About

PhotoAbout Me:  I am an aspiring author and blogger (in case you hadn’t noticed) and I currently pay the mortgage practicing as a small business attorney in the suburbs of Chicago.  I am very blessed to be married to an amazing woman and we have two wonderful daughters.  I teach sunday school at a local Lutheran church and fill in from time to time teaching sessions of Financial Peace University.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a Christ Renews His Parish retreat in 2011 and was selected a year later to act as Lay Director for the team putting on the 2012 retreat, and the lead-up to the 2013 retreat.  It was an experience that dramatically changed my life and introduced me to a more tangible relationship with God.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, cycling and home improvement projects.

My Books: In addition to writing for this blog, I am currently in the process of completing my first book which is tentatively titled “Renewed: The Seven Minutes That Should Have Changed My Life But Didn’t.”  You can read excerpts from that book on this blog which are released as completed.  My next work is in the notes stage and would be an offshoot of my post entitled “Letters from Grandpa” (the first post on this blog).

The Tools I Use:  This blog is a free WordPress blog using the Bueno theme for now.  I plan to upgrade to a self-hosted blog using BlueHost in January 2014.  The photographs on this blog are all sourced through Foter.com and are attribution license.  Foter is the only well-managed site I have found that allows genuinely free photos as long as you give credit to the artist.  I love it.  I tweet as @JamesDVoigt and have both a personal Facebook page as well as an author’s page.  Please feel free to “like” or “friend” me at either or both.  I tweet and post to my author page using HootSuite.com and that is proving to be a very valuable resource the more I learn about it.  Right now, I am using the free service.  You can email me at james.d.voigt@gmail.com.

Header Image: The credit for the header image is: Stuck in Customs / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

My Comments Policy:  I encourage all comments, especially if you disagree with me on something.  I like honest discussion.  I do not allow comments which are abusive or vulgar in nature, and so far I have not received any.  I discourage comments that are meant solely to stir the pot.  That being said, Jesus Christ himself stirred the pot.  But He did so with a mission in mind.  I like controversy, as long as it’s backed by a mission.  I would ask the same of my commenters.  Ultimately, I reserve the right to refuse to post any comment for any reason and to ban any commenter for any reason.  Although I will usually ask first before using any portion of your comment in a future post, I technically reserve the right to re-post any comment or portion of a comment you leave on my site, but I always give credit to the commenter and include a link to their blog if they have one.

I hope you enjoy my blog and that it reminds you of what you are capable of accomplishing.  I love reading your comments and honest feedback.  God bless you and don’t forget that you were built to be awesome, and our task is making disciples.  So let’s get to work!

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10 thoughts on “About

  1. Very pleased to make you acquaintance. I’ve been to the Windy City only once, and that was a long time ago. I also wish you much success with your first book. My greatest key to success has always been honoring God in everything I do. When I put him first I can’t go wrong.
    A Servant
    P.S. Next week I’ll be introducing a new blog idea and will be asking for input. I sure would like for you to chime in with what you think.

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  2. Thank you for joining up with us Jim, we appreciate that you enjoyed our Blog, I see that you have given a list of things you do in regard to with comments so I will respond also to these.

    I agree with you, I don’t post any comments that are vulgar etc and we have Spam control too, we also don’t allow free advertising for merchandise as they are not really interested in the message as often shown. I also don’t accept any comments that promote the Occult or New Age teaching, for the safety of our readers.

    But I don’t delete genuine comments, even if they don’t agree with our messages and so seek to oppose it. I can confirm with Scripture what is shared and so can Ron if needed, so we don’t have reason to fear what is questioned when negative, which means we give others the respect we would like.

    But I do take offense to my comments being ignored, it is rudeness or to those who delete them without Scriptural confirmation that I’m in error.

    The word debate in Greek like other words did not have the same meaning as we view debate today, it was considered as opposition to what was right and so was wrong. The Scriptures use the word reason instead and Jesus, Paul and others did this and God also tells us to do this too when we have differences in the Church but not by a fleshy agenda but with His Truth.

    In regard to Non Christians, I share as I’m lead by the Holy Spirit, this will often include Truth from Scripture but not the reference and I share my own experiences too but make it perfectly clear without God I would be dead but with Him I’m alive and this often leads to more sharing by their request.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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      • No thankfully you haven’t Jim, I have never been on your Blog for you to do this but I did find your statement “I reserve the right to refuse to post any comment for any reason and to ban any commenter for any reason ” a bit ambiguous. so I felt the need to clarify what our response to all comments are, I hope you don’t mind my doing this.

        We of course can’t tell anyone how to respond to those who comment on their Blogs but we don’t have to accept rudeness as OK ourselves or appreciate the actions of those who respond in a Secular manner but claim to be Loving Christians by deleting our comments without explanation as confirmed with Scripture. This does not include those who rebuke and warn about sin or correct error when needed on Blogs in Love and for Love, this is acceptable as confirmed in Scripture..

        The reason I still joined up with you Jim is I felt confident from the rest of your sharing that we could reason together if needed any differences we had by using God’s Truth through the confirmation of Scripture, some won’t even read the Scriptures instead they choose to continue in error and so deceive others too but to be honest it was many years before I asked and received God’s wisdom so I walked in error too.

        Christian Love from both of us Anne.

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  3. Flake says:

    Jim,

    This morning as I’m headed out the door to work, Mrs. Goodneedle began discussing your book and blog as if it had already been on on the front page of a national newspaper. I requested she forward me the link and hurried off to work anxiously awaiting the link to appear in my inbox. Upon clicking the link, It took very little time for me to realize why it has yet to make front page news status; Your blog and chapter one of your book are too positive and thought provoking. Thanks cuz!

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    • Glad you like it sir! Yes, I would say that the mainstream media only loves bad news. But there is a ton of good news out there. A ton of opportunity. Thanks for stopping by.

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