How Would You Rate YOUR 2016? Here’s Mine.

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Another year has passed; a new one has begun. As you reflect on 2016—on a scale of 1 to 10—how would you rate your 2016?


Here’s mine.

On a scale of 1 to ten I would rate my 2016,

9.5!

Here’s why.

  • My first grandchild was born. I’m finding out there’s nothing better than being a grandparent.
  • I transitioned out of my role as a senior pastor for these past thirty-three years into my new role as a speaker, trainer, author, and coach. There’s nothing like getting up every morning and spending my day focused on what I’m most passionate about and what I believe is my greatest contribution.
  • In my transition of roles (noted above), I also moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, back to Cleveland, Ohio to be close to most of my family and some long-held friends and colleagues. There’s nothing like being at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.  Read: Why I Moved Back To Cleveland, Ohio and Why You Should Even Care
  • In the fall of 2016 I started an online Spiritual Growth Membership Community. It’s specifically designed to help people in very clear, easy, and practical ways continue to grow spiritually. I feel like my whole life has been preparing me for this moment!
    Find out more about the launch of my Spiritual Growth Membership Community.
  • I made significant progress on my third book, Living Like Your Leaving: A Practical Path To A Purposeful Life. I’m really excited about this book.
  • I turned 60! Not as crazy about this milestone as some of my other ones, but I know I’m doing what I was designed to do and focused on doing the most productive and purposeful things in this third-quarter season of my life and ministry.  Read: I Turned 60!

So that’s mine.  How about yours? 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your 2016?

_____

And why?

Please leave a comment below.

Believing for 2017 to be a purposeful and productive year,
Ken L Roberts

PS. Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about your 2016.

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Christmas In A Box! REALLY?

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We like things tied up in a nice, neat package – including the story of Christmas.

But is the story of Advent, the coming of Christ as the Light and Life into our dark and disordered world, really that neat?

We live in a culture, however, where we want “everything tied up in a nice box.” Whether it’s the ending of a movie, the conclusion to a novel, or the story of Christmas – we want God (and the ways of God) wrapped up in a nice, neat box, with a big, bright ribbon tied on top.

But that’s NOT the story of Christmas.

It Pulsates With

Intrigue…Mystery…Confusion…Awe…Uncertainty…

Miracles…Murder…Wonder…Puzzlement…Questions…Debate.

  • A virgin overtaken by the Holy Spirit and bearing a child?
  • A jealous king killing babies just to secure his own insecurity?
  • Angels appearing to shepherds at night?
  • God putting on skin and coming to earth as a human?
  • Three “wise men” miraculously following a star and finding a messiah?
  • A baby born in a stable and sleeping in a manger who later becomes a king?

Now that’s a lot of mystery!

Yet, sometimes, much of our Evangelical theology seems…Too processed. Too packaged. Too perfect.

It feels like we’ve removed much of the mystery.

We’ve become uncomfortable with the unexplainable. We’ve secularized the sacred.  We’ve packaged the invisible. We’ve domesticated the drama. We’ve merchandized the miraculous. We’ve sanitized the supernatural. We’ve humanized the divine.

My appeal to return to mystery and wonder isn’t a plea for an attitude of anti-intelligence in the Church. We don’t need more bad theology or stupid ways of thinking.  We have enough of that.

But after we’ve diced it, sliced it, parsed it, debated it, outlined it, preached it, and tried to explain it…

Let’s step back and once again embrace the mystery and the wonder of it all.

Amazed,
Ken L Roberts

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I Turned 60! A Few Short Reflections and One Heart-Felt Prayer

November 27th, 2016 I turned 60. Yes the BIG SIX…O!

As I cross this important mile marker, I hope these few short reflections and my heart-felt prayer will be helpful as you reflect on your own journey of life.

