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Chosen And Set Apartby Craig Booker 🖹 1 min read

Colossians‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬ “So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy set apart, sanctified for His purpose and well-beloved by God Himself, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility…

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Misconceptions of What Surrender Meansby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

I can vaguely remember hearing the words of my childhood pastor doing what is commonly referred to in the church world as an "altar call." Growing up in church, this sort of thing would happen just…

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When Surrender Means Choosingby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

When Surrender Means Choosing As we start to pull all the pieces together, we can begin to see how the many pieces of surrender all fill a need in the bigger puzzle. We start to see that what we…

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When Surrender Means Trustingby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

When Surrender Means Trusting Surrender equals trust. Surrender means trusting God. I find that we believe we do this more than we actually do. Trusting God is really easy until He calls on you to act…

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When Surrender Means Sayingby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

When Surrender Means Saying Surrender is never easy, at least not for me. Halting my will or my desires to submit to the will of someone else has always been difficult for me. I never like to blindly…

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God, Give Me A Battle Planby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Replacing the Lies With Truth In God, Replace the Lies With Truth, we learned about replacing the lies with God's Truth. We shared in a practical exercise of writing out our list of lies and asking…

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God, Replace the Lies With Truthby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

Replace the Lies With Truth In God, Show Me the Lies, we learned that as long as we believe the lies, we will be unable to find true freedom from our anxiety. We are building on the lessons from God…

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God, Show Me the Liesby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Identifying the Lies In God, Strengthen My Faith, we came to the realization that we might not have the faith to effectively ask God to make it all go away. We prayed asking God to strengthen our…

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The Progression of Fearby Craig Booker 🖹 5 min read

Please Note Please note that I AM NOT a counselor nor am I a physician, so please take this information for what it is. This is a part of my story and what I have learned about anxiety. I hope it is…

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When the Layers of Fear Collideby Craig Booker 🖹 5 min read

My Big Break I distinctly recall sitting in the midst of my fear and wondering how did I end up here? In the time leading up to my big break, the day when my body refused to cope with any more fear, I…

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Make Room For Forgivenessby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

Colossians 3:13 'Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. ' At first upon reading through this verse, it…

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When Life Seems Like Too Muchby Craig Booker 🖹 5 min read

I do not know about you, but there are times when my collective fear seems like too much to handle. When all of the normal, day-to-day activities suddenly seem overbearing. As you go about your day…

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React - Front To Backby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

This last week or two was all about learning to use ReactJS and the MERN stack. I decided it was time to learn more about JavaScript and specifically about ReactJS. One, I wanted to see what all the…

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God, Career, and Callingby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

This has long been a tough subject for me to grasp personally. I have always struggled to see how what I do in my day-to-day impacts the Kingdom of God. For so long, I thought only pastors or…

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Thriving In the Midst Of Fearby Craig Booker 🖹 5 min read

There are certain world events which invoke fear in the hearts of people both young and old. If you look back at human history, you can see events which captured the attention of people around the…

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When Surrender Means Givingby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

I believe that surrender takes shape in several different ways. One thing is certain, if you follow Jesus long enough, one of the ways God will ultimately call you to surrender is through giving…

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Beyond Meby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

This idea that God would somehow do something in us and through us is often quite daunting for me. The thought that the God of the universe would use me to accomplish His work blows my mind! I…

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All Consuming Fearby Craig Booker 🖹 5 min read

There are very few people who truly understand what it is like to be consumed by fear. I sometimes find it difficult to read others accounts or best practices because their stories quickly reveal…

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When Surrender Means Doingby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

As we pursue the truth in understanding what it means to truly surrender, God honors our heart and will reveal himself to us. When we approach God with a heart that is willing to yield our personal…

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When Surrender Means Goingby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

As I have started exploring more about what it means to surrender, I have discovered that surrendering to God has many layers. When I began my journey in following Jesus, surrender was mainly about…

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Run To The Fatherby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

I believe there is a point in every believer's life where they realize their deep need for Jesus and unapologetically run to God, their Father. What I love about this song by Cody Carnes is the…

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I Am Doing Something Newby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

