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“God has clearly blessed J. Arthur with many gifts to accomplish his noble mission of “bringing people closer to God.” He is creative, resourceful, innovative, and his cubed poetry is mind-boggling.

His book, “Good News for a Month,” is fantastic fuel for the soul providing great insights from the Word and momentum for transformation.

J. Arthur is an excellent communicator – dynamic, engaging, concise, and clear.

His presentation and content exceeded my expectations and was very well received by our congregation. Whether it’s giving a whole sermon or a small portion of one, I encourage you to consider how J. Arthur Teresi could bless your ministry.”

Pastor Dan Johnson, Plymouth Covenant Church

“When I first met J. Arthur, I was immediately impressed.

When he explained to me about his cubed poetry and how it could be used to encourage people to spend time in God’s Word, I was hooked.

I whole-heartedly recommend J. Arthur Teresi to you and your ministry.”

Pastor Steve Anderson, Oakwood Community Church

“If you have any students who are entrapped in the ways of the world or who may enjoy writing, J. Arthur is a must-have speaker who will connect with the very hearts of those students.

Following the writing exercise he had us do, many of the kids told me what a powerful experience it was for them.

In a world of hype and hoopla, it’s refreshing that J. Arthur’s message and writings are grounded in the Word of God.”

Brandon Cernoch, Youth Pastor at Lighthouse Church

Our mission is simple.

It’s helping to bring people closer to God… through daily interaction and intimacy with Him.

One day I was driving in my car, allowing my mind to wander, when it hit me: our minds are prone to endlessly wander unless we put practices into place that continually bring us back to focusing on Jesus.

Too often our busy schedules distract us, we worry, and we lose focus on what matters most, our relationship with God. By intentionally setting aside time each day to cultivate that most-important relationship, Eternal Thanks hopes to help you live a more fulfilled, Christ-centered life!

J. Arthur Teresi

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Whether or not you are a firm believer in Christ, Good News for a Month can transform your life through a new connection with God's Word. Experience 31 days of encouragement and focused biblical reading, enhanced by illustrative poetry and devotional activities, designed to deepen your relationship with God.

“Of the many journeys in life you will take, reading this book should be one of them. The heart of the message is life-changing and transformational. Truly unlike any other devotional, Good News for a Month is a 'timely' investment you’ll be glad you made. It’s pure poetry... magnifying God’s Word and glorifying His name! It’s a great book to carry with you on any walk with God. It picks you up and doesn’t let you down!”

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23 November 2016

Living to Love

I'm not here to love life. I live to love.

I've experienced the insanely transformational power of God's love and I can't help but want to share it with others. Life before that pales in comparison, almost not worth living.

What does it look like to "live to love"?

Why am I here? I'm not here to envy or boast. I'm not here to insist on or demand my own way. I'm not here to discourage, condemn, or shame. I'm not here to judge. I'm not here to bear bad fruit. I'm not here to fear or frighten. I'm not here to control or be controlled. I'm not here to compete. I'm not here to collect or consume. I'm not here to lie or deceive. I'm not here to steal, kill, or destroy.

I'm here to give and receive what God has given me. I'm here to encourage, inspire, and empower. I'm here to learn and grow in God's ways (especially in Truth). I'm here to help others overcome fear. I'm here to follow Jesus and lay down my life. I'm here to see others as God sees them--filled with an unsurpassable, infinite worth. I'm here to… I'm here to love.

I'm not here to love life. I live to love.

16 September 2015

Ability #2

Welcome back to week 2 of this 7-week series, where I will be uncovering the 7 Key Abilities to Succeed 7 Days a Week. Last week we talked about ability #1, Believability, the ability to belief in yourself. Without that, you just might be setting yourself up to fail before you even begin. Today we will be discussing ability #2, Unavailability. What do I mean by unavailability? Well I'm glad you asked!

Unavailability is the ability to be unavailable. And that means mastering the art of politely saying "No." It's a simple word, but sometimes extremely hard to say. How good are you at saying, "No." or, "I'm sorry, I'm unavailable for that."?

For most of my life I've suffered from a horribly debilitating disease, which you yourself might suffer from, too, it's called "people pleasing." I couldn't tell people no. I didn't realize that when I said yes to one thing, I was saying no to something else, something way more important to me. When I'd say yes to working late, I was unintentionally saying no to spending quality time with my wife.

Just like budgeting your finances, you need to budget your time. You may have heard of this concept, it's called Time-Blocking. The key is to decide beforehand, because the easiest decision to make is the one you've already made.