A Few Reflections

  • Life Is A Gift; Cherish It
  • Life Is Fragile; Handle It With Care
  • Life Goes Fast; Make Every Day Count
  • Life Is An Adventure; Enjoy It
  • Life Shapes Us; Allow It To Shape You Into The Person You Want To Become
  • Life Is Temporal; Prepare For The Life That’s Coming That Will Be Eternal


A Heart-Felt Prayer

God grant me twenty more years of meaningful ministry. Grant me—through my speaking, training, writing, coaching and the way I live my life—the honor of influencing tens of thousands to live their lives with purpose. And as a result may I , along with those I have somehow and in some small way  touched, one day hear you say, “Well done good and faithful servant. Now enter into the joys I’ve prepared for you.”

I pray this in the name of One who gave His life so that I could live an abundant and eternal life.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Whatever age you are, I pray you’re making your life count and you’re preparing your life for your eternal life that is yet to come.

If I can help, I’d be honored.

Living On Purpose,
Ken L Roberts

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Are you stuck staring at a horse’s rear-end?

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Are you stuck staring at a horse’s rear-end?

The U.S. standard rail gauge – the distance between the two rails of a railway – is exactly four feet, eight and one-half inches. A very odd measurement.

And why is that?

Because that’s the measurement they used to build the railways in England, and since it was the English expatriates who built the railroads in the United States, the same measurements that were used in England were used in the U.S. .

And why did the English build their rails with such odd measurements?

Because the same people who built the tramways (pre-railroad days) built their rails with a distance of exactly four feet, eight and one-half inches apart.

And why did the people who built the pre-railroad tramways build their rails with an exact distance of four feet, eight and one-half inches apart?

Because the tramways reused the same jig, tools, and measurements that had been used to build wagons, which used the same spacing between wagon wheels of exactly four feet, eight and one-half inches.

And why did the wagons have the spacing between wagon wheels of exactly four feet, eight and one-half inches?

Because if the spacing had been different, the wagon wheels would’ve broken on many of the old, long-distance roads in England…which incidentally had wheel ruts with the same spacing of four feet, eight and one-half inches.

And why were the old rutted roads built with the same spacing of four feet, eight and one-half inches?

Because the Imperial Roman Empire built the first roads in England thousands of years ago, and the ruts of these roads were spaced four feet, eight and one-half inches, because the Roman war chariot made the initial ruts.

And why did the Imperial Roman war chariots have roads that had ruts spaced four feet, eight and one-half inches apart?

Because the Imperial Roman war chariots were made just wide enough – four feet, eight and one-half inches – to accommodate the back end of two warhorses!

So let me get this straight.

The U.S. standard rail gauge of four feet, eight and one-half inches 

came from 

the rear ends of two warhorses? 

What a classic illustration of doing things because that’s the way we’ve always done things.

My Point:

If you’re stuck in a rut and you’re doing the same old things in the same old ways you’ve always been doing the same old things…

well, it may be time to stop staring at the back end of a horse’s rear-end.

It may be time for some changes, some new challenges, some new growth, some new ideas, some new habits, some new thinking, some new adventures, some new risk. It maybe time to get out of that four foot, eight and one-half inch rut and find a better view.

If I can help get you out of a rut

If I can assist you in finding and fulfilling your life’s purpose, I’d love to help:

Living Life With Purpose,

 

Ken L Roberts

* Material from the book, The Seven Decisions, by Andy Andrews, pages 102 – 103.

 

 

Cancer or a 6:30 Martini: Which Do You Prefer?

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Cancer or a 6:30 martini; which do you prefer? Winifred Gallagher had both. Here’s her story and her remarkable discovery.

Her Story:

Winifred Gallagher was diagnosed with cancer. Not just cancer, but a nasty and fairly advanced kind.

In her 2009 book titled Rapt, Gallagher recalls walking away from the hospital after being diagnosed with cancer and having this sudden and strong intuition:

“This disease wants to monopolize my attention, but as much as possible,
I’ll focus on my life instead.”

Her treatment that followed was exhausting and terrible, but Gallagher couldn’t help but notice that her commitment to focus on what was good in her life—”movies, walks, and a 6:30 martini”—instead of constantly focusing on her cancer, was working surprisingly well during that difficult season of her life.

Gallagher writes, “My life during this period should have been mired in fear and pity, but instead it often felt quite pleasant.”