It was toward the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 and I was reflecting on the past year as I typically do every year. I was reflecting on my successes with my business and looking forward to the…

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Learning To Surrenderby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

At the beginning of 2019, God had revealed to me my word for the year which would serve to guide my actions and be an area of growth for me. At the time, I was not excited to learn that my word for…

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When God Says...Waitby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

What To Do When God Answers Your Prayers As we are learning, God's responses to our prayers come in various forms. When God answers our request(s), He will often answer them in one of three ways. When…

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When God Says...Noby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

No is not a word we like to hear. As human beings we struggle with the word "No" the majority of our lives. As we grow into adulthood we get better at dealing with the answer, but it is still a…

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When God Says...Yesby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

As we delve into this journey of understanding God's responses to our requests, the answer which seemingly needs little explanation is "yes." Initially my thoughts surrounding God answering in favor…

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Containers, Docker, and DevOpsby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

This week was all about learning to use containers. I have heard all of the buzz and excitement surounding containers and wanted to learn about them for a while. But as with anything in the developer…

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When God Says...by Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

Prayer is hard. Well…in all reality the actual act of prayer is quite simple. There is nothing in the Bible which says speaking with God has to be difficult. As humans, we tend to make prayer…

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Understanding the Liesby Craig Booker 🖹 10 min read

If we truly seek to embrace the full-life God has created for us, we cannot continue to believe lies which set themselves up against the knowledge of God. These lies lead to agreements and both…

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Rest APIs With Flask and Pythonby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Rest APIs with Flask and PythonFor a while now, I have been putting off learning anything about API development because there is so much to learn in building apps for iOS and Android.  As I was…

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Naming The Liesby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Ideas are powerful. What we think about matters. What we believe ultimately determines our direction. The ideas or thoughts we believe in have the power to direct our steps. They impact our day-to-day…

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Sifting The Truth From The Liesby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

Sifting the Truth from the Lies What we believe dictates what we do and has the power to determine our life’s direction. So why is it we invest so little time defining our believes? We all have our…

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The Lies We Tell Ourselvesby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

Have you ever stopped to think about just what goes on inside your head throughout the moments in your day? In the morning as you stumble out of bed, running late because last night you thought it…

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Seeds Of Deceptionby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Have you ever stood beside something so large and wondered how it ever grew to be what it is today? Standing next to one of these redwood trees is enough to make anyone feel a bit small. It is enough…

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Motivating Factorsby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

I find it fascinating that as human beings we possess the unique ability to examine what motivates us towards a decision yet we hardly ever take the time to do just that. Often people will make a pro…

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The Case For Telling The Truthby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

In your journey to become more like Christ, you can’t go long without truth becoming part of the conversation. Being truthful in what we say and do is not just something our parents want from kids it…

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The Value Of Predictabilityby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Learning is all about being willing to look at things in a different light in hopes of gaining some new insight. So here I am looking at the topic of predictability and hoping to grow from it. If you…

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Refining Your Dreamby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

Starting out on my journey I had a very distinct vision of what my dream looked like. I wanted to build applications or “apps” as an Independent iOS Developer. I have loved business as far back as I…

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Healing My Brokennessby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

In the midst of God working in my heart, teaching me about serving and generosity, He was working in other areas of my life. My battle with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and depression had been…

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Pursuing Your Dreamby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

So here I was with a mountain of debt , several app ideas, and little understanding of what it would take to make the apps a reality. The problem was I needed these apps to show to potential clients…

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Defining Your Dreamby Craig Booker 🖹 6 min read

It takes courage to put a stake in the ground and define your dream. There is a lot at stake and it is much easier to just leave things unsaid. Placing specifics around the who, the what, the why and…

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Start With Loveby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

There is so much written regarding the subject of love that I often wonder why, as followers of Jesus, we do not spend more time or effort on the subject of love. Love is a very broad topic and to try…

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Never Stop Telling YourStoryby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

Storytellers are amazing! If you have ever watched a skilled storyteller, you know what I mean. These individuals have the ability to transport their listeners anywhere in the galaxy! Through the use…

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Bottled Up Insideby Craig Booker 🖹 1 min read

