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15 Feb The Secret to Awesomeness: Creating the Life You’ve Always Wanted (NEW BOOK)

 

Hey folks! My new book The Secret to Awesomeness is finally available!

 

Watch this video to know more about it and grab yourself a copy today:

 

Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I3TTXPI

 

Can you actually create the life you’ve always wanted? Heck yeah!

 

The Secret to Awesomeness is your guide to bending reality. Filled with hilarious stories and life-changing insights, this fun and inspiring book will teach you how to:

 

• Love yourself
• Be happy
• Take risks
• Attract money
• Find purpose
• Achieve your goals
• Heal your body
• Experience wonder
• Overcome your fears

 

And much more!

 

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21 Dec Why The “Radical” Grace Message Isn’t Radical Enough

 

As someone who has helped pioneer and spread the “radical grace message” throughout the Philippines, some of my thoughts about it have changed. Listen as to why I believe the grace message hasn’t gone far enough.

 

(COPY AND PASTE THE LINKS BELOW)

 

Bookstore link: https://joshuatongol.com/store/

 

A Critique of Penal Substitution:

 

https://joshuatongol.com/was-jesus-punished-by-the-father-challenging-penal-substitution-joshua-tongol/

 

The problem with inerrancy (“Is God a Moral Monster?”):

 

https://joshuatongol.com/is-god-a-moral-monster-making-sense-of-the-bible-joshua-tongol/

 

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16 Nov How to Stop Worrying and Start Enjoying Life – Simple Tips

 

Feeling stressed? Let this video encourage you today.

 

Questions to consider:

 

• What exactly is worrying?

• What’s the first thing you should do when you start worrying?

• What are some negative effects of worrying?

• How useful is worrying?

• Can worrying create your reality?

• How important are words when facing a tough situation?

• Do we live in a friendly universe?

• What are some tips when you hear “bad” news?

• How did you handle a discouraging situation in the past?

• What are some practical tips to help you relax?

• How powerful is the present moment?

 

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15 Nov Celebrating my wife … and celebrating Life (VIDEO: HOT AIR BALLOON ADVENTURE)

So, aside from teaching and preaching videos, I’ve been wanting to share more aspects of my life on here so you all know that I’m actually human. LOL

 

Recently it was my wife’s birthday and I wanted to do something special for her. It’s been a dream of hers to go on a hot air balloon ride one day and, well, I finally made it happen.

 

 

You see, as I continue to live life, the more I realize the importance of slowing down once in awhile and really enjoying myself. It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the routine of my daily life (e.g., writing, making videos, speaking) where I can forget WHO or WHAT is in front of me.

 

LIFE is beautiful. It’s meant to cherished.

 

There’s so much to explore … so much to see.

 

Celebrating my wife’s life almost 3,000 feet up in the air is not something I do everyday. And I’m not telling you to do any adrenaline-rushing activities in order to experience life to the fullest, but I am reminding you to truly enjoy yourself TODAY.

 

Take a break from your busy schedule today and find some time to laugh and play … even if it’s only for a couple minutes. Trust me, it’ll do you some good.

 

Celebrate yourself today.
Celebrate those you love today.

 

In other words, celebrate LIFE today …

 

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09 Nov Why I No Longer Believes God Is Out There (Think About It!!)

 

Here’s an honest, straight-from-the-heart vlog.

 

Questions to consider:

 

• Where is God?

• Is God up in heaven?

• Why do people point up to the sky when thanking God?

• Where is God before He “shows up” to your religious meeting?

• Where is the Holy Spirit before a pastor says, “Holy Spirit come”?

• Do we need to reach out to God before He reaches out to us?

• Is God a deity apart (separate) from us?

• Where have you experienced God outside of “church”?

• Can you see and find God outside religion?

 

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03 Nov Why You Should Stop Believing in God (Real Talk)

 

Here’s an honest, straight-from-the-heart vlog.

 

Questions to consider:

 

• Why do you believe in God?

• Why do you not believe in God?

• Do you believe God is good?

• Is your belief in God making your life better? Worse?

• Is atheism the only alternative to rejecting a fundamentalist version of God?

• It’s one thing to believe in God, but do you even LIKE the God you believe in?

• Does what you were taught about God contradict what you believe in your hear about love?

• What’s the problem with believing in an angry and violent God?

 

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19 Oct 12 Questions for Joshua Tongol – Ready…Go!!

 

Hey folks, not too long ago I was interviewed in Santa Barbara by a ministry called The Golden Lampstand.

 

I hope it gives food for thought and encouragement to those who can relate with what I share.

 

The Golden Lampstand Production presents: “The Truth Revealed” Series

 

Date: October 8, 2014
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

 

An honest, straight-from-the-heart interview with Joshua Tongol.
(author “So You Thought You Knew” and international speaker)

 

1) What is the gospel?
2) How important is questioning?
3) What’s the problem with religion in general?
4) What are your thoughts about church?
5) What would you say to those struggling with their faith?
6) What’s a big division in the church?
7) How can unity come back into the church?
8) What would you like people to remember you and your wife for?
9) You say/use the quote gesture often when you speak. Why?
10) What helped you get out of the fear-based relationship with God?
11) Why did you start writing? And tell us about your projects.
12) Final thoughts?

