Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Author

Jeff Noble

D28 – enjoying “small” in discipleship

Discipleship is essential for every single follower of Jesus. How are you involved in being discipled or in discipling someone else? Our church created a small group discipleship ministry called D28 that I have loved being a part of.

Is Facebook listening to your phone calls?

The “Reply All” podcast did some research and attempted to get to the bottom of whether Facebook listens in on your phone calls. Anecdotal evidence provided by interviews and podcast listeners who called in for the episode will make you think twice.

Life Hack: Get Pocket

Life Hack: Ever find yourself overwhelmed by all the content you read on the web? Feel like you’re missing important stuff but can’t slow down? Try this app!

For the Love of Money

I recently preached a sermon on Money – our use, misuse and abuse of it and examined why the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. Check it out if and tell me if we fulfilled our promise to “pull no punches in an all-out attack on faulty thinking, greed and fear related to our finances.”

Tithe your social media influence

Social media isn’t going away. At all. Rather than being mastered by it, we should seek to be stewards of it. Have you ever considered tithing your social media influence?

#Loveyourwork?

It’s wonderful when we love our work. But should it be an expectation or “norm,” or is it a blessing? And how can we be good stewards of our job-loving around those who may not enjoy theirs?

Need wind in your sails?

Sometimes we find ourselves “stuck.” We drift from initial discomfort to eventual despondency. We long for something to happen, for a break to come our way, for our circumstances to change. I’ve found one principle that has helped me immensely when I find myself in the doldrums.

Sunday mornings

Reviewing a sermon on Sunday mornings is more challenging when events like #Charlottesville demand a response. The message of Jesus is not less important for current events like these but more powerfully relevant.

10 Recommended Books (that you may not have heard of) #2

This is the 9th book I’ll recommend you to read that you may have never heard of… “Team of Rivals.” Abraham Lincoln’s leadership style was such that he was unafraid of competition or in-fighting. He selected leaders for his cabinet who had their own followings. He earned their respect, and he led our nation through its most divisive years.

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