Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 27

At the Feet of Jesus

[I am not blogging this week.  So I thought it would be a good opportunity to put up a longer article I wrote in 2007 that was published in the Gospel Advocate.  It makes a great sermon or Bible class, and hopefully, a pretty good article.  May God bless.] How do you picture the feet …

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Aug 24

Our Family’s Tongue Affliction

This week our family has had a problem with our tongues.  We are finally feeling better, but it has gone through all six of us.  It was weird and something we had never experienced before.  We think it was a virus, maybe a version of hand, foot, and mouth.  We think it began with Caleb …

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Aug 21

The Purpose of Marriage – A Haiku Deck Presentation

Check out my first Haiku Deck presentation.  A web-based mobile-platform presentation software.  For whatever reason I could not get it to embed into this page, so you will have to click the link to view.  It is just a slide show, not a video.  It takes about 30 seconds.  You can hit play for automatic …

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Aug 20

My Thoughts on Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

N.J. Governor Chris Christie signed into law yesterday a ban on “gay conversion therapy” or as sometimes called “reparative therapy” (source).  This legislation, which has already been enacted by California, makes it illegal for counselors to try to change the sexual orientation of a minor individual.  Two other states,  Massachusetts and New York, have bills …

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Aug 16

How to Make Life Go Slower: Stay Home

“2013 is flying by!”    “My kids grow up so fast!  They are changing so quickly” “Enjoy your kids while their young, because they will be grown by the time you turn around.” “I don’t know where all the time went.” If I had a dollar for every time I have heard or said one …

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Aug 13

3 H’s of Ministering to Others in a Crisis or Loss

What do you do when you hear some close friends have had a child in a car accident? What do you do when you hear your brother-in-law is leaving your sister? What do you do when your neighbor, a sweet elderly lady, has a son commit suicide? What do you say when you are trying …

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Aug 11

Do Others Dread Seeing You Coming?

Last week I wrote a blog post about being approachable.  I want to tackle the other side of that issue in this post. I was talking to someone recently from another congregation and he said, “I know the elders just dread seeing certain people coming to them.”  Let’s be honest,  we all have certain people, …

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Aug 09

Revelation Class

Do you skip Revelation in your Bible reading? Do you just read the first 3 chapters concerning the letters to the 7 churches and then skip to the good part about heave in chapters 21-22? Have you been overwhelmed by the difficulty of the book? Here is my plea to you: Don’t neglect Revelation!  God …

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Aug 07

Your Approachability Quotient

Do you walk around with this sign figuratively attached to your forehead? Durk Jager, former CEO of Proctor and Gamble was profiled in the book DeRailed by Tim Irwin wore such a sign.  He wrote about him: “Rather than drive change through courageous empowerment and wise deployment of skills, Jager, a large man “built like …

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Aug 04

Losing Faith and Hope

A few years back I read the book Tiger Force which tells the horrible tell of a Vietnam special forces platoon that because of poor leadership, little supervision, and hatred committed numerous war crimes on innocent villagers.  They did horrible acts like killing innocent civilians, murdering babies, and raping women.  This quote from the book …

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