So many people are rushing frantically to figure out what's next with our new normal. As Christ Followers, we don't need to figure it out on our own. We can wait and listen to what God is saying through these experiences/events in our lives. I was in a "socially distant" board meeting last night, it … Continue reading Not your typical pandemic thoughts
Author: Dr. Stan Tharp, MBA, MA, D.Min.
8 Important Things Christians Tend to Forget
At Christian Life Center (CLC), we just finished the second week of our series "Soul-deep Identity Theft.” You can view the service on-demand at clcdayton.tv and get a copy of the book at Amazon.com. Reflecting on the service, a friend repeated a statement to me after church that I had made in the message, noting … Continue reading 8 Important Things Christians Tend to Forget
What Is My Soul? Why Do I Have So Many Struggles As a Christian?
Author Note: in a later blog post, I'm going to reflect on the two terms "soul" and "spirit" and clarify the differences between the two. At Christian Life Center (CLC) in Dayton, Ohio, we just finished our first of six weekend services in the new series (and book study by the same name) titled, "Soul … Continue reading What Is My Soul? Why Do I Have So Many Struggles As a Christian?
John Maxwell and Me
Last week I had the privilege of hearing John Maxwell’s insights on leadership, especially as they apply to being an author. He is one of the most prolific writers of all time, and his words have been golden to me since I have began writing books. I'm so thankful for the opportunities that have come … Continue reading John Maxwell and Me
Fruits and Veggies for 21 days, So What?
Christian Life Center recently invited the entire congregation to participate in what many call a “Daniel Fast.” It’s a three-week period of intentionally limiting what you eat. It is a kind of “fast” named after Daniel, a hero in the Bible who practiced a primarily vegetarian diet. While I missed chicken, beef, bread and the … Continue reading Fruits and Veggies for 21 days, So What?
“Soul Work”…take the time
Back in 2007 I had a bit of a "perfect storm" in life that forced me to take what I call my "Crash and burn sabbatical." (CLC'ers will recall that on the first week of this time of R&R I broke my leg!). Anyway, during that time off, I connected with an insightful Christian counselor. … Continue reading “Soul Work”…take the time
The Greatest Showman, The Greatest Tribulation: An Odd Pairing
Last weekend, the creative team at Christian Life Center (CLC) did an amazing variation of The Greatest Showman. WOW! If you missed it, then you MUST see it now at clcdayton.com. WATCH NOW >>> Last Wars Episode II: The Dark Side (featuring The Greatest Showman performance) KEEP WATCHING because The Greatest Showman performance was followed … Continue reading The Greatest Showman, The Greatest Tribulation: An Odd Pairing
The Best Wedding Ever Begins with Last Wars
Playing off the Star Wars theme, Christian Life Center (CLC) launched a new sermon series this past weekend called, “Last Wars.” I introduced the series with a message titled, “Last Wars Episode I: The Church Awakens.” In typical Stars Wars fashion (think *yellow text scrolling to a momentous musical underscore*), the service began with the … Continue reading The Best Wedding Ever Begins with Last Wars
An Unexpected Journey, 10 Years and Counting
Wow! I did not expect the last ten years, at least not like how they happened. Also, I'd guess neither did the six people who traveled over 8,000 miles with me to Africa nor our church that sent us nor my family. In December 2007, a small team from Christian Life Center (CLC) and myself … Continue reading An Unexpected Journey, 10 Years and Counting
A Surprising Benefit of Pain
One of the earliest memories I have of my father is from our first home on Remora avenue in Brookpark, Ohio. I was around four years old or younger (we moved after that). I was sick, and he was holding me in his arms, walking through the house, praying for me and gently rubbing my … Continue reading A Surprising Benefit of Pain