Her Discovery:

Through her experience with cancer, Gallagher set out to better understand what the role that attention plays in a shaping and defining the quality of our life. That is, she wanted to better understand how, what we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore, directly effects how we feel and how we behave.

According to Gallagher’s experience and ongoing study, plus what decades of research from numerous other like studies –

Gallagher concluded that our brains construct our worldview based upon
what we pay attention to.

If you focus on a cancer diagnosis, you and your life become unhappy and dark, but if you focus instead on an evening martini, (her focus for  delight), you and your life become more pleasant—even though the circumstances in both scenarios are the same.

As Gallagher summarizes: “Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love—is the sum of what you focus on.”

Gallagher’s discovery reaffirms a universal truth that God established eons ago… “As a man thinketh, so is he.”  (Proverbs 23:7)

So The Obvious Question Is:

What are you focusing on?  What are you giving attention to?

How you and I answer that question, to a great degree, determines the direction in life we go and the quality of the life we live.

Living on Purpose
Ken L Roberts

 

*Excerpts taken from the book Deep Work by Cal Newport

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Why I Cry Watching “The Voice”

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My wife and I like to watch the TV show The Voice. Wow, what awesome talent.

But on many nights while I’m watching, I find myself choked up—sometimes even a little tear running down my face (which I turn away and make sure my wife doesn’t see!).

Here’s why I tear up.

I often tear up watching The Voice because I love to see people pursuing their dreams!

Every one of us are gifted in some way (mine isn’t singing!), and it’s my personal conviction that our gifts are connected to a dream that we each carry deep in our heart.

Bruce Wilkinson, in his book The Dream Giver, describes it this way:

“No matter where I travel in the world—whether among hard-charging Manhattan urbanites or villagers in southern Africa—I have yet to find a person who didn’t have a dream.  They may not be able to describe it.  They may have forgotten it.  They may no longer believe in it.

But it’s there.

Like the genetic code that describes your unique passion and abilities, your Big Dream has been woven into your being from birth. You’re the only person with a Dream quite like yours.  And you have it for a reason: to draw you toward the kind of life you were born to love!”  

Like Wilkinson, I believe that in the heart of every person lives a dream. We may have to silence some internal voices of self-doubt or remove layers of expectation piled on us by others, but if we listen close enough, or drill deep enough, we’ll find a dream still alive.

Let’s Kill The Dream-Killers

It’s unfortunate, but some find all this encouragement about having and pursuing dreams as nothing more than idealistic romanticism or impractical sentimentalism. Others view it as just another creative way to veil increased selfishness.

I’m certainly not suggesting more materialistic, hedonistic, or narcissistic pursuits.  Evaluating our motives for pursuing certain dreams is important.  But what I am suggesting is that it is narrow (and arrogant) to catalog some people’s dreams as worldly and some as holy, some as altruistic and some as selfish, some as secular and some as sacred.  Fortunately, God is the dream giver, and in the end only His vote counts.

I agree with pastor and author Erwin McManus’s perspective when he writes,

“When you make God your primary passion, He transforms all the passions of your heart. The result of this transformation is that it will be God’s pleasure to fulfill those passions … Your passions become your best compass for your spiritual journey.  When God is your desire, you can trust the passions of your heart.  It is in this state that you can most fully live a uniquely passionate life.”

The Voice, Here I Come

So whether your dream is to become a published author, run the Boston marathon, perform at Carnegie Hall, run a Fortune 500 company, build orphanages around the world, stamp out world hunger, be the world’s best stay-at-home mom, or perform on The Voice one day—if it’s a passion from God, and you’re doing it with a passion to please God, then pursue it.

Who knows, if you ever make it on The Voice, I may be watching that night!

Still Pursuing My Dreams 

Ken L Roberts

 

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Doors Close At Midnight TONIGHT!

Membership to My New
Spiritual Growth Membership Community
Closes at Midnight Tonight.


I am extremely excited about the start of my new spiritual growth membership community!

