The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 187 “Interfere With Fear”

The greatest enemy of success is fear.  It is time that you start interfering with your fear.  We get stuck in a trap that can only be evaded, and or broken out of through your decision to live life with courage without fear!  I know it is not easy I struggle with it daily but I am not going to stop and neither should you!

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The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 176 “Remember How You God Here” The Motivational Series

Nate wraps up the motivational series with good reminders and teaches us to remember how we obtained success in order to rinse and repeat using similar processes.  


Nate wraps up the motivational series with good reminders and teaches us to remember how we obtained success in order to rinse and repeat using similar processes.  

The Backyard Preacher # 174 “Being Told No” (The Motivational Series)

Successful people are told no more times on their life than those who are just getting by.  If you want success you have to take it; that said people will not let you take it without a fight.  We cannot be afraid of being told no.


Successful people are told no more times on their life than those who are just getting by.  If you want success you have to take it; that said people will not let you take it without a fight.  We cannot be afraid of being told no.

Why do I feel unfulfilled?

Trying to fill the absent feeling? Most of us go through times in which we feel empty inside; that everything is meaningless.  We think about the mistakes we made, we wish somehow to force ourselves into the prime example of what we feel is a pinnacle life.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  Can we use these feelings to create a catalyst for happier days?

We do this to ourselves because we lack acceptance.  It honestly is that simple.  If you can accept who you are, your situation, and understand that it is very improbable to instantly become the person in your dreams, you are then on the steps to mental health success.  Acceptance does not have to mean settling.  In fact acceptance is a starting point for growth.  Acceptance allows your mind to grasp what is going on, right now.  When we flood our brains with wants and desires before we can figure out ourselves we become depressed.  We then become empty.

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Acknowledging our positon in life as it currently is.  Deciding that, I am ok with who I am today.  This can bring about change.  A free mind without “wants” is a mind not wanting.  When you say you want something or wish you were someone else you then are nothing but wants and wishes and what are wants and wishes?  They are always going to be unfulfilled.  You have a good chance at achieving your dreams, becoming who you want to be; yet even if you are to make it to the land of milk and honey, without knowing yourself you will still be lost.  The ancient sages proclaimed “know thyself.”  The first step to knowing yourself is to realize that you know nothing.  Admit this and you can receive anything.

The Church and I; An Honest Look.

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           I know often my writings can be a bit critical of the church.  So essentially I am being critical of God’s people; maybe even critical of God?  While I would not be the first one, or the last to be very opinionated, having the desire, or dare I say the need to question my faith.  I want to share some inspirational words to those who feel that they do not belong in the church; or feel the church is not what it once was to them.  I can write this because the church is not what it once was for me.

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            When I was in my late teens and twenties the church was the place to be.  It was the happy bliss first time heroin users feel.  Unfortunately it is something we often chase for a lifetime, always trying to find that new spiritual high that kept us coming back.  Yet just as good as it feels the chasing will let us down and soon we have spiritual track marks from injections of the next paradigm shift.  It takes a real good spiritual junkie to make it through a whole life dedicated to the church.  Although some great sages who often lurk, not in the pulpit so much as the pews.  These guys are real Christ like gurus.  They have it figured out and make us wonder why not me?  Or, maybe they are junkies too and just have a good way of hiding it.

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            Through my personal adventures I have racked up a lot of study and prayer time.  I even have a good amount of formal theological education.  Yet it seems like the more I think I know, the more cynical I become.  This has happened especially as I have entered my later 30’s.  I do not feel the need to impress anyone.  For many years I attended church and had one major intention, to get a job as a pastor.  I found out unless you have parents in ministry within the flavor of Christianity that I am from it can be a difficult task.  That on top of my own baggage I carry as an ex-felon and someone who has abused alcohol and other drugs in the past and carry a scarlet letter and guilt, that I know does not belong, but still lingers.  I think that can be a driving force behind many of us in similar situations.  For me it is about reaching to higher heights academically; probably the reason I am a doctoral student.  I want to prove I am better than my doubters.  Probably the reason I started my own flop of a ministry “The Backyard Preacher” which consists of this blog and a podcast.  It is probably why I am critical of many preachers and ministries; especially the ones that think they have the answers, I hate that!  No one has all the answers!  The church has not done me wrong for say, I have just not yet achieved what I thought I wanted out of the church.  I wanted to be a great leader, preaching with passion to thousands of people.  I wanted to be a world changer for Jesus and live the life of the preacher on TV.  Houses, cars, women, lots of money; I would probably be in jail faster than Jim Bakker can sell a tub of apocalypse food.

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            Here is the inspirational part of my story.  My church attendance is not what it used to be.  My ego centric desire to become a Christian leader is shrinking, as I have been humbled.  While the desire and “calling” to the pastorate is still there; If I never hold the official position It is whatever.  I am becoming more satisfied morphing into one of those Christian sages who can which can only be attained though trials, disappointment, and acid trips.  Understanding that the Christian life is fully emotional, but at the same time fully built upon faith that requires no action.  I have written much about faith and how we innately feel we must do some kind of performance to be worthy.  The sage understands that there is no amount of work that can make us worthy.  Basically what it boils down to is that we stop playing church.  We stop acting like Jesus took all our evil desires away and that life is grand.  We stop trying to be someone we are not.   What is inspirational about all this?  I have, and I am continuingly coming to realize that I can just be me.  If being me is good enough for God, it is good enough for the church.

 

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The Backyard Preacher Podcast #146 (I Will Never Give Up)

Nate loves to motivate people. Every so many episodes Nate focuses on bringing a motivational talk to his listeners. Nate talks about the power of the mind, body, and spirit, how these work together. Nate talks about how you can create your reality out of your desires. Listen and be blessed.

Do Not Complain and Stay Positive. 

 A major difference between successful people and the 9-5ers is successful people do not spend much time complaining and maintain a positive optimistic attitude.  

This means just like you at the moment I work a “regular” job.  But, I am always looking for the come up. Always ready to jump on opportunity. Always ready to take risk and know I may not be rewarded. Always ready to work hard chassing my passions. Yes we do what we have to in order to put food on the table. But do not settle. 

Understand and know that something is on the way. Do not just sit by and think that success will never happen to me. How did those who have what you desire get there anyway?  Live with unshakeable faith, dream big, remain humble and when you make it, give back to the people.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #115 (Now What?)

Now What?  There is always going to be someone to tell you no, your not good enough, don’t have enough experience, don’t have enough education, or they do not like the decisions of your past.  Are you going to let others define you?  Or, are you going to allow yourself be defined by your God nature?