Left Lane

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" border_color="grey"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right" border_color="grey"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] What are the things that hold us back form pursuing the dreams that are in our hearts?  It’s difficult to pinpoint just one thing, but unbelief would certainly be at the top of the list.  Unbelief is such...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" border_color="grey"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right" border_color="grey"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] So often in life we let small things go uncontested – a head cold, a bounced check, sloppy thoughts and attitudes. We choose to let things go rather than address them head on. Without victory in the details,...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="200x200"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right" border_color="grey"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Several years ago after a business I had founded, made the INC 500 list, a young entrepreneur asked me how we did it.  The question was "off the cuff" and I responded in kind. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] "How do you climb a mountain"...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="200x200"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right" border_color="grey"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Michelangelo created arguably the greatest piece of art in the history of mankind, it is the statue of David.  Since it's creation it has been revered as the greatest piece of art ever created. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] When it was completed and commissioned...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="7077" alignment="center" img_link_target="_self" img_size="175x175" css_animation="bottom-to-top" border_color="grey"][vc_column_text css_animation="bottom-to-top"] Eric English [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text css_animation="bottom-to-top"] I don't think any of us enjoy paying bills.  I enjoy even less the bills that I pay in advance.  It seems absurd to pay for something you haven't even used yet.  Insurance is almost always paid a month in advance.  You are insured for only the period of...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="200x200" alignment="center"][vc_column_text] Eric English [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4600" alignment="center" img_link_target="_self"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/6"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="40x40" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] And  do not be conformed to this world, but  be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may  prove what  is  that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]All things get old.  New houses become...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="200x200"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/6"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="40x40" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="200x200"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28 [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]As Americans we look to so may things for rest, having been offered anything and everything that could potentially provide relief from a stressful life.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When we are tired, or stressed and just want some relief...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. -Ephesians 2:8 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="6595" img_link_target="_self"][vc_separator][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]It’s Christmas time again.  That season when we are intentional about our giving to those we love and care about.  We make our shopping lists, choosing special items those closest to us will enjoy.  We anticipate the moment when...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_text_separator title="Luke 13" title_align="separator_align_center" el_class="header-text"][vc_column_text]18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]When we read about the mustard seed, we always think about...

2 Corinthians 6:12. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. New believers spend a lot of time on getting free of addictions.  The crucifixion of the big three; drugs, sex and alcohol have been targets of Christians for years.  The goal became to get free from the big three.  God has certainly set us free from...

The New List When I first came to Christ about 30 years ago, it felt as though I was handed a list of "do's and don'ts" by Christians around me. For years I tried living by them, but it never brought me into deeper relationship with Christ.  Paul wrote about the nature of Christ, and with that everything changes, for as your nature...

The Webster's defines triumph as "the condition of being victorious."  That sounds like the victory we all strive for, but few walk in. We idolize sports athletes who have a history of winning, because it is what we value.  We work for organizations who have a track record of success because we want to be on a winning team.  Yet most...

Hope is tangible.  Have you ever experienced hope that changes the atmosphere?  Maybe it was when your team was losing and time was running out.  One big play changes the atmosphere and restores the belief that a win is possible.  Even through small situations like this we learn that hope does not come naturally.  Hope is tangible. Hope is something we must obtain.   ( Hebrews 6:18 )  That...

America teaches an aversion to risk.  Look at popular secular teachings on money management and there is little room for the extension of faith.  Our culture seems to teach creating an enclave of security and comfort for you and your family is the ultimate measure of success.  Taking risks is viewed as foolish and unnecessary. When the tornadoes struck Moore Oklahoma,...

Matt 10:14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.  16 But...

The Man With The Plan Prayer doesn’t seem to come natural for people. It seems to be the last ditch option that is pursued primarily from desperation. Why is it that we look for natural answers first, natural solutions first, when our Father has the ability and desire to lead us right to the answers. I believe it is an issue...

I love that scene in the old comedy Planes Trains and Automobiles, when John Candy and Steve Martin are driving the wrong direction down a freeway.  Someone pulls up alongside and says, “You’re going the wrong way!!”  Yet they ignored the advice and muttered, “How do they know which way we are going”?  In the end, two trucks ran them off the freeway because...

Have you ever read the gospels and thought “how does this supernatural ability work through Jesus”?  We know Jesus was 100% man and 100% God.  But you were made in His image, which means God lives in you as well. The difference between Jesus and most believers comes down to one thing; Jesus as a man identified himself with the power of God,...

We all deal with anxiety from time to time in life, it is part of the human condition.  Whether it is marital, financial, your children or a health condition, it can be a dangerous weapon used against us.  Anxiety comes from fear of the unknown and it can be extremely unhealthy for you as a believer. Prov 12:25  Anxiety in the heart of man...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" border_color="grey"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right" border_color="grey"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]It’s easy to throw stones at the Israelites.  Why in the world did it take them 40 years to make an 11 day journey?  How could they mistrust God when He provided cloud cover by day,...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" border_color="grey"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right" border_color="grey"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]As believers, we have the ability to be confident, and sure of our future, even when facing uncertain circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith...

by Eric English Matthew 13:22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. How often do we allow the cares of life or worry crowd out the promises of God? We give homage...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" border_color="grey"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right" border_color="grey"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation During the summertime I often think about the wells in Haiti. That everyday people from villages around the island gather at the wells to...

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.   It’s Christmas time again.  That season when we are intentional about our giving to those we love and care about.  We make our shopping lists, choosing special items those closest to us will enjoy.  We anticipate the moment when they open our gifts, imagining the...

by Eric English   John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing." Have you ever noticed that when you spend a lot of time around some friend or family member that you pick up their mannerisms?  Maybe it’s a saying, or...

by Eric English   "And  do not be conformed to this world, but  be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may  prove what  is  that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2 NKJV) All things get old.  New houses become dated, appliances break, carpet wears, and paint fades.  That’s just how it is.  Houses need to be renovated regularly to...

by Eric English Do the promises of God seem just out of reach?  They make sense because you can see them in the word, but not flowing in your life? We can have confidence that God gave us incredible gifts but also the ability to receive them. Eph 4:7  But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Your...

Hebrews 11:33-34 AMP 33 Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions, 34 Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailtyand weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts. Notice that it doesn't say "by effort" or "by talent" or "by opportunity".  We overcome and receive...

[vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image="7077" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" border_color="grey"][vc_text_separator title="Eric English" title_align="separator_align_left" el_class="header-text"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="6742" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" img_link="//twitter.com/eric_english" css_animation="left-to-right" alignment="right" border_color="grey"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On Twitter @eric_english Follow now[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Do you remember what it’s like when you feel the nervous anxiety before a big exam, big game or a big business meeting?   Imagine how Jesus felt, going into Jerusalem and seeing people crucified on the road...

1 Timothy 6:6 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. How do you think about gain?  The majority of life I’ve considered gain as an increase in money, influence, business, ministry, etc.  All of the tangible measurements we use to check our progress, and all of them are critical in living the abundant life.  But what is the value of accomplishment without contentment? The Bible states...

Hebrews 2:11-14 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren. 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, There is...

by Eric English So often we allow the enemy to disqualify us in difficult times when we have thoughts like “you don’t have enough faith.” A believer must understand where faith comes from.  Does the supply for the need originate with God and the faith originate with us?  If you think faith is something you create then there is no faith to access the...