In August 2004, Tim McGraw’s album Live Like You Were Dying was released, with the title track being the first single. It peaked at number 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and stayed there for 7 weeks. It peaked at number 29 on Billboard Hot 100. It was the number one country song of 2004… Read More Fu Man Chu
Thank you for your continued prayers. Turns out the doctors had pathologists do immediate tests following the biopsy today. I didn’t know express service was even an option. They confirmed that the growth on the pancreas is cancer. I think most people struggle with what to say to someone who gets this kind of news.… Read More Letter To My Family
If you’ve ever experienced accidentally breathing in water – maybe while swimming – you know how violently the body reacts to get rid of the water so it can get the air it needs to survive. It is a frightening experience to realize how powerless and helpless we are as water-breathers. It is similar to… Read More Not Just A Flesh Wound
Do you ever feel like you’re the only bird on the wire that’s upside down? Things aren’t going your way? It’s funny how we sometimes think repentance means not getting to do what we enjoy. I like the explanation of “repentance” on patheos.com: The Greek word for repent in the New Testament is “metanoeo” which… Read More Repent?
Career-wise, I have worked in my industry for more than 35 years, and over 25 years in my speciality. I’ve done work for many companies, several of which are on the Fortune 100 list. I have stellar personal and professional references, a strong history of employment, am generally liked by co-workers and appreciated by management,… Read More Who Knows You
In Numbers 13:1-2, as the Israelites are getting closer to the promised land, God instructs Moses to send out scouts to “explore the land”. Moses then instructs men to go see what the land is like, whether the inhabitants are strong or weak, and if the soil is fertile. The scouts return with their report,… Read More Note To Self: Remain Faithful
We have a habit of comparing ourselves to others, even in the church. Those with positions and titles may be esteemed by those of us that sit in anonymity. There is a warranted degree of respect for leadership. Even so, they are called and specifically equipped by God, same as you and me. This habit… Read More A Bird, A Fish, And A Porcupine Walk Into A Church…
It is one of the peculiar traits of the human heart to hope. Time after time throughout history, human beings have rallied – independently and collectively – to overcome overwhelming obstacles – often driven by little more than a glimmer of hope, a dream, a desire. The American civil rights movement comes to mind. The… Read More Hope: A Heart Condition
It’s almost my birthday. Not one of the special ones… just one of those in the middle-of-nowhere that don’t mean much. I’m too old to take myself seriously and too young (and broke) to retire. But it got me thinking about all the years gone by. Then I got a song stuck in my head.… Read More Introspective Retrospective
I stopped in at a major retail store last week. I wish I hadn’t. Whatever they were playing on the store speakers was probably pop (as in, popular) music but the sexualized lyrics offended me enough that I rushed out of the store. As I walked to my car, I wondered… how do parents explain… Read More Damn Discrimination
On January 5th 2018, I wrote Unwrapped – a post about a question I was pondering: does God keep the future secret so, in part, we will be overjoyed and delighted when we unwrap a gift He has given us? Fourteen days later I was released from my job. Unemployed. Uh, is that a gift?… Read More Soaring On The Wind
I like words. I always have. I especially enjoy the written word, which is why I have a blog instead of a vlog. Even so, my vocabulary and expertise is neither broad nor deep. While I wish to use words in the manner of Winston Churchill, however my applications are more like those of Yosemite… Read More WHO’S or WHOSE?
As the saying goes, “You can pick your friends. You can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” It’s a boundary issue, apparently. Boundaries are everywhere. Doors. Locks. Red lights. That miniature arm rest between airplane seats. Deadlines for filing taxes, completing work projects, applying for loans. Sales with “limit 2 per customer”.… Read More Respect The Boundaries
“YOU’RE FIRED!” OK, it didn’t really go like that. Actually my former boss and I both thanked each other and went our separate ways with mutual respect and gratitude. In November I wrote that my company announced it would close its doors in 2018. It wasn’t a huge surprise when my position was eliminated a… Read More Divine Protection
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the final post of the series. Previous posts are listed below.) Being A Friend – Accepting others as-is. God accepts me as-is; shouldn’t I do the same? Becoming A Very Good Friend – My best friend is… Read More Being A Friend: Epilogue
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the next-to-last post of the series. Previous posts are listed below.) I mention my 3 closest friends throughout this blog. They are remarkable men, each in his own way. They don’t think that… Read More Being A Friend: Friend Of God
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the ninth post of the series. The previous posts are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) Anyone who has seen a church service probably knows what “offering” means. Some churches pass a basket or bowl to collect… Read More Being A Friend: Offerings
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the seventh post of the series. The previous posts are here, here, here, here, here and here.) Continuing from where we left off, C.S. Lewis’ sermon, The Weight Of Glory, helps us see our friends in a perspective of… Read More Being A Friend – Best Friends – Long, Long Journey – Part 2
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the sixth post of the series. The previous posts are here, here, here, here, and here.) My best friends, and I, are believers and followers of Jesus. We each met Him separately, and we all have… Read More Being A Friend – Best Friends: Long, Long Journey – Part 1
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the fifth post of the series. The first post is here. The second post is here. The third post is here. The fourth post is here.) Holy: set apart; having a divine quality; exalted… Read More Being A Friend – Best Friends: Holy Influence, Batman!