 

Edited by: Ricardo Perez
Background music: “Without Limits” by Ross Bugden
Golden Lampstand channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClplvYbMZYEiPJh-NO3duXg

 

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16 Oct Santa Barbara – Questions, Challenges, and Being Stretched

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Remy and I had an awesome time in Santa Barbara over the past few days. I was able to share and answer questions, spend time with a community, and even do an interview for an online ministry called The Golden Lampstand.

 

As for my speaking engagement, the audience/community was a pretty mixed group when it came to the people’s theological backgrounds. So, of course, there were different reactions to what I shared. But overall, it was a great experience for me.

 

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On our last night, before Remy and left to go home, one of the guys who heard me speak thanked me and said, “Usually when we have a guest speaker we don’t ever get together [as a community] and talk about it. But after you spoke we did. It stirred something up.” Those words meant a lot to me.

 

Folks, my heart is for people to discuss important religious doctrines which have definitely affected people’s lives–especially the ones which have seemed to hurt people more than help them. I encourage people to respect others with where they’re at on their journey, but to also be honest with where they’re at as well.

 

Can we openly share our hearts, questions, and doubts?

 

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Anyway, we appreciate the hours and hours of conversations we had over the past few days–especially the ones when people openly shared their struggles. Thanks for trusting us.

 

And thanks to Melissa and Ricardo Perez for hosting us. But most of all, we cherish your guys’ friendship. You two are awesome!

 

Let’s keep the conversations going.

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12 Oct A Message to All Christians – Don’t Be Afraid to Do This (MUST WATCH!!)

 

My name is Joshua Tongol.

 

I was raised a Christian.

 

For years I believed whatever I was taught by pastors, preachers and teachers. I was told what to believe, how to think, and how to live.

 

Honestly, I constantly struggled with my faith because, on the one hand, I believed in a God who supposedly “loved” me unconditionally, but, on the other hand, I also believed in a God who was hateful, exclusive, judgmental, and violent.

 

God, to me, seemed somewhat schizophrenic.

 

I had no security in God’s love whatsoever. His love and acceptance of me was based on what I believed and how “good” I was.

 

Thankfully, my life and views of God began to change (for the better) once I started to do what I’ll be sharing in this video.

 

Here are some things for you to think about:

 

*What if everything you were taught about Christianity (and religion) is wrong?

 

*Learn to think for yourself and don’t allow others to think for you

 

*Always be honest and true to yourself

 

*Are your religious beliefs creating a better you and helping make this world a better place?

 

*Do you have questions about your faith but are too afraid to ask them?

 

*Can you still be spiritual without having to be a Christian?

 

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06 Oct Update + Santa Barbara + Forthcoming Book = Here ya go!

For those in the area, Remy and I will be in Santa Barbara October 7-8. We’d love to meet you! Here’s the information below:

 

LOCATION:
The School of Jesus Community House
720 Bath St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 

TIME:

6-7:30 (book signing will follow at the end)

 

On October 7, I’ll be speaking to a class of around 40 students (which is open to the public). I’ll be sharing a bit of my journey and answering questions. (This should be fun!).

 

On October 8, I’ll be at SBHOP (House of Prayer) being recorded, and answering questions for “The Golden Lampstand,” which is an upcoming magazine and website designed to provide a unifying platform for various pioneering voices.

 

Oh, and before I forget to mention, the “God Outside the Box” conference in Minnesota was amazing!  For one whole week, we had hours and hours of conversations everyday. We opened up our hearts, encouraged one another, shared our questions/doubts, but loved and accepted one another without any judgement. (For this reason, I decided not to record any of the sessions to respect people’s privacy.)

 

(LEFT PHOTO: Remy with our beautiful hosts, Sue Beach and Jacqui Grant of “The Wilderness Lodge”)

(RIGHT PHOTO: Some folks who attended. I swear, the dog went in between my legs out of nowhere lol!)

 

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Also, last week we announced on Facebook that we plan on moving overseas possibly next year. Being in the USofA has been such a great experience so far, but we never had any plans of settling here for too long. So if you wanna connect and hook up with us in the following months before we leave, then let us know.

 

Last but not least, many have been asking if I’ll be writing another book and, well, I just finished the first draft of my second book a few days ago! Yipee!

 

As for the subject of the book, let’s just say it’s gonna be pretty different than the first one. And let’s also say that you’re gonna have to have a pretty open mind to digest some of the things I say in it as well–that is, if you come from a traditional Christian background. But hey, being stretched is all part of the journey, right?

 

I’ll be sharing more about the book as it goes through the publishing process. So be on the lookout!

 

Much love,

Josh and Remy

 

 

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