What keeps a writer from writing? What holds us back and why? First by speaking of a writer in this way one might get the wrong understanding of who I am speaking about. When I say what holds back I…

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Broken Prayers By Riley Clemmonsby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

I have heard it said somewhere that if we look at our prayers we learn a lot about our view of God. Many times the last thing we want to do is to look at how weak we are in certain areas. We focus on…

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Going About It All Wrongby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

This morning I came to an eye-opening revalation which changed the course of my development process entirely. It has been five plus years since I started developing The Prayer App. I thought someone…

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Houston - We Have A Problemby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

If I were to recount all of the times I was forced to actually deal with OCD (Obsessive-compulsive Disorder) without my medication prior to 2018, I probably would place the estimate somewhere in the…

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iCloud Photo Streamby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

If you are a bit confused at the name, that’s okay. For many, the name Photo Stream and Photo Library do not seem too far apart. Apple is such a fantastic marketing company it is a wonder they would…

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Understanding iCloudby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

In order to better understand iCloud we need to think about where we came from prior to iCloud. We do not have to look too far back on the history of iOS devices to remember a time when users actually…

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Choose Wisleyby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

When you experience a move of God all you want to do is tell people about what God has done. Filled with such hope and confidence, all you want to do is share it. So here I was completely intent on…

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A Bizarre Confidenceby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

God, I remember when you did the impossible. I was taking a basic programming class in a long line of classes working towards finishing a degree I had started years before. I knew the concepts in this…

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A Story To Tellby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

So, here I stood a new person! I was so excited and so scared at the same time. Excited for what God had done, scared to go back to the Spirit of Fear I knew too well. I had yet to tell a soul. Until…

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Being Made Holyby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

The life we were meant to live is in His kingdom. A real life without celebrity, worldly wealth or glamor. A life which starts by our realization of how badly we need a savior, Jesus. Our only…

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Accepting My Conditionby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

In a previous article, I wrote about the choices I had when faced with chronic anxiety. One of the topics I touched on during this series was the idea of “Accepting My Condition.” Many times friends…

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The Dangers of Flying Blindby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

If you have ever attended a leadership training or a team building event, you have most likely experienced an exercise I like to call Flying Blind. The exercise typically involves pairing up with…

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Lessons Learned - 080819by Craig Booker 🖹 1 min read

I thought it would be interesting to find some way of sharing what it is I am learning each week. I am not sure this will be all that valuable to readers, but I hope to find a way to make it useful…

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God, Strengthen My Faithby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

God, Strengthen My Faith Many might ask me why I did not simply ask God to “Make It All Go Away.” This is completely valid, as it touches on many things besides the fact that if this prayer were…

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Make It All Go Awayby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

There are a few things you come to realize when you wake up knowing chronic anxiety is part of your everyday life. You soon realize that you will never be like them again. By them, I mean people who…

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Getting Outside Your Headby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

So if I am not taking a pill to remove the anxiety, how do I deal with it when it comes? One of the biggest challenges in dealing with anxiety in a healthy way is knowing what to do when the anxiety…

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If Only I Could...by Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

Thinking back to childhood I can remember several times I wanted to be something I was not. I recall seeing friends or classmates who excelled at something, wishing I could only do what comes so…

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The Danger In What You Cannot Seeby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

In my last post, I mentioned the danger often being in things we cannot see. There is a certain level of risk in everything we do. Avoiding risk should never be our primary goal. Learning to take…

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Putting It All On The Lineby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

When making life altering decisions, the danger is often not in what you can see, it’s what you can not foresee. I so desperately wanted to make apps, I believe I was blind to any and all danger just…

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The App Storeby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

After roughly three years of working at Apple, I could tell this would not last forever. The grind of retail and the numerous product launches had started to take its toll. My position as Conceierge…

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My App Familyby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

So, praying helped to ease my rocking, praise Jesus! But now what do I do?! How do I get back on my feet? What does it look like when I get there? Prior to this point it took all of me to make it…

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Not The God I Knowby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Looking back at my sessions with the Psychologist, I wondered about the God we discussed. We talked about God, but it was not the God I know. There was never any mention of reaching out for help. I…

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The Gold Standardby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

