants to be loved more than they already are. But relatively few of us are willing to do what’s necessary to get that love. Watch this video and find out how to get more love, then decide if you’re willing to pay the price.

Where is Your Fire?

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Are you on fire for the Lord? If not, it could be an indication of a spiritual disconnect. Watch this video to strengthen your connection, feel the fire, and ignite the world around you.

Jesus’ Sex Life

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Earl Middleton, M.Div.Did Jesus have a sex life? You bet he did, but not the kind that you might think. He was sinless, and he was sexual, too. Because he was human. But he conquered sexual sin for you and me. Find out how in this video excerpt.

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