“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy Ready or not, Thanksgiving Week is under way. The grocery stores are ridiculously crowded (now is not the time to run out of coffee), families are gearing up […]Read more "Thanksgiving Fun for the Whole Family"
An elderly widow invited my family to the annual Veterans Day ceremony in our small community. We arrived on time – “on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour,” to find the poor woman sitting all alone. Tears were streaming down her face as we sat next to her. “It’s like everyone has just forgotten […]Read more "Why Remembering Matters…"
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill Yesterday I found myself with a cold pumpkin spice latte in hand and a fresh copy of Preaching Magazine to pore over. That’s right, folks – I knew it was going to be […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Is Anybody Listening?"
Did Valentines Day sneak up on you this year? Here are three easy tips for emerging from this holiday unscathed and with your love life fully intact: 1. Numerous Thoughts Outweigh Big Gifts Are you on a budget and unable to buy expensive jewelry or perfume? Don’t sweat it – remember that showing […]Read more "Outsmarting Valentines Day"
“Looks like it’s just you and me, Gma,” I found myself saying as I settled into the dark sedan. My grandmother couldn’t answer, of course, because she was lying peacefully in a coffin at the back of the car. I was given the honor of preaching at my own grandmother’s funeral about two weeks ago, […]Read more "The Art of Remembering"
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. An admitted Trekkie, I went into official mourning last week as my wife and I watched the concluding […]Read more "What I Learned from “Star Trek Enterprise”"
It was Friday night. I was wrapping up my last class of the day, anxious to do something fun with my evening. That’s when I got a call from our local police dispatcher. “Pastor, there’s been a death, and the wife of the deceased is not in her right mind. She’s asking for the Baptist […]Read more "The Power of Being There"
Along with being a wonderful season of celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is also a time of “togetherness” – a time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones and fellowship with one another. For this very reason, it can be one of the most difficult times of year for those who find themselves alone during […]Read more "Christmas Loneliness"
“True inspiration overrides all fears.” Bernie Siegel I was so honored to be nominated by Pearl Girl at INFJ Ramblings for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! This award is given to blogs who have inspired at least one reader out there, and this encouragement came at a perfect time. As I reflected […]Read more "My 7 Most Inspiring Moments"
To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. Barbara Bush Thank You to My Blogging Family! At this time last year, this blog was nothing but a concept that had sparked within the back of my imagination. “Can I really keep up with this?” I wondered. “And if […]Read more "Thanks to My Blogging Family!"