  • If you feel frustrated with a lack of spiritual growth
  • If you feel overwhelmed on where to start or how to proceed in your spiritual growth
  • If you feel you’re falling short in your spiritual growth 

Then please consider joining me in my new spiritual growth membership community!

But a friendly reminder:

Membership window closes tonight
(Friday night – September 30th) at midnight


So Don’t Delay

If you haven’t had the chance to watch these videos, take a few minutes and do so. They will further explain in detail what this membership community is about and will offer 3 reasons why you should consider being a part of our new spiritual growth membership community.

Introductory Video: What It’s All About
https://youtu.be/QmUkzsC63_k

Reason #1: Why you may feel overwhelmed in your spiritual growth
https://youtu.be/OqiOdwoTkDE

Reason #2: An often missing ingredient in our spiritual growth
https://youtu.be/Mosu35LNt2s

Reason #3: The one thing you can do to increase the progress in your spiritual growth by 80%
https://youtu.be/gV6A_UaypUo

Window Closes at Midnight Tonight!

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The Third Reason You Should Consider Joining Me In My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

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A Personal Invite 

I feel like my whole life has been preparing me for this moment.

I know that may seem like an overstatement, but I sincerely don’t believe it is.

Growing in my spiritual growth, as well as helping others do the same, has been a primary area of focus (if not the primary area of focus) over the last twenty years of my life. That’s why I want to personally invite you to ….

Join Me In My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community!

In this short video below I want to offer The Third Reason Why You Should Consider Joining Me in My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community.

Reason #2 Video
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The 3 F’s of spiritual growth

During these last twenty years, I’ve observed, in my life as well as in the lives of many others, three consistent challenges in a person’s spiritual growth. I call these the 3 F’s.

  • Frustration with our ongoing and consistent spiritual growth.
  • A lack of Focus in our spiritual growth.
  • A sense of Failure in our spiritual growth.

This is why over the last 20 years I’ve tried to find a way to offer clear and concise content, along with a simple “practice” that’s easily doable within the routine of our 24/7 life – to help people consistently grow in their spiritual lives – and to do this all in the context of a like-minded group of people.

My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

That’s why I’m launching my new Spiritual Growth Membership Community. It’s a way to help people, like you and me, consistently grow in our spiritual growth.

My Four 1 to 1 Plan

Here’s what the spiritual growth membership community will provide. I call it the FOUR 1 to 1 plan.

  • Once a Month. The first of every month, via a short email containing a link to a short video (10 minutes or less) you will receive:
  • One Spiritual Growth Principle. This isn’t a bible study, or a podcast, or a sermon; it’s a simple, clear, and concise spiritual growth principle – that will help you grow.
  • One Spiritual Growth Practice. Along with this spiritual growth principle, you will receive a spiritual growth practice that will help you apply/practice that month’s spiritual growth principle. One of the things I’m so excited about is that this spiritual growth practice can be done throughout the normal routine of a person’s 24/7 day. You don’t have to find another two hours in your already busy schedule to fit in this spiritual practice. It can be done almost anytime and anywhere throughout your day.

NOTE: It’s the combination of these two things –a monthly spiritual growth principle connected to and corresponding with a monthly spiritual growth practice – that will help you grow. Transformation (growth) happens when we combine information (content), with application (practice), and that’s the brilliance of my Spiritual Growth Membership Community

  • One Like-Minded Community. This will all be done in the context of a Like-Minded Group of People/Community. Just think about being inspired, encouraged, and offered new ideas from a group of people who have the same goal in mind – to consistently grow in their spiritual lives.

A Personal Promise

Now that I’ve:

  • applied this approach in my own spiritual growth,
  • seen the amazing results it’s had on my wife’s spiritual growth,
  • seen the same results with several of the people I’m now coaching in their spiritual growth,

I’m convinced I’ve found a way to offer you clear and concise content, with a simple “practice” that’s easily doable within the normal routine of your 24/7 life – all in the context of a like-minded group of people – that will help you consistently grow in your spiritual life.

