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“Get a Moving Buddy”

October 15, 2017

 

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I’m a huge fan of animated and live short films, those films that range in length from 6 to 36 minutes. Every February, a few friends and I go to the movie theater and watch the Oscar nominated short films in these two categories, animated and live, and then make our predictions as to the winners.

This specific pastime, gave birth to the idea of teaching a Bible study this Fall, which I have entitled, “BIBLE SHORTS”. So I am…

Mend Fences

September 30, 2017


mend (one’s) fences
phrase of mend
1.
repair a damaged relationship

A few weeks ago I received a letter in the mail from my home association saying:
“The enclosed fence in your back yard will be removed due to the age and structural integrity of the fence.”

Apparently it was not much of a personal letter because all of the residents in my development received the same notice. And last week, thus began the tearing down and putting up of new fences. Every morning, for the last two weeks, the buzz of…

August is the Sunday of Summer

September 5, 2017

It has been said, “August is the Sunday of Summer”! Could it also be said, “Labor Day is the Sunday of Summer”? Both August and Labor Day, serve one of the purposes of Sunday—the purpose of an ending, even though Sunday is the beginning day of the week. Sunday heralds the weekend is ending and the work week is about to begin. So, too, August and Labor Day, sound the knell for the ending of summer vacation and the official beginning of the school year! While many…

“We’re gonna die!”

July 18, 2017

My Pastor recently preached a message on Luke 8:22-25 which immediately was a memory trigger about two personal lake events, both of which included my friend, Lisa. One memory had to do with the Sea of Galilee, which is really a lake, and the other had to do with a lake in Maine. The memory jogger? Luke 8:24 where the disciples said, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”. Clearly, I am not a gospel writer, but I do have a personal version of “Master, Master, we are perishing!” and it sounds like this, “We’re gonna die!”.

The first jarred memory had…

“See, listen to Your Dad!”

June 18, 2017

My Dad almost always knows the right thing to do in any given situation. My Mom knew when she married my Dad that he was truly “Mr. Right”. She just didn’t know his first name was “ALWAYS”.

Recently I had a couple of experiences which solidified Dad’s “being right batting average”. Since his hands are not as steady as they once were, I, on occasion, become his hands– like the day the burned out surface light under the microwave needed to be replaced so my Mom could see her…

Pomp and Circumstance

May 22, 2017

It is probably safe to say that somewhere, in some educational institution in the world, the march, Pomp and Circumstance, will be playing numerous times during the months of May and June. And someone, in any educational institution, will be struggling to keep their mortar board in place.

As a professor in the higher education world, one of the most pleasant, and at the same time, unpleasant events on campus, is Commencement! Why is it that such a day, which celebrates the milestone achievement of so many students, is…

The World’s Most Blessed Mother

May 14, 2017

Who is the world’s most blessed mother? Resist the temptation to say your very own mother because you are her child! Seriously though, many might say the mother of Jesus is the most blessed mother since she gave birth to a perfect child! While I can think of no greater honor than to be the mother of Christ, it is very interesting to note, in Luke 11:27-28, Jesus suggested a greater blessing than being His Mom!

As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised…

What’s “therefore” there for?

April 23, 2017

Many of us may have heard teachers of the Bible say, “Anytime you see the word ‘therefore’ in a Scripture verse, pause and see what it’s there for!” Usually I take that advice to heart, but I saw something the other day that I have never seen before.  I saw a connection that the word “therefore” was trying to make. A connection that was a much needed antidote to my often worried heart.

In Matthew 6:19-24, we read about three pairs of choices.

19 “Do not store up for…

The Power of the Cross

April 16, 2017

The Power of the Cross

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Jesus paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Good Friday Silence

April 14, 2017

“Silence is golden,” so they say, but I say, “Silence is often misunderstood.” When I was in elementary school, my neighborhood friends and I would observe three hours of silence, from noon-3 p.m., as a means of reflecting on Jesus’ crucifixion. If memory serves me well, the hours felt more like punishment than pondering the meaning of the cross. Our hours of silence felt like an eternity and were riddled with distractions of hunger pangs (“Can we at least eat silently?”), clock watching (“Is it over yet?”), and…

Paying Lip Service

March 27, 2017

Have you ever paid lip service to someone or been the recipient of it? You know how it works. It’s like when we say, “We do!” but then we don’t. Or we say, “We will!” but really we won’t.