The day I left the day clinic I can distinctly remember not being able to calm myself down inside. My world was spinning out of control and there was little anyone, doctor or otherwise, could do about…

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Internal Dialogueby Craig Booker 🖹 5 min read

It was after lunch. I had made my way back to a private part of the office close to my desk. A part of me was convinced that if I could just make it through the end of the day, things would be fine…

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A Tricky Situationby Craig Booker 🖹 6 min read

So it was about this time where things at work started to get weird. I was now fully engulfed in the training department. My local manager was no longer my boss and we were now part of a large…

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Learning To Tell My Storyby Craig Booker 🖹 5 min read

About a week ago a good friend told me I need to tell me story. So I set out to try to put it down on paper. One thing I am learning in the process of telling my story is that all stories need some…

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Knowing the Whole Planby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

There is DISTINCT value in knowing the entire plan before embarking on a new project. It is commonly held as foolish to start on a project without knowing the entire plan. Certain questions, important…

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Where Do Missionaries Come From?by Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Everyday Missionary – Where Do Missionaries Come From? The whole concept of missionaries got me thinking about how missionaries begin their journey. Do theses individuals have an experience like Paul…

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3 Misconceptions of Missionariesby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

What if I told you that your definition of a missionary could be completely off? The view held by the majority of Christians today about missionaries is false. The misconceptions held by the Christian…

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Uniquely Equippedby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

It is interesting to see how God seems to put together just the right combination of desire, experiences, and talents when selecting someone to fill a need. It is equally as interesting to note that…

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Minimal Acrobaticsby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

A new trend in the application community is interaction between apps. What exactly is that you say? Well, in code speak it could be called callbacks. As the app community evolves and matures…

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The Problem With Vacuum Cleanersby Craig Booker 🖹 1 min read

So, you might be wondering why I would write about such a mundane topic of vacuum cleaners. Well, believe it or not a vacuum cleaner is an important part of our lives. When it comes to choosing a…

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The Power of Wordsby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

Sitting high above the surface of such a beautiful creation I am still baffled. We place so much trust in money, social influence, and things. Yet none of these were a part of creating what we call…

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The Right People On the Busby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

Have you had the feeling you as a leader are working, working, working with seemingly no results. Something just is not right? As the leader of a group, you work your tail off to no avail. You examen…

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Accessibility To Audienceby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

Accessibility To Audience I will never be too busy for my audience. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I believe it will become more difficult to manage my audience as it grows. I see this as a…

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Unseen Obstaclesby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

The other day I was getting my morning medicine. I open the bottle to get a vitamin and there was this big white ball of cotton. I fought and fought trying to get a vitamin out of the bottle. I pushed…

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Conformingby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

Conforming. It sounds like such a dirty word without being dirty. The truth is we are taught to conform a good part of our lives. As kids, we conform to the clothing styles of that time. As kids…

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Standing Your Groundby Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

This is a follow-up to another post of mine titled, Fighting Words. As a follower of Christ, you will come up against a lot of criticism and negativity about your faith in Christ. This is nothing new…

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Continuing to Innovateby Craig Booker 🖹 2 min read

For years people have contemplated how Apple, Inc. would fair in the post Steve Jobs era. Apple fans dreaded the thought of their beloved leader moving on. The press, tech community, and many others…

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Playing the Victimby Craig Booker 🖹 1 min read

We’ve all been there before. Someone we know makes a mistake large or small and the first thing they say is “It isn’t my fault __ made me do it.” We all know someone who refuses to own up to their own…

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Fighting Wordsby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

Reading through this chapter, I kept coming to one realization. Jesus was fasting in the desert for 40 days. Yes 40 days! This wasn’t a cozy, drink only juice fast or eat only vegetables. Although…

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The Whyby Craig Booker 🖹 4 min read

Every “why” leader must have a partner who is a “how” person. Throughout history, whether seen or unseen this concept has proven true. There is always a person to cast the vision of why a company or…

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What is Holding You Back?by Craig Booker 🖹 3 min read

What is Holding You Back? Often when we hear the phrase, “what’s holding you back?” We might think of our pride or our unwillingness to let go of something. The idea of something or someone keeping us…

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