Please Join Me In My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

There is absolutely nothing like this being offered today! Therefore I’m extremely excited to offer this Spiritual Growth Membership Community to you. I would truly be honored if you would be a part of it with me and hundreds of others.

A Call To Action

Here’s what I’m asking you to do:

First, If you haven’t already watched this short introductory video, please do so now:

Second, hit the button below and take advantage of my special introductory offer.

JOIN NOW

 

A Special Introductory Offer

Membership Closes Midnight SEPTEMBER 30TH.
So hit the button below and take advantage TODAY!

JOIN NOW

 

Don’t Delay

If you haven’t already watched this short introductory video, please do so now.

Then hit the button below and take advantage of my special introductory offer.

JOIN NOW

 

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Where Limitless Growth Becomes Possible

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The Second Reason Why You Should Consider Joining Me in My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

A Personal Invite 

I feel like my whole life has been preparing me for this moment.

I know that may seem like an overstatement, but I sincerely don’t believe it is.

Growing in my spiritual growth, as well as helping others do the same, has been a primary area of focus (if not the primary area of focus) over the last twenty years of my life. That’s why I want to personally invite you to…

Join Me In My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community!

In this short video below I want to offer to you The Second Reason Why You Should
Consider Joining Me in My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community.

Reason #2 Video
WATCH NOW

 

The 3 F’s of spiritual growth

During these last twenty years, I’ve observed, in my life as well as in the lives of many others, three consistent challenges in a person’s spiritual growth. I call these the 3 F’s.

  • Frustration with our ongoing and consistent spiritual growth.
  • A lack of Focus in our spiritual growth.
  • A sense of Failure in our spiritual growth.

This is why over the last 20 years I’ve tried to find a way to offer clear and concise content, along with a simple “practice” that’s easily doable within the routine of our 24/7 life – to help people consistently grow in their spiritual lives – and to do this all in the context of a like-minded group of people.

My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

That’s why I’m launching my new Spiritual Growth Membership Community. It’s a way to help people, like you and me, consistently grow in our spiritual growth.

My Four 1 to 1 Plan

Here’s what the spiritual growth membership community will provide. I call it the FOUR 1 to 1 plan.

  • Once a Month. The first of every month, via a short email containing a link to a short video (10 minutes or less) you will receive:
  • One Spiritual Growth Principle. This isn’t a bible study, or a podcast, or a sermon; it’s a simple, clear, and concise spiritual growth principle – that will help you grow.
  • One Spiritual Growth Practice. Along with this spiritual growth principle, you will receive a spiritual growth practice that will help you apply/practice that month’s spiritual growth principle. One of the things I’m so excited about is that this spiritual growth practice can be done throughout the normal routine of a person’s 24/7 day. You don’t have to find another two hours in your already busy schedule to fit in this spiritual practice. It can be done almost anytime and anywhere throughout your day.

NOTE: It’s the combination of these two things –a monthly spiritual growth principle connected to and corresponding with a monthly spiritual growth practice – that will help you grow. Transformation (growth) happens when we combine information (content), with application (practice), and that’s the brilliance of my Spiritual Growth Membership Community

  • One Like-Minded Community. This will all be done in the context of a Like-Minded Group of People/Community. Just think about being inspired, encouraged, and offered new ideas from a group of people who have the same goal in mind – to consistently grow in their spiritual lives.

 

A Personal Promise

Now that I’ve:

  • applied this approach in my own spiritual growth,
  • seen the amazing results it’s had on my wife’s spiritual growth,
  • seen the same results with several of the people I’m now coaching in their spiritual growth,

I’m convinced I’ve found a way to offer you clear and concise content, with a simple “practice” that’s easily doable within the normal routine of your 24/7 life – all in the context of a like-minded group of people – that will help you consistently grow in your spiritual life.

Please Join Me In My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

There is absolutely nothing like this being offered today! Therefore I’m extremely excited to offer this Spiritual Growth Membership Community to you. I would truly be honored if you would be a part of it with me and hundreds of others.

 

A Call To Action

Here’s what I’m asking you to do:

First, If you haven’t already watch this short introductory video, please do so now

Second, hit the button below and take advantage of my special introductory offer

JOIN NOW

 

A Special Introductory Offer

Membership Closes Midnight SEPTEMBER 30TH.