So sometime today, I challenge you to do something that most people have never done: sit down and define what matters most to you. Then use that as a guide to help you plan your year, your month, your week, your day…your life. Would you like to exercise more often? Put it in your schedule. Would you like to get more sleep each night? Put it in your schedule. Would you like to spend more time with your family? Whatever it may be, if it truly matters to you, put it in your schedule! Become a better budgeter of your time.

It comes down to this: If you want to be available for the things that are important to you, you must become unavailable for the things that aren't.

Does your calendar accurately reflect what matters most to you?

Stay tuned for next week, when I uncover the third ability we all need to succeed…7 days a week.

8 September 2015

7 Key Abilities to Succeed 7 Days a Week

How great would it feel to know you were succeeding in life every single day?

I've had the honor and privilege of creating and presenting a brand new talk this year at several different company sales meetings. The response has been so positive that I thought I'd share it with you. So not to overwhelm you with a super long blog, I'm going to break it up into seven separate posts, each one featuring another of the seven key abilities you need to succeed 7 days a week. Sound good? Well alright then. Let's begin.

The first ability you need to succeed 7 days a week is... Believability, the ability to believe in yourself. To believe that you can accomplish your goals and achieve your dreams. And where does it start? It starts with one intentional thought at a time.

Let me ask you something, how often do you think about what you're thinking about? Think about it. Have you ever thought there might be a better way to think? I think so.

Thinking is powerful. The kinds of thoughts you think direct your behavior. The kinds of thoughts you think determine the way you see the world.

Here's how powerful that is. For the first 10 years of my sales career, I didn't believe I could sell over a certain amount in one year, and so for 10 years, I didn't. In fact, no one in Minnesota ever had. But there were reps in other states were doing it, so I knew it was possible. So, in 2012, I decided to let go of my limiting belief, which was unbelief in myself. It required me to work harder than I ever had in my life, but I did it! (And they awarded me with a Rolex so that every time I look at it, I'm reminded to believe in myself.)

You see, if you don't believe in yourself, you might as well quit before you start because failure has a funny way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy. And I love what Henry Ford used to say, "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right!"

The point is this: When it comes to your dreams, you can achieve it, but first you must believe it.

So sometime before the end of the day I want you to do me a favor. I want you to ask yourself this very important question: What limiting beliefs are you holding onto that are holding you back?

8 January 2015

What do the Fruits of the Spirit Taste Like?

Many times in my life I have prayed to be filled with the fruits of the Spirit. I've even gone as far as memorizing Galatians 5:22-23, "…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Maybe you've done the same yourself. However, just recently I realized that didn't know what I was praying for.

You see, memorizing a verse isn't the same as knowing what the fruits actually are. You have to then be able to define each one. For example, what does it mean to "love"? What does it mean to be filled with "joy"? What's the difference between "kindness" and "goodness"? That's a good question…or do I mean kind question…I mean, that's kind of a good question.

Last week I read that same passage in the Message Bible. It went a little something like this:

"But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others [love], exuberance about life [joy], serenity [peace]. We develop a willingness to stick with things [patience], a sense of compassion in the heart [kindness], and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people [goodness]. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments [faithfulness], not needing to force our way in life [gentleness], able to marshal and direct our energies wisely [self-control]." --‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭22-‬24 MSG

Now we're getting somewhere. Regardless of whether or not you agree with this translation's take on how each of the fruits of the Spirit tastes, I challenge you to define and describe each of the flavors for yourself.

What does it look like for you to be filled with Love? Joy? Peace? What do you mean by having self-control , and patience, or faithfulness? What does each of those beautiful words mean to you? Ask God to show you. Get clear on the answer, because only then can you know if you're living it out and truly tasting the fruits.

Just imagine taking a bite out of the tastiest honeycrisp apple, or the sweetest strawberry, or the mouthwatering-est watermelon. I have a silly suspicion those don't even come close to how great the real fruits of the Spirit taste!

29 August 2014

The Key to Living Stress-Free

How would you like to experience that "carefree, no-worry, on-vacation" feeling everyday? You know the one I'm talking about?

My wife and I were vacationing in the Dominican Republic last year. After my workout, I began thinking about how awesome it feels to not worry about work--to not worry about anything for that matter--and just "be" on vacation. "I never want to not feel this way every again!" I thought to myself, well-aware that it's a double negative and not caring in the least. And I felt God saying as clear as can be, "You can. You can feel this 'carefree, no-worry, on-vacation' feeling everyday. You just have to be mindful of ME."

