Music is one thing that drives culture today. After all, music is powerful. From serving as entertainment at concerts, local coffee shops, and bars to even being used as a therapy tool, music is powerful.
I believe that music is powerful enough to literally change one’s way of thinking and actions. What you allow to enter your ears will be processed by your brain (whether you realize it or not) and cause an emotional response.
Considering this, I think about the lyrics to popular songs. We all know the songs because they are overused on social media, played in grocery and department stores, and also played around town in random places.
This summer, I have been working for The First Tee, a golf and life lessons program for kids. I was wasn’t surprised to find that many of these kids (as young as five years old) know these songs. Although they do not know all of the terms and innuendoes in the songs, it is still being processed.
I have not published a blog post in awhile, so I wanted to share something with you all today.
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about connection. What I have seen is that many are losing touch with reality. Every day new social networks are being developed, and more people are “selling” their lives away to them all in efforts to become “famous”.
I heard a message this past weekend in church that discussed a few of these things, and I could not have agreed more. When used incorrectly, social networking is used to bring self-gratification and to serve as an ego boost to those who are willing to sell themselves to it.
However, there are many good uses for social networking, and I am in no way suggesting to stop using it. I am wanting to cause one to become aware of his or her own methods behind using it.
I wanted to share this video with you all today because it has a great message. It was created by one of my friends, Janine. We got in touch with each other through Twitter a few months ago, and it has been great to see the videos she has been working to produce.
If you can’t see the video, click here!
I just wanted to let you know that there have been quite a few downloads for my new ebook. I am thankful for the support of those who have downloaded it so far.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, I would appreciate it if you downloaded it. The ebook is totally FREE! I wanted to give it away because I want to give back to those who have supported.
You can download the ebook here!
I would appreciate your help in spreading the word even more. Post it on your social media accounts and tell your friends.
All you have to do to point people to check it out is to post this link: http://brandongilliland.com/downloads/amplify-ebook/
Again, thanks for the support!
I recently finished reading a book titled “Greater” by Steven Furtick. The book was good, and a few things in it allowed me to think about some things.
The basis of the book was to understand that God has something greater for your life. I’m sure you have heard it all. In fact, I get tired of reading a lot of the new Christian book releases because they all reiterate the same cliches most of us have heard our entire lives. I am practical, and I like to put things into action instead of just talking about it.
The reality is that God has something greater planned for each of you. His plan is perfect, and it is mapped out differently for each individual.
What do you think God has called you to do recently?
It has been awhile since I last updated on this site, but that was all for a good reason. As most of you know, I have been working on an ebook to publish here on the site for a few months now, and I feel that it is finally ready.
So today it is now available! Click below to download!
The purpose of the ebook goes along with the mission statement of this website: “Amplifying God’s Kingdom!” If you want to impact this world in a positive way, I would encourage you to read this book. I attempted to be very personable and to write in a casual way to get these points across. I just wanted to be real and to share my heart through this short ebook.
I hope you enjoy it! Again, you can click here to download it!
When you make a special dish or meal, it is important to follow the recipe closely. Unless you are a fantastic cook, straying away from the recipe might result in a disastrous meal. Fortunately, many individuals are able to cook great dishes from following recipes.
The same applies to life.
We are given God’s word to help direct us. I went with some of my friends from college yesterday to the Español service my church has every Sunday. It was nice. Although I am nowhere close to speaking fluently, I was able to understand the message clearly and enjoy the worship. The pastor talked about The Samaritan woman.
This story is one I have heard many times, but today I was reminded of a missing ingredient many seem to forget: love.
I would encourage you to read John 4:1-26 first and then come back to read the rest…
I’m sure many of you checked out this post because you’re wondering why I am not going to church anymore.
Before there is any confusion, let me explain. I still go to church every week, but I don’t simply attend church. For many individuals, church is an activity or unfortunately a duty that has to be done.
But church isn’t about that.
Real church is about people coming together to not only worship God, but it is also to connect with other Christians. Unfortunately, it stays this way.
Real church happens when we take it outside the four walls. Lives are changed when God’s love is demonstrated in the cities. People are changed by seeing the way you act and treat others.
It’s time that being intentional is a main priority. People are not going to come to experience a life change from the only one who can provide it if these things are not shown and demonstrated outside the church.