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What to do when you see a Bee!

Just recently I heard a little girl crying just outside my office window. I looked out, she was all of seven or eight wearing skates. I assumed she had fallen, and so I went out to see if she was OK. When I got to her she was on the ground crying hard, nearly inconsolable.
She had another little girl with her, which I had not seen. I asked the girl crying, if she was OK. 
Her little friend decided to be her interpreter. She said she was crying, because she “Had Seen a Bee” let that sink in for a second… not been stung by a bee, but “Had Seen a Bee”. I tried to comfort her, reminding her not to be afraid of Bee’s that you see!
How many times have you and I been afraid of something that could have hurt us, but didn’t? Someone once described fear as:
False Evidence Appearing Real
There are legitimate fears, in this life. However, The Lord Jesus Christ in comforting weary and frightful disciples, on the very night that He was to be betrayed, reminded them and ultimately us:
Don’t let your hearts b…

A Reminder of Our Hope!

Perhaps today you are feeling the blues. A heavy heart, a sense of foreboding. Are you feeling spiritually dry? The press of loneliness, desperation, fear, job uncertainty, or one of a million other things we endure in this life?
Maybe you’re facing an unwelcome diagnosis, and a gloomy prognosis. I feel compelled to remind you to remember that while outwardly we feel our mortality, inside there is an ongoing change, a metamorphosis! It's one of those divine paradoxes that Christians must embrace with the accumulation of years. 

The body that houses our soul, breaks down. However the soul (The Real You) that is a temporary resident in the body, is being renewed!
You see, something from the moment of your initial encounter with The Lord Jesus Christ, has been going on within you. You are being directed, He is, navigating your steps, in such a way, that change is in process! I liked the way Dr. Joel Gregory put it:
*You can measure the authenticity and depth of your spiritual life by thi…

My Once in a Lifetime

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious thanjewels. Proverbs 31:10
It’s not our anniversary today, that is still a month away. For some reason I feel a need, deep within to celebrate the most amazing woman in my life, my beautiful wife Laura.
The first time my eyes met hers she was angry! And so was I! Her brother Dale was throwing crab apples at my brothers’ legs. I had walked down three doors, to let him have it!
It was 1976 and I suppose in the absence of Play Station, “Crab Appling” a 8 year olds legs was the game of the moment!
She told me “Leave my brother alone” I told her “tell your brother to quit throwing crap apples at my brother’s legs!” She did, and I thought to myself that blue eyed angry 16 year old blonde, sure is good looking!
We became friends, and this is the part where if she was writing this, she would insert, I often sought her advice on how to get girls to like me!

Little did we know how God would take that friendship in directions and dimensions tha…

Five Questions to answer for your kids before you die!

When Michael McQueen was 22 years old, his father suffered an unexpected heart attack and died.In the throes of his grief, Michael realized: "There's so much I don't know about my father because he never told me -- and I never thought to ask. Now it's too late."
Michael went on to develop a website, Histography, where he provides tools to help people capture their parents' stories and wisdom to pass along to the next generation.
Through his work, Michael identified five questions that most grown up kids regret not asking their parents back when they could.
1. What is your greatest regret? 2. What were your hopes and dreams as a child?  3. What would you like to see change in the world over the next 10 years? 4. What was the most rebellious thing you did as a young person? 5. What can you remember about your first kiss? 
Not wanting my sons to wonder about my thoughts and in honor of my dad, and his death at the age of 50 when I was 19, here are my responses to the fi…

What Pressure Can do for you.

I am going to give you a stress test today! At this point I assume you’re thinking….Thanks a lot, my entire week has been stressful!
Do you plan your day unrealistically? Are you the first to arrive and the last to leave? Are you always in a hurry? Do you never plan a day of relaxation? Do you feel guilty doing anything other than work? Do you see unforeseen problems as a setback or disaster? Are you always thinking about several other things when working? Do you feel the need to be recognized and overextend because of this?
If you answered yes to three or more questions, go home this afternoon and take a nap!
Today I want you to think about what to do and what can we learn, “When the Pressure is on” 

Someone to Watch Over Me!

Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison

The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate.7 Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. 8 Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.

So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. 10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. Acts 12:7-11

Imprisoned, facing emin…

What Makes for a Super Sunday?

There is a game that’s about to be played in the valley of the sun. The attention of Americans, more than 100 million most likely, will be directed there. Two teams that overcame brutal schedules, and the media glare will at last play a game that determined who is the best in their respective field for this year, here in the United States.
I don’t understand why they call it the World Championship when most of the world plays soccer! Also as someone rightly observed “If the Super bowl is the ultimate game, then why do they play it every year”.
Now lest you think I don’t like football or will not watch, I will. I mean after all I have a football background too! I was a solid second string linebacker and guard for my high school team, that went to the state playoffs, “Go Wasson T-birds”, and there were not a few times that our starters got the score up so high, I actually played!
In seminary I was the quarterback for our intramural flag football team “Skandalon” a Greek name meaning the …