It’s like what Israel did in the first three verses of Hosea chapter six. They told the Lord that they were going to return to Him. But then they didn’t. The told the Lord they would press on to know Him. But then they wouldn’t.
It all sounded good but it…

La La Land Plan

March 2, 2017

Just a quick update before sharing a guest blog today. The winner of the Oscar Night Bragging Rights was me! I hate to brag (okay, I really don’t) but my ballot submission won, even with the Best Picture Blunder! I voted for the wrong Best Picture, but I still won, and this year the ante was upped from just bragging rights to an AMC Movie gift card! I guess I’ll have to use it to see the real best picture winner!

However, today, a good friend…

And the Oscar goes to….

February 26, 2017

The 89th Academy Awards will air in less than 24 hours. You may find yourself in an Oscar camp ranging from disinterested, to mildly interested, to very interested. I am in the camp that actually looks forward to the awards each year as I gather with a group of friends who provide our own Oscar dinner, replete with pizza and sandwiches, chips and dip, and fill out prediction ballots prior to the show. At the end of our evening, “the Oscar goes to” the one who made…

This is JesUS

February 16, 2017

Jack Pearson’s Son. The title of the latest episode of the widely popular drama, This is Us, about the family lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and the ways in which they are similar and different.

In this Valentine’s Day episode, Kevin, one of Jack Pearson’s three children, is nervous about his performance on opening night of his play. His nerves get soothed, however, as he receives advice from his late father’s best friend, Miguel, who is now married to Kevin’s mom. “Kevin,…

69 Years of Wedded Bliss

February 8, 2017

Some people like to write their own wedding vows.

I promise to love you more than I love my credit card. And I promise to love you for richer or poorer as long as your credit card limit stays high.

I promise to never put you or myself in danger. That means I will never come between you and a mirror.

From the moment you entered my world you have filled it with life, color and energy like never before…like a rose garden in a junkyard. You are my rose and I promise to devote my life to being your dirt.

And then…

“iDdicts and iDols”

January 28, 2017

Iddict: Someone who is addicted to any item of desire produced by Apple: iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iWatch.

 -Urban Dictionary

Phew! Since I am not an Apple product user I am safe from being an Iddict. Or, am I? Another definition of “Iddict”, according to the Urban Dictionary, includes addiction to anything that begins with the letter “i”. If so, I might be guilty of being addicted to 21st century renderings of Old Testament “iDols”.  According to the prophet Hosea, Israel and Hosea’s wife,…

Mine! Mine! Mine!

January 14, 2017

‘Tis the season after the true, ‘Tis the season, to be putting the final holiday decorations away and making sure all of the “thank you” notes have been written to those who have given to us. For whatever reason, this time of the year makes me think of the movie, Finding Nemo and the scene where all of the seagulls are shouting, “Mine! Mine! Mine!”

It could be that after visiting with friends and family with children, I heard that seagull chant many times as many a child showed off…

The Happy New Year Card You’ll Never See

January 2, 2017

Well it’s 2017 and there is actually a “top way” or “best way” to express sentiments for a Happy New Year.  Many websites have dedicated space to suggesting EVERY kind of message to EVERY category of people: loved ones, family and friends who are near and dear in heart, “professional peeps” and even acquaintances. Also, many cyberspace suggestions exist as to top ways to send 2017 romantic, professional, or friendly greetings via text messaging and all social media venues. Regardless of all the categories and formats of these…

No Good Thing…

December 30, 2016

As Christmas 2016 draws to a close, and as we make way for 2017, I was reflecting on a strong childhood memory that I have about Christmas Eve.  Maybe you have this memory too! Do you remember Santa Claus riding through the neighborhoods on a fire truck on Christmas Eve?

The first hint that he was coming was the din of sirens in the distance and I remember knowing that the sirens did not indicate an alarm, but rather, the arrival of Santa Claus. The emotions I felt when…