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Hats off to Steve Jobs

By now you’ve heard of the passing of Apple’s Steve Job.

He was touched with the fire of God.

I thank God for his life. He certainly changed mine and I’m certain yours as well. Given the way he passed, this amazing yeoman, who dropped out of college after his first year, had many months and years to ponder the truth that life is short, that God is real and eternity goes on forever.

Instead of discussing whether he was a Believer or not, I hope you honor his memory by ordering a new iPhone 5 tomorrow (when they become available), then use it to the glory of God. Why? Because all creativity emanates from God.

Great Connections

Just got back from several days of conferencing in southern California. It has been a while since I last was in a highly charged conference atmosphere. There is nothing quite like getting on the scene when people are firing on all eight cylinders with their right brain. It is very stimulating to say the least.

I came back charged up with new book writing ideas as well as a plethora of ideas for PDFs. Bottom line on this trip comes down to two things:
It was well spent / well invested time, AND I need to go on trips like this regularly. Creativity requires others who are moving in the same vein.

Street Pastors

Friends of mine are serving as roving “Street Pastors” in various cities in the U.K., Europe and North America. This short news clip captures the espirit de corp of these folks. Their attitudes are contagious as you will catch on this video.

Check out this video:

Steve Sjogren WBCL Radio Interview

Steve Sjogren was just interviewed by Char with WBCL during their Mid-Morning show. Steve and Char discuss how to have outward-focused living in a self-focused world.

Shapevine Interview Tonight at 8pm – June 3, 2008

Be sure to tune in tonight on Shapevine where I’ll be sharing a summary of my new book coming out with Regal Publishing.

One of the main thoughts of the book is how you can move from a “3 to an 8,” as a leader and as a church. The simple idea is that many leaders have been laboring under the burden of trying to become something or someone that they are not called, not made to be. As a former 4th grade teacher I have discovered there are no “10s” but Jesus, and there is rarely a “9” (someone with a Billy Graham level of personality/gifiting)

But all of us, when we are in sync with the distinct calling and gifting of God, can flow powerfully as an “8.” However, when we try to mimic someone else and are not living spontaneously in the unique thing that God has called us to be, we will live with massive frustration. We will not experience the joy of the spontaneous life of the Holy Spirit living in side of us. And most tragically, we will never even get close to accomplishing what Jesus has called us to live out, which are amazing unique things that only we and the group we lead can live out at this point in history.

I hope you are able to log on and interact with the webcast tonight at 8pm… it’s going to be fun!

Steve Sjogren Radio Interview

Check out this recent radio interview with Steve Sjogren and Colin Lambert on the Moody Broadcasting Network! Steve and Colin discuss Outflow and learning to notice your way into other people’s lives.


Recent TV Interview

I mentioned last week that I had the opportunity to get on the TBN network and tell my story… The show was their Praise The Lord! broadcast, which means the chance to connect with a huge, international audience. All in all, it was a great experience! Here’s a bit of my section of the interview:

Confession Time

Was on TBN last week on Tuesday PM on a nationwide broadcast that ran from 10:00 PM till midnight, EST and all other simultaneous times across the country.  Topic:  Near Death Experiences.  Was one of the better interviews I’ve done.
I rec’d a report the viewing numbers were unusually high for that night’s show so that is good news.
Confession time:  I have made a few jokes over the years about Christian TV in general, but in the days leading up to this event, God dealt with my heart in a significant way.  Was reminded specifically of a friend who was a bigwig in the Krishna movement some time ago – ended up becoming a close friend of Janie’s and mine.  He was literally at the top of the organization when it was at it’s peak before Parupada died.  He was secretly watching TBN – especially a fire and brimstone preacher – forgot his name.  God was speaking to our friend big time.  He left the organization, got a job in PR (not difficult to do that – he had several Master’s degrees from Columbia – super bright guy – who now goes by his real name – Ed).  One day as he was driving down the I-10 in L.A. listening to Dylan’s Precious Angel (from the Slow Train album) he said God simply filled his car with his presence.  He couldn’t stop weeping over his awareness of both his sinfulness and the fact that Jesus’ blood had covered that.  He cried out for mercy.  His weeping was so profuse he pulled over on the freeway.  A California Highway Patrolman stopped to see if he was okay.  He got it together eventually and drove on – a new person in Jesus.  But the TV element played a big role in his Jesus story.  No one would have argued him an inch forward.  Many had tried.  But an old dude using King James English broke through by God’s Spirit.  It’s always the same in the end.  Only God can lead a person to himself.  But he certainly uses people who are available.

Steve Sjogren appearing on Helpline

Check your local listings for the PAX network as Steve is scheduled to appear on Helpline.