So hit the button below and take advantage TODAY!

JOIN NOW

 

Don’t Delay

If you haven’t already watched this short introductory video, please do so now.

Then hit the button below and take advantage of my special introductory offer.

JOIN NOW

 

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Where Limitless Growth Becomes Possible

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The First Reason Why You Should Consider Joining Me In My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

A Personal Invite 

I feel like my whole life has been preparing me for this moment.

I know that may seem like an overstatement, but I sincerely don’t believe it is.

Growing in my spiritual growth, as well as helping others do the same, has been a primary area of focus (if not the primary area of focus) over the last twenty years of my life. That’s why I want to personally invite you to ….

Join Me In My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community!

In this short video below I want to offer The First Reason Why You Should Consider Joining Me in My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community.

Reason #1  Video
WATCH NOW

The 3 F’s of spiritual growth

During these last twenty years, I’ve observed, in my life as well as in the lives of many others, three consistent challenges in a person’s spiritual growth. I call these the 3 F’s.

  • Frustration with our ongoing and consistent spiritual growth.
  • A lack of Focus in our spiritual growth.
  • A sense of Failure in our spiritual growth.

This is why over the last 20 years I’ve tried to find a way to offer clear and concise content, along with a simple “practice” that’s easily doable within the routine of our 24/7 life – to help people consistently grow in their spiritual lives – and to do this all in the context of a like-minded group of people.

My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

That’s why I’m launching my new Spiritual Growth Membership Community. It’s a way to help people, like you and me, consistently grow in our spiritual growth.

My Four 1 to 1 Plan

Here’s what the spiritual growth membership community will provide. I call it the FOUR 1 to 1 plan.

  • Once a Month. The first of every month, via a short email containing a link to a short video (10 minutes or less) you will receive:
  • One Spiritual Growth Principle. This isn’t a bible study, or a podcast, or a sermon; it’s a simple, clear, and concise spiritual growth principle – that will help you grow.
  • One Spiritual Growth Practice. Along with this spiritual growth principle, you will receive a spiritual growth practice that will help you apply/practice that month’s spiritual growth principle. One of the things I’m so excited about is that this spiritual growth practice can be done throughout the normal routine of a person’s 24/7 day. You don’t have to find another two hours in your already busy schedule to fit in this spiritual practice. It can be done almost anytime and anywhere throughout your day.

NOTE: It’s the combination of these two things –a monthly spiritual growth principle connected to and corresponding with a monthly spiritual growth practice – that will help you grow. Transformation (growth) happens when we combine information (content), with application (practice), and that’s the brilliance of my Spiritual Growth Membership Community

  • One Like-Minded Community. This will all be done in the context of a Like-Minded Group of People/Community. Just think about being inspired, encouraged, and offered new ideas from a group of people who have the same goal in mind – to consistently grow in their spiritual lives.

 

A Personal Promise

Now that I’ve:

  • applied this approach in my own spiritual growth,
  • seen the amazing results it’s had on my wife’s spiritual growth,
  • seen the same results with several of the people I’m now coaching in their spiritual growth,

I’m convinced I’ve found a way to offer you clear and concise content, with a simple “practice” that’s easily doable within the normal routine of your 24/7 life – all in the context of a like-minded group of people – that will help you consistently grow in your spiritual life.

Please Join Me In My New Spiritual Growth Membership Community

There is absolutely nothing like this being offered today! Therefore I’m extremely excited to offer this Spiritual Growth Membership Community to you. I would truly be honored if you would be a part of it with me and hundreds of others.

 

A Call To Action

Here’s what I’m asking you to do:

First, If you haven’t already watch this short introductory video, please do so now

Second, hit the button below and take advantage of my special offer.

JOIN NOW

Don’t Delay

If you haven’t already watched this short introductory video, please do so now.

Then hit the button below and take advantage of my special offer.

JOIN NOW

 

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Where Limitless Growth Becomes Possible

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