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Picture of church steeple from John Ed Mathison's blog about Paul's letters to the Corinthians "How to Live in God's Presence and Power"

How to Live in God’s Presence and Power

Posted on October 2

I often have people say to me “I just don’t feel the presence of God in my life” or “I oftentimes wonder if God is with me” or “How can I know that God’s presence is real?”

Posted in Inspirational

University of Virginia Men's Basketball coach Tony Bennett celebrates after winning a national championship in 2018-2019 by cutting the net off the hoop. From John Ed Mathison's Blog "Realize What's Real"

Realize What’s Real

Posted on September 25

Some people are fakes—other people are real. Fake people follow the lead of the world—real people follow the lead of the Word. Fake people follow perverted (worldly) choices—real people follow preferred (Godly) choices. It’s a choice! Realizing what’s real points to the right choice!

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Charles Van Doren appearing on an episode of NBC's Twenty-One in the 1950s

Don’t Take the Fake!

Posted on September 18

Our world has enough fakes—what we need are some real, genuine, authentic people. Our world needs people who can be trusted and don’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk as well.

Posted in Inspirational

The Boy Scouts Got This Right!

Posted on September 11

I was a boy scout. I will always remember the motto—Be prepared. Those words have echoed in my mind for years. Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.”

Posted in Inspirational

Illustration of two frogs jumping in a pot of liquid. It goes with the poem about one frog giving up and one frog succeeding in getting out of the bowl

Avoid This Bad 4-Letter Word

Posted on September 4

When you set out to accomplish a goal, and things become challenging, you have two choices—you can keep going forward, or you can sit down and quit.

Posted in Inspirational

a picture of John Ed Mathison standing in front of a tech conference banner, holding a bottle of smart water and an apple iphone, in order to illustrate the tongue-in-cheek point he's making about spiritual smartness

How Smart Are You?

Posted on August 28

HOW SMART ARE YOU? Someone once said, “A little learning can be a dangerous thing.” I’ve experienced that personally in some things that I’ve done or my friends have done. A little learning doesn’t make anyone smart. This is so evident in the church, where people like to talk about things they don’t know much about. Everyone wants to be an expert. I recently read an article from the Church of England that reported on... more »

Posted in Inspirational

A picture of a classroom, with the teacher standing before the students as they listen to the teacher's instructions. The picture fits the theme of John Ed's blog "School is always in session," about the School of Life

School is Always in Session

Posted on August 21

The most important school is the School of Life. We have an opportunity to learn something new every day. Learning is a lifelong process. People reach different levels of progress in the School of Life. Growing older is inevitable—growing smarter is optional!

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

What’s Your Word?

Posted on August 14

I perceive that a defining characteristic of modern life in the United States is the loss of control over our tongues and our words posted on social media. Our words have become toxic. There is no filter on what people are saying. Our words are leading to cutting people down rather than building them up. Our words are leading to darkness and death rather than to light and life!

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A picture Robert F Smith delivering his commencement speech during graduation ceremony at Morehouse College in 2019

Blessed to be a Blessing

Posted on August 7

We in America have been greatly blessed. We enjoy so many freedoms, financial successes, religious opportunities, natural resources—the list goes on and on. By any metric, we are extremely blessed. It becomes easy to take our blessings for granted.

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

What If?

Posted on July 31

The Billion Soul Initiative, of which I’ve been a part since its inception 15 years ago, recently held a teaching hub in Nepal to train pastors. There is rapid growth of the Christian faith in Nepal. Over 200 pastors from Nepal attended. The teaching hub was so effective that now there are 7 teaching hubs! One pastor from Dolpa, whose elevation is 15,000 feet, the highest altitude of any human settlement in the world, wanted... more »

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John Ed Mathison's book When God Redefines the Possible
John Ed Mathison's book Every Member in Ministry
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