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Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Different

For what its worth, I thought it would be interesting to ponder aloud the possibilities of living differently. After all, 2017 is not 2016 and never will be. For some of us, that is a source of joy and relief and for others that may be a source of grief and despair. The reality is that we have entered a different time and space. The bigger question is, “Will we continue to live the same or will we live differently?” History teaches me that just because I am in a new and different year doesn’t mean that I won’t live the...

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A Future with Hope

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

A Future with Hope

A future with hope! Isn’t that the real motivation for our New Year’s resolutions? We make them thinking, somehow, we can make things better in at least one area of our life in the coming year and that gives us hope! God used the Apostle Paul greatly both in his earthly ministry planting churches all across Eurasia and in his divinely-inspired writings. 2 Corinthians 1:7 is one verse that comes to mind that helps us understand the source of hope, And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our...

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Someday at Christmas

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Someday at Christmas

Riding along in the car this week I heard an oldie but goodie. Stevie Wonder recorded Someday at Christmas in 1967 with the Funk Brothers, which I guess dates me. I still very much enjoy the original version by Stevie W to this day. The song, after half a century, still attracts the likes of Andra Day, Alicia Keys, and Justin Bieber to try their hand and belt out this classic. The tune and the vocals are amazing with every artist, but the real genius of the song is in the message of the lyrics: Someday at Christmas men won’t be...

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The Gift of Family

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Gift of Family

One of the most joyful elements of the Christmas season for me is time spent with family. The photo is an image of this years family gathering which fueled great conversations, memories made, and an abundance of stories chocked full of laughter. Equally important is the time spent remembering, often with tearful expressions, the trying times that God has seen us through. I love my family and love being with my family. It’s a gift from God. However, I also realize that this time of year for many is really tough. Feelings of overwhelming...

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#LoveGives

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

#LoveGives

Isn’t a marvelous thing to watch love at work? Just to clarify, I am not speaking of the initial romantic momentum that occurs in a budding relationship which is great, but rather the love that comes through sacrificial acts that meet needs. God perfected that and we call it Christmas. God so loved us that He took on flesh and came to earth to save us from our sins and ourselves. The love displayed through the crucifixion and death on the cross by Christ is an expression of God’s great sacrificial love for us. Yesterday we had the...

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All Things Are Possible

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

All Things Are Possible

Sounds like a Zig Ziglar speech coming, doesn’t it? Being optimistic is commendable and enjoyable not to mention good for the soul. I meet hopeful people every day, but many are derailed when their hopes fail to become the reality they were envisioning. Interestingly, there is a big difference between being optimistically hopeful and putting our full trust in the promises of God. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Note the addition of the two words, “With...

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The Way Forward

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Way Forward

It’s been the most amazing 24 hours. I have seen the very best of people and am living in encouragement about the days ahead in this great country of ours. Yesterday, we had hundreds of people gather for worship and Holy Communion to come together and be one in praying for our country. Some came as early as 6 am and some came very late after work, school, and events. They all came and knelt as they were able and poured out their prayers and intercessions to our God who is able. It was one of the most touching events I have ever...

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Purple in Prayer

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Purple in Prayer

  Following Christ and living as a disciple of Jesus in these final days before our nationwide elections is an exciting opportunity. In a sometimes polarized conversation of red and blue, it becomes exhilarating to see us at our best exercising our individual right to vote and expressing our opinion without fear of condemnation or persecution. Simply accepting that we agree to disagree politically and we will prayerfully support, just as the Scriptures command, those who are elected in authority over us. What a great country this is when...

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Load>Limit=No Good

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Load>Limit=No Good

Isaiah 43: But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Over 30 years I have been blessed by the people I have had the privilege to walk with in life, death, and faith. I could live for a million years...

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Yes Means Yes!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Methodism, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Yes Means Yes!

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. I’ll never forget the joy of hosting a Live Like Jesus event here with Ken Blanchard. I found myself sitting with John Beach and Patrick Lencioni, how cool is that? Henry Cloud and John Townsend were also here and had just introduced their book, Boundaries. I just soaked it in like a sponge and hung on every word...

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