Recent Blog Posts

Archives

Categories

Thoughts on Job’s Three Friends

by Mike Genung

I’ve read the book of Job multiple times over the years; often turning to it during trials and hardship. Previously my focus was on Job and his incredible emotional and physical pain from losing his family, his business, and his health, and then what happens when God shows up. The book of Job has ministered to and encouraged me many times.

Recently, the sickening responses of Job’s three friends stood out. Job has just gone through some… Continue reading

Coping with Anger

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you,
along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender–hearted, forgiving each other,
just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:31–32

But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
James 1:19–20

 When a man starts coming off lust, anger is often one of… Continue reading

May 2014: The Illusion of the American Dream

** The Illusion of the American Dream

** New Video – Mike Genung’s Story

** More Reading

—————————————————————————————————————————–

The Illusion of the American Dream

By Mike Genung

His American Dream
is beginning to seem
More and more like a nightmare
With every passing day…
Casting Crowns, from the song “American Dream”

Too much of the good life ends up being toxic, deforming us spiritually
David Goetz, Death by Suburb

The American Dream. Work hard, buy a nice house. Save up… Continue reading

Never Let Your Guard Down

By Mike Genung

Last night was rough. I’ve been up since 2:00AM with stomach problems. Running on little sleep and feeling run down, I crawled into the office, and lit up my computer to begin the day. I have Skype installed on my PC, and noticed there was a message alert. Although I have the software set so that I can’t receive messages or calls from persons who are not on my contact list, one somehow got through this morning.… Continue reading

Fasting

by Mike Genung

About two months ago, I felt the Lord prompting me to set secular music aside. Although most of the music I listened to was Christian, I would listen to secular music several times a week to unwind. There was nothing hard or dark; most of it was from my era (70s, 80s and some 90s).

But God had me shelve secular music to pave the way for the next step He had in mind – a fast.… Continue reading

How the Church Can Stop Looking Like a Group of Hypocrites

By Mike Genung

Mandisa is a Christian singer who won two Grammy awards last month. However, she didn’t attend the awards ceremony; she gave the following as one reason why on her blog:

“Both times I have gone to the Grammys I have witnessed performances I wish I could erase from my memory, and yes, I fast forwarded through several performances this year; but my reason is not because of them, it’s because of me. I have been struggling… Continue reading

Meditating on Grace

by Mike Genung

The Lord has been encouraging me to meditate on grace recently.

Sometimes I can focus too much at the negative; problems at the office or home, or changes I’d like to see made in the church, people I know, the government, or myself.  If I get caught up in all of that for too long, my attitude spirals downward. Feeding on problems or on everything that’s wrong isn’t healthy; we can get so obsessed with the junk… Continue reading

The Next Book

by Mike Genung

I’ve begun work on my next book. This will be a couple’s workbook, with a focus on walking a husband and wife through the recovery and healing process from adultery, porn, or other sexual sin.

There’s a huge need to help couples to recover from what is an emotionally harsh situation. My marriage was on the ropes for many months after I exposed my adultery to Michelle in 1991; there was plenty of crying, anger, and withdrawal on both sides along the… Continue reading

Endurance

by Mike Genung

Circumstances have been a little bumpy lately. I’ve had some physical challenges, along with stress at the office.  Getting out of bed in the mornings has been a chore due to the physical issues. Some mornings I would have much rather stayed home than face another day.

Then God reminded me of endurance:

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which… Continue reading

Unless the Lord Builds the House

by Mike Genung

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Psalms 127:1-2

If I were to name a theme verse for me for 2013, Psalms 127:1-2 would be it.

In the last quarter,… Continue reading