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Why It’s Been So Quiet Here Lately

Hey, I just wanted to let everyone know why I haven’t posted anything new in the last couple weeks. I have not abandoned this blog, I’ve just been real busy building my copywriting business (joshuamonen.com) and I’m launching a hyperlocal website for the town I live in (Battle Ground, WA). The hyperlocal site will be called The Battle Ground Buzz and it’s launching next week on Sept 1. The website will be battlegroundbuzz.com. Check it out next week! After the launch I should have more time to get back and update Beyond Cliches on a regular basis. About Josh MonenJosh is a Christian, entrepreneur and writer from Ridgefield, WA. He's married with three kids: ages 4, 2 and 1. Before he met God, Josh was a drug addict with a $500/day cocaine addiction that almost killed him. Today he's seeking a real authentic relationship with God and others.More Posts...

Does God Send Storms Into Our Lives to Shape and Mold Us?

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/theswedish I recently heard a sermon preached about storms. More specifically, it was about God ordained storms in our lives. I agreed with most of what this man of God was preaching but when he started talking about God sending storms into our lives to shape and mold us I just couldn’t say amen to that. I’m not going to mention any names I disagree with because it’s not a fight against flesh and blood, it’s the thoughts and ideas that spread like cancer that I want to confront. These ideas infect people’s souls like a virus and they paralyze the church.   What Would (21st Century) Jesus Do? The Jesus many preach today would have acted much differently 2,000 years ago. The 21st century Jesus would not have rebuked the storm. Instead He would have turned to the disciples and gave them a three point sermon about how those waves and the wind were going to humble them. He may even have closed His sermon by telling them that even if their boat capsized they would all go to heaven so don’t worry. Well the real Jesus didn’t do that and I’m so glad He didn’t. Instead He took authority over the elements and commanded the storm to cease. The reason I’m talking about this one story about Jesus and the storm is because Jesus is a perfect reflection of the Father. He is the best image of God we have. And if Jesus did not bless any storms then why do we insist that Father God does? Is Jesus Christ perfect theology or not?...

The Benefits of Meditating on the Brevity of Life

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/wfunderber It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. I recently started my own copywriting business and have been spending a lot of time getting the business off the ground. I’m not complaining, actually I’m really enjoying it because I’m finally getting to do work that I love. But I’ve been so busy that the days just fly by. I didn’t even know it was Friday until I was driving into town this morning. So when I find myself being super busy I like to take time to slow down. Something that helps me keep things in perspective is meditating on the brevity of life. I know many people think this sounds depressing and think, “Why would I want to think about the fact that I’m going to die one day? That’s so negative.” Jesus Destroyed the Power of Death   But I don’t feel that way. For one, I have received the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. So I don’t have to worry about what happens to me after I die. In other words the fear of death does not control me anymore. I’m free to meditate on the fact that my time on earth is limited. And if you’re in Christ you’re free to do the same. Psalm 90 is a great Psalm about the brevity of life. Here are a few good verses: The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we...