Showing posts from January, 2011

Honoring Others!

  Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12: 10).

To Honor is to attach high value to something or someone! Relationship experts Gary Smalley and John Trent in a conference study manual wrote:

1. The most important thing we can do is to honor God as the highest priority in our lives.

 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3: 7-8).

2. The most important thing we can do is towards building loving lasting relationships is to learn to honor others.

Honoring someone is a decision which is not based on emotional feelings. Deciding to honor our spouse or other loved ones begins to change our feelings toward them.

Deciding to DE-value them is a quick means to losing our emotional feelings fo…

Friends in High Places!

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (1st Peter 1:18-21).
      Every person if they admit it or not, needs to belong, to be wanted to have value! It saddens me when I think of the vast majority of humans who attempt  to find a sense of meaning in anything other than God. 

Why the sorrow?
Because anything else but a relationship with the Eternal God....simply does not last. God is Eternal for a reason. Because that which is eternal within each human being, (Our souls) cries out for purpose and validation.  And the best of this far from enduring or lasting, …

When Pajamas are dangerous!

In the great state of Wyoming I have observed a strange and unusual phenomenon! Maybe you have seen it too?  No, I have  not seen alien aircraft, nor have I heard weird sounds…..I have not had a big foot sighting! What have you seen Pastor Mark?
So glad you asked….brace yourself I have seen with my own “Baby Hazels” people wearing pajamas in the day time….outside, in public! Often with accompanying giant slippers!

This is strange to me. Pajamas outside….in plain sight? Oh yes…’s a regular occurrence in the “Equality State”.
Why? Comfort or ease of wear….a fashion statement?  I am not sure since I have not done any official “Pajama Interviews”.  That said….
I think I know….and what I have found is.... “Pajamas can be dangerous”
Recently I purchased my very own pair of plaid comfortable and cozy pajama bottoms. My intent is they would never leave the house….unless I am traveling. 

One night last week, a potentially overdue net flick needed to be returned.  In a desire to save a $1…

The Charlie Schulz Philosophy!

The following was sent to me by a friend. Some things that find their way into our email in-box are too good not to share:) 

 Enjoy! The philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions Just ponder on them. 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
 2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
 3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
 4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
 5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
 6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

  How did you do?

 The point is none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
 These are no second-rate achievers.
 They are the best in their fields.
 But the applause dies..
 Awards tarnish..
 Achievements are forgotten.
 Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

 Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
 1. List a few teachers who aid…

For Rick

The following tribute was written and presented at my dear friends home going celebration service in the Summer of 2002 following his epic battle with leukemia.

     Of course were going to miss him! Miss him for the duration of our own lives. Memories warm and vibrant will tug at our hearts reminding us of the great privilege that was ours to have known him, to be loved by him.

How could I have known that when the screen door at 104 South Garo opened back in 1976, letting in my brother Mike, and his new friend Rick, that he would do more, much more than walk in our home, but our hearts, forever? Strange isn’t it how in the ordinary routine of life things of significance are taking place…and in a simple hello we can find ourselves on the threshold of a friendship that many search their whole life for and never find.

Someone has rightly said that: “If you have five true friends in your lifetime you will be fortunate” Rick was and is the friend of a lifetime.

The best times, funni…