Tears began to well up in my eyes as a smile dashed across my face.

It's true. We're called to "Love God with all of our heart, soul, MIND, and strength (Mark 12:30). But how can we possibly do that if we're not thinking about Him ALL the time?

My desire is to intentionally think about God as often as I breathe, to continually experience that "carefree, no-worry, on-vacation" feeling always. How about you?

4 July 2014

Are You Truly Free?

Today we celebrate our freedom as a country. Today we celebrate our freedom to enjoy the company of family, friends…and fireworks. Today we celebrate freedom, but I wonder: how truly free are we?

What good are such freedoms if you’re being stalked by fear? If fear follows you wherever you go, are you free at all?

True freedom can only come when we win the war within our minds. True freedom comes when the mighty Goliath we call fear has fallen. True freedom is freedom from fear.

Freedom from Fear

Try to understand what needs to be understood
Worrying does not do anyone any good

In order for your worries to be whisked away
Pray... and accept tomorrow before it's today

For whatever has happened, cannot be undone
And all that is to come, is known by only One

So don't fear the future—whatever it may bring
Just be prepared to not anticipate a thing

Request the Peace of God to guard your heart and mind
Allow Him to let you leave your worries behind

From the bondage of all fear and anxiety
God is here—willing and able to set you free

J. Arthur Teresi

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but give thanks always, and pray about everything. Then fear will be replaced by God’s unfathomable peace.”

Will you pray with me today? Will you thank God for the freedom He has given you? Jesus is the Truth, and as the Truth, He has set you free. And that is something you can celebrate everyday!

10 April 2014

What's My Worth?

Is it worth it to ask the question: How much am I worth?
Are you afraid the answer might not justify your birth?

Some don’t seem to care, and others seem they’d rather not know
But refusing to learn, stunts your ability to grow

We need to look past the reflection found in the mirror
It’s when we look outside ourselves that things become clearer

The world says your worth is based on only worldly things
Like how you look, what you wear, and how often your phone rings

But the way the world thinks stinks; it deserves the cold shoulder
Worth is subjective—based on the eyes of the beholder

Here’s the key: Don’t place too much weight on people’s partial view
Not an eye on earth can see you… the way that God’s eyes do

You’re worth what one’s willing to pay; and God won’t be outbid
Jesus says, “You’re worth dying for!” and to prove it, He did

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

J. Arthur Teresi

Worth is commonly miscalculated by most. True worth has little to do with the standards that society sets. It doesn't matter how much money you make, what kind of car you drive, how many “things” you own, who you hang out with, where you live, what you wear, or how you look. True worth comes from the value God gives you. In His eyes you’re a one-of-a-kind priceless masterpiece.

Today's Good News:
You are worth more than you know; you are worth dying for!

24 January 2014

Obligation Or Opportunity? (Living the Three-O Lifestyle)

Clint Eastwood was right when he said, “You have to ask yourself one question.” I’m just not sure “Do I feel lucky?” is the best possibly question to ask.

When it comes to a situation you’re dealing with at home or at work, whether it has to do with a specific task or relationship, or just life in general, I’m going to encourage you to ask this: “Obligation or Opportunity?”

  1. Am I viewing this situation as an obligation or opportunity?
  2. Am I viewing this relationship as an obligation or opportunity?
  3. Am I viewing the things I do for my spouse as an obligation or opportunity?
  4. Am I viewing my job as an obligation or opportunity?
  5. Am I viewing life as an obligation or opportunity?

Recently I had the opportunity to ask myself these questions. I found that many times, when I’m living in autopilot mode, I view the above as obligations. However, when I consciously chose to view these same things as opportunities, it had quite the mood-altering effect. All of a sudden, I didn’t mind doing the dishes for my wife. All of a sudden, I didn’t mind spending a few extra minutes on the phone with an associate. All of a sudden, I was excited to work!

Whatever the answer, whatever the situation, if you apply this view: “It's not an obligation, it's an opportunity!" I’m confident your life will change dramatically. It's the difference between complaining and showing gratitude; hating and loving; having a choice and being forced. Think about it, no one wants to be forced to do something. They want to have a choice. Just ask the woman betrothed to Jabba The Hutt.

Consequently, when you begin living this Three-O Lifestyle (asking yourself: “Obligation or Opportunity?”) and begin choosing to view everything as an opportunity, people around you are going to start talking. You might even hear them say